55 Songs About Arguments and Fighting
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.
When it comes to arguing and fighting, ...
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
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!
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.
Even More Songs About Arguments and Fighting
Song & Year Released
21. Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
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)
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)
One minute, it's love / And, suddenly, it's like a battlefield
25. Fightin Words (2006)
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)
I get knocked down, but I get up again / You're never gonna keep me down
27. Stand Up and Fight (2011)
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)
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)
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)
Justice will be served and the battle will rage / This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage
32. Fighter (2003)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Saturday night's alright for fighting / Get a little action in
39. Coward of the County (1979)
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)
You don't really know why / But you wanna justify / Rippin' someone's head off
41. Stand and Fight (1995)
Time to dig down deep / If you want to get out of this town alive / You gotta stand and fight
42. Battleships (2013)
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)
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)
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)
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)
I'm a fighting fool / And I'm hungry for you
49. Get Along (2018)
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)
It's gonna take some time, but I know you're worth fighting for (I'd fight for you)
51. Fight Song (2014)
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)
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)
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)
Gimme three steps / Gimme three steps a-mister / And you'll never see a-me no more / For sure
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