Weird History takes a look at some very famous songs that had famous controversies throughout the years. While at least one song might have deserved to be withdrawn from the public, most on the list were subjected to unwarranted concerns.
Popular songs are a cultural footprint of a generation’s woes and beliefs, loves and hates, and preferred mind altering substances. But while music soothes the savage beast, it has also been known to seriously piss people off.
Still, despite “Rumble” being just a cool melody that, by definition, cannot include anything remotely controversial, radio stations around the country banned the song in the late 1950s. And it remains the only instrumental track ever forbidden from the airwaves. But why? Well, New York and Boston stations wouldn’t play it specifically for fear of inciting gang violence. However, given that the song has no lyrics at all it’s hard not to conclude that the only problem with the song is that it’s called “Rumble.”