TasteOfCountry.com posted a list of 20 controversial country songs some stations refused to play initially. Here are a few they mentioned . . .
1. “Smoke a Little Smoke” by Eric Church. It’s about drugs, so a lot of stations wouldn’t play it when it came out in 2009. It was still a Top 20 hit though.
2. “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves. The lines about same-sex make-outs and rolling joints were a little too controversial for some stations when it came out in 2013.
3. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter. It was a #1 hit in 1996, but some stations wouldn’t play it because it references sex at 17.
4. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood. But it had nothing to do with the song itself. Stations in Canada refused to play it for a while after Carrie’s husband Mike Fisher got traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators.
5. “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. It’s still one of their biggest hits. But in 2014, the references to same-sex relationships ruffled a few feathers.
Here are a few more banned songs they came up with: “We Shall Be Free” by Garth Brooks . . . “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X . . . “I Melt” by Rascal Flatts . . . “The Pill” by Loretta Lynn . . . “Independence Day” by Martina McBride . . .
“Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley . . . “Travelin’ Soldier” by The Chicks . . . “Red Ragtop” by Tim McGraw . . . and Willie Nelson’s cover of “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other”.
(You can check out the full list at TasteOfCountry.com.)