In an era where cancel culture continues to flex its muscle, classic songs once cherished by many may soon find themselves under scrutiny for their controversial lyrics. As cancel culture takes on new challenges daily, it’s time to explore the timeless tunes that might face criticism in the weeks and months ahead.

“Summer Nights” by the Cast of Grease
A tune once synonymous with summer fun, “Summer Nights” from the movie Grease, is now on the radar of cancel culture. Critics have labeled it “rapey” due to a suggestive lyric that references a questionable encounter: “Tell me more, tell me more / did she put up a fight?” This line has sparked debates, with some accusing John Travolta’s character of predatory behavior. Is it time to reevaluate this iconic musical number?

“Delilah” by Tom Jones
Originally recorded in 1968 and with millions of plays under its belt, has recently found itself at the center of controversy due to its lyrics. Some argue that the song’s content promotes domestic violence. The contentious lyrics in question are as follows:“I crossed the street to her house, and she opened the door / She stood there laughing / I felt the knife in my hand, and she laughed no more.”

For years, “Delilah” has been a staple in the repertoire of the Welsh Ruby Union, but its usage has not escaped scrutiny. Calls to discontinue the song’s use have arisen repeatedly, with recent appeals as recent as just a year ago. Similar requests were made back in 2014 and 2016, igniting debates about its appropriateness.

However, the Welsh Ruby Union staunchly defended their continued use of the song, asserting that within the realm of rugby, “Delilah” has achieved prominence primarily through its musicality rather than its lyrics. They pointed to a rich tradition in art and literature, including the works of Shakespearean tragedies, where negative facets of life have been portrayed and explored.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band-Aid
A cherished Christmas classic since its release in 1984, is facing potential cancellation due to concerns surrounding its lyrics. Critics argue that the song perpetuates the “white savior mentality,” raising questions about its place in today’s cultural landscape.

The lyrics of the song convey a narrative that some find problematic. Lines like, “There’s a world outside your window / And it’s a world of dread and fear / Where the only water flowing / Is the bitter sting of tears,” are seen as portraying a skewed and patronizing view of Africa and other parts of the world, suggesting that they lack the understanding of what a white Christmas entails.

The controversy surrounding the song has ignited discussions about its continued relevance in a more socially conscious era. The debate hinges on whether this beloved Christmas anthem should be reevaluated in light of evolving perspectives on cultural sensitivity and awareness.

“Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
A classic rock anthem that made its debut in 1978, has faced growing criticism in recent times due to concerns of being perceived as both “fat-shaming” and promoting inappropriate themes, including child abuse. The contentious lyrics that have caused a stir among audiences are as follows: “I was just a skinny lad / Never knew no good from bad / But I knew love before I left my nursery / Left alone with big fat Fanny / She was such a naughty nanny / Hey big woman, you made a bad boy out of me.”

Critics have expressed concerns about the song’s underlying message, with some suggesting it implies “child abuse.” However, Brian May, Queen’s guitarist and the song’s writer, shed light on its true meaning in an interview with Mojo magazine back in October 2008. He explained, “It’s a tale of a young man discovering an appreciation for women of ample proportions. I composed it with Freddie in mind, as one naturally does when you have a remarkable singer who enjoys individuals with curvier figures, regardless of gender.”