Banned in the U.S.A. (song)

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"Banned in the U.S.A."
2LC - Banned in the USA single.jpg
Single by 2 Live Crew
from the album Banned in the U.S.A.
ReleasedMay 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)
GenrePolitical hip hop
  • Mr. Mixx
  • Luke Records
  • 2 Live Crew
2 Live Crew singles chronology
"The Fuck Shop"
"Banned in the U.S.A."
"Mama Juanita"

"Banned in the U.S.A." is a song recorded by the American hip hop group 2 Live Crew. It was released in May 1990 as the lead single from its album of the same name. It peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot-100 chart and is the group's highest-charting song on that chart. It reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[1]


The song is a reference to the decision in a court case that the 2 Live Crew's album As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene. (The decision would later be overturned on appeal.) Bruce Springsteen granted them permission to sample his song "Born in the U.S.A." for it. It contains a sample of a Ronald Reagan impressionist proclaiming the United States' government to be a government "Of the people, for the people, by the people."[2]


Chart (1990) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 28
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1


  1. ^ "The 2 Live Crew chart positions". allmusic. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "Banned in the USA: 2 Live Crew CD Spotlight". Mike's Daily Jukebox. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The 2 Live Crew" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.