From brand names to swearing, there's many reasons why songs don't get broadcast
11 Apr 2018 - 3:20 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2018 - 11:06 AM

Korean broadcaster KBS is well known for banning songs from their television and radio stations for various reasons. Having recently added WINNER's "Everyday" to the banned list, we've found some more songs that didn't make it to Korean radio for various reasons.

Check out some of them below!

1. Taeyang: Naked

The song was deemed inappropriate for broadcast due to its 'obscene nature' 

2. EXO: Lotto

The use of the word 'lotto' saw this song banned on KBS. You might have noticed the group performing a version where they sing the word 'louder' instead.

3. BTS: Go Go

This one was banned from KBS for using slang and what they considered 'vulgar' language

4. CLC: Like That

The song was considered to have suggestive lyrics that were inappropriate for broadcast

5. Jonghyun: Rewind

The song was banned for having Japanese lyrics


You can probably guess why this one got banned, the title is a sign

7. H.O.T: Wolf & Sheep

The song was banned for profane lyrical content, but was still a hit among fans

8. NCT 127: Cherry Bomb

Apparently the lyrics were considered 'violent' and 'encouraged bad behaviour among youth'. You be the judge.

9. TVXQ!: Mirotic

The last single from the OT5 group, it was problematic with Korean censors because of the mix of English and Korean lyrics: namely the line 'under my skin' caused controversy.

10. Jung Ilhoon (BTOB): Fancy Shoes

KBS won't play music that features brand names, and Ilhoon drops a couple in the lyrics so this was banned too.

Listen to these songs and more in our Spotify playlist below.


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