Music that makes you feel like you could walk through a brick wall.
April 22, 2010 2:22 PM   Subscribe

The Heavy's "How You Like Me Now?" gives me that pumped up, confident, take-all-comers feeling. What are some other specific songs that might have that effect?

Suggestions don't necessarily have to have that implicit "fuck you" that I feel like that song has; I'm just looking for high-energy, high confidence-inducing songs (with, I suppose, varying levels of "arrogance").
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The Electric Light Orchestra's Mr Blue Sky does it for me.
posted by pseudonick at 2:28 PM on April 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

"Billy Get Your Guns" by Bon Jovi is about my all-time favorite for pump-me-up music. Their "Young Guns" soundtrack collection rocks my world.
posted by Ys at 2:37 PM on April 22, 2010

Nine Inch Nails' "Just Like You Imagined" gets the job done. I'm also a fan of Kasabian's "Club Foot", VNV Nation's "Sentinal", Sevendust's "Denial", Juno Reactor's "Masters of the Universe" and "Conga Fury", BT's "Solar Plexus" (most of it anyway).

Y'know, workout playlist tracks. Stuff that makes getting under the barbell sound like a good idea.
posted by bfranklin at 2:44 PM on April 22, 2010

Yung Wun's "Tear It Up."
posted by TG_Plackenfatz at 2:47 PM on April 22, 2010

Ghostface Killah - The Champ
posted by box at 2:47 PM on April 22, 2010

Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now?
posted by box at 2:48 PM on April 22, 2010

Lyrics Born - Pack Up
posted by box at 2:49 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

"The Banana Question" by Royal Trux, off of their album Accelerator, really has this quality. Couldn't find a good version on youtube, unfortunately.
posted by invitapriore at 2:51 PM on April 22, 2010

Soul and funk does that for me.
Number One - Bill Moss
25 Miles - Edwin Starr
Shout - Isley Brothers
posted by Paragon at 2:51 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Right Now - Van Halen
posted by Deflagro at 3:09 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Carpark North -- More
Ted Leo - My Vien Ilin
posted by schmod at 3:09 PM on April 22, 2010

one of my favourite high energy, high confidence-inducing songs is strictly game by Harlem Shakes. definitely a feel-good song.
posted by gursky at 3:22 PM on April 22, 2010

Much of the James Brown catalog should fit.
posted by sageleaf at 3:29 PM on April 22, 2010

Bad to the Bone
posted by jockc at 3:41 PM on April 22, 2010

The Hidden Cameras - Walk On
posted by axismundi at 3:42 PM on April 22, 2010

I used to play this when I was leaving for an exam. It was confidence inspiring, but not as much as going to class would have been....
posted by Go Banana at 4:02 PM on April 22, 2010

La Roux - Bulletproof
posted by unlaced at 4:22 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

N.E.R.D. - Rock Star

This link is to the Jason Nevins remix, which is more "pumped up" than the original.

Yep, I sing along... YOU can't be ME, I'M A ROCK STAR!
posted by keep it under cover at 4:39 PM on April 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

A little more harsh but:

Hatebreed - I will be Heard
posted by PlutoniumX at 5:02 PM on April 22, 2010

Pretty much anything by Rage Against the Machine.
posted by Pazzovizza at 5:03 PM on April 22, 2010

er, that should be Guttermouth - Hit Machine
though clearly I was considering Bad Religion - You
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:08 PM on April 22, 2010

Above all: Nine Inch Nails: Just Like You Imagined

Deftones: My Own Summer.
Pantera: Walk.
Rye Wolves: Frank Miller.
Deftones: Hexagram.
Rage Against the Machine: Wake Up.
posted by fake at 5:12 PM on April 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

Also: AFI - Let it be Broke

As a side note: I was in a crappy mood. Now I'm pumped up!
posted by PlutoniumX at 5:15 PM on April 22, 2010

Any version of the Mission Impossible theme song works for me. I especially like Moby's version.
posted by vytae at 5:30 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sepultura: Refuse/Resist.

oh gawd, forgive me...
Korn: Got The Life.


Mudvayne: DIG.
posted by fake at 5:33 PM on April 22, 2010

ACDC - If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Iggy Pop - Search & Destroy
Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
posted by mia_farrow at 5:38 PM on April 22, 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (hang in there 'til the chorus)
posted by Terheyden at 5:42 PM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]

Different genres, but these do the trick for me:

Kenna - Freetime
QueenAdreena - Angel
posted by wondermouse at 5:48 PM on April 22, 2010

Prodigy - Voodoo People (yes, off the "Hackers" soundtrack - break out the rollerblades, people!)
posted by Terheyden at 5:49 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

"So What" by Pink
"Move Along" by All American Rejects
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys - you have to hold me back after I listen to this one
posted by kat518 at 5:55 PM on April 22, 2010

Sister Ray - Velvet Underground
posted by kittyloop at 6:38 PM on April 22, 2010

Eminem - Lose Yourself
The Who - I'm Free
Elvis Costello - Get Happy (great workout album): I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, High Fidelity, etc.
Rage Against the Machine - Renegades of Funk
TV On the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Van Halen - Panama
OutKast - B.O.B.
Prince - I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Baby I'm a Star
Stones - Rocks Off, Rip This Joint
Blur - Song 2
Moby - Feeling So Real
posted by Bron at 6:43 PM on April 22, 2010

Hip-hop (or, let's say, a subset of hip-hop) is incredibly competitive. If you can appreciate the aggressive virtuosity of deejay, emcee and beatbox battles, they might provide something like what you're looking for.
posted by box at 7:14 PM on April 22, 2010

Ludacris defines brash arrogance. The "fuck you" isn't implicit; it's the chorus. Here's Get Back.
posted by missmary6 at 7:37 PM on April 22, 2010

Bouncin Back has long been my go-to in these matters.
posted by melissa may at 8:56 PM on April 22, 2010

The Clash, of course!

