Australian Radio Stations Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat

Australian Radio Stations Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat

Photo smoke caused by the Australian bushfires.

In response to the that have ravaged Australia, it is being reported that some radio stations in the country are banning songs that contain lyrics that reference fire, burning and heat.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the stations affected by the ban are owned by Southern Cross Austereo, which runs the Hit and Triple M networks.

A spokesperson for the company issued a statement in regards to the ban, saying, “Out respect for the devastation impacting so much our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally.”

While the company did not provide a list songs currently banned from their networks, The Industry Observer collected a list tracks that may be banned based on the formats the radio networks.

These songs, which were identified by music executives, include:

  • “This House Is on Fire” by AC/DC
  • “Just Like Fire” by Pink
  • “Fight Fire with Fire” by Metallica
  • “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
  • “Never See the Rain” by Tones & I
  • “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil
  • “Firestarter” by The Prodigy
  • “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan & The Band
  • “Firework” by Katy Perry
  • “Get Out the House” by Boom Crash Opera
  • “Horror Movie (Right There On My TV)” by Skyhooks
  • “Burn” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against The Machine
  • “Fire Meets Gasoline” by Sia
  • “The Reaper” by Chainsmokers & Amy Shark
  • “Death to My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
  • “Smoke From a Distant Fire” by The Sanford Townsend Band
  • “Rooms on Fire” by Stevie Nicks
  • “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple
  • “Burning Sky” by Bad Company
  • “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie
  • “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  • “Fire Water Burn” Bloodhound Gang
  • “House Fire” by Alice Cooper

Other radio networks, such as Nova Entertainment and the Australian Radio Network, indicated that they would monitor songs that could be distressing to their listeners, but they stopped short banning songs.