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WHAT-THE-FORGET IS GOING ON?

Hi Gary,

I noticed that several songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100 have swear words in their titles.

There's Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)," Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell," P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect" and Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," which was edited from the album version, "Tonight (I'm F**kin' You)."

Have other titles with swear words ever become big hits?

Thanks!

Toby James Petty

Hi Toby,

The Hot 100 certainly is looking a bit PG-13 (or more) these days, isn't it?

In fact, three of the seven charted songs sporting "the worst word that you can say" (to quote Mr. Mackey in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut") have appeared on the survey since just last year, and that's not including Iglesias' current hit.

Before Green and P!nk's latest singles, both of which are scaling Billboard's Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs radio airplay charts thanks to edits, Lil Wayne spent a week at No. 76 on the Hot 100 last February with "F**k Today," featuring Gudda.

The only other such charted titles were Lily Allen's "F*ck You" (No. 68, 2009), Lady Sovereign's "Love Me or Hate Me (F**k You!!!!)" (No. 45, 2006), Eamon's "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" (No. 16, 2004) and Eazy-E's more grammatically creative "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (No. 42, 1994).

Answering your question as thoroughly as possible clearly depends on one's definition of inappropriate language.

But, how about a look at the top-charting songs in the Hot 100's history whose titles include words generally to be avoided in polite conversation?

Here's the list (soap not included for use afterwards if read or sung aloud):

No. 1, "My Life Would Suck Without You," Kelly Clarkson, 2009
No. 2, "Bitch," Meredith Brooks, 1997

No. 4, "Gives You Hell," the All-American Rejects, 2009
No. 4, "Damn!," Youngbloodz featuring Lil Jon, 2003
No. 4, "The Bitch Is Back," Elton John, 1974
No. 5, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," Sophie B. Hawkins, 1992
No. 9, "F**k You (Forget You)," Cee Lo Green, 2010
No. 11, "F**kin' Perfect," P!nk, 2011
No. 11, "One Hell of a Woman," Mac Davis, 1974
No. 13, "What the Hell," Avril Lavigne, 2011
No. 13, "Shake Ya Ass," Mystikal, 2000
No. 14, "Short Dick Man," 20 Fingers featuring Gillette, 1995
No. 16, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)," Eamon, 2004
No. 17, "Hell Yeah," Ginuwune featuring Baby, 2003

(A free pass given to All-4-One's 1994 No. 1 "I Swear" ...)

Also recently, Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars wanted to be billionaires "so freakin' bad"; David Guetta and Akon's "Sexy Bitch" was amended to "Sexy Chick" for pop radio; and, Britney Spears' album cut "If U Seek Amy" became "If U See Amy" upon its release as a single, lest any top 40 DJs face FCC scrutiny.

Older audiences might also remember an earlier notable such song: former "American Top 40" host Shadoe Stevens refused to say the title of "Me So Horny" when 2 Live Crew took the song to No. 26 in 1989.

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