Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
With YouTube briefly banning promos by Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake recently, we look at the most controversial music videos ever.
Why it was controversial: Robin Thicke's latest singles is one of the songs of the summer, but the music video was originally banned by YouTube for featuring three naked female models. The ban has since been lifted.
Why it was controversial: More nudity! Like Robin Thicke, JT's was originally banned by YouTube. A representative for YouTube explained in a statement that the ban was revoked because they 'make exceptions when [nudity] is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context.' Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: Like A Prayer remains one of Madge's most popular hits... But not everyone was a fan. Religious organisations took issue with the perceived blasphemy in its use of Christian imagery. Nevertheless, it won Viewer's Choice at the 1989 MTV VMAs. Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: Robbie Williams infamously brought new meaning to 'stripping' with the Rock DJ video by literally stripping down to his bare bones (with the help of special effects!)
Why it was controversial: The ...Baby One More Time video attracted criticism for showing a then 16-year-old Britney's midriff as she dances in school uniform. Spears responded, insisting: 'Me showing my belly? I'm from the South; you're stupid if you don't wear a sports bra [when you] go to dance class, you're going to be sweating your butt off.' The look has since become one of the most iconic in pop.
Why it was controversial: Towards the end of the video's original edit, a panther morphs into MJ. So far, so good... But the late singer then proceeds to dance suggestively and vandalise a car. After the sequence was banned, Jackson apologised, explaining that the sequence was an interpretation of the panther's animal instinct. Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: George's 1987 track had a suitably raunchy video in which he writes the words 'monogamy' and 'explore' on the naked back of his then-girlfriend, Kathy Jeung. Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: The video for Girls On Film took the song title literally, with scantily clad models. Released in 1981, it was very early on in the medium of music videos - and it had to be heavily edited for TV play. Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: Clocking in at just under nine minutes, Eminem's full-length video for Stan was censored by MTV for its depiction of violence and explicit lyrics. Picture: YouTube
Why it was controversial: An aerobics class of women wearing 80s wear is not controversial... But their raunchy dancing was, and the video had to be edited to receive airplay.