Guns of Brixton is the most obvious choice, but their discography is pretty much a bottomless supply of take-no-prisoners fuck-you songs. Some classics in a similar vein: London Calling, The Magnificent Seven, Police on My Back, The Call Up, Know Your Rights.
posted by cirripede at 9:23 PM on April 22, 2010

Golden Earring - "Radar Love"
AC/DC - "Thunderstruck". Hell, just about anything by AC/DC.
Just about anything by Rammstein
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 9:38 PM on April 22, 2010

Wait, are you KIDDING, Metafilter?

No Public Enemy?!
posted by washburn at 10:34 PM on April 22, 2010

Kool Moe Dee - I Go To work
Pink - Cuz I Can
Pink - U + Ur Hand
All American Rejects - Gives You Hell
Lady of Rage - Afropuffs
Enimem - The Way I am
Enimem - White America
Tomoyasu Hotei - Battle Without Honor Or Humanity
Drowning Pool - Let the Bodies hit the floor
Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
AC/DC - Back In Black
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
Queen - Princes of the Universe
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
posted by nooneyouknow at 10:44 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Final Countdown, but only after I saw Arrested Development; Gob uses it as the music in his ridiculous magic act. Sometimes when I can't wake up in the morning, I will start humming it and prance around in the shower.
posted by Nattie at 11:37 PM on April 22, 2010

Dizzee Rascal's Stand Up Tall
posted by judith at 12:35 AM on April 23, 2010

Three suggestions. The first two sort of hit it. The third one all kinds of hits it.

1: I once watched a girl enter the room to the tune of I am the man and my soul shat its pants.

2. What you do is, you play My body is a cage, and for the first half of the song you can pretend you've just had all your bones broken by the world razor-wire boxing champion and nobody expects you to get back up. And then the awesome hits and bam, not only are you back up but YOU ARE MADE OF RAZOR WIRE.

3. Just go with this. I am not responsible for any police horses you subsequently punch out.
posted by Fireland at 12:36 AM on April 23, 2010 [2 favorites]

nthing KRS-ONE's Get Yourself Up.
posted by chrchr at 1:13 AM on April 23, 2010

You're right, washburn:

Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down

posted by box at 6:19 AM on April 23, 2010

James Brown - The Big Payback
posted by electroboy at 6:59 AM on April 23, 2010

George Thorogood's cover of Who Do You Love.
posted by zoetrope at 7:05 AM on April 23, 2010

Black Francis - Threshold Apprehension

Hell yeah, it's ass-kicking time.
posted by sciencemandan at 10:55 AM on April 23, 2010

The previous track on the Heavy album, "Oh No, Not You Again" is also pretty effective.

The Clash - Brand New Cadillac
Iggy and the Stooges - Search and Destroy
Sly and the Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher
Eagles of Death Metal - Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)
Blur - Song 2
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Devin Davis - Transcendental Sports Anthem
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
posted by andrewraff at 10:58 AM on April 23, 2010

vytae- have you heard David Holmes - Radio 7?

Rage- Bulls on Parade always makes me want to kick some mother fucking ass.
posted by Uncle at 1:41 PM on April 23, 2010

The Pixies' cover of Head On (played really loudly).
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:48 PM on April 23, 2010

Pendulum - Granite. Best poppy, upbeat drum 'n bass ever.
posted by talldean at 6:53 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Come Ons It's Alright off Hip Check.
posted by dog food sugar at 6:53 PM on April 23, 2010

Also, Pendulum - Slam as a random pick from their stuff on Youtube.
posted by talldean at 7:00 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Eye of the Tiger!

(Best accompanied by shadow boxing.)
posted by cider at 7:06 PM on April 23, 2010

Lateef - The Wreckoning
posted by AceRock at 9:09 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

MOP - Downtown Swinga
MOP - Ante Up
Jay-Z - Public Service Announcement
Eminem - Til I Collapse
Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin to Fuck With
posted by AceRock at 9:19 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Saul Williams - list of demands
posted by yourcelf at 9:58 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Insane Clown Posse - Fuck the World
posted by vito90 at 11:28 PM on April 26, 2010

Keep Moving, by Sage Francis. Definitely hits that "walk through a brick wall" spot for me.
posted by Chionophilia at 3:03 AM on April 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh God, Flobots - Handlebars - the crescendo in the last verse is my favorite crescendo ever.
posted by vito90 at 3:53 PM on May 1, 2010

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