Since the beginnings of music there has been controversy. The best example of controversial music was the advent of rock and roll in the 1950's that introduced electric instruments and a totally new sound. Adding to the harsher sound was lyrics often about sex and violence, it's no surprise that many parents often attempted to ban 'the devil's music' from their homes and teenage children.
Generational gaps in music preferences have always been around with artists constantly pushing the envelope on what is acceptable. Rock and roll music was one of the biggest hot button issues of the times. When Elvis Presley hit the scene, he was the first popular white rock artist and started the rock revolution. He was hugely controversial himself, with dance moves that exposed raw sexuality on stage, with his signature hip gyrations. There were rumors he enhanced his nether region by shoving a coke bottle down his pants.Presently, rock music is accepted and embraced, but the controversy is still thriving in the music industry. From rappers using dark obscene lyrics to bizarre behavior and publicity stunts from enterprising musicians, the controversy and complaints remain consistent. Here is a list of the most controversial musicians of all time.
10 Kanye West
6 Lady Gaga
5 Miley Cyrus
She was once a teen pop star, but in the recent years her name is related to a more risque style and general obscenity. She's best known for her provocative lyrics, drug use and non-child friendly behavior. The biggest example ingrained in many peoples mind was the incident at the 2013 VMA awards when she proceeded to grind on Robin Thicke while doing questionable things with a foam finger. There was another incident not long after when Cyrus lit a joint on stage while performing in London.
4 Ozzy Osbourne
3 The Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were popular in the country music world until the beginning of the invasion in Iraq when they performed in London. During the introduction for the hit song "Travelin Soldier" they said,"Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence and we are ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." The US media picked up the story and a huge controversy broke out, and a boycott started. In one anti-Dixie Chicks display, fans brought their CD's to an event where they would be run over by a bulldozer. In 2006, the Dixie Chicks released a song "Not Ready to Make Nice" which was directed at the political controversy and death threats they received.
2 Michael Jackson
1 Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is the most controversial musician of all time for his dark music and obscene actions on stage which caused an uproar after the release of the bands second album Antichrist Superstar. Some schools even threatened to expel students who attended their concerts. Names of the band members were developed by choosing the first name of a known beauty and the last name of an infamous serial killer. The band had a cult following in the 1990's and was blamed for multiple school shootings starting with Columbine High School. It was proven the shooters had no connection to Manson's music and the media was criticized for using a scapegoat. Manson was also linked to the 2007 shooting in Cleveland when Asa Coon attacked the high school wearing a Marilyn Manson t-shirt and claimed to worship the bands vocalist instead of God.