2. 'Jesus Walks'
The Beach Boys faced some resistance when they tried to release a song with the word "God" in it in 1966, and 38 year years later Kanye West faced a similar issue with "Jesus Walks." Kanye started the song before he established any sort of solo career, and executives felt people would assume it was a Christian rap song. They also felt it wouldn't get any radio play, and West addressed this fear in the final version of the song. "But if I talk about God my record won't get played," he rapped. "Well let this take away from my spins/Which will probably take away from my ends."
Turns out it didn't take away from his spins or his ends. Radio and MTV embraced the song, and it was soon blaring from cars all over America. If he hadn't insisted on pushing the song out it's quite possible his career would have fizzled at that crucial moment.