This Day in History

On May 31, 1977, the BBC officially banned the song “God Save the Queen” by the punk rock band the Sex Pistols because of its controversial lyrics, which criticized the British monarchy and the social norms of the time. The ban itself became a symbol of the cultural clash between the rebellious spirit of punk rock and the establishment, highlighting issues of censorship and the role of music as social commentary. Despite, or perhaps because of, the ban, the song became an anthem for the disaffected youth of the period and remains a powerful example of music’s ability to challenge societal structures.