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Radio F-Bombs: an obscene history

What do pop stars love even more than their platinum records and pants-optional lifestyles? Titillating listeners — and agitating the FCC — with NSFW choruses.

Prince
''Sexy MF'' (1992)
The story of his life, basically.

Nine Inch Nails
''Closer'' (1994)
In which Trent Reznor proposes intercourse, animal-style.

Eamon
''F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)'' (2003)
A.k.a. ''We Are Never Ever F---in' Getting Back Together.''

Lily Allen
''F--- You'' (2009)
She said it was about George W. Bush; Dick Cheney said, ''Ooh, me next!''

Britney Spears
''If U Seek Amy'' (2009)
If U seek naughty acronyms, she's your girl.

Pink
''F---in' Perfect'' (2010)
Pink works blue, finds Hot 100 gold.

Cee Lo Green
''F--- You'' (2010)
So ubiquitous, it even got Gwyneth'd.

A$ap Rocky
''F---in Problems'' (2012)
Twenty-two. That's how many f---s this top 10 rap smash has to give.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
''Thrift Shop'' (2012)
Flannel zebra jammies and grandpa swag? ''F---in' awesome!''
Originally posted Feb 22, 2013 Published in issue #1248 Mar 01, 2013 Order article reprints
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