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55 Songs About Arguments and Fighting

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Everyone is arguing or fighting over something nowadays. Whether you're right or wrong, make a playlist of pop, rock, country and metal songs about disagreements, arguments, disputes, debates, clashes, heated discussions and differences of opinions.

Everyone is arguing or fighting over something nowadays. Whether you're right or wrong, make a playlist of pop, rock, country and metal songs about disagreements, arguments, disputes, debates, clashes, heated discussions and differences of opinions.

Ready to Rumble

We are a nation at unprecedented odds with one another, ready to wrangle and fistfight anyone who disagrees. (Oh, come on now. Don't play innocent now.)

In the midst of the Los Angeles riots in 1992, Rodney King pled for peace and restraint by asking simply if we can all just get along. It seems, unfortunately, like the genuine answer is often "no." Despite #BeBetter and #BeBest campaigns by first ladies and that age-old advice from your mama about remaining silent if you can't say something nice about someone, many of us seem itching for a good fight. It's often reflected in our personal relationships, politics, movies, gaming, and certainly in our music.

Whether you're someone who sees arguing as simply stating your opinion or you're spoilin' for a fight, celebrate your right to disagree by making a playlist of songs about arguing and fighting. Maybe you could even share it with your favorite sparring partner.

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1. "Warrior" by Demi Lovato

If the woman in this 2013 pop song ever sees her ex again, there will be hell to pay. This bad mama's fixin' for a fight. She wears her heartbreak like a battle wound and throws around insults like bullets.

Her ex left her feeling ashamed, scarred, broken, and confused, but now she's got thicker skin, armor of steel, and she's stronger than ever. Something tells me she won't rest until she's sought vengeance.

2. "I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin

The cold-hearted fighter in this metal tune from 2009 is determined not to lose his battle for survival. Get out of his way, because he'll be the last one standing:

I will not bow
I will not break
I will shut the world away
I will not fall
I will not fade
I will take your breath away.

3. "You're Going Down" by Sick Puppies

There's a fistfight brewing here, and the narrator in this 2009 hard rock song taunts his rival that "one of us is goin' down."

He makes sure the other guy knows that their grudge match has been a long time coming. His rival is about to feel the pain of fists-upon-face and face-upon-floor. Our narrator won't be running. He's ready for revenge.

4. "Take It Outside" by Brantley Gilbert

This 2010 country song waxes nostalgic for the days when men would chuck their chewin' tobacco to settle a score with a brawl. They'd go toe to toe until one of them cried "uncle." Knuckling up and shedding a little blood outside, it could be guaranteed there'd be an audience as well as a clear winner. Back then, nobody'd break up a good old-fashioned a**-kicking.

The narrator laments that nowadays, men are dang wimps—all talk and no action. However, he's one man who is still more than willing to say:

Just pay your tab
And lay down your beer, Hoss
And let's take it outside.

5. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" by Pink

The couple in this 2012 has been arguing so much that the narrator believes she's finally had enough. They've both had an awful day, it can't get any worse, and now she's DONE. She won't miss all the fighting and wants her peace of mind back.

6. "Good Fight" by Unspoken

Some people battle each other while others fight the good fight, struggling mightily against everyday evil. This 2014 Christian rock tune features a narrator, the Big Guy Himself, offering words of support to let your light keep shining through. He provides reassurance that through hard times, long days, and obstacles of any kind, God will be the force to see you through.

7. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Unsolvable problems. Irreconcilable differences. Bad blood. That's where the couple in this 2014 pop song has landed after one partner did the other wrong. They used to be in love, but after one betrayal too many, this mad woman is pulling off the gloves. Screw forgiveness. She's out to teach this dude a lesson.

Some say this song was inspired by Taylor Swift's broken friendship with Katy Perry.

8. "Answer to No One" by Colt Ford (featuring JJ Lawhorn)

The fella in this 2012 ditty is redneck through and through. He's been raised up on the Bible, love of country, and guns (his Constitutional right under the Second Amendment, he'll tell ya). Knowing that good beats bad and right beats wrong, this country fella don't answer to nobody and he sure don't back down from a fight.

