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Best Beastie Boys Songs – Top 10 All-Time


The Beastie Boys are an American Hip Hop band from New York. They formed in 1981 but turned to Hip Hop in 1984. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012 and are only the third rap artist to do so. The Beastie Boys have been very influential in both the hip hop and rock music genres.

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Did you know the Beastie Boys opened for Madonna in 1985? Don’t fret. They also toured with Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., and A Tribe Called Quest. The Beastie Boys’ first album was released in 1986, Licensed to Ill. The last to date was released in 2011, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.

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Best Beastie Boys Songs

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Beastie Boys song list curated by Matthew Campbell

10. Body Movin’
Released in 1998
On Album Hello Nasty

Let your back bone flip but don’t slip a disc
And let your spine unwind just take a risk
I wanna do the freak until the break of dawn

9. Make Some Noise
Released in 2011
On Album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Did you know the song appears on the soundtrack to the video game Madden NFL 12?

We got a party on the left, a party on the right
We gonna party for the mother****ing right to fight
Make some noise if you’re with me

8. Ch-Check It Out
Released in 2004
On Album To the 5 Boroughs
The Beasties Boys’ song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it the first song by a rap group to achieve such a feat.

Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out
What-wha-what-what-what’s it all about
Work-wa-work-work-work-wa-work it out
Let’s turn this mutha****ing party out

7. So What’cha Want
Released in 1992
On Album Check Your Head

Well, I’m Dr. Spock, I’m here to rock, y’all
I want you off the wall, if you’re playing the wall
I said what’cha, what’cha, what’cha want?

6. Girls
Released in 1987
On Album Licensed to Ill
The song is about a desire for women.

Girls, that’s all I really want is girls
Two at a time, I want girls
With new wave hairdos, I want girls


5. Brass Monkey
Released in 1987
On Album Licensed to Ill
The song is named after an alcoholic drink of the same name.

Brass Monkey
That funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

4. No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Released in 1987
On Album Licensed to Ill
The song features an homage to New York City’s borough.

Ain’t no faking, your money I’m taking
Going coast to coast watching all the girlies shaking
While you’re at the job working nine to five, The Beastie Boys at the Garden – cold kickin’ it live

3. Intergalactic
Released in 1998
On Album Hello Nasty
The song received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999. Did you know the song samples the theme music for the 1985 film The Toxic Avenger?

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

2. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
Released in 1987
On Album Licensed to Ill
The song was intended as a parody of party and attitude songs.

Your mom busted in and said, what’s that noise?
Aw, mom you’re just jealous it’s the Beastie Boys
You gotta fight for your right to party

1. Sabotage
Released in 1994
On Album Ill Communication
The video received more notoriety than the song itself. It was directed by Spike Jonze depicting a 1970’s crime drama.
‘Cause what you see you might not get

And we can bet, so don’t you get souped yet
You’re scheming on a thing that’s a mirage
I’m trying to tell you now, it’s sabotage

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Beastie Boys Highest-Charting Songs

  • #1 Ch-Check It Out, 2004
  • #4 Intergalactic, 1998
  • #7 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!), 1987
  • #7 Make Some Noise, 2011
  • #11 Alive, 1999
  • #11 Triple Trouble, 2004
  • #15 Body Movin’, 1998
  • #18 Hey Ladies, 1989
  • #18 Sabotage, 1994
  • #22 The New Style, 1986
  • #22 So What’cha Want, 1992
  • #29 The Negotiation Limerick File, 1998

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