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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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Ill Communication

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271 61
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253 67
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Licensed to Ill

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263 64
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Licensed to Ill

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282 71
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Hello Nasty

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204 42
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Ill Communication

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219 52
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Licensed to Ill

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146 34
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Paul's Boutique

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146 43
Ch Ch Check It Out is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
To the 5 Boroughs

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Paul's Boutique

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93 24
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Licensed to Ill

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115 32
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Check Your Head

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126 42
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Ill Communication

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135 48
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Licensed to Ill

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139 50
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Licensed to Ill

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106 46
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95 33
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91 33
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Ill Communication

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136 63
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84 31
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76 34
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60 23
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46 19
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Paul's Boutique

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28 5
The New Style is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
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54 24
Egg Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Songs
Paul's Boutique