9. "Battlefield" by Lea Michele

While falling in love is easy, parting can sometimes be war—especially if you drag the relationship out. What started out as a good idea for the narrator and her partner has turned into extended strife. Now the woman in this 2014 pop song seeks to avoid an all-out battle by making a clean cut.

10. "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles

After a man shares his impassioned disagreement, the woman in this sassy pop song from 2010 strikes back by thanking him for his time. She's fed up with the arrogant know-it-all who refuses to listen:

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

Don't we all know somebody like the arrogant, argumentative guy she's politely dismissing?

11. "Indestructible" by Disturbed

This confidence-boosting heavy metal song from 2008 is a signature song for Disturbed and features a soldier preparing for battle. The warrior warns the enemy that he's ready to carry out his orders, and they're in for the fight of their lives, so be prepared to be broken.

12. "Give It Away" by George Strait

In this sad 2006 country song, a couple has a marriage-ending argument. The wife is so exasperated with fighting that she storms through their home telling her husband she's leaving and to just give away her diamond ring, their furniture, and her half of everything in the upcoming divorce. Too tired to argue, she tells him, "There ain't nothing in this house worth fightin' over." Loneliness is the price for always needing to win an argument.

13. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar

This is one of the best "come at me bro" songs out there. The female narrator in this 1980 rock classic turns the tables on a player by amping up her game. She tells the man she'll put another notch in her lipstick case with him:

Hit me with your best shot
Why don't you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away!

"Better to fight for something than live for nothing."  Gen. George S. Patton, American World War II commander

"Better to fight for something than live for nothing." Gen. George S. Patton, American World War II commander

14. "Last One Standing" by Simple Plan

Sometimes the people who are closest to us try to push us away, even when they need our love and support. This 2011 rock tune describes a narrator's dogged determination to be there for his friend. He is committed to keep trying, to keep fighting through all the friend's hardships and setbacks. Even when the friend doesn't believe in himself, the narrator will believe in him and will be the last one standing.

15. "Without a Fight" by Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato

The couple in this 2016 country song is caught in a cycle of hurling hurtful words just so they can soothe them over with make-up sex. It leaves them both regretting some of the things they've said and doubting whether they belong together. Ultimately, both of them end up losing when they fight.

As an alternative, they come up with an original idea: tonight, they'll skip straight to the loving without the nasty fight. Woo-hoo! Winner, winner, let's make love after dinner!

"He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight." - Sun Tzu, Chinese general and military strategist

"He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight." - Sun Tzu, Chinese general and military strategist

16. "We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason

There are times when the best you can do is simply agree to disagree. That's what has happened to the longtime friends and old lovers in this 1977 soft rock song.

The narrator realizes that his relationship with his old friend has soured. She has changed and has lost her feelings for him. There's been too much acrimony between them in the past, however, so he wants to set aside any argument:

So let's leave it alone,'cause we can't see eye to eye.
There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy,
There's only you and me and we just disagree.

17. "Part of Me" by Katy Perry

In this upbeat 2012 pop song, the narrator describes feeling betrayed and used by her ex-lover. Rather than letting it ruin her, the resilient girl has gotten mad and decided to fight back.

18. "Back for More" by Five Finger Death Punch

This heavy metal song from 2011 will really get your blood pumping, even if your only "fight" is intramural sports or getting elected to city council. It's a song that psychs up the listener to dig down deep and fight with everything he or she has.

It's do or die!
Time to settle the score,
Gotta give it all you got and then you give it some more
There will be blood
You've gotta fight 'til you break,
Talk a lot of trash and step up to the plate.

19. "The Fightin' Side of Me" by Merle Haggard

When Americans were deeply divided over our involvement in Vietnam, this country hit promoted a conservative, patriotic perspective much like Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" did decades later.

