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  • Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?"
    I walk 47 miles of barbed wire
    I use a cobra snake for a necktie
    I got a brand new house out on the roadside
    Made out of rattlesnake hide
    I got a brand new chimney made on top
    Made out of a human skull
  • Asking Alexandria's "Reckless & Relentless"

  • Demon Hunter, being a Christian Metal band often have badass metal anthems boasting about being warriors of God that can tear down even hell itself in his name. Lines taken from This I Know (featured on the Killing Floor 2 soundtrack)
    I am the ruthless bane of a wicked world
    And I prey on the killing floor

    Let my will be a violent path
    To tear apart what’s left
    All Hell falls down around my feet when I speak with a word of wrath

  • Foxy Shazam's bombastic performance style means that their lyrics and live shows are full of this. During a live show lead singer Eric Nally once shouted into the audience, "20 bucks says nobody here can kill me! I'll get to you before you can get to me!"
    • In addition to repeated shoutings of "I'm a dangerous man", the song "A Dangerous Man" has:
    I thought you said I never could, well I did
    I did it right in front of your face
    • from "Introducing Foxy":
    Kill everyone here
    Ain't no survivors
    Making it clear
    Yeah, making it clear
    With a ruff ruff
    Ah, they won't do anything
    I don't know about you but I feel I got all the power in hand

  • Tom Smith (known as The World's Fastest Filker) is not exactly shy about his own abilities in "(Don't Gotta Be A) Big Star":
    I can make you laugh like mad
    Or cry from love or pain
    I can sing a song
    You'll never get out of your brain!
    (and "A Boy And His Frog" completely backs up his boasts...)

  • The United States Marine Corps' official theme song is essentially one long Badass Boast, complete with a Take That! at the rival branches of the U.S. military in the final verse:
    If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes
    They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines!

  • The Eurobeat song The Top by Ken Blast has a long badass boast
    What were you thinking telling me to change my game?
    That style wasn't going anywhere, it was kaputt!
    Don't you see what I've done with this place? This whole thing?
    Don't you see that I've changed the game? No! I am the game!

    Before I knew where this was going I wouldn't listen to you
    But right now I've distanced myself from whatever you have to say
    I made this something way bigger than you were ever gonna be
    I made it this far....and I'm taking it to the top

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  • Boastful Rap in general.
  • Most of Nicki Minaj's music, but her verse in "Monster" stands out.
    You can be the king but watch the queen conquer!
    • "Roman Reloaded" and "Roman's Revenge" are also shining examples, thanks to the title character.
      I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin
      So far ahead, these bums is lagging
      See me in that new thing, bums is gagging
      I'm starting to feel like a dungeon dragon

      Is it me, or did I put these rap bitches on the map again?
      You mad 'cause I'm at the Grammys with the Vatican?
      You in the booth, but I'm who you be channeling
      Why they never bring your name up at the panel, then?
    • Lil Wayne's guest spot on the "Roman's Revenge" re-release, naturally.
      All I do is win; my name should be Victor!
  • The song "Space Lord" by Monster Magnet can be read, at least in part, as a somewhat surreal badass boast:
    I left my throne a million miles away
    I drink from your tit, I sing the blues every day
    Give me the strength to split the world in two, yeah
    I ate all the rest and now I've gotta eat you
    • Monster Magnet are defined by that description; it would be easier to list the songs that don't fit this trope (usually, some kind of put-down song), and they almost always combine it with some kind of drug/sexual innuendo or comic book reference. And even their songs that don't fit this trope sound as if they do, because of Dave Wyndorf's "A God Am I" vocal delivery:
    "Bummer": I need a fistful of medication just to keep it in my pants
    "All Friends and Kingdom Come": I can fry you with my eyes, I can blow you to kingdom come, I can take the friends away
    I've got mushroom butts in my hands, and a place in my head for you
    "The Right Stuff'": My nerves are made of steel and my eyes are eagle sharp
    What would freak the average man does not affect my heart
    "Crop Circle": I was born underwater, I dried out in the sun
    I started humping volcanoes baby, when I was too young
    Started surfing the madhouse and I decided to stay
    Got an itch in my cosmic pocket and it won't go away

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  • A lot of martial music does this. an example from The British Grenadiers:
    "Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules,"
    "Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these."
    "But of all the world's great heroes, there's none that can compare."
    "With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers."
    "Those heroes of antiquity ne'er saw a cannon ball,"
    "Or knew the force of powder to slay their foes withal."
    "But our brave boys do know it, and banish all their fears,"
    "With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, for the British Grenadiers."

