Best Rage Against the Machine Songs


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The Top Ten

Killing in the Name
killing in the name should be no. 1 4 sure! the solo kicks ass! this will be the best 4eva of rage against the machine!
this song is beast. way better than bulls on parade. the solo is awesome!
the solo is awesome 4some. this deserves #1
[Newest]Amazing! Now who rules rock?

2Bulls On Parade
it just is #1.
love "Killing In the Name" as well, but this runs home with it all
tom morello is just amazing. very powerful guitar and bass
this should be no. 1 because it kicks ass
[Newest]This one gets me EVERY TIME!

3Guerilla Radio
I'll have to be honest. I don't actually like killing in the name that much. I mean, it's a good song, but it's just really repetitive and it gets kinda boring after a while. By the way, whoever called guerilla radio on testify gorilla radio... You're just stupid -_-
Listen to the lyrics... Its deservant of a top 2 spot. It's just awesome, whether you like or dislike the band, you have to agree that this song is a masterpiece.
[Newest]I'm really hoping that was spell check that turned it into gorilla road for the bomb track guy. This is a great song. And it deserves where it is on this list.

4Know Your Enemy
Where is "vietnow"? That song is awesome.
Ah well, this song is just as good so it's got my vote.
Especially at 27-39. That is music at it's finest.
It all comes together in this song: excellent bass, tight drums, outrageous vocals and Tom Morello's incredible guitar skills. It has a devilish rhythm, incredible energy, and the lyrics exemplify what RATM is all about. In short: it rocks.
Everything in this song is perfect head to toe. The cool effect ridden intro followed by one of the best Rage riffs. Melody and lyrics are fantastic. The backing vocal bridge is just great and the groovy solo is easily one of Morellos best.
[Newest]Best riff of all time I guess. Outstanding song!

5Wake Up
Not only is this an explosively political song that attacks the entire system, but the lyrics are of superior quality even for Rage Against the Machine's standards. Not to mention the rhymes throughout the entirety of the track are some of the highest quality of any Rage song. Put simply, this is sick.
From the vocals, to the complicated guitar riffs, to the sheer emotion and passion in this song, it is the best RATM song out there. You can just feel Zack's emotion as he screams "WAKE UP" at the end of the song.
This is Rage Against the Machine's most political song for sure, and the music really goes along with the message.
[Newest]"Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy! "

So mant catchy guitar riffs in one song... should be in the top 3 for sure
Why is this song so low? It should be much higher in rating.
Wanted to put this track up the list but already used my vote for Maria, which is far better than the ratings appear to reflect

This in my humble opinion should probably be number 1


7Sleep Now In the Fire
"so raise your fist and march around"<<it fills me with a great power and courages, this song is totally kick me out of the sofa.. just play it loud.
Always forgotten this song. People tend to listen to the first album and extract from that. Much better than most of their other tunes.
Hard to choose because they have so many brilliant songs but that riff! That riff man.


[Newest]I love the lyrics to this song. Absolutely great.

Testify and Renegades of Funk should both be higher up. Killing in the name of and Gorilla Radio should be 1 and 2.
Who controls the PAST, now controls the FUTURE! Simply awesome...should be 4th at least
Very Nice bass line.
Should be just a little further up
[Newest]This song is so good that it makes you want to punch a politician in the face.

9Bullet In the Head
How is this not higher? This song is amazing. And lyrics are killer!
And the guitar! The guitar man
Genius, simple as that. The guitar sounds like nothing I've heard before or since.
Has always been will always be my favorite song. I use to make my boyfriend play this on his base.
[Newest]Best song they made killing in the name of is a bit overrated

10Calm Like a Bomb
The guitar, the bass, the drums, the vocals, everything's amazing.! Who can forget the solo!
I'd have to say that Killing in the Name is probably the best, but I voted for this song due to the fact that a no. 7 ranking is far too low for one of the best RATM songs.

Feel the funk blast!
Hands down the best part of the Matrix sequels. Sure they sucked, but this would be the best part of the original too.
[Newest]Matrix reload soundtrack is amazing

The Contenders

Legendary song for this band and rock in general. Should be number #4 or #5 at least! When this song kicked of the releases for their self-titled album, there was NOTHING remotely like it on the radio waves. We need to pay tribute to this band and this particular song for bring heavy music to the mainstream.
This song is godly! Definitely #1 to me. Tom's pure metal, fused with Timmy C's heavy bass accompanied by Zack's badass lyrics, pulled together by Brad's half rock/ half hip-hop beats, make this song undeniably awesome!
This should probably be in the top 5. But they have a lot of amazing songs. But this song had amazing guitar by Morello, very good heavy playing. And excellent drumming by Will.

12Renegades of Funk
This song should be considered in so many teachings of music because of its range from one genre to the next.

This makes people want to be, or wish they were, musical.
Just an unbelievable song unbelievable cover... Made it their own
This is the song that got me into RAGE and made me want to here more of there music. The Bass The Drums the Singing and Tom Morrello on the guitar is spectacular

13Born of a Broken Man
Very tough choice, especially seeing as every single Rage Against The Machine (in my opinion) is absolutely incredible. Although there's something about this song I just prefer over others, I can't quite put my finger on it though, its just an amazing song!
The Calm lead up, the explosion of thundering Riffs and the stomping of Tom and Zach's feet when the riffs are played just makes this song cool. Above cool.


Love rage against the machine, and if I had to pick my favorite, it would be this by far. The guitar riffs and lyrics are amazing. One of the best

14Take the Power Back
The bass in this song is so awesome, definitely Top 5 for me
Best Rage Song. Unfortunately they didn't play it on their last shows.
Yes, it should be on the top 5
[Newest]Best bass line I've ever heard

15Down Rodeo
The sliding on the neck of the guitar is amazing! The drum/bass solo at the end really sets this song apart from others!
By FAR one of their top 10 songs! How the hell was this not listed up there
These people ain't see a brown skinned man since their grandparents bought one

16Fistfull of Steel
Are you kidding me? This is definitely my favorite rage song. It should be top 5. It has great vocals by Rocha and the beginning of the song is just sick. The solo is awesome. This is such an under rated song. And if the vibe was suicide Then you would push the button But if ya bowin' down Then let me do the cuttin' Yeah! Come on!


17Pistol Grip Pump
This is one of the greatest RATM songs! Why is it so low down in the poll?

18People of the Sun
no matter how many times I play this song I just want 2 bang my head
Coming back around again!

This is the only RATM song that I dislike. I absolutely hate this song
I know that rATM stuff is all of a really high standard mainly because the songs were never meant as a commercial venture but rather a ven against commercialsm, and the whole "machine" in general

And I an athyist but, amen to that


20No Shelter
This is the the national anthem of the USA. Not officially, obviously, but factually. It explains the evil, the distortion and the cause of confusion. It doesn't hate on the USA, it hates what the nation has done with its power -- what we have let it do.
How is at 40? Seems like this is their most underrated song, seeing as how it's not featured on most top 10 lists for RATM songs... Definitely my favorite
How is this #36?! This is an awesome song with lyrics that are in my opinion 100% true!
[Newest]Underrated song... Should be top 5.

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