A fight is a struggle between two people. This could be because of any number of reasons, whether it’s over something as small as a parking space or as large as a woman. In music, there are countless songs about fights and the idea of fighting. Here are the twenty best songs about fighting that have been written in modern times.
Hit ‘Em Up – 2Pac featuring the Notorious B.I.G.
This song was not only about fighting because of insults, but also because someone slept with your girlfriend/sister/wife. In the song, 2Pac claims that he has slept with Biggie’s wife and baby mother. He pokes fun at Biggie for not being able to do anything about it because he is in a hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. They also take jabs at other rappers such as Tim Dog and Kris Kross for various reasons.
Next Contestant – Nickelback
This song was about a protective boyfriend who is often getting into fights when he perceives that other men are attracted to his girlfriend. Chad Kroeger, the lead singer of Nickelback, disliked it when other men were looking at his girlfriend and found himself constantly fighting them off.
Fight Night – Migos
This song is about a man who has been in rough situations where he needs to fight for his life. He feels like he is misunderstood, but when it comes time for him to be the hero of the story, he steps up and fights. Migos put the emphasis on the beat and off-kilter flow of their rhymes as they rap about struggling to survive.
Fight Music – D12
This song was about how Eminem and his friends were bullied for being different. They would have to fight the bullies to defend themselves, but they did so because of how much they hated being picked on. D12 was a rap group that Eminem helped form, but whose members had much success in their own solo ventures.
Back Down – 50 Cent featuring The Game & Ludacris
This song was about how 50 Cent said that he is not afraid of the people who are after him. He would never back down from a fight with them because he was ready to defend himself. Each rapper had a verse where they talked about how ready they were for a fight, but 50 Cent dominated the first and third verses of this song.
My Generation – The Who
This song was about revolution and rebelling against authority figures, mainly parents, teachers, and policemen. It was written during the time of The Vietnam War and some people thought that it was about teenagers rebelling against those who sent them to war, but lead singer Roger Daltrey has stated numerous times that this song was not about such a heavy topic.
Fight The Power – Public Enemy
This song was about the power of the African American community coming together to stand up against racism. It has been used in countless movies and on numerous occasions as a symbol that shows how powerful they are when they do come together. This was an anthem for civil rights activists around the world because it calls for the community to unite and fight racism.
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
This song was about a young man who has so much determination that he is willing to stand up for what he believes in, even if it means going against everyone else. He feels like he can accomplish anything so long as he does not give up. He uses the chorus to repeat his message about not backing down.
Killing in the Name of – Rage Against the Machine
This song was about the hypocrisy of people who were violent, but condemned other people for being violent. It also criticized false prophets and hooligans who would cause trouble just to cause trouble. The chorus has become a common chant at various protests across America because it captures what so many people want to say if they do not agree with a certain policy.
Fight Song – Rachel Platten
This song was about how the singer did not want to give up on her dream, even though she felt defeated after trying and failing again and again. It was an anthem for anyone who needed that extra help getting through hard times. She compared her struggle to fighting cancer because of how painful it is to get over, but you have to do it so that you can survive and achieve your dreams in the end.
No Easy Way Out – Robert Tepper
This song was about how the protagonist did not want to fight for what he wanted, but there was no easy way out of his predicament. If he had gone down the peaceful route, this song would have turned into an anti-violence ballad. People who are fighting for something that they believe in often feel like it is the only option because ending up with nothing is not an option.
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
This song was about how no matter how hard life gets, you have to keep fighting for what you believe in. It captures the spirit of being a hero and fighting for what is right because it will make you feel better knowing that you did everything that you could to make a positive change.
We Will Rock You – Queen
This song was about making sure that no matter what, the world will continue turning and they will still be able to enjoy music. The lyrics were meant to be ironic because it is a rock anthem, but they are saying that everything will be alright even if rock music were to die. The song has been used by many sports teams to energize their fans before a big game.
Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
“We’re going down, down in an earlier round, and sugar we’re going down swinging” are the opening lines to the chorus of this Fall Out Boy classic. It was written during the peak of the band’s popularity and it helped them to become even more popular. The lyrics are about fighting against other people to get ahead, but they play into the idea that if you fall down, you will always get back up again.
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
This song was about how the rich and poor were not treated equally. People who had more money than others would be given preferential treatment and avoided the draft, while those without money and influence were sent to the front lines to fight in a bloody war. The protagonist does not want to fight for a country that treats him like dirt and he sings about how he is “just a poor boy” who never had the chance to be somebody.
Last Resort – Papa Roach
This song was about how people lash out when they feel trapped in their own personal hell. The chorus provides the most insight into what the protagonist is feeling because it shows how he is ready to do whatever it takes to make things better. He wants to escape from the life that he cannot handle anymore, but there are no solutions in sight.
Fight For Your Right – The Beastie Boys
This song was about the protagonist and his friends making their way to a party so they can have a good time. This is a classic “stick it to the man” type of song, about how there will be obstacles in life preventing you from having fun, so you need to fight for your right to party!
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
This song was about being proud of who you are and keeping going even when everything seems bleak. It was a call to arms for anyone who had gone through a period of bad luck or depression, and they were ready to keep fighting for what they believed in. The line “I get knocked down” showed that the protagonist would always get back up, so this song had a positive message that people could sing along to.
Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit
This song was about a man who had almost lost everything, and was not afraid to lash out at the world. While some Limp Bizkit fans protest that the song is misunderstood, it was about an anonymous protagonist who did not want to deal with life anymore. He felt like he had been pushed around all of his life and he was finally ready to fight back.
Uprising – Muse
This song was about refusing to go along with what society tells you to do. The protagonist is sick of being exploited and needs to stand up for himself so he can be free. He knows that there are many others who are being mistreated, so he wants them all together so they can overthrow the system. Muse wrote this song to encourage people to fight for what is right, even though it may be hard to accomplish.