China has released a blacklist of songs that it says promote obscenity or violence and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites.
The official Xinhua News Agency says the order from the Ministry of Culture accompanied the list of 120 songs that "trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality."
It said Monday that any unit or individual that does not take down the songs will face unspecified "severe punishment."
The list contains Chinese-language songs, and some are by household names in China, including Taiwanese pop singer Chang Csun Yuk and Taiwanese actor Stanley Huang.
Xinhua said the list will be updated regularly.
China's authoritarian government regularly attempts to tighten control over content that it says disturbs social stability.