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It's not just Lizzo and Beyoncé; check out these hits that had objectionable lyrics rewritten

Jon Bream, Star Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Note: This massive MTV hit reached No. 1 on Billboard's pop and rock charts and it was nominated for Grammys for record and song of the year.

—Michael Jackson, "They Don't Care About Us," 1996

Original lyrics: "Jew me, sue me/ Everybody, do me"

New lyrics: "Do me, sue/ Everybody, do me"

Note: The song peaked at No. 30 on Billboard's pop chart and No. 10 on R&B list. "They Don't Care About Us" became popular at Black Lives Matter protests in 2014, 2015 and 2020.

—Black Eyed Peas, "Let's Get R----ded," 2003/ "Let's Get It Started," 2004

 

Original lyrics: "Everybody, everybody/ Let's get into it (yeah), get stupid (come on)/ Get r----ded (come on), get r----ded (yeah), get r----ded"

New lyrics: "Everybody (yeah), everybody (yeah)/ Just get into it (yeah), get stupid (come on)/ Get it started, (come on), get it started (yeah), get it started."

Note: A year after originally recording the song, Black Eyed Peas quietly revamped the title and song as "Let's Get It Started." The new version became a promo theme for ABC's coverage of the NBA playoffs, climbed to No. 21 on Billboard's pop list and earned a Grammy for best rap performance by a group. It also was one of five finalists for Grammy's record of the year.

—Taylor Swift, "Picture to Burn," 2008

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