Haggard tops list of country's banned tunes

Country music isn't always about sipping beer and driving pickup trucks.

Not that long ago, there were country songs that were banned because of steamy lyrics or controversial topics.

Fox News has posted a list of what they call "Country Contraband," artists who are placed on the naughty list for their tunes.

Starting with No. 5, "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks. The music video was pulled by Country Music Television stations, because, in it, Brooks plays a man who abuses his wife.

At No. 4, when Carrie underwood's then-boyfriend Mike Fisher was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators, his hometown fans were so upset one radio station refused to play any songs by the country singer.

In third place, Loretta Lynn's tune about the birth control pill was too risque for the 1970s. The song was banned on many radio stations in the country.

Second is "I Melt" by Rascal Flatts. The Great American Channel banned the song's video because band member Joe Don Rooney exposes his backside for about three seconds.

And, the No. 1 country song that caused a stir in the country world was Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee." Haggard came under fire in 1969 with his hit song. He called it a tribute to our soldiers in the Vietnam War and everyday American hometown life. Even though Haggard was asked to perform it at the White House for then-president Richard Nixon, many radio stations stopped playing "Okie from Muskogee" because people thought it was offensive.