Fight for Your Right (3:31)

Cover of Solid Gold Hits

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“Fight for Your Right” was the first single released from the Beastie Boys’ breakthrough album, Licensed to Ill (1986). One of their best-known songs, it reached #7 on the Billboard 100, and was later named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Beastie Boys also included the track on their hits album, The Sounds of Science in 1999, and Solid Gold Hits in 2005.

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Ironically, the song was intended as a parody of party and attitude songs, such as “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” and “I Wanna Rock.” However, the irony was lost on most listeners. Mike D commented that, “The only thing that upsets me is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different. There were tons of guys singing along to ‘Fight for Your Right’ who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them.” The guitar riffs and solo were played by Slayer guitarist Kerry King.

Despite probably being the group’s most famous song, the Beastie Boys have expressed distaste for it. In The Sounds of Science liner notes, MCA jokingly says the song “sucks,” though they did not feel the album would be complete without it. The group has not performed the song live since 1987.

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You wake up late for school, man, you don't wanna go
You ask you mom, "Please?", but she still says, "No"
You missed two classes and no homework
But your teacher preaches class like you're some kind of jerk

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  • Tetrahedrus

    This track is so awesome.

    24 Mar 8:32am Reply
  • mINDsELFiNDULGE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU_bRwmCx9s <--- A Traditional Jewish Protest Song by The Dresden Dolls

    10 Mar 4:58am Reply
  • KConn3711

    this is some kicking party music

    19 Feb 1:47am Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Aw, mom, you're just jealous. It's the Beastie Boys!

    14 Feb 9:32pm Reply
  • twoarmedman

    paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty

    7 Feb 11:35pm Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    Hip Hop Royalty... nuff said

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • thomas2112

    yea, almost forgot about those bigass boomboxes that hes got in the slideshow. what a pain in the ass those things were

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Ariues2

    yea this is a metal song

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • Ezekiel22

    Righteous Riffs.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    This song seems more rock than hip-hop, unlike most of the other songs on the album..

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    what an introduction to hip hop royalty - <3 even their worst is better than most of what is out there now. Classic!

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • waldojeffers1

    "Hahaha - guys, the Beastie boys hated this song. It was there attempt to make a satirical song about being a teenager and party - they were trying to make it sound bad and cheesy just to make fun of the the teenage trend. They were kind of sad when the song turned out to be so popular." -- This, plus the record label wanted them to make a "rock" song that would attract more of a white audience than their rap songs would.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Impaled_

    living at home is such a drag now your mom threw away your best porno mag lol

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    All these years later and still awesome! [2]

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song <3

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • blackknight1070

    The few memories I have left of being a drunk teenager, the hangovers I still remember!!!!

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • SFRocker

    daz right.....still awesome!!!

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • RulezForAnarchy

    great song!

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Possemaster

    All these years later and still awesome!

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ap0Th3

    Hahaha - guys, the Beastie boys hated this song. It was there attempt to make a satirical song about being a teenager and party - they were trying to make it sound bad and cheesy just to make fun of the the teenage trend. They were kind of sad when the song turned out to be so popular.

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
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