13 Songs From The '00s You Weren’t Allowed To Listen To As A Kid
Growing up can be a treacherous thing during any decade, but trying to grow up in the ‘00s when racy hip-hop and rap songs were a thing of the norm was anything but easy — and only because you could barely turn on the radio or put a CD in the stereo without one of your parents telling you to "turn off that horrible noise!" For a decade that was all about fighting for our freedom, there were a lot of songs we millennials weren’t allowed to listen to in the ‘00s.
Whether it was a song you requested at a high school dance or a song you played for weeks before someone told you what it really meant, that first decade of the 21st century was a dubious time to be listening to music. And if you weren’t of legal age, listening to the songs that you wanted to listen to in the ‘00s was a pretty tricky thing. Even the songs that you assumed were harmless meant something else entirely that you didn’t even know about. Because sexual tension and nuance were written into a ton of songs in the ‘00s, which is why these songs in particular were ones you were definitely not allowed to listen to.
Except now you can listen until your little heart is content.
1. “Peaches & Cream” By 112
Spoiler: They’re not talking about dessert.
2. “Get Low” By Lil’ Jon And The East Side Boyz
You may have thought you were dancing to a song about getting low on the dance floor, but that interpretation doesn’t even gloss the surface of what this song really means.
3. “Touch Of My Hand” By Britney Spears
At least this song wasn’t about other people? Still, the minute your parents heard this song, it was likely a no go.
4. “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” By Khia
From the first line to the last, this song landed itself squarely on the forbidden list.
5. “Magic Stick” By Lil’ Kim
So many phallic references in one little song.
6. “Milkshake” By Kelis
Once your parents realized what a milkshake was, they were having none of it with this one.
7. “Candy Shop” By 50 Cent
Is it just me, or did this entire decade have an oral fixation?
8. “It Wasn’t Me” By Shaggy
This song about a known cheater denying his part in an affair wasn’t exactly a model for honest and forthright behavior that your parents wanted you to listen to.
9. “If You Seek Amy” By Britney Spears
When your parents put it together that the title of this song meant something completely different than the lyrics suggested, they forbid you from listening to it ever again.
10. “Slow Motion” By Juvenile
These not-so-subtle lyrics were all about the one thing your parents didn’t want you listening to.
11. “What’s Your Fantasy” By Ludacris
So many fantasies get played out in one song. Too bad you weren’t allowed to ever play this song on the family stereo.
12. “Wait (The Whisper Song)” By Ying Yang Twins
If you have to whisper the lyrics, what you’re saying can’t be good.
13. “Lollipop” By Lil’ Wayne
At least “Lollipop” promoted a mutually beneficial physical relationship, but it still wasn’t anything you were ever allowed to listen to when it first came out. I don’t care how many times you tried to convince your parents it really was about candy.
I feel like I’ve broken my parents’ hearts all over again just by listening to these.