  • Motörhead:
    • "Orgasmatron" is a badass boast by the personification of religion, politics, and war. Part of the war stanza includes: "I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave / I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave / Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown / For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down."
    • "You Better Run", including lines like "I'm iron and steel, I'm bad to the bone/If you come looking for trouble honey, don't you come alone."
    • From "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care):
    "I make love to mountain lions
    Sleep on red hot branding irons
    When I walk the roadway shakes
    Bed's a mess of rattlesnakes"

  • The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" is one long badass boast by Satan, beginning: "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a Man of Wealth and Taste / I've been around for a long long year / stolen many man's soul and faith".
  • Nearly anything by Manowar, music's penultimate Badass Boasters. They are the living embodiment of this trope.
    • "The Crown and the Ring" is a long, Norse-flavored badass boast, including the stanza: "High and mighty alone we are kings / Whirlwinds of fire we ride / Providence brought us the crown and the ring / Covered with blood and our pride".
    • King of Kings.
  • As with Monster Magnet, pretty much every flippin' song, only letting up when they tackle "serious" subjects like Vietnam Veterans' Syndrome or the Guyana massacre. They think they're the house band at Valhalla, what else would one expect?
  • Blind Guardian's "And then there was silence" with
    "We have been betrayed by the wind and the rain
    The sacred hall's empty and cold
    The sacrifice made should not be done in vain
    Revenge will be taken by Rome"

    "We don't regret it
    So many men have failed but now he's (gone)
    Go out and get it
    The madman's head it shall be thine
    We don't regret it
    That someone else dies hidden in (disguise)
    Go out and get it
    Orion's hound shines bright
    No hope
    The blind leads the blind
    Carry on
    Though future's denied

    Mare or stallion
    There's far more inside
    We are in at the kill we'll cheerfully die."
  • "I Am Murloc" is basically one long badass boast on behalf of the murlocs. This makes it a parody since murlocs in the game are just humorous and annoying Goddamned Bats.
    • The same band has also done "Power of the Horde" which is one long serious badass boast on behalf of a Farseer of the Horse.
    I feel the fire burning in my veins
    Lightning strikes at my command!
    By storm and earth
    By axe and fire
    We have come to claim this land!
  • "Princes of the Universe" by Queen. Sword-wielding immortals are just that badass.
    I am immortal!
    I have inside me blood of kings!
    I have no rival!
    No man can be my equal!
    • Another song from Queen's soundtrack to Highlander, "Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)".
    Here I am!
    I'm the master of your destiny!
    I am the one, the only one!
    I am the god of kingdom come!
  • "The Queen's Rebuke" from a concept album by The Decemberists features the hero's fae foster mother, boasting her immortality and power over the forest:
    I'm made of bones of the branches the boughs and the brow-beating light
    While my feet are the trunks and my head is the canopy high
    And my fingers extend to the leaves in the eves, and the bright
    Brighter shine, it's my shine
  • "Indestructible" by Disturbed is one long boast. And it works.
    No hesitation / When I am commanded to strike
    You need to know that you're in for the fight of your life
    You will be shown / How I've become
    Indestructible / Determination that is incorruptible
    From the other side a terror to behold / Annihilation will be unavoidable
    Every broken enemy will know / That their opponent had to be invincible
    Take a last look around while you're alive
    I'm an indestructible Master of war!
    • "Divide," off the same album, though it doesn't go to nearly the same extreme:
    You might say that I'm the last man standing now,
    Though you'll try, you'll never find a way to break me
    • "Warrior" from the next album takes this to a stupidly extreme level, sounding as if Dave Draiman watched multiple episodes of Dragon Ball Z for reference.
    I am an instrument of violence / I am a vessel of invincibility
    I cannot leave this undecided / Stepping down to battle another day
    Remember me for all time, this / Determination is a vital part of me
    Surrender now or be counted / With the endless masses that I will defeat
    Broken down till your hope has died / Beat down till the victory's mine
    Stand up and show me some pride, are you ready?
    I'm one with the warrior inside / My dominance can't be denied
    Your entire world will turn into a battlefield tonight
    As I look upon you / Through the warrior's eyes now
    I can see the fear that will ensure my victory this time
    I can't be told of compromise / They'll never doubt the body lying at my feet
    A most formidable reminder / They will speak my name for eternity
    I have no need of any guidance / I am a weapon, powerful beyond belief
    Seen through the warrior's eyes / I never need to question how to defeat you
  • Flogging Molly is rather fond of these too. One of my favorites:
    For green is the heart of your greed
    That much I can tell
    You may think you're the captain of me
    But I'm your coffin ship from hell

