10 Songs You Can Use As Motivation During A Fighting Competition
One may occasionally feel as though they need to enlist the help of someone else to give them the inner push or encouragement they need to pursue a goal or accomplish one. However, due to the trauma and desensitization of the world, many people find it very difficult to be open and share their personal struggles with others. As a result, music often serves as therapy and a place where people turn when they need an inner push.
Many talented musicians who can identify with this challenge have worked hard to incorporate this inner drive that listeners require into their music. This also aids the artists in overcoming their own difficulties in a variety of ways, but that is a topic for another day. So, whether it be an inner fight or an actual fighting competition, the list below comprises of 10 great songs from 10 great artists to keep you super-charged, alert and pumped while you take on what or whoever the challenge or rival may be. You ready? Let’s get into it then.
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10. “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit
The fourth and final single from American rap rock band Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other, their second studio album, is the nu metal and rap metal song “Break Stuff.” It was released on May 2, 2000. Along with “N 2 Gether Now,” the song was published, and it has since been a mainstay of Limp Bizkit live performances.
The track’s lyrics are suggestive of themes that include bravery and not caring about what the world thinks. The song in general is provocative, painting the picture of one having a bad day and losing their cool over it. Some rock guitar chords open up the track which builds up to heavy a metal sound that carries all the feisty and angry emotions buried in the song.
9. “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas, an American musical group, released “Let’s Get It Started” as a single on June 14, 2004. The song, which is a reworked version of the album’s third track, “Let’s Get Retarded,” was the fourth single to be released from the band’s third studio album, Elephunk. On the album’s 2004 reissue, a bonus track featuring this version was added.
Through the lyrics the band affirms their influence and prestige, which naturally impacts the listener with that energy to win against all odds. Yes, pride goes before a fall, but believing in oneself before a fight does a lot for the mind, making the obstacle or opponent appear inferior which is needed mindset to secure a win.
8. “Kung Fu Fighting” by CeeLo Green
Before CeeLo did a cover of the song, the disco tune, “Kung Fu Fighting,” was composed by Jamaican vocalist Carl Douglas and was created by British-Indian composer Biddu. In the midst of the chopsocky film craze, it was released in 1974 as the lead single from his debut album, Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs, and it quickly soared to the top of the charts in the UK, Australia, Canada, and the US as well as the Soul Singles list.
The song eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, ranking among the top hits of all time. The song has the classic Oriental riff, a brief musical motif that is supposed to represent Chinese culture.
The song aims at encouraging a strong sense of self-belief. Green tries to help you see the best traits in yourself, suggesting that you just have to keep fighting for the future as you will be rewarded for the diligence. He speaks against comparisons and reiterates the need to look inwardly for the strength and the guts to win. It’s a go-to tune for a daily dose of encouragement and ego boost.
7. “What Up Gangsta” by 50 Cent
50 seizes the opportunity provided by this hardcore rap track to remind the streets how tough he is and how gangsta he can really be. Self-praise, bravado are strong themes very evident in the lyrics of this song. He dishes out threats to his critics and suggests they get to stepping or get stepped on. The balls! Though there’s a touch of soul in the mix, the energy remains high and dangerous.
6. “Break Ya Neck” by Busta Rhymes
This is the second track off his fifth album, Genesis, produced by Dr. Dre and Scott Storch. Backing vocals are provided by Truth Hurts. The Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Give It Away” is interpolated into this tune. As he lures the ladies with his bravery, he also addresses the streets, declaring who he is for all those still in doubt of his prowess. Believe it or not, speaking boldly about yourself to your opponent does not only do the job of intimidation, it puts you in charge even before the fight can begin and this song helps you get the needed drive.
5. “Say What You Say” by Eminem
This song is a diss to The Source Magazine, rapper Canibus, and Jermaine Dupri. It was his first act of retribution against the publication, which ultimately developed into the Eminem-Benzino feud. On the track, Eminem is on full savage mode and doesn’t hold back from letting his critics know he isn’t stopping anytime soon and wouldn’t mind having a go at them whenever they come for him. He points it out to them to get their stories straight before coming at him.
4. “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon
DJ Snake and Lil Jon released the track “Turn Down for What” on December 18, 2013. Both artists collaborated on its production, with Tchami contributing to the songwriting. This song gets you feeling hyped and charged! This track has been included in many varying playlists, from club playlists to activity playlists that also includes workouts too. The tempo is upbeat which generally lifts your mood and puts you in a mental state of wanting to go harder and prove to your opponent who’s boss!
3. “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
The fourth single from LL Cool J’s fourth album of the same name is titled “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Before “Mama Said Knock You Out” was released, many thought that LL Cool J’s career was dwindling; his grandmother, who still believed in his skill, advised him to “knock out” all his naysayers. Marley Marl produced the song with assistance from DJ Bobcat and LL. The song was platinum-certified by the RIAA, peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, and took home the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Several jabs are made towards Kool Moe Dee in the song.
Cool J praises his relevance to the game and even likens himself to a hurricane! The lyrics of the song touch on bravery, self-praise, social justice and rise to prominence. With ‘guns blazing,’ he picks on his critics and shows no reservations in exerting ‘justice,’ making a caricature of their stands against him and his lifestyle. Now that’s the confidence needed for a fight! And this song drills it right into you.
2. “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I.
The lead single from American hip hop recording artist T.I.’s third studio album, Urban Legend, is the song “Bring Em Out.” Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say” vocal sample can be heard in the Swizz Beatz song. When this song peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 list, it became T.I.’s first top-ten single in the U.S.
Hip-hop’s evolution is evident on this track that comes with amazing arrangements and T.I. giving a brilliant rap delivery. The rapper does not miss the chance to remind his critics of his professionalism and influence in the rap game, tagging himself the ‘king of the South’ which shows in his charisma and flow on the track. This song helps you get into that mental zone of an overachiever which definitely helps set the mood for a fight.
1. “Power” by Kanye West
Background chants of “power” start the song, watering the ground for Kanye’s enigmatic entrance. He touches on the topic of power, calls out world leaders, and speaks against some delicate issues in the current dispensation that include racism and the need to control the masses by the government, saying no one should be wielding or be in possession of that much power. Ye has never been skeptical, embarrassed or afraid to speak his truth or express himself and on this song it is clear. You hear it. You feel it. It jumps out to you and buckles up your confidence, instilling in you the kind of unstoppable inner push needed to take on the world.