Pushing the limit far beyond mere raunch, these shockingly dirty songs from the rock canon will leave you scandalized.
The Knack: "My Sharona"
Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind/I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kindFlickr
Bryan Adams: "Summer of 69"
Standin' on your mama's porch/You told me that you'd wait forever/Oh, and when you held my hand/I knew that it was now or neverHorstmann/ullstein bild via Getty Images
The Police: "Every Breath You Take"
Every night you stay I'll be watching you/Oh can't you see You belong to meMichael Putland/Getty Images
The Rolling Stones: "Midnight Rambler"
I'm called the hit-and-run raper in anger/The knife-sharpened tippie-toe/Or just the shoot 'em dead, brainbell jangler Wikimedia Commons
Jethro Tull: "Aqualung"
Sitting on a park bench/Eying little girls with bad intent/Snots running down his nose/Greasy fingers smearing shabby clothesWikimedia Commons
Aerosmith: "Walk This Way"
I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder/All the times I can reminisce/Ah the best thing lovin' with her sister and her cousinWikimedia Commons
George Michael: "Father Figure"
Put your tiny hand in mine (I'd love to)/I will be your preacher teacher (Be your daddy)/Anything you have in mind Wikimedia Commons
Billy Joel: "Only The Good Die Young"
You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation.../But Virginia they didn't give you quite enough information/You didn't count on meWaring Abbott/Getty Images
Neil Diamond: "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon"
Please, come take my hand/Girl, you'll be a woman soon/Soon, you'll need a manWikimedia Commons
ZZ Top: "Pearl Necklace"
She was gettin' bombed/And I was gettin' blown away... And that's not jewelry she's talkin' about/It really don't cost that muchRichard E. Aaron/Redferns/Getty Images
Ted Nugent: "Jailbait"
Well, I don't care if you're just thirteen/You look too good to be true/I just know that you're probably clean/There's one little thing I got do to youWikimedia Commons
KISS: "Christine Sixteen"
I don't usually say things like this to girls your age/But when I saw you coming out of the school that day/That day I knew, I knew (Christine sixteen) I've got to have youWikimedia Commons
The Rolling Stones: "Stray Cat Blues"
There'll be a feast if you just come upstairs... I can see that you're fifteen years old/No I don't want your I.D./You look so restless and you're so far from homeWikimedia Commons
Neil Diamond: "Sweet Caroline"
Hands, touching hands/Reaching out, touching me, touching you/Sweet CarolineWikimedia Commons
Rod Stewart: "Tonight's The Night"
You'd be a fool to stop this tide/Spread your wings and let me come inside
Don't say a word my virgin child/Just let your inhibitions run wildWikimedia Commons
The Rolling Stones: "Brown Sugar"
Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good/Brown Sugar, just like a young girl shouldWikimedia Commons
Still tied to mama's apron strings/I don't even dare to ask your age/Just enough to know you're here backstage/You're jailbait and I just can't waitWikimedia Commons
She's only seventeen (seventeen)/Daddy says she's too young, but she's old enough for meEbet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images
Bad Company: "Can't Get Enough"
Well I take whatever I want/And baby I want youWikimedia Commons
Led Zeppelin: "Black Dog"
Ah ah child way ya shake that thing/Gon' make you burn, gon' make you sting/Hey, hey baby when you walk that way/Watch your honey drip, I can't keep awayWikimedia Commons
Ringo Starr: “You’re Sixteen”
You're all ribbons and curls, ooh, what a girl/Eyes that sparkle and shine/You're sixteen, you're beautiful and you're mineBeatsgrl/Flickr
Alice Cooper: "Billion Dollar Babies"
We go dancing nightly in the attic/While the moon is rising in the sky/If I'm too rough, tell me I'm so scared your little head will come off in my handsWikimedia Commons
Donovan: "Mellow Yellow"
I’m just mad about fourteen/Fourteen’s mad about me Wikimedia Commons
Gary Puckett: "Young Girl"
Young girl, get out of my mind/ My love for you is way out of line/Better run, girl, You're much too young, girlGAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images
KISS: "Going Blind"
Little lady, can't you see/You're so young and so much different than I I'm 93, you're sixteen/Can't you see I'm goin' blind Wikimedia Commons
I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
All the times I can reminisce
Ah the best thing lovin' with her sister and her cousin
Those lyrics are exceptionally dirty no matter how you cut it. Yet, you've probably heard or even sung them as part of the chorus to Aerosmith's hit "Walk This Way" more times than you can count — and perhaps not truly internalized just what was being said and how dirty it actually was.
The old motto "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" has served that music well over the years. The genre has always embraced sex and drugs to the fullest, often casting aside any moral compass when it comes to the former.
Some of the most popular and acclaimed rock songs of all time contain lyrics — whether we realize it or not — that hint at less than pure intentions. While fans belt out classic songs' catchy choruses, they might be surprised to learn that some of those lyrics' subject matter crosses the line into the realms of sexual assault and pedophilia.
Even when a song's lyrics aren't superficially eyebrow-raising, a little research into the song's origins can cast these lyrics in an entirely different — and creepy — light.
See what we mean in this dive into the surprisingly dirty songs from rock's perverse side above.
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