5 Country Songs Banned in the 2000s-2020s That Were Still Hits

“Red Rag Top,” Tim McGraw (2002): Tim McGraw faced bans for the controversial theme of abortion in the song, but it reached No. 5 on the charts.

“Smoke a Little Smoke,” Eric Church (2009): Eric Church's song referencing drug use faced bans, yet reached No. 16 on the Country chart.

“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves (2013): Kacey Musgraves' LGBTQ+ supportive song drew criticism but hit No. 10 on the Country chart.

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (2014): Little Big Town's hit faced radio cuts for perceived LGBTQ+ themes, still reaching No. 1.

“Try That in a Small Town,” Jason Aldean (2023): Jason Aldean's controversial song addressing crime and protests faced video bans but topped charts.