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

Rage is the best band

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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 Beat It - Michael Jackson

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

Just beat it

4 Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine

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

Baby above has small dick

5 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest

Badass song...first song I learned to play

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 We Will Rock You - Queen

This song is just AWESOME

8 Enter Sandman - Metallica

This song is the definition of badass.

This is such an amazing song.

What how is this not first

Awesome song

9 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers

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

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

This is beyond badass its bad to the bone!

My favourite song ever

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10 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

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!

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

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

The Contenders

11 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

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

One of the best

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12 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

13 Dragon Attack - Queen
14 Balls to the Wall - Accept
15 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

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

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

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

Arturo Thunder Gatti

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16 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

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

17 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.

18 Aces High - Iron Maiden
19 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!

20 I Wanna Be Bad - Willa Ford
21 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

How is this not on the list?

22 Bodies - Drowning Pool


23 Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
24 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
25 Search and Destroy - Iggy & the Stooges
26 Walk - Pantera

Yeah this song gets really badass.-LitSavage


27 Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
28 Objection - Shakira
29 Rumors - Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan?!

30 Wheels of Steel - Saxon
31 Human Nature - Madonna
32 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Radioactive's synthesis of lyrical imagery, rhythm, and suspension creates a heavy, mystical state in the mind of the listener and forms what I believe to be one of the most badass songs of all time.

As soon as I hear this song I must sing it as loud as I can

This song is extraordinary, that's powerful, indicrebly badass!

33 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
34 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
35 Back in Black - AC/DC

It make me like call of duty

36 Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
37 Smooth - Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
38 A New Level - Pantera

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


39 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
40 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

41 Crazy in Love - Beyonce
42 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
43 Headstrong - Trapt
44 Break Stuff - Limp Bizkit
45 Come as You Are - Nirvana

Because even though he says he doesn't have a gun, you know he really does.

46 Dragula - Rob Zombie
47 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

So badass

48 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
49 In Da Club - 50 Cent
50 Burning Flag - Marilyn Manson
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers
2. Balls to the Wall - Accept
3. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
1. Dragon Attack - Queen
2. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
3. Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
1. Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. In Da Club - 50 Cent

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