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 10 songs about fighting that are sure to get you fired up!
Eye of the Tiger
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
Breaking the Habit
Internal struggles are tough. Whether you’re dealing with addiction, the loss of a loved one, or some other inner demon, these fights can be so hard because you can’t show anybody exactly what’s in your head.
You can speak to people, a therapist or a psychiatrist, and it can help, but you can never truly make them see exactly what you’re dealing with.
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.
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.
Fight for Your Right
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
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
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.