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10 Popular Songs With Terribly Inappropriate Lyrics [Part 2]

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'Bad Habit'

Offspring
 
 

Granted, Southern California freeways are notorious breeding grounds for road rage, but when Offspring singer Dexter Holland penned this shoot-'em-up fantasy, he might have considered his audience: confused, hormonal kids just getting their driver's licenses. It's a miracle this song didn't start a trend of teens blasting holes in each other's rides.

 
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'Don't Blow Bubbles'

Bad Brains
 
 

Hardcore punk can be painfully self-righteous and PC, so it's curious that one of the genre's seminal bands, Bad Brains, has a history of homophobia. On this 1989 tune, they seemingly refer to AIDS as god's punishment for gays, and while bassist Daryl Jenifer said in a 2010 Punknews.org interview that he and his bandmates no longer take the judgmental stance they did back in the day, when they first discovered Rastafarianism, his words fell short of a proper apology.

 
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'Girls'

The Beastie Boys
 
 

“Girls, to do the dishes / Girls, to clean up my room / Girls, to do the laundry…” Critics who figured the Beasties for sexist pigs needed not look further than 'Girls' to prove their point, and while there's an obvious tongue-in-cheek element to this vibraphone-fueled ditty, MCA may have had the song in mind year later, when he used 'Sure Shot' to offer this apology: “I want to say a little something that's long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through.”

 
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'Girls & Boys'

Good Charlotte
 
 

The big knock on '00s emo was that it was misogynistic — a bunch of overly dramatic dudes hating on the girls that broke their hearts — and this tune bears that out. “Girls don't like boys / girls like cars and money,” sing the brothers Madden on the chorus, dismissing an entire gender as nothing but gold diggers. Singer Joel Madden, of course, doesn't care about things like cars and money. Just ask his wife, Nicole Richie.

 
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'Boyz-n-the-Hood'

Dynamite Hack
 
 

The whole white-guys-do-rap thing is usually good for a laugh, but when this Austin band covered Eazy-E's debut solo single, the tone was all wrong. Whether Eazy, by virtue of being raised on the streets of Compton, has license rap about doing drugs and hitting women is a question that warrants debate, but hearing Dynamite Hack singer Mark Morris sing, “Pulled to the house get her out of the pad / And the b—- said something to make me mad / She said somethin' that I couldn't believe / So I grabbed the stupid bitch by her nappy-ass weave,” one can't help but feel a little queasy.

 

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