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List Rules Only Beastie Boys songs. No guest appearances, side projects or solo tracks

List of the best Beastie Boys songs ever recorded. This list contains all the most popular and "favorite" songs recorded by the Beastie Boys either on a studio album or during a live performance. (Songs by other artists featuring individual Beastie Boys members are not included.) Rap group The Beastie Boys were founded as a hardcore punk band in 1979. (The term "Beastie" was an acronym for "Beings Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence.") For much of the group's existence, it was made up of three rappers - MCA (Adam Yauch), Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) - and DJ Mix Master Mike.

The band's first taste of mainstream success came in 1986 with the release of "Licensed to Ill." The album was the top-selling rap album of the decade, and the first rap album to hit #1 on the Billboard chart. Songs like "You Gotta Fight for your Right To Party" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" became iconic radio staples and helped define the band's sound for decades to come. Other popular albums included the critically praised "Paul's Boutique," the chart-topping "Ill Communication" and the band's final release, the experimental "Hot Sauce Committee."

On May 4, 2012, founding member MCA died following a prolonged battle with salivary gland cancer.
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336 78
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Ill Communication

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266 61
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250 67
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Licensed to Ill

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262 62
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Licensed to Ill

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280 70
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Hello Nasty

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201 42
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Ill Communication

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218 50
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Licensed to Ill

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142 34
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Paul's Boutique

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169 54
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Paul's Boutique

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91 23
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Licensed to Ill

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143 43
Ch Ch Check It Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
To the 5 Boroughs

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114 30
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Check Your Head

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123 41
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Ill Communication

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132 47
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Licensed to Ill

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136 50
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Licensed to Ill

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104 44
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93 32
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89 31
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Ill Communication

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136 60
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82 30
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73 33
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57 22
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44 18
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Paul's Boutique

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52 23
Egg Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Paul's Boutique

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25 5
The New Style is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
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46 27
Car Thief is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Paul's Boutique

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20 4
Hold It Now, Hit It is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
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46 25
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To the 5 Boroughs

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38 19
Flute Loop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Ill Communication

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42 23
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30 16
Jimmy James is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

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33 21
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35 24
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To the 5 Boroughs

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31 22
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Paul's Boutique

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26 18
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17 6
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17 7
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17 17
Heart Attack Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Ill Communication

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12 12
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26 28
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Paul's Boutique

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12 7
Something's Got to Give is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

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13 9
B‐Boy Bouillabaisse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Paul's Boutique

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9 7
Live at P.J.'s is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

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7 7
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8 9
Namaste is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

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9 17
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To the 5 Boroughs

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5 7
Stand Together is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

48
3 8
Pow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Check Your Head

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3 10
Futterman's Rule is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Ill Communication

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1 8
The Update is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Ill Communication