Top Ten Most Badass Songs

A list of the most hardcore, headbanging, and slow walking songs in history.

The Top Ten

1 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

This song boosts my testosterone

While this is good, bullet in the head is even more kick-ass. I'm listening to it as I type this.

When I have a bad day this song makes it better

Ha ha ha ha this is such an awesome song, especially 'because it beat the x factor (uk) into xmas numbuer one for 2009 (i think! )

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2 Ace of Spades - Motörhead

Okay, most of the songs here are NOT what you would call BADASS... Ahead of this motorhead song of true rage as a true badass song would perhaps only be "bad to the bone" in this list..

Not my favorite song from motorhead but still a kick ass one, almost all of their songs have a much better chance getting here than most of the songs actually in this list like born to raise hell or orgasmatron.

This and Gimme Shelter are the two most badass songs on this entire list. I wonder what the two of them would sound like mixed together. - xandermartin98

Motorhead is definitely the greatest badass band

3 Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine

That chorus guitar line (rally round the family) is one of the heaviest choruses of all time

I was instantly able to bench press 700 pounds after listening to this.

I make my bed to this song.

This song is amazing because of the vocals and the powerful guitar - Ajkloth

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4 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
5 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Whole song is badass but the section where Michael (as said by someone else) echoes "Beat it" with the guitar riffs and gong sounds with the door creak and build up to the solo is so badass

How is it badass? I mean, it SOUNDS cool but it's a song about knowing when to run from a fight. Bad is BADass. I mean, it has half of the word in it's title. - Lasvegasxavier

I especially love the bit where it echoes beat it, and he pants, followed by the guitar and gongs, it is badass.

No one wants to vote for others

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6 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Best song ever for the win

It's just makes you sexier

It's not a badass song but it's awesome 🙆

7 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest

Badass song...first song I learned to play

8 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Best METALLICA song ever

Best song ever!

This song is the definition of badass.

This is such an amazing song.

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9 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Old school, new school, no school it is all the same, Bad to the Bone...enough said...

Definitely this is the definition of the term "badass".

Do you people know what "badass" means? Try listening to this song.

This is beyond badass its bad to the bone!

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10 Back in Black Very Rare Version - AC/DC

Come on think of a time when something badass happened and back in black wouldn't work.

Not the best song ever but cool for walking in slow motion

Better listen to Pat Benatar or

I play this when I walk home on the first day of summer

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The Contenders

11 Walk - Pantera

How is this not number 1?

Yeah this song gets really badass.-LitSavage

RE! SPECT! WALK! 11

12 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

One of the most badass songs in the world. Instant hype!

This song just puts you on "Fire AND Flames". While I listen to it I always imagine the badass hero flying like a rocket around the landscape while fighting his rival. It is motivational and hardcore!

I remember this song from the runescape clan war montages. That time was pure bliss.

13 Indestructible - Disturbed

"It gives you superpowers"

14 Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother

Badass... picture entering a prison yard with hardened criminals alone without a weapon... this the song to play.. Note to people voting on this list... learn the definition of badass please

15 We Will Rock You - Queen

This song is just AWESOME

16 Dragon Attack - Queen
17 Raining Blood - Slayer
18 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Arturo Thunder Gatti

Every AC/DC song could be collectively put at #1.

Classic. Overused at some sporting events but still a classic.

My dad showed me this when I was little, I've always loved it

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19 Balls to the Wall - Accept
20 Man in Box - Alice in Chains

Love listening to this song in my car really loud. Layne and Jerry's vocals on this song are great. Never get tired of hearing this song.

Works best when you're slowly getting out of a car.

21 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

The official song of the apocalypse.

Somehow, this song manages to sound like both the 1970s and today's world at the same time. - xandermartin98

22 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

Just badass, dude seriously

23 I Wanna Be Bad - Willa Ford
24 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Come on guys!
Talking about badass things and no metal in the list! To be honest Holy wars - megadeth, Master of puppets - Metallica and Hallowed be thy name - Iron maiden should be on top 3

25 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

This is better than some at the top, because it's actually talking about a guy's style. A lot of the others are just cool, that doesn't necessarily make them badass or savage.

Some of these people don't know the meaning of badass, I mean imagine dragons, seriously?

They have always had that badass biker dudes way about them!

26 Aces High - Iron Maiden
27 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

One of the most badass bass lines in history. - JCHOW

How is this not on the list?

28 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

How is this not in the top 5 very least?!

TALK ABOUT BADASS CLIFF FOR LIFE FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS ow that intro...

Bass intros cliff burton all the way

You guys said headbanging badass. Why is Michael jackson on top list.

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29 Bodies - Drowning Pool

Badass

30 Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
31 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
32 Death in Fire - Amon Amarth
33 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
34 Master of Puppets - Metallica
35 Search and Destroy - Iggy & the Stooges
36 Objection - Shakira
37 Rumors - Lindsay Lohan

I guess I understand why someone might put this on here, but I'd put this songs at the bottom, not way up here at 33. - RogerMcBaloney

Lindsay Lohan?!

38 Human Nature - Madonna

No. Just no. - RogerMcBaloney

39 Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
40 Wheels of Steel - Saxon
41 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

From the riffs, drum fills, cowbell, drum solos to the vocals. Everything is badass in this song.

42 Back in Black - AC/DC

It make me like call of duty

43 Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
44 Smooth - Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
45 A New Level - Pantera

Madonna at #11 and Pantera at #15? You gotta be kidding' me - TrappedInsideIt

MORE BADASS SONG I'VE HEARD.

46 Holy Diver - Dio
47 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth
48 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

The best the best Metallica song on the planet and will always be

How the hell did some these songs get on the list. Come on crazy in love by beyonce is not bad ass. This song gots one kick ass guitar solo by the way.

49 Crazy in Love - Beyonce
50 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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1. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers
2. Balls to the Wall - Accept
3. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
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1. Dragon Attack - Queen
2. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
3. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
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1. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
2. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
3. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
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