Beastie Boys Songs List & Party Hits for Wedding Playlist

Last Updated: August 1, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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The Beastie Boys are an American Hip Hop band from New York. The band 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 Beatie Boys Songs List

#1 Sabotage
Released in 1994 on the album Ill Communication

The video received more notoriety than the song itself. It was directed by Spike Jonze depicting a 1970s crime drama.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘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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#2 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
Released in 1987 on the album Licensed to Ill

The song was intended as a parody of party and attitude songs.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#3 Intergalactic
Released in 1998 on the 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?

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#4 No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Released in 1987 on the album Licensed to Ill

The song features an homage to New York City’s borough.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#5 Brass Monkey
Released in 1987 on the album Licensed to Ill

The song is named after an alcoholic drink of the same name.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Brass Monkey
That funky Monkey
Brass Monkey junkie
That funky Monkey

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#6 Girls
Released in 1987 on the album Licensed to Ill

The song is about a desire for women.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#7 So What’cha Want
Released in 1992 on the album Check Your Head

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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?

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#8 Ch-Check It Out
Released in 2004 on the 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.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#9 Make Some Noise
Released in 2011 on the album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Did you know the song appears on the soundtrack to the video game Madden NFL 12?

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#10 Body Movin’
Released in 1998 on the album Hello Nasty

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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Beastie Boys Highest-Charting Singles

  • #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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About Matthew Campbell

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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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