Merle Haggard sings the part of a working man who is fed up with "squirrelly" guys who don't believe in fighting—yet have the audacity to trash talk our nation. Although this twangy tune was a classic hit way back in 1970, it is just as relevant today in light of all of our conflict:

They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me
Runnin' down the way of life
Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep
If you don't love it, leave it
Let this song that I'm singin' be a warnin'
When you're runnin' down our country, man
You're walkin' on the fightin' side of me.

20. "Kiss with a Fist" by Florence + The Machine

Every couple argues, but when disagreements turn physical, then a bright line has been crossed. Although Florence Welch swears that this 2008 rock song is not about domestic violence, I don't buy it. The woman in the tune takes turns with her lover trading escalating hits, punches, slaps, and even broken bones. It's an all-out battle for blood. Someone break this up and call the police.

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justic

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justic

Even More Songs About Arguments and Fighting

Know a song about fighting and arguing that should be on this playlist? Let us know by leaving a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

Song & Year ReleasedArtistFighting Lyrics

21. Kung Fu Fighting (1974)

Carl Douglas

Everybody was kung fu fighting / These kids were fast as lightning / In fact, it was a little bit frightening / But they fought with expert timing

22. Headstrong (2002)

Trapt

Back off I'll take you on / Headstrong to take on anyone I know that you are wrong / This is not where you belong

23. Hold Me Now (1983)

The Thompson Twins

But look at our lives now, we're tattered and torn / We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears / That we cry until dawn

24. Battlefield (2009)

Jordin Sparks

One minute, it's love / And, suddenly, it's like a battlefield

25. Fightin Words (2006)

Trace Adkins

But one slip of the tongue 'bout my God or my mama / Or this flag that I wear on my shirt / You'll see a side of me man / That I don't think you wanna / Cause them there's fightin' words

26. Tubthumper (1997)

Chumbawamba

I get knocked down, but I get up again / You're never gonna keep me down

27. Stand Up and Fight (2011)

Turisas

Stand up and fight, / Stand up and look into the light / Pushing the clouds away / Stand up and fight / Stand up and see the sky turn bright, / Fight for a better day

28. Fist City (1968)

Loretta Lynn

I'm here to tell ya gal to lay offa my man / If ya don't wanna go to fist city

29. Eye of the Tiger (1982)

Survivor

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the dream of the fight / Risin' up to the challenge of our rival

30. Never Say Never (2011)

Justin Bieber (featuring Jaden Smith)

I will never say never (I will fight) / I will fight till forever (make it right) / Whenever you knock me down I will not stay on the ground

31. Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (2002)

Toby Keith

Justice will be served and the battle will rage / This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage

32. Fighter (2003)

Christina Aguilera

So thanks for making me a fighter / Made me learn a little bit faster / Made my skin a little bit thicker / Makes me that much smarter

33. I Could Kick Your A** (2009)

Justin More

I could kick your a**/ I could jack your jaw / Put you flat in the dirt, boy / Yeah I'd have a ball

34. Rock Bottom (2015)

Hailee SteinHailee Steinfeld (featuring DNCE)

What are we fighting for? / Seems like we do it just for fun / In this, this stupid war / We play hard with our plastic guns

35. Mama Said, 'Knock You Out' (1990)

LL Cool J

I'm gonna knock you out / Mama said knock you out

36. Gunpowder and Lead (2008)

Miranda Lambert

If he wants a fight, well, now he's got one / And he ain't seen me crazy yet

37. Fight Fire with Fire (1983)

Kansas

Oh, there is nothing to lose / 'Cause it's already lost / In a runaway world / Of confusion I'm gonna take it

38. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (1973)

Elton John

Saturday night's alright for fighting / Get a little action in

39. Coward of the County (1979)

Kenny Rogers

Now please don't think I'm weak / I didn't turn the other cheek / And Papa, I sure hope you understand / Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man

40. Break Stuff (2000)

Limp Bizkit

You don't really know why / But you wanna justify / Rippin' someone's head off

41. Stand and Fight (1995)

Rainbow

Time to dig down deep / If you want to get out of this town alive / You gotta stand and fight

42. Battleships (2013)

Daughtry

And I don’t wanna fight this war / Bullets coming off our lips / But we stick to our guns and we love like battleships.

