“Pumped Up Kicks” Controversy + Safe School Top 30

October 25, 2011 by Ric Hansen


We definitely hit a cord with this song by Foster the People.  Our esteemed review panel cleared this song for School dances.   It’s references to guns, bullets and violence however set up a flurry of controversy.  Our decision had been that although it refers to violence it didn’t promote or glorify it.    Several of our Responsible DJ members took exception to that, as did some school administrators and faculty.   Due to the flood of e mails, I sent the song back to our review panel, and they have reversed their position on this song.  It now appears on the DO NOT PLAY list.  TM/Prime Cuts (and maybe others) does provide a new version of the song that scrambles and edits all reference to violence however, and you might consider it for school dance play.   Responsible DJs who are members of the School Dance Network, have been provided with a copy of the edited version.

If you are interested in becoming a member we will provide you with a weekly “digital” version of our play lists, you will have access to our  full archived listing of DO NOT PLAY SONGS, will be included in our “Responsible DJ Directory and will be included on our soon to be published, nationally distributed list of “Responsible DJs”.   To Join CLICK HERE.  (The fee to support the network is just $50 per year)



Artist Title Notes/info Prime Cuts # BPM
1 1 Gym Class Heros Stereo Hearts Adam Levine 201125 91
4 2 Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel 201120 132
6 3 David Guetta Without You Usher 201136 128
2 4 Lil Wayne How to Love 201123 77
3 5 Maroon 5/Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 201132 128
9 6 Jason Derulo It Girl 201133 92
5 7 New Boyz Better with the Lights on 201120 112
13 8 LMFAO Sexy and I know it 201133 130
7 9 Britney Spears I Wanna Go 201124 131
8 10 LMFAO Party Rock Anthem Lauren Bennett 201102 131
10 11 Bad Meets Evil Lighters (squeaky clean) Bruno Mars 201125 90
11 12 Nicki Minaj Super Bass 201115 127
15 13 Alexandra Stan Mr. Saxobeat 201119 127
14 14 Sean Paul Got 2 Luv 201129 92
12 15 David Guetta Where them Girls at FloRida-Nicki Minaj 201119 130
21 16 Nicki Minaj-Rihanna Fly Must edit Motherf**ker 201132 120
16 17 Kanye West All of the lights Kid Cudi, Rihanna 201050 71
18 18 Afrojack Take over Control Eva Simons 201048 130
17 19 Pitbulll Give Me Everything Ne-Yo & Nayer – 201114 129
23 20 Rihanna We Found Love 201140 128
25 21 Flo Rida Good Feelin 201137 128
22 22 Breathe Carolina Black Out Use Radio Edit 201124 124
19 23 T-Pain Best Love Song Chris Brown 201108 81
28 24 Bruno Mars It Will Rain One reference to morophine 201140 75
20 25 Iyaz Pretty Girls Travie McCoy 201120 78
24 26 Lady Gaga The Edge of Glory 201120 128
30 27 Enrique Iglesias I Like How it Feels FT Pitbull 201139 128
29 28 Hot Chelle Rae I Like it Like That  FT-New Boyz 201139 101
New 29 Drake Headlines Must be edited! F**K, Sh*t, Nig** 201132 76
New 30 Jennifer Lopez Papi 201135 120


Artist Title Notes
NEW Big Sean Dance (A$$) Even cleaned up with edits this one talks about grinding and butts.  Best to leave this one at home.
New Taio Cruise Hangover Stand clear of this song.  It is all about drinking, getting drunk and the residuals of being drunk.
NEW Foster the People Pumped up Kicks Search out the clean version with no guns, no bullets and no violence and this one is safe to play.  Otherwise better avoid it at schools.


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