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17 Problematic Songs That Never Should've Been Recorded In The First Place

You're gonna want to update your classic rock playlist after reading this post.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell which popular songs are actually really problematic. Here are the eye-opening results.

Note: Some submissions include topics of domestic abuse, sexual harassment, incest, rape, pedophilia, and anti-gay abuse. Please proceed with caution.

1. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.

Robin Thicke lyrics: "I hate these blurred lines -- I know you want it, I know you want it"

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2. "Run for Your Life" by the Beatles

Beatles lyrics: "I'd rather see you dead. You better run for your life, little girl"

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3. "Jailbait" by Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent lyrics: "I don't care if you're just 13, you look too good to be true"

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4. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" by Aerosmith

Aerosmith lyrics: "She had the body of Venus, Lord, imagine my surprise"

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5. "If I Want To" by Usher

Usher lyrics: "I wanna make it clear so there's no misunderstandings, that I get what I want when I want"

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6. "Kim" by Eminem

Eminem lyrics: "Shut the fuck up, and gets what's comin' to you"

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7. "My Sharona" by the Knack

The Knack lyrics: "I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind"

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8. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua

Aqua lyrics: "Make me walk, make me talk, do whatever you please. I can act like a star, I can beg on my knees"

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9. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by the Police

The Police lyrics: "It's not so easy to be the teacher's pet. Temptation, frustration, so bad it makes him cry"

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10. "Seventeen" by Winger

Winger lyrics: "She's only seventeen -- daddy says she's too young, but she's old enough for me"

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11. "Daughters" by John Mayer

John Mayer lyrics: "On behalf of every man looking out for every girl: You are the God and the weight of her world"

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12. "Keep It in the Family" by Deodato

Deodato lyrics: "Just one night with you, that's my fantasy. Please don't tell anybody, we've got to keep it in the family"

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13. "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" by Jamie Foxx and T-Pain

Jamie Foxx lyrics: "Just one more round and you're down, I know it"

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14. "Baby, It's Cold Outside," originally from Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Eve and José from "Neptune's Daughter" singing: "So really I'd better scurry" "Beautiful, please don't hurry"

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15. "Ur So Gay" by Katy Perry

Katy Perry lyrics: "I wish you could just be real with me -- you're so gay, and you don't even like boys"

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16. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" written by R. Kelly for Aaliyah

R Kelly lyrics: "Age ain't nothing but a number, throwing down ain't nothing but a thing"

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17. And "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones lyrics: "Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright, hear him whip the women just around midnight"

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Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.