43. Begin Again (2009)

Colbie Caillat

So let's just, try to cool it down / The fighting, this feeling of flames

44. Street Fighting Man (1968)

The Rolling Stones

Cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy

45. As Good as I Once Was (2005)

Toby Keith

But if you wanna fight tonight / Guess those boys don't look all that tough / I ain't as good as I once was / But I'm as good once as I ever was

46. Karate (2013)

Brad Paisley (featuring Charlie Daniels)

He threw a punch, she spun around / Grabbed his arm and put him on the ground

47. Bodies (2001)

Drowning Pool

Skin against skin, blood and bone / You're all by yourself, but you're not alone / You wanted in, now you're here / Driven by hate, consumed by fear

48. Spoilin' for a Fight (2008)

AC/DC

I'm a fighting fool / And I'm hungry for you

49. Get Along (2018)

Kenny Chesney

Get along, on down the road / We've got a long long way to go / Scared to live, scared to die / We ain't perfect but we try

49. Fight for You (2010)

Morgan Page (featuring Lissie)

I'd fight for you / I didn't wanna have to raise my voice / I'm right for you / You really leave me with no choice

50. Fight for You (2011)

Jason Derulo

It's gonna take some time, but I know you're worth fighting for (I'd fight for you)

51. Fight Song (2014)

Rachel Platten

I'll play my fight song / And I don't really care if nobody else believes / 'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

52. I Won All the Battles (2001)

Tracy Lawrence

Now sittin' here I'm looking back the only thing I see / Is that the time for looking back's a bit too late / And I'm thinking as she's walking out the door / I may have won those battles but I still lost the war

53. This Means War (2012)

Nickelback

Should've seen it coming / It had to happen sometime / But you went and brought a knife / To an all out gunfight

54. Me Against You (2018)

Three Days Grace

F**k that / And every step you think I'm under your shoe / If you're breaking my back, I'll be breaking yours too

55. Gimme Three Steps (1973)

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Gimme three steps / Gimme three steps a-mister / And you'll never see a-me no more / For sure

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 02, 2020:

Peggy - I love that song. It does seem that there is so much conflict in the world.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2020:

"Hit me with your best shot" is the only one that was familiar out of this list. I would rather listen to songs about love than fighting. I am now thinking of the Beatles singing "love, love, love..."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2018:

Dianna - Isn't it crazy how catchy that song is? Thanks for stopping by!

Dianna Mendez on October 08, 2018:

I now have Kung Fu Fighting on my mind, such a catchy song to hum. This was a truly interesting read.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2018:

Devika - You definitely have to choose your battles! Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

DDE on September 21, 2018:

Powerful words in these songs. Sometimes an argument or a fight is just not worth getting into. It also depends on the reasons and if one should actually ruin the friendships with harsh words.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2018:

Dora - I think you're right -- such as fighting for your rights, or dignity/respect. Those are certainly worth fighting for. Too many people, however, are simply disagreeable and seem ready to take their frustrations out on those they don't agree with. Have a wonderful week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2018:

Nithya - Isn't it funny how after the fact all kinds of things you should have said or done seem to come to mind? Glad you enjoyed the playlist. Have a great week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 10, 2018:

Well, some fights have a purpose; it's the fighting purely for the sake of fighting that's useless. Although I don't know the whole song, I like the Sara Bareilles' lyrics that you quoted.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 09, 2018:

A great collection of songs, I love the song Part of Me by Katy Perry. Listening to a song after an unpleasant experience soothes the soul and hats off to you for putting together this wonderful list of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2018:

Larry - It's very hard to alter another's opinion or behavior unless they're on board as well. Many people just aren't open to other perspectives these days.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2018:

Bridget F - Thank you for the kind compliment.

