10 Best Songs About Fighting
Fighting and music have an uncanny ability to be put together in the same night and a group of the 10 best songs about fighting celebrates that connection. Fighting in the 1950s dealt with actual fist fighting, but by the peaceful 1960s, fighting was more abstract and stylized. The ten best songs about fighting list also crosses music genres and feature country, western, funk and even hip-hop and rap.
- "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas and Vivian Hawke. This stylized fight song ties in martial arts with a call to action. A chart topper in the 1974, Douglas and Hawke laid down this song in a short amount of time. The tune was designed to the the flip side of what was hoped to be a chart topper and instead instead was the hit.
- "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John. This fight tune, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin and melody by John, hit the charts in 1973. It has since been recorded by Flotsam and Jetsam, W.A.S.P. Nickelback and Kid Rock. It hit the charts again in renditions by Queen and The Who.
- "Street Fighting Man" by the Rolling Stones. Another fighting song by a British band, the Stones rebel call on the ten best songs about fighting. The original tune, part of the group's "Beggar's Banquet" LP released in 1968, is so noteworthy that major rock magazines place the song on a list of the top 500 songs of all time. Quite a fighting accomplishment.
- "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. This folky song, written by Paul Simon, is about the life of someone who makes a living fighting. It's not a rebel call for fighting, instead it laments the life of a boxer. Released in 1968, the song also hits the list of a rock magazine's top 500 timeless songs.
- "The Fightin' Side of Me" by Merle Haggard or "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit for folks who can't stand and won't listen to anything country. Merle uses this tune to excuse bad personal behavior, as only a country singer can get away with. The Bizkit's tune invites fighting in the abstract tune inviting listeners to destroy an item or two. Either way, both songs deal with a different sort of fighting.
- "(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass" by Nick Lowe. A fairly graphic title that encourages the breaking glass "deep within the night." No trouble here figuring out that Lowe is on the same side of the tracks as the Rolling Stones.
- "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar. The song was performed by rocker Benatar, but was written by Eddie Schwartz. This 1979 chart topper was Benatar's first Top Ten hit and is now a theme for sporting events, particularly rowdy hockey fans who somehow think a call for action includes asking their team to take a hit on behalf of the fans.
- "Rumble" by Link Wray and His Ray Men or "Fight Music" by D12, for those who insist that fight music needs some lyrics. One of the original rumble songs of the 1950s, Link's ditty hit the airwaves in 1958. Link is well-known for power guitar and this tune made hitters throughout the U.S. know the power of the rumble. Hip Hop/Rappers D12 recorded "Fight Music" for their first CD and it features Led Zeppelin in the sampling. The focus is something the Rolling Stones know something about a few decades before -- street fighting.
- "Let's Go" by Trick Daddy. Another first single on the ten best songs about fighting list. Released in 2004, the song invites listeners to get to fighting, in addition to featuring samples from Ozzy Osbourne.
- "Mama Said, 'Knock You Out'" by LL Cool J. This 1990 classic song actually doesn't advocate street fighting, it promotes knocking out music critics. LL Cool J was a vinyl release in 1991 on the Def Jam label and is considered not only one on a list of the ten best songs about fighting, it's a classic that many folks think turned rock to a new direction during the 1990s.