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Best "Fighting" Songs Span Seven Decades of Music

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Leo Sayer Felt More Like Fighting Than Clowning Around On At Least One Song


Dating to at least as far back as The Beatles in the late Sixties, bands have experienced well-documented fighting between members. Sometimes they use the tension to make a great record, such as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Supertramp's Breakfast In America.

Sometimes the members split and, usually for financial reasons decide to reunite. Other groups, however, suffer permanent breaks, as did Morrissey and Johnny Marr of the Smiths and the Gallagher brothers of Oasis.

None of the previously mentioned bands, despite the inner disagreements, have created a song with “fighting” in its title. The standard form of the word fight can be found in hundreds of songs, yet the progressive tense has rarely appeared.

Here are ten classic tracks that have included the “ing” form of fight in their names. My only regret is that the power pop band, Five For Fighting, does not have a song that fits the list.

1. Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones

Several band members have called the Beggar's Banquet hit their most politically charged song, as it was inspired by the anti-war movement in the United States.

2. Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas

It is hard to believe, considering Bob Marley and many of his disciples, that Carl Douglas was the first Jamaican artist to ever hit number one on the charts.

3. Stop All the Fighting by Freddie Mercury

Appropriately titled The Messenger of the Gods, this record comprises singles and extra tracks previously unreleased material like this one.

4. White City Fighting by Pete Townshend

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After three well-receieved solo albums, the Who's main songwriter offered this and seven other tracks on the concept release White City.

5. Fighting the Gravity by Blink 182

Neighborhoods is the home of this single, which has become one of the band's most popular streaming track.

6. The Fighting Side of Me by Merle Haggard

The Okie from Muskogee, on this follow up single, warns people about his tough personality.

7. Fighting Away the Tears by Feist

The indie songstress offered her sweet vocal on this track, primarily accredited to the band The Mockey.

8. Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting by Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a stop at this rocking classic, one of the Rocket Man's most popular concert songs.

9. Still Fighting It by Ben Folds

This serious piece is the second single from Rockin' the Suburbs, the most successful solo record in the catalogue of Folds.

10. I Will Not Stop Fighting by Leo Sayer

After a string of successful stretches of charting, 1975's Another Year provided this delight and the underrated "The Last Gig of Johnny B. Goode."

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