Bridget F from USA on September 09, 2018:

You are a master song-compilation-maker! This list makes for great workout songs as well!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 08, 2018:

I've reached a point in my life where I just walk away if I can't talk sense into folks.

I don't know if it's wrong ot right, but I just try once to talk sense and walk off if it doesn't take.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Genna - If people were more thoughtful about picking their battles, then we'd be happier. Not a lot of civility left. Have a wonderful weekend that is relaxed and conflict-free.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Peggy - Given all the arguments that are going on these days in politics, I thought it was timely and appropriate. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Thanks, John. I have added it. I hope you have a wonderful, fight-free weekend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2018:

It is always amazing to me that you find so many songs to fit each category. This one about arguments and fighting certainly has its fair share of them!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Linda - Glad you had heard of one of them! Thank you for taking a look. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Heidi - Thank for the song suggestion which I added. Now that my husband and I have an empty nest it's very peaceful! Just us and the cats. Hope your weekend is a good one, too.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 08, 2018:

Linda - A lot of people avoid conflict. I think that's how bullies get away with some of the shenanigans they do -- they sense it then just run over people. Maybe your daughters could do a repeat of their singing for old times' sake. Have a beautiful weekend. I'm spending my Saturday volunteering with my husband in a river cleanup picking up trash other people left behind.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 08, 2018:

Now here's a theme I'll bet has a gazillion songs from which to choose -- especially in this day and age when everyone seems to be ticked off at each other for foolish reasons in an "us versus them" divisive environment, with varying degrees. Thanks for the music, Flourish. I think this hub is a must-visit for anyone about to engage in an argument. “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.” Or is it beast? I can't remember. Happy Saturday. :-)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 07, 2018:

This is another great collection of songs Flourish. Here is another one you may like to add. Rachel Platten - Fight Song

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 07, 2018:

I know one of the songs from your list—Kung Fu Fighting—but the other songs are new to me. I'm always amazed by how many songs you find to fit your theme. The lists are impressive.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 07, 2018:

Of course I thought of Kung Fu Fighting as soon as I saw the post title show up in my email. :) Yeah, I'm old school.

The only one I'd add is a more recent dance track, "Fight for You" by Morgan Page.

Hope your weekend is peaceful!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 07, 2018:

Flourish, I tend to avoid confrontation and will go out of my way to avoid conflict. I must admit that I recognized very few of these, just the oldies. My daughters used to sing the Chumbawamba at the top of their lungs with thick Aussie accents. Hilarious. Thanks for another great one (how DO you do it?).

Hope you are having a good weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2018:

Pamela - I added "Get Along" to the playlist because it's about trying not to argue or fight! Thanks so much for that addition! Have a great weekend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 07, 2018:

I was surprised that there were so many songs about fighting. I guess there is a song about almost everything. I think it might be Brad Paisley that has a song about "Can't We All Just Get Along". That sounds better to me then fighting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2018:

Mary - While I'm not afraid of conflict or direct feedback, I do like to choose my battles. Why fill your life with negativity? I'm wondering what song you're singing through any conflict. Hope it's a good one that distracts your conflict partner and keeps you happy, haha.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2018:

I stay away from arguments but we know they are so much a part of life so it is better to sing our way through it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2018:

Bill - I'm glad you recognize some of the songs here. Hope you enjoy some of them as well. Have a fun, conflict-free weekend tending your critters and being with Bev.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2018:

Clive - Thanks for stopping by. We need more people who are laid back and don't take things so personally.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2018:

Louise - It's a little surprising but a nice surprise to find him paired with Demi Lovato, but I like it. I wish more singers would collaborate across genres. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 07, 2018:

I guess I should be happy that I couldn't think of one song about fighting. :) Then I saw your list and went "Oh Duh!"

Clive Williams from Jamaica on September 07, 2018:

Nice List. But I am a lover.....not a fighter,

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 07, 2018:

There's so many great songs in your list. I'm glad you put Brad Paisley in there. I love him.