30 Best Songs About Troublemakers & Getting in Trouble

30 Best Songs About Troublemakers & Getting in Trouble
30 Best Songs About Troublemakers & Getting in Trouble

Powerful Songs About Troublemakers

We all have a bit of a troublemaker in us. Whether it’s breaking the rules, taking risks, or simply daring to be different, sometimes it takes a little rebellion to truly feel alive. 

Today we’re serving up 30 of the very best songs about troublemakers, including both songs with a message around troublemakers and songs with troublemakers in the title. This list includes artists such as David Bowie, Childish Gambino, AC/DC, and many more. 

These songs celebrate the spirit of defiance, the courage to challenge the status quo, and the power of being unapologetically ourselves. 

So turn up the volume and let these rebellious anthems be your soundtrack to shaking up the system.

1. Rebel Rebel – David Bowie (1974)

David Bowie’s iconic rock classic is a rebellious ode to individuality and standing out from the crowd.

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991)

Nirvana’s grunge classic is a rallying cry for the disaffected youth of the world, urging listeners to rebel against conformity and authority.

3. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett (1981)

Joan Jett’s punk rock hit is an anthem of rebellion and not caring what others think, celebrating the power of owning our reputation.

4. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne (1980)

Ozzy Osbourne’s hard rock classic is an electrifying tribute to embracing our wild side and defying convention.

5. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses (1987)

Guns N’ Roses’ hard rock anthem paints a picture of a cruel and chaotic world, urging us to fight our way through it with strength and rebellion.

6. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones (1968)

The Rolling Stones’ classic rock hit takes us on a journey through history, revealing different perspectives on rebellion and the fight for change.

7. Fight the Power – Public Enemy (1989)

Public Enemy’s hip-hop classic is a scathing indictment of systemic oppression and injustice, calling us to fight back against the powers that be.

8. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s anti-war anthem is a powerful indictment of the hypocrisy and injustice of the Vietnam War, urging us to stand up against the corruption of power.

9. Revolution – The Beatles (1968)

The Beatles’ iconic rock hit is a call to action to break free from the status quo and start a revolution, challenging the establishment and creating something new.

10. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine (1991)

Rage Against the Machine’s metal protest song is an angry rebuke of police brutality and systemic racism, urging us to take a stand against injustice.

11. I Fought the Law – The Clash (1979)

The Clash’s punk rock classic is a playful tribute to the spirit of rebellion and the thrill of taking risks and living on the edge.

12. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus (2013)

Miley Cyrus’ pop hit is a celebration of youthful rebellion and the power of living life on our own terms, no matter what others may think.

13. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring (2008)

The Offspring’s punk rock anthem is a rallying cry for the rebels and troublemakers of the world, urging us to never give up on our dreams and goals.

14. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen (1978)

Queen’s upbeat pop hit is an exuberant celebration of life and the joy of taking risks and living without regret.

15. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (1975)

Bruce Springsteen’s classic rock ballad is a tribute to the spirit of youth, the desire for freedom and rebellion, and the power of chasing our dreams.

16. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer (2018)

5 Seconds of Summer’s pop-rock hit is an energetic celebration of the rebellious spirit of youth and the thrill of breaking free from the constraints of society.

17. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor (1978)

Gloria Gaynor’s disco-era hit is a defiant anthem of resilience and perseverance, urging us to never give up and fight for our right to be ourselves.

18. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol (1983)

Billy Idol’s electrifying rock hit is a celebration of the power of rebellion and the thrill of living life on our own terms.

19. Wild World – Cat Stevens (1970)

Cat Stevens’ folk classic is a poignant reminder to be careful when we rebel but to never lose sight of the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

20. Renegades – X Ambassadors (2015)

X Ambassadors’ alt-rock hit is a tribute to the power of being a renegade, breaking the rules and daring to be different.

21. Devil Inside – INXS (1987)

INXS’ dark and catchy rock hit is an ode to the allure of the forbidden and the temptation to break the rules.

22. This is America – Childish Gambino (2018)

Childish Gambino’s hit hip-hop song is a razor-sharp critique of the injustices and hypocrisies of American society and a call to action for change.

23. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria (2005)

Coheed and Cambria’s epic prog rock ballad is a story of rebellion and a plea for the protagonists of the narrative to be free from the oppressive regime of the story.

24. Highway to Hell – AC/DC (1979)

AC/DC’s hard rock classic is a wild ride through rebellion and the thrill of danger and adventure on the road to ruin.

25. Rebel – Lecrae (2017)

Lecrae’s inspirational Christian hip-hop hit is an ode to the power of rebellion against the status quo and the freedom that comes with living for something greater than ourselves.

26. Control – Janet Jackson (1986)

Janet Jackson’s hit pop song is a reflection on the power struggles between authority and rebellion and the importance of keeping our wits about us.

27. Renegade – Styx (1978)

Styx’s rock hit is a declaration of independence and the power of being a renegade, not bound by anyone or anything.

28. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill (1993)

Bikini Kill’s punk rock anthem is an empowering ode to rebel girls and the power of the feminist punk movement.

29. Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd (1979)

Pink Floyd’s rock classic is a scathing critique of the education system, bureaucracy, and conformity, urging us to break free from the system that seeks to suppress our individuality.

30. Fight for Your Right – Beastie Boys (1986)

Beastie Boys’ hip-hop classic is a party anthem of youthful rebellion and the power of standing up for what we believe in.

Summary: Songs about Troublemakers

There is something inherently thrilling about rebellion and the daring spirit of the troublemaker. 

These 30 songs about troublemakers from across genres and eras celebrate the power of individuality and the courage to break free from conformity and authority. 

Whether it’s rocking out to classics by Bowie or The Stones or getting fired up by modern-day troublemakers like Childish Gambino or Lecrae, let the spirit of rebellion and the power of these anthems inspire you to shake things and live life on our terms.

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Thomas Smith
As Visionary and Chief Editor of 122BPM, Thomas is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of music pioneers. With a degree in Music and 10 years industry experience, Thomas is now shaping 122BPM as the central hub for music and audio education.
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