Killing In The Name voted greatest Rage Against The Machine song of all time

Rage Against The Machine at Download festival 2010
Rage Against The Machine at Download festival 2010 (Image credit: Kevin Nixon)

Killing In The Name has been voted the best Rage Against The Machine song of all time by Metal Hammer readers. In a poll posted last week on the Hammer website, Rage’s iconic 1992 track claimed the top spot by just one vote.

By far the most famous song in RATM’s catalogue and an anthem for an entire generation, its message and vitriol is just as fresh and vital today as it was 25 years ago.

The song was a direct response to what the band saw as endemic racism in US security agencies, with further reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

Producer of Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled debut Garth Richardson previously spoke to Classic Rock about the societal influences on Zack De La Rocha’s writing for the album.

“I was in LA when the whole Rodney King episode went down… That was a big thing for the city. Zack and I had a long talk about the power of speech and how whatever he needed to say, he had to say it. Malcolm X was a major influence in Zack’s life, and this was not the time to back down.”

These are the top ten Rage Against The Machine songs as chosen by Metal Hammer readers.

  1. Killing In The Name
  2. Know Your Enemy
  3. Bulls On Parade
  4. Bullet In The Head
  5. Wake Up
  6. Sleep Now In The Fire
  7. Bombtrack
  8. Freedom
  9. People Of The Sun
  10. Take The Power Back

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