According to my mom, 80s music was "too vulgar." She may not have been wrong, there are a lot of songs from the 80s that are still considered risque.
My mom wasn't the only one who had that opinion, so many parents thought the same that an American committee was formed in 1985 to increase parental control over the access of children to music deemed "too violent, drug-related, or sexually explicit."
Here are some songs that made the Parents Music Resource Center group's "Filthy Fifteen" list, and other songs my parents always scolded me for listening to.
1. "Darling Nikki" - Prince
Prince had his way with the ladies, and so did his songs. I think what my parents disliked about this song was all that background grunting. The words would have sufficed. I'm just glad no one ever caught me watching the music video.
2. "Like A Virgin" - Madonna
Of course, one of the most popular songs of the '80s had to be banned from being played in my house! This only happened because my sister asked my dad what a virgin is. Needless to say, that conversation was very uncomfortable. Definitely unfair, but this only meant that the song would be playing with the volume on full blast when I was home alone.
3. "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John
This song made me want to run a marathon. I sang to it every time it came on the radio. Yes, it was on the radio, which is how I justified to my parents that the song was appropriate to listen to. It's only dirty if you have a dirty mind, right?
4. "Touch Me" - Samantha Fox
Samantha Fox was definitely not trying to be subtle when she wrote "Touch Me." She talks about "pleasure and pain," and how she's begging for someone to touch her because she also wants to feel their body. If she thought we might have missed the point of the song, she even added some grunts. My dad hated this song with a passion.
5. "She Bop" - Cyndi Lauper
"She Bop" was so harmless. The catchy lyrics had everyone saying "she bop, he bop, and we bop. I bop, you bop, and they bop." When my mom told me I shouldn't sing that song in public anymore, I was shocked. Turns out the song is about masturbation. Who knew?