The Ten Best Music Videos Banned by MTV

MTV has gotten some flack for censorship over the course of its 30 years on the air. The station, in addition to helping proliferate the music video concept, is equally known, it seems, for bleeping words, playing only censored versions of certain videos, relegating racy videos to late-night play only and, on occasion, banning videos entirely.

This practice was more prevalent in the station's '80s and '90s heyday; nowadays, artists are happy to produce alternative versions of their videos to get some much-needed airplay.

Back in the day, though, getting banned by MTV was something of a badge of honor: The media, predictably, would have a field day whenever such censorship was announced.

These days, most music video consumption happens via the Internet, and MTV's content is mostly made up of bottom-barrel reality programming. So it's easy to forget that some really awesome music moments happened courtesy of the hubbub surrounding MTV censorship.

Thus, we've collected the top 10 music videos banned on MTV. Click on the jump, and shield your eyes if you're sensitive. Although some of these videos are over 20 years old, they're still not safe for the kiddies.

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Laura Mann