14 Problematic Songs That Haven't And Will NEVER Stand The Test Of Time (Like...They're Truly Disturbing)

14 Problematic Songs That Haven't And Will NEVER Stand The Test Of Time (Like...They're Truly Disturbing)
Skip To ContentBuzzFeed HomepageQuizzesTV & MoviesShoppingVideosNewsTastyMake a QuizSign InSearch BuzzFeedSearch BuzzFeedlol Badge Feedwin Badge Feedtrending Badge Feed

Browse links

Pop Culture

TV & MoviesCelebrityBest of the InternetAnimalsMusicRewindBooksLGBTQ

Quizzes & Games

LatestTrendingFoodLoveTriviaQuiz PartyPyramid SchemeNEW!


LatestHomeFashionTechBeauty & Personal CarePetsSports & FitnessBuzzFeed Merch


LatestCocoa ButterNEW!Mom In ProgressWorth ItUnsolvedMultiplayerPero Like


StyleBringMe: TravelGoodful: WellnessNifty: DIYParentsFoodWeddingsSex And LoveTasty HomeNEW!


Make a Quiz or Post!Featured PostsLeaderboard

From Our Partners

Guide to the Chicago Restaurant SceneTravel OnThe Road Ahead


About UsAdvertiseInvestor RelationsJobsNewslettersEditionUSUKAustraliaBrasilCanadaDeutschlandIndiaJapanLatamUS residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data.Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information © 2023 BuzzFeed, Inc PressRSSPrivacyConsent PreferencesUser TermsAccessibility StatementAd ChoicesHelpContactSitemap

BuzzFeed Tasty

Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever - all in one place!

BuzzFeed Goodful

Self care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life.

BuzzFeed Bring Me

Obsessed with travel? Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me!


News, Politics, Culture, Life, Entertainment, and more. Stories that matter to you.Music·Posted 1 minute ago

14 Problematic Songs That Haven't And Will NEVER Stand The Test Of Time (Like...They're Truly Disturbing)

Yes, even the Beatles are responsible for some pretty problematic songs.

v5VWi4clc_large.jpg?crop=498%3A499%3B0%2C66&downsize=120:*&output-format=jpg&output-quality=autoby Kayla Yandoli

BuzzFeed Staff


Reddit user u/TakeOnMeByA-ha asked music fans of the community: "[What are some] songs that [have] caused a lot of controversy?"


Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF


Well, unfortunately, there were too many problematic songs to choose from. There are tunes out there that should've never been recorded, and I honestly don't know how musicians got away with it.



"Into the Night" by Benny Mardones (1980) is...well, pretty awful to say the least.

So, here are some disturbing songs that haven't (and will NEVER) stand the test of time.

Note: Some submissions are from this Reddit thread by user u/82h8z4 and this post from the BuzzFeed Community.

Note: This post contains subjects of sexual assault, domestic violence, and rape. Please proceed with caution.

1. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number," written by R. Kelly for Aaliyah (1994)


Blackground Records / Jive Records / MTV / Via youtube.com

"'Age Ain't Nothing but a Number' is wrong on so many levels because it was written by R. Kelly for Aaliyah when she was only 14 or 15 years old — it’s like a pedophile's anthem. The fact that R. Kelly married her when she was underage makes this song (and entire album) more than problematic."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "Age ain't nothing but a number/Throwing down ain't nothing but a thing/This loving I have for you/It'll never change."

View this video on YouTube

Blackground / Jive / BMG Records / Via youtube.com

2. "#Rihanna" by Glasses Malone (2012)


Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

"It’s a pretty terrible song."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "Treat it like Rihanna/Beat it up, beat it up/'Cause playin' with the pussy ain't enough/I'mma treat it like Rihanna, bitch/Call me Chris Brown."

View this video on YouTube

Blu Division Music / Via youtube.com

3. "Does Your Mother Know" by ABBA (1979)


Michael Putland / Getty Images

"With the way our society feels about young women having relationships with older men (especially with the #MeToo movement), 'Does Your Mother Know' by ABBA should be cancelled."


"'When I Kissed The Teacher' should raise some eyebrows too with the power-dynamic issues."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "I can read in your face that your feelings are driving you wild/Ah, but girl you're only a child/Well I can dance with you honey, if you think it's funny/Does your mother know that you're out?/And I can chat with you baby/Flirt a little maybe/Does your mother know that you're out?"

View this video on YouTube

Polar / Epic / Atlantic / Via youtube.com

4. Eminem's verse on "Roman's Revenge" by Nicki Minaj (2010)


Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic / Getty Images

"I’m forever mad at Nicki for letting Eminem say horrible things on what was otherwise an amazing track."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "Caught her stealin' my music/So I tied her arms and legs to the bed/Set up the camera, pissed twice on her/Look, two pees and a tripod/The moral to the story is/Life's treatin' you like dry sod/Kick it back in its face, my God."

View this video on YouTube

Young Money / Cash Money / Universal Motown / Via youtube.com

5. "Jailbait" by Ted Nugent (1981)


Images Press / Getty Images

"Ted Nugent isn’t even trying to hide anything — it’s about his attraction to a 13-year-old, her mom giving him permission to have sex, and it ends with him getting arrested and telling the officer to cuff the kid instead so they can 'share her.' He’s a well-known piece of shit, but this song is completely appalling and disgusting."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "Well, I don't care if you're just 13/You look too good to be true/I just know that you're probably clean/There's one little thing I got to do to you/Jailbait, you look so good to me/Jailbait, won't you set me free."

View this video on YouTube

Epic / Via youtube.com

6. "More Than Words" by Extreme (1991)


Al Pereira / Getty Images

"'More Than Words' by Extreme is not a love song. It's about a guy trying to manipulate a woman into having sex with him to show how much she loves him. They basically sing: 'Shut your yapper and put out.'"


The problematic lyrics at hand: "Now that I've tried to talk to you/And make you understand all you have to do/Is close your eyes and just reach out your hands and touch me/Hold me close/Don't ever let me go/More than words is all I ever needed you to show."

View this video on YouTube

A&M / Via youtube.com

7. "Daughters" by John Mayer (2003)


Guitarist Magazine / Future via Getty Images

"'Daughters' by John Mayer is disturbing, tbh. Him singing, 'Fathers, be good to your daughters' and 'Girls become lovers who turn into mothers' just gives off a really creepy vibe. He sees women as objects and how they're only good for loving men and making babies. The song plays at my work all the time, and it disgusts me."


The problematic lyrics at hand: "On behalf of every man/Looking out for every girl/You are the god and the weight of her world/ So, fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do/Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers/So, mothers, be good to your daughters, too."

View this video on YouTube

Columbia / Via youtu.be

8. "Do Me!" by Bell Biv DeVoe (1990)


Al Pereira / Getty Images

"'Do Me!' by Bell Biv DeVoe is disgusting. The lyrics just gross me out