Here are 21 of the best songs about fighting and arguments.
Fighting is a part of life. It can occur in the form of a quarrel with a loved one or fighting for what we believe is important to us. Music is used to express aggressive behavior in relationships or to represent standing for our ideals and values.
1. “Without A Fight” – Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato
This 2016 country song is about a couple that keeps fighting and hurting one another. Afterward, they end up in bed. The song is about a toxic relationship where the couple only feels alive when arguing and hurting each other.
They question whether they should be together. This is because their relationship sometimes feels like love, and other times like war. The cycle of fighting and making up is tiring. They realize they both lose when they hurt each other with their words.
2. “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
This 2014 pop song is about two people in a relationship that falls apart. The couple argues a lot and it ends up in bad blood. The song is a graphic narration of emotional wounds that are formed from hurtful words.
The couple could resolve the hurt in the past, but now the couple is past that, and the relationship is irreparable. The accompanying video plays out the fight between the couple with brutal fight scenes. Taylor really is the queen of relationship revenge songs and songs of betrayal, so it makes sense that she’s featured on this list too!
3. “Battlefield” – Lea Michele
Battlefield is a ballad released by Lea Michele in 2014. The song talks about a battlefield between a couple whose relationship is at the end. Rather than an active fight of words, the picture is of two lovers who know the relationship is over. What seemed like a wonderful idea, which is the relationship, has turned into what feels like a constant battle.
However, neither of them wants to be the first to end it. The fighting is a silent war rather than a loud quarrel. The fighting is prolonged because of the indecision of the partners. Michele’s vocals are accompanied by a piano only, which lends a sad quality to the song.
4. “Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benatar
The song opens with a siren in the background that lends drama to the song. The up-tempo beat of the song accompanies the lyrics, which are about love being a battlefield. The fighting in a relationship may lead to a broken heart because you do not get what you want from your partner.
It talks about changing your mind about what you want when in a relationship. These changes cause conflict in the relationship the singer narrates about. The conflicts lead to heartbreaks and it’s difficult on the two partners. She continues to sing that the wounds the couple inflicts on each other can last a long time. However, when they finally get along, it is the best victory for both of them.
5. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – Pink
Pink released this song in 2012. It is about constant fights between a couple. The lyrics talk about the back and forth of trying to make a relationship work and it just isn’t. It really is about deciding to leave the relationship.
The video is a cinematic black and white representation of the couple’s fighting and their eventual breakup. Many think that it’s influenced partly by Pink’s relationship with her husband. The two got married and broke up, then got back together again.
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6. “Let It Go” – James Bay
Let It Go is one of the fight songs that narrates how a couple was once happy, but the relationship has changed. The lovers sometimes have physical fights that lead to clothes being thrown on the floor and slamming doors. This soft, haunting ballad is making a case for the relationship to end, as nothing is left to salvage after all the fights.
The singer is tired and wants each of the people in the relationship to leave and be by themselves. It was first released in 2014 and was released again in 2015 where it performed much better on the charts.
7. “Battlefield” – Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks is best known for being a winner in the 6th season of American Idol. Battlefield was from her second album, and the song is the first single. It is about the stormy nature of a relationship.
The multi-genre song explains that the couple is in love one moment, and the next, they are fighting. It makes the relationship feel like a battlefield. The singer explains that she doesn’t know how the fights start, and she doesn’t mean for them to happen, but the consistent fights feel like love is a battlefield.
8. “Never Say Never” – Justin Bieber ft. Jaden Smith
The 2011 released song was the theme song for the movie Karate Kid which stars Jaden Smith, who also raps on the song. It is a remake of a Travis Garland song that was very suggestive.
Bieber rewrote it and performed it. The song is about fighting for what you believe in and not giving up. Its lyrics are about being knocked to the ground but getting back up again every time. It is a song about never giving up on what you want and what you believe in for yourself.
9. “Battleships” – Daughtry
The song is about a turbulent relationship that is full of conflict. The couple’s love life is compared to battleships because of the constant fighting. This rock song with pop influences tells the story of lovers even though they are always fighting, they will not give up on their relationship.
The singer says he does not want to fight anymore, but they will both stick to their combative sides. However, they opt to continue loving one another like battleships. The upbeat chorus makes the song feel hopeful for the relationship.
10. “Fight for You” – Jason Derulo
This catchy urban pop song is about a man fighting for his girl. They face opposition from other people, but he is determined to fight for her and their relationship. He sings that he will not allow other people to break them down or come between them. It is a reassuring love song that he will fight for his lover. The song was released in 2011 to good reviews.
