Fighting is a primal action that every person has gone through at some point in their lives. Whether it’s fist fighting, verbal arguing, or even a fight within oneself and one’s own emotions, fighting your inner demons or betrayal, everyone knows what it’s like to be in a fight.
Not all fights are life or death, and in fact, fighting can sometimes be seen as a healthy activity in small amounts. Music based on the concept of fighting tends to bring out the warrior in us, as we can live through these exciting events without putting anyone in physical danger.
Here are our top picks for songs about fighting that are sure to get you fired up!
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger
Listening to lyrics like these, it’s impossible to resist your own inner tiger, your own primal fierceness coming to the forefront. This song will pump you up so much that you might need to be careful about how you react.
But it certainly sends the message that you should not back down just because there’s something in the way. Be it a rival, a predator, a mountain, or otherwise, any obstacle can be tackled if you’re willing to fight for it.
Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
If anybody knows about the concept of any single form of martial arts, it’s Kung Fu, all because of this song. Even if you don’t know the tenets of Kung Fu or what it actually entails, you can paint a picture with the words in this song.
Martial arts are all about self-defense. If you’re in a position where you need to break out the Kung Fu, that means you’re protecting yourself or others, and you are righteous in doing so. This song brings you the message that you are allowed to defend yourself or others if you feel you’re in danger. Even if you don’t know any Kung Fu moves, your survival instinct will at least kick in to help you fight your way out.
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera’s song Fighter tells an important story about resilience. Sometimes you have to go through the bad times so you can appreciate the good times. Likewise, sometimes you have to lose a fight to become stronger, and perhaps win the next, more important fight.
‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This can also be seen as learning from your mistakes. Nobody is perfect. You shouldn’t feel bad for making a mistake or for losing a fight. You should learn what you need to get better at, and prepare yourself so you will fare better in the next fight.
Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
One of the hardest fights to be in is fights about love. Sometimes you don’t know what you want. You might think you want one thing, but it turns out that it’s not what you really wanted or needed.
You might have had your heart broken. Or, you might have had to break someone’s heart. This kind of fight can be very difficult for some people, as the wounds they inflict can last a very long time. But when you finally win on the battlefield of love, it’s the greatest victory you can achieve.
Wolves by Ryan Bingham
From the chorus, you already know this song is not going to go quietly and is about standing up to forces larger than you and fighting:
“Well, I knew somehow
There would come a day
When I stood my ground
Kept the wolves at bay”
In our interview with Ryan Bingham, we asked what his inspiration for his song Wolves was: “I moved a lot as a young kid to new towns all the time, new schools and got in lots of fights and things like that, but it’s also very much about the organizers of March For Our Lives and the kids who have been going through these school shootings, Sandy Hook, Parkland.”
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
This is probably one of the catchiest songs out there. It’s also a simple, tried and true message of getting back up if you’re knocked down. Regardless of what it is that knocked you down, do your best to get back up again, because that just might the time that you’re going to win.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten’s Fight Song sends a message: Just because someone looks like they might not be able to put up a fight, don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security.
They say that the finest swordsman always keeps his sword sheathed, but if he ever needs to take it out, you can bet he knows how to handle it. Don’t judge someone on their appearances, because while you might think that person looks weak, they might be much stronger than you think.
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) by the Beastie Boys
While this song may initially sound like a smug bunch of teenagers just messing around, it has a deeper meaning, and that’s fighting for what you believe in.
As we grow, our beliefs change. So while as a teen, your belief might be that you should be able to stay up as late as you want, later in life, your belief could change into believing that everyone should have equal rights and opportunities. As long as you are true to your message, fight for it.
Fight the Power by Public Enemy
Government is supposed to make our lives easier. It provides us with laws, public installations, and other things that help communities become stable, safe places to live.
But sometimes, things can go wrong. Revolution might be the answer. Fighting against tyrannical governments is a terrifying prospect, but if the alternative is the death of the people, then there isn’t really any other choice.
Know Your Enemy by Rage Against the Machine
In a haunting song, Rage Against the Machine’s Know Your Enemy cautions you to be aware of what’s going on around you, because your enemy could be disguising himself as your friend, or even your parents. And before you know it, you’re in a fight for your life that you didn’t even realize, and it started long, long ago.
Fighting against an authority figure can be traumatizing. It makes you think about what they may have taught you, what lies they may have told to indoctrinate you, what weaknesses they may have instilled in you.
Knowing your enemy is as simple as keeping your wits about you, questioning anything that doesn’t seem right, and always believing in your own truth.
Fighting My Way Back
Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy, released this song in 1975, making one of rock’s classic songs, which set the stage for their huge commercial global breakthrough. It was on their fifth studio album that made it to the UK at #60. The song is about fighting your way back to the top after being knocked down.
I Wanna Fight
This rock song by TKO is about revenge, it is obvious that the band would have a song about fighting with a name like that. The band falls into the heavy metal genre and was born in Seattle, Washing. A famous lyric from the song is “no sticks and stones gonna break my bones of the man who guns for you.”
Fighting the World
Another classic is by the American heavy metal band Manowar. The song was released in 1987 and is still an all-time rock favorite. It is on their fifth album that became one of the first heavy metal albums mixed and recorded completely on digital equipment, making rock history. The popular artwork for the song’s cover by Ken Kelly has become an American symbol of heavy metal rock. The song is about fighting for Metal and the love for the music genre.
Gonna Be a Fight Tonight
This street-fighting song has become an anthem in the professional fighting arenas. It describes the supercharged feeling of a fighter as he approaches the fight. The song is very inspirational with tones of great achievement over your opponent. The band, Danko Jones, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021. They are a rock trio from Toronto Ontario, Canada that have brought the elements of hard rock and punk into the music scene.
Fighting Against the World
When it comes to fighting against the rules of society, this song is the perfect fit. In this song, created by the band Vandenberg, the lyrics emphasize the quest for freedom to be who you truly want to be regardless of what society imposes on you. It is an inspirational song for those who want to live life their way, without rules, no matter what type of trouble awaits. It is certainly a song for rebels!
Fight for Your Rights
Surprisingly, Motley Crue created songs about other things than girls and partying. In this song, they talk about the fight against racism. It talks about a painful divide and how both sides of racism suffer. The band revealed their desire to create a serious song about the social injustices of the time. The song covers the painful history of racism in the United States and portrays children as the main victims that have to overcome this adversity.
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
The American thrash metal band, Anthrax released this song on their 10th studio album making it about fighting zombies. Lead guitarist, Rob Caggiano, said in an interview with Guitar World, that the tune was one of the first songs they rehearsed as a band, taking on all the elements that represent them as a group. Its groovy melody and thrashy vibe have made it one of the most popular metal band songs.
Fight the Good Fight
The song was created by Triumph, the power trio from Canada made up of singer and guitarist Rik Emmett, singer and drummer Gil Moore, and bass player Mike Levine. The fight is about controlling your own destiny inspired by Emmett’s lyrics about his aunt who was dying of cancer. The song became the theme for human resilience and strength, making it a hugely popular song during live performances bringing everyone up on their feet on their chairs.