Dance Music’s 20 Most Infamous Videos

When Duck Sauce released the clip for their single Big Bad Wolf and had it promptly slapped with an 18+ restriction on YouTube, they defended the piece by claiming it wasn’t as bad as certain other videos over the history of dance music. This suggestion prompted inthemix to reflect back on all the other video clips that have shocked, sickened and outraged audiences over time – and trust us, there’s a lot.

After hours of considered research into the matter, we hit our smut-threshold and whittled the findings down to a list of the 20 most infamous videos to ever hit a television or computer screen. From the raunchy, to the political and the just plain disturbing, we’ve collected all manner of uncut and uncensored musical expression. Turns out 2 Girls, 1 Cup might not be the most confronting video on the internet, after all.

M.I.A – Born Free

Genocide on red-heads – we’ve all thought about it at some point, but MIA put it in a film clip and posted it on the internet. The Sri Lankan-born artist’s very-political video for Born Free caused a massive stir for its depiction of young gingers being shot, blown-up and chased by police. YouTube banned the clip a day after it was posted, but the debate about state violence and the absurdity of genocide raged on long after. M.I.A put some perspective onto the uproar though, stating that a Justin Bieber clip poses “more of an assault to my eyes and senses than what I’ve made”.

Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

Watching the protagonist in The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up clip start fights, harass women, ingest various drugs and bang a stripper, it’d be pretty easy to accuse the group of misogyny…until the protagonist turns out to be a lady herself. Still, the clip’s subversion of domestic violence stereotypes led to it being banned by TV stations the world over and once voted the most controversial song of all time – quite the dubious honour.

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