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11. “I Won All the Battles” – Tracy Lawrence
This 2001 ballad is a great regret song. After having many fights and winning all of them, the singer is left alone by his other half. He says that he may have won the battle of their quarrels, but he lost the war of the relationship.
He explains he would always get his way and wishes he had compromised, reflecting on his loss. The country song is in the self-titled album by the singer Tracy Lawrence. It is a haunting song that expresses regret for quarrels that end the couple’s relationship.
12. “You’re Going Down” – Sick Puppies
This 2009 song is about a fistfight. The singer taunts his opponents and lets them know that he is going down. It is a graphic narration of how the fight will turn out in the fever of the singer.
It is a song that expresses anger, and it is a fight that has been brewing for a while. He talks about something his opponent did to him that has led to the fight. The hard guitar riffs in the song underline the lyrics, one of us is going down. In 2009, the song was the official theme song for the WWE Extreme Rules event.
13. “We Just Disagree” – Dave Mason
This soft rock song was released in 1977. It is one of the fight songs about two people who have known each other for a long time and are former lovers. The singer realizes that his friendship and relationship have deteriorated beyond the point of return.
His former lover has changed and no longer cares about him. However, he does not want to go back to where they used to argue because of the past animosity. He concludes that neither of them is bad or good, but that is the way things are between them – with no feelings.
14. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J
This classic hip-hop record was released in 1991 to answer critics. The critics felt he had sold out in his previous album, Walking with a Panther.
Mama Said Knock You Out is a hard-hitting rap song that the narrator uses to announce that he is willing to fight with anyone who will stand in the way of his success. He gives a lyrical nod to Muhammad Ali to describe how hard he will deal with opposition.
15. “Arguments” – DDG
This trap and R&B song is a plea for a relationship to work. The singer is asking for understanding. The couple argues about the fact that he is gone because of work.
He is explaining to his lover that he has to work to give her a great lifestyle. He says they are in love, and that is why they fight. But he also explains that when they fight, he feels low and wants them to stop fighting and work things out. The song is about the singer reaching out for a truce.
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16. “What’s My Name?” – DMX
This song is about street rivalry, and DMX is establishing his superiority as a rapper. The lyrics are challenging anyone who says he is not the best. A solo piano accompanies the rap at the beginning; then the rest is a punchy flow that punctuates the fight in the song.
17. “Out Of Your Mind” – Kanye West
“Out Of Your Mind” is a rap song about a troubled relationship. In this 2011 song, West narrates about incidences that spark fights in his relationship with his girlfriend. He says that they argue, and their neighbors can hear them.
In the end, the song does not resolve anything. The couple does not decide whether they will leave or stay. The ending of the song is about what she did without any resolution on his part.
18. “Fighting My Way Back” – Thin Lizzy
“Fighting My Way Back” is one of the fight songs about fighting for yourself to get back to a good place. It talks about the singer being in a fight and looking like they lost. However, they are determined to come back and be the person they once were. The song was released in 1975 by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. This is a great overall song about strength and not giving up.
19. “Part of Me” – Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a poster child of pop music, having experienced great success from 2010 to 2015. Part of Me is a 2012 pop song that talks about betrayal in a relationship. Perry may have written the song after her marriage to Russell Brand ended the next year.
She sings about going through a terrible breakup that leaves her heartbroken and a former shadow of herself. However, she does not allow herself to remain in that state. The song talks about her fighting to keep the parts of herself that the broken relationship destroyed.
She sings that even if he throws sticks and stones, bombs and blows, metaphors for damaging and hurtful words, she will not allow her soul to break but will fight for herself.
20. “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
Fight Song is a 2015 pop release used often in the 2016 presidential campaign for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It was adopted as a campaign anthem unofficially.
The song talks about how fights and hurtful words can damage someone. However, the singer does not allow these quarrels to pull her down. She takes back her power by stating that she will be alright and strong. “Fight Song” is a song about fighting for yourself and being resilient in the face of opposition.
21. “King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles
In this 2010 song, the singer is seated with her partner as he argues a point. She doesn’t care to engage in the conversation, and after he is finished, she thanks him sarcastically. The man is arrogant and dismisses her thoughts.
The song is a sassy dismissal of a know-it-all companion whom she has no interest in engaging. The song ends on a sarcastic note as she says she will hold his crown, which he does not deserve.
That wraps up our list of songs about fighting, did we miss out on any?
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