Best Rage Against the Machine Songs


The Top Ten

1 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!

the solo is awesome 4some. this deserves #1

this song is beast. way better than bulls on parade. the solo is awesome!

Killing in the Name always make's you feel like doing something crazy and amazing

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2 Bulls on Parade

it just is #1.
love "Killing In the Name" as well, but this runs home with it all

this should be no. 1 because it kicks ass

tom morello is just amazing. very powerful guitar and bass


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3 Guerilla 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 -_-


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.

More for gore or the son of a drug lord

None of the above, it cut the cord - Redhood654

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4 Know 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.

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.

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.

This is really their best song despite not being as well-known or popular as their hits

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5 Wake 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.

This song has probably the best lyrics in a RATM song. The rhymesceme and use of metaphors make this an amazing song lyrically, but also this song has that epic intro, and of course some amazing Morello moments. I love killing in the name, but it's just a bit too repetitive for me. So I have to go with this one.

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6 Freedom

So mant catchy guitar riffs in one song... should be in the top 3 for sure

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 - espyorkshireman

Why is this song so low? It should be much higher in rating.

Groovy as hell..this should be the 1st ranker.

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7 Sleep Now In the Fire

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. - wolphert

This deserves to be at least top 3. That riff, Zach's flow, everything comes together in this song.

First song I heard by them and by far my favourite.

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8 Testify

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

Awesome song, should certainly be at least third (preferably higher). - MaxStickies

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9 Bullet 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.

Bullet In The!? @$ing Head!

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10 Bombtrack

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.

Shoult be at top 5 at least

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The Contenders

11 Calm 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.

Their best song by far. There is no part of this song that isn't amazing.

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12 Renegades 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

Very funky beat, starts off with tweety guitar at the beginning and then BAM CHUNKY

Cover songs shouldn't count(other than Maggie's farm, 'cause that one's awesome ). - Feirceraven

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13 Born 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. - lilbullet111

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

This song is so heavy! I love it, definitely my favorite RATM song. The build up to the chorus is amazing - turnpikefan2017

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14 Down 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

This is the best

15 Fistful 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! - mrmansfu2

How some this is spelt incorrectly? - Feirceraven

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16 Take the Power Back

It is their best song. I think Tom Morello's guitar solo is the best he's done, even if he didn't use the wacky effects for it like he normally would. It's also on their best album.

The bass in this song is so awesome, definitely Top 5 for me

The teacher stands in front of the class. The lesson plan he can't recall. The students eyes don't perceive the lies notched on every wall.

How is this song not higher on the list? It is one of their better songs, and focuses on a very important issue: the Eurocentric schools in the USA. It can also relate to schools around the world too. Zack's lyric are very emotional and passionate, while Tom's guitar solo is a classic

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17 Pistol Grip Pump

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

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18 No 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 this #36?! This is an awesome song with lyrics that are in my opinion 100% true!

Underrated song... Should be top 5.

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

19 People of the Sun

no matter how many times I play this song I just want 2 bang my head

Coming back around again!

20 Maria

Amazing song... can't believe all you haters dislike...

This is the only RATM song that I dislike. I absolutely hate this song

One of the most underrated ratm songs. The slow funky verses building to the hard hitting riff crescendo along with the excellent lyrical storytelling makes this song a standout track on the Battle of Los Angeles, amd my personal favorite RATM 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 - espyorkshireman

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Top Remixes (34)

1. Killing in the Name
2. Bulls on Parade
3. Calm Like a Bomb
1. Killing in the Name
2. Guerilla Radio
3. Pistol Grip Pump
1. Wake Up
2. Freedom
3. Bulls on Parade

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