Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

The Top Ten

Killing in the Name Killing in the Name Cover Art

This song is the best Rap Metal song I've heard, not even Limp Bizkit is real competition to a much better Rap Metal band with much better songs as Rage Agains the Machine.

The song build up gives the listener loads of suspense and the style and tone of the song really shows the way that this band likes to play. In addition, the song really shows what Rage Against the Machine is capable of.

Amazing song, me and my band mates are doing this song in battle of the bands, can't believe bombtrack is so far down though. Oh well. This song still is legendary. Stick it to the man!

Great song! I listen to this song everyday, the guitar solo is amazing, lyrics are great too! I knew this song playing Grand Theft Auto san...

Bulls on Parade Bulls on Parade Cover Art

Bulls on parade is by far the best song of ratm, Killing in the name of is... Eh ok I suppose but I wouldn't say it's their #1 because it doesn't even have many lines as for bulls on parade, that song is what makes them also earn the title for the best rap metal band ever!

Killing in the name of is all right, but it just doesn't seem to get the hard hitting argument across to me. Besides, this is the first RATM song I have heard, so it has a special place in my heart.

The militant lyrics along with the riffs of morello and such a wicked solo, so much better than killing in the name although that's good too. definitely should be number 1

Good job to Tom Morello. Sadly this band was already disbanded. Hope that they will have reunion. But not bad, they have their audioslave.

Guerilla Radio Guerilla Radio Cover Art

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.

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.

Masterpiece of a song, lyrics and music! So awesome! Put oppressive governments and capitalism back in their face! F UCK Yeah RATM!

I can't believe Vietnow isn't on the list! That would probably be number one along with Guerilla Radio

Know Your Enemy Know Your Enemy Cover Art

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.

Of course Killing in the Name is number 1. Just because it's the anthem. But overall I'd say that this is one of the best songs ever written. Riff and Verse are so awesome, and the last kick in is just of of this world an just makes you wanna jump.

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 song is raw, heavy and ridden with powerful lyrics, an I even heard a version of the song that featured MJK, and that made it all the better. I think any song by them off this album are good, but this one is awesome.

Wake Up Wake Up Cover Art

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.

The very epitome of Rage against the machine - passionate, energetic, loud and one hell of a riff. This song has several different parts and finishes leaving you wanting to punch through a wall and start a revolution, though the song itself is only about propaganda. Oh, and the matrix.

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.

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.

Sleep Now In the Fire Sleep Now In the Fire Cover Art

Always forgotten this song. People tend to listen to the first album and extract from that. Much better than most of their other tunes.

I love this song. Def my favorite. The riff is catchy as hell, the bass and drums are dope and the vocals kick ass!

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

Hard to choose because they have so many brilliant songs but that riff! That riff man.

Bombtrack Bombtrack Cover Art

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.

I got in my first car accident to this song. No one was hurt, no damage to the vehicle. Just slid off an icy road to a ditch. There probably was SOME damage to my ears actually.

Freedom Freedom Cover Art

It's the climactic end to what's in my opinion their best studio album. There's such a powerful message being put in this song, from the lyrics to themselves to the raw emotion heard in Zach's voice (especially towards the end of the song). This deserves to be in the top 3 for sure.
Freedom?
Yeah, right.

I have like 50 favorite rage songs but this just sounds like nothing else

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

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

Testify Testify Cover Art

Testify and Renegades of Funk should both be higher up. Killing in the name of and Gorilla Radio should be 1 and 2.

This song is so good that it makes you want to punch a politician in the face.

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

Testify is an example of everything a Rage song should be

Bullet in the Head Bullet in the Head Cover Art

Great song. Sums up Rage for me. Great lyrics, great rhythm, strange weird driven lead guitar. The one lyric 'They say jump you say how high' is so effective and memorable. Awesome song

How is this not higher? This song is amazing. And lyrics are killer!
And the guitar! The guitar man

Has always been will always be my favorite song. I use to make my boyfriend play this on his base.

Genius, simple as that. The guitar sounds like nothing I've heard before or since.

The Contenders

Calm Like a Bomb Calm Like a Bomb Cover Art

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!

Look, it's an incredible song. Amazing lyrics and a boss bassline... Other songs are just as good but I'm sorry, this one is my personal favourite...

Hands down the best part of the Matrix sequels. Sure they sucked, but this would be the best part of the original too.

The guitar, the bass, the drums, the vocals, everything's amazing.! Who can forget the solo!

Renegades of Funk Renegades of Funk Cover Art

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.

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

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

Just an unbelievable song unbelievable cover... Made it their own

Born of a Broken Man Born of a Broken Man Cover Art

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

Love this song! Love the riffs and especially love when zack shouts 'Born of a broken man! Born of a broken man! '

Take the Power Back Take the Power Back Cover Art

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

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 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 not higher? It is the second best song on their debut album and one of their greatest songs. It deserves to be higher

Down Rodeo Down Rodeo Cover Art

The sliding on the neck of the guitar is amazing! The drum/bass solo at the end really sets this song apart from others!

These people ain't see a brown skinned man since their grandparents bought one

By FAR one of their top 10 songs! How the hell was this not listed up there

This is the best

No Shelter No Shelter Cover Art

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!

Underrated song... Should be top 5.

Fistful of Steel Fistful of Steel Cover Art

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!

Morello's sound effects are insane in this trask, the "siren" effect during the verses goes so hard with the bass/drum groove. I can understand how the chorus is a little anti-climactic, but the guitar solo and the end of the song are so good.

How some this is spelt incorrectly?

The crunchiest riff of all RATM songs

Pistol Grip Pump Pistol Grip Pump Cover Art

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

People of the Sun People of the Sun Cover Art

One of my absolute favourite head-banging tracks ever!

Coming back around again!

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

Maria Maria Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

Vietnow Vietnow Cover Art

How is this not in the top 10?! Hell this might be their number 1! The lyrics are phenomenal, Tom Morello's guitar playing is fantastic, and the whole song itself is a masterpiece!

This song talk about war, politisc and All the world. It's one of songs which change history.
It's greatest song from Evil Empire! - Greatest song after first album!

This should be in the top five, and of all their songs, this one, for me is the catchiest. And I believe it is about the media, and that whoever is controlling it. So shut down the devil’s sound!

Definitely a top RATM song, one of the best. Top 5

Township Rebellion Township Rebellion Cover Art

The main riff makes this such a powerful song! Morello's guitar playing in this song is just impossible to get out of your head

This is the most unique song ever written. The sound effects are so unusually pleasurable!

Wicked song. Great main riff. One of the best Rage Against The Machine songs ever made.

Best RATM song in concert. Period.

Wind Below Wind Below Cover Art

WAAA! This should be at least top 5. How the guitar in the background is just like doo dooo doo! Awesome!

How I Could Just Kill a Man How I Could Just Kill a Man Cover Art

One of Rage's not so well known songs, still stands as an epic in my books. Of course off the great Renegades cover album.

This is one good song people yea!

Cypress hill!

The Ghost of Tom Joad The Ghost of Tom Joad Cover Art

Probably their best cover.

This is my number 1

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