Top 10 Best Beastie Boys Songs

The Beastie Boys, consisting of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, burst onto the music scene in the 1980s with their unique blend of hip-hop, punk rock, and jazz, creating a genre-blurring sound that was unheard of at the time. Their music, a cultural phenomenon, spoke to a diverse audience, connecting fans from different musical worlds and allowing them to experience a radical and uncharted form of expression.

You are invited to cast your vote for the songs you believe truly deserve a spot at the top of this list. It’s not just about deciding which songs had the catchiest hooks or the most unforgettable beats. It's also about recognizing the influential nature of their music, the way it pushed the envelope and challenged the musical status quo. The songs you choose will be an ode to the lyrical genius and the pioneering spirit that the Beastie Boys brought to the music industry, highlighting their evolution as artists and their ability to resonate with fans around the globe.
The Top Ten
1 Sabotage

There was no band in this era as innovative as the Beasties. They put a Sasquatchian-sized footprint on urban culture throughout all of the '90s. Sabotage was their debut single off their 4th studio album and solidified them as the kings!

The Maestro is my all-time favorite but not mainstream enough. This song is original in every way. Top three for me.

2 So What'cha Want

Dark, heavy, and delicious. Everything I love in a song. It's "sweeter than a cherry pie with Reddi-wip topping," ironically enough!

Most classic song from Beastie Boys ever, man! I started Hip Hop with this song. My favorite by far, yeah!

Sick song. Really close though.

3 Fight for Your Right

I know, same here. It is just like me. This song is hard, and it wants teenagers to do exactly what it says. The mix of rap and rock is so awesome and energetic. GO, Beastie Boys!

This song was written to make fun of the frat boys that listened to the Beasties. So yeah, even the guitar solo is a joke.

Love this song. I especially love singing it (even though my voice sucks), but I love to sing to Beastie Boys!

4 No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Kerry King of Slayer did a great job on the riffs.

Nice solo performed by Kerry King of Slayer.

5 Intergalactic

I agree. This should be right behind Sabotage, and Fight for Your Right should be behind this. Their new music should be up near the top as well.

If you want to battle, you're in denial. Coming from Uranus to check my style. Go ahead, put my rhymes on trial. Cast you off into exile.

Should be second behind Sabotage. No one can argue with Sabotage, but this isn't far behind.

6 Make Some Noise

To me, they show the Beastie Boys never lose their style. Beautiful.

7 Paul Revere
8 Brass Monkey

This is certainly one of the top 5 hottest, if not their #1 song of all time.

9 Sure Shot

'Cause you can't, you won't, and ya don't stop - 'Cause you can't, you won't, and ya don't stop - 'Cause you can't, you won't, and ya don't stop - (Insert name here) come and rock the sure shot.

Yeah, right. This is pure Beastie Boys. We are not going to have a top ten without this one.

This should be number one. Never tire of this tune!

10 Ch-Check It Out

This song is what hip-hop should be. All three drop in and kill their rhymes. This song bumps in any car. You all should ch-check it out.

The Contenders
11 Hey Ladies
12 Car Thief

Masterpiece. Dope synth samples create a melancholic view on the late '80s American lifestyle.

13 Shake Your Rump

I'm listening to this right now. This is so amazing. It predicted the future sound of music and has amazing lyrics and flow.

"I got more rhymes than Jamaicans got mangoes."
"Like Fred Flintstone driving around with bald feet."
"Make another record because people say they want more of this. Suckers saying they can take out Adam Horovitz."

This is so underrated.

14 Rhymin' and Stealin'

The pistol is loaded. I shot Betty Crocker. Delivered Colonel Sanders down to Davy Jones' locker. Rhymin' and stealin' in a drunken state, and I'll be rocking my rhymes all the way to Hell's Gate.

This song helped found the modern rap-rock/metal tone. Great rhythm, catchy drums, and a talented guitarist.

15 Gratitude

The great bass riff is just so catchy. This song is just everything that's good about the Beastie Boys.

Come on! The riff in it is just so sexy! Don't pretend you don't like it!

16 Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
17 The New Style
18 Right Right Now Now
19 High Plains Drifter
20 Get It Together

This is an amazing song. Q-Tip and the Beastie Boys make a fantastic trio!

21 Pass the Mic

I'm the A-D-R-O-C-K, definitely the best song. It has no swearing, a good tune, and the Beastie Boys are rocking a block party till y'all hair turns gray.

22 Girls


All I really want is girls.

I'm a girl listening to this song, yet I still love it. It's actually pretty funny. Just listen to the song. I hope there's a sample for you guys to listen to because this song is still epic no matter who listens to it.

Such a good song. I love this song, and I'm a girl. Is this song sexist? Maybe. But it's funny, and it's a pretty good song. One of their best, I think.

Nothing but a xylophone, a snare drum, and some kick-ass lyrics! Very few, if any, acts could ever accomplish that feat.

23 Lee Majors Come Again
24 Root Down
25 Egg Man
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