    But you won't
    No, no, no you won't
    You won't make a fool out of me
  • Voltaire's "When You're Evil" is one long boast by a goofy Card-Carrying Villain. Or so it seems. The first few verses describe pretty silly cartoon villainy. And then...
    I pledge my allegiance, to all things dark
    And I promise on my damned soul
    To do as I am told, Lord Beelzebub
    Has never seen a soldier quite like me
    Not only does his job, but does it happily.

    I'm the fear that keeps you awake
    I'm the shadows on the wall
    I'm the monsters they become
    I'm the nightmare in your skull
    I'm a dagger in your back
    An extra turn upon the rack
    I'm the quivering of your heart
    A stabbing pain, a sudden start.
  • Chris Cornell's James Bond theme "You Know My Name" is basically one long one. Sample:
    I've seen angels fall from blinding heights
    But you yourself are nothing so divine
    Just next in line
  • Mirdautas Vras by Summoning. Translated excerpt:
    Northwards ride on a thousand orcs,
    They take the storm and power
    Of Mordor through the world!
    Fire and ice — the Nazgûl fly!
    It is a good day to kill!
    Even Manwë shall bow down!
    • Also Farewell:
    Who can, who can find you clear springs of water? But I — but I can!
    Who can, who can tell you the age of the moon? But I — but I can!
    Who can, who can call up the fish from the depths of the sea? Yes I can!
    Who can, who can change the shape of the hills and the headland? I can!
    • AND it includes an audio sample from a second example of the trope:
  • Ozzy Osbourne's "Not Going Away" has a good one, short and sweet.
    Try so hard to break me,
    But all your diamonds turn to sand
  • Given that Rage Against the Heavens is pretty much The Crown's raison d'etre, these are pretty common in their lyrics. One particularly memorable one is from the song "Deathexplosion" (no, really)
    All legends tell of me
    Creating a killing spree
    What the legend doesn't say
  • The Finisher by Oh, Sleeper is, pretty much in its entirety, one of these from God to Satan. And, within Christian doctrine, a deserved one since, well, He's God:
    Do you mean to challenge me? Because your speech is threatening
    to the writer of your history[...]
    Your whisper may sway the weak, but when I speak it roars the seas.
    Your challenge has been met, because with a breath I could snap your neck.
    This won't be like the first time you tried, because my patience and mercy
    for you has run dry[...]
    Because if that tree keeps them from seeing me, I'll burn off your limbs,
    you will never shade again. You'll bow at my feet or I'll rip out your knees
    and make of your face all the carnage you crave[...]
    From the armories the angels sing, you will fear them when they lift their wings.
    They will sing to a world reborn, they will sing as I cut off your horns.
    I'll cut off your horns!
  • Dio era Black Sabbath had "I", another boast-in-song-form, this one from the point of view of an Anti-Hero. The end of the last verse, however, outbadasses the rest of the song.
    I'll smash your face in
    But with a smile
    All together you'll never
    Be stronger than me
  • The White Stripes"Seven Nation Army"
  • Flobots' "Handlebars" is one giant Badass Boast.
  • Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now in the Fire:"
    Crawl with me into tomorrow
    Or I'll drag you to your grave
    I'm deep inside your children
    They'll betray you in my name
  • Foo Fighters — "Pretender":
    I'm the voice inside your head
    You refuse to hear
    I'm the face that you have to face
    Mirrored in your stare
    I'm what's left, I'm what's right
    I'm the enemy
    I'm the hand that will take you down
    Bring you to your knees
  • Iron Maiden's "The Trooper"
    You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
    You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
    So when you're waiting for the next attack
    You'd better stand there's no turning back.
  • All verses in Judas Priest's "Hard As Iron" is a Badass Boast of some kind. The chorus of "Blood Red Skies" is also a Badass Boast: "You won't break me/You won't make me/You won't take me/Under blood red skies", as are "Tyrant", "The Ripper", parts of "Invader", "Killing Machine", "Electric Eye", "Riding on the Wind" if you assume it's in 1st person, "You've got Another Thing Comin'", possibly "Love Bites", "Heavy Du-" let's just say "a lot".
  • Hayley Kiyoko's Signature Song "Girls Like Girls" has a verse that's pretty much entirely a badass boast, albeit of a more personal and self-affirming sort.
    Always gonna steal your thunder, watch me like a dark cloud
    On the move, collecting numbers-I'mma take your girl out
    We will be everything that we'd ever need, oh
    Don't tell me, tell me what I feel-I'm real and I don't feel like boys!
  • Tribute is a Badass Boast by Tenacious D about how they accidentally played "The Best Song In The World" to kill a shiny demon threatening to eat their souls.
  • Kid Rock: I! AM! AMERICAN BADASS!note 
  • Nox Arcana's "Blood of Angels" is basically a long Badass Boast... from the point of view of Fallen Angels! Lyrics include:
    We are the twilight and we are the dawn
    We are the silence when all else is gone
    Ours is the power and ours is the might
    Ours are the shadows that swallow the light
    Worship us mortals, bow down to our reign!
    The blood of the angels, it beats in our veins.
    Once we were scattered, in hiding, alone...
    Now we have marshalled to regain our throne.
  • Break You, by Lamb of God. Many of their songs are like this:
    You taught me hate, I'll teach you fear.
    Open the eyes, kill despair.
    You tried to squeeze the life from me.
    Son of a bitch, I'm going to break you.
  • "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniel Band. Admittedly, it's for a duel by fiddles, but...
    My name's Johnnie
    And it might be a sin
    But I'll take your bet
    And you're gonna regret
    Cause I'm the best that's ever been.
    • You mean a badass fiddle duel.
    Now Devil you just come on back
    If you ever wanna try it again
    I done told you once you old sonofabitch
  • "A National Acrobat" by Ozzy-era Black Sabbath.
    I am the one that hides the universal secret of all time
    Destruction of the empty spaces is my one and only crime
    I've lived a thousand times, I've found out what it means to be believed
    The thoughts and images, the unborn child that never was conceived
  • Nile's music, many songs being retellings of old myths, is naturally full of these. Some prominent ones include:
    • The Eye Of Ra:
    Flee from me, humanity, though it availeth thee not.
    Hide in the deserts and the mountains, let fear grow in your hearts,
    For I am vengeance and bloody death.
    • Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld:
    I have gone forth,
    Even I, the vindicated Osiris.
    The great ones on earth await me,
    The scribes on their mats magnify me.
    I am as Re the eldest of the gods,
    I have taken possession of the sky,
    I have inherited the earth,
    Who shall take away the sky and earth from me?
    I know you and I know your names.note 
    Embraced within the coils of Set,
    I have no fear of the second death.
    Of being slashed with knives,
    Of being butchered on the slaughtering blocks.
    No god or demon will feed on my entrails or drink my blood.
    No blind servant of the throne of Ra
    Shall I willingly allow to devour me.
    No consuming flames of uttermost damnation shall I fear.
    No tongue speaking words of redemption shall ever penetrate my will.
    Darkly splendid, I remain unconquered.
    I am counted amongst the legions of the unrighteous
    Who dread not being immersed in the pits of fire.
    We are they whom the gods detest.
    We are they whom the gods detest.
  • You don't see a lot of female country singers on this list but Miranda Lambert's Gunpowder and Lead certainly counts:
    I'm goin' home, gonna load my shotgun
    Wait by the door and light a cigarette
    If he wants a fight well now he's got one
    And he ain't seen me crazy yet
    He slap my face and he shook me like a rag doll
    Don't that sound like a real man
    I'm going to show him what a little gir'ls made of
    Gunpowder and lead
  • Coheed and Cambria's albums are a sci-fi epic about Claudio Kilgannon, prophesied to defeat Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan, the man responsible for his family's deaths. In the song The End Complete, which describes their final battle, Ryan boasts:
    We are the fate of Hell and
    The call of Justice
    We are now waiting while you wish us away
    With your plans in all deliverance
    Won't take us over, baby!
    God (He will not save you)
    Is not (He will not save you)
    here! (He will not save you from this)
  • One-man acoustic punk troubadour Hamell On Trial's "The Meeting" gives us
    I'm rocking like The Clash
    It's acoustic kind of meanery
    I'm as bad as Nine Inch Nails
    Except I don't need machinery!
  • War is the Answer by Five Finger Death Punch is one long Badass boast..
  • 30H!3's "Don't Trust Her" gives us this absolute gem:
    And tell your boyfriend, if he says he's got beef
    That I'm a vegetarian and I ain't fuckin' scared of him
  • The number of ludicrous claims Lil B has made boggles the mind. Here's a sample of what he has claimed about himself:
    I'm retired nigga I already ruled the world
    I look like Bill Gates mixed with Obama
    Girlfriend look like Ellen [Degeneres]
    • One of his songs is titled "I'm God"
    • He takes it further a year later by calling his tape God's Father.
    • His song "Wanton Soup" is about "fuck[ing] your bitch" and then "eat[ing] wanton soup."
    • Pretty sure "Look Like Jesus" takes the cake:
    Hoes on my dick 'cause I look like Jesus
    Young Based God coming straight with the heater
    Niggas getting mad cause I dress like Jesus Christ
    I'm that pretty bitch, I'mma fuck her all night
  • First two minutes of Megadeth's "Prince of Darkness" are boasts from Satan itself, culminating in:
    I am more powerful than all the armies of the world
    I am more violent than violence, more deadly than death
    I have destroyed more men than all the nation's wars
    I am relentless, unpredictable, waiting for your last breath
    • "Public Enemy No. 1" has a pretty boastful chorus.
      I'm invincible
      You might say despicable
      Punishment's reciprocal
      Public Enemy number one
      I'm unbeatable
      My mind is untreatable
      Crimes unrepeatable
      Public Enemy number one
      • The same song drops the line "The posters say I'm wanted 'dead or dead' / Anyone who's tried got a bullet to the head".

  • "I Am The Cool" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
  • The Protomen's Vengeance is a song-long Badass Boast.
    Send your armies!
    There's no man or machine who can stop me!
    And you'll soon see
    I've come for vengeance, for the first son of Light!
    And I'm ready, and I'm willing, and I'm prepared to...
    Send me the best you've got!
    Send me your strongest machine!
    The fight my brother fought
    Here, now, will end with me!
    All you wounded!
    Those of you who can, get yourselves off the ground,
    Hurry back!
    Tell your leader you need more men!
    Send me the best you've got!
    Send me your strongest machine!
    The fight my brother fought
    Here, now, will end with me!
    Is this the best you've got?!
    Is this your strongest machine?!
    Now with one Power Shot,
    You'll see what vengeance means!

    The shadow, it covers your face!
    But your eyes shine just like mine!
    Step forward! Step into the light
    If you're ready, and you're willing, and you're prepared to fight!

    So be it, send your armies!
    There's no man or machine who can stop me!
    And you'll soon see!
    I've come for vengeance for the first son of Light!
    And I'm ready and I'm willing and I'm prepared to fight!

    Send me the best you've got!
    Send me your strongest machine!
    The fight my brother fought
    Here, now, will end with me!
    Is this the best you've got?!
    Is this your strongest machine?!
    Now with one Power Shot,
    You'll see what vengeance means!

  • Eluveitie's Kingdom Come Undone is basically a 03:22 Badass Boast Awesome Music consider the chorus:
    This is V for vengeance
    This is V for vehemence
    This is V for victory
    This is V for Vercingetorix
    This is V for verdict
    This is V for valour
    This is V for venture
    This is revolt
    This is kingdom come undone

  • According to "Folsom Prison Blues", Johnny Cash shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
    • The entirety of "Ain't No Grave" is a Badass Boast.

  • Sabaton has several on behalf of many military units, like Panzer Battalion:
    Under this sun no shadows will fall
    Piercing our eyes as we charge
    An armoured battalion on course to the east
    Closing the end of it's march
    This time we're here to finish a job
    Started a decade ago
    Driving the animals out of their holes
    To bury them 6 feet below
    Armoured tanks of mass destruction
    Killers in the east
    Rats who dares to stand before us
    Feel our guns go live
    Death in the shape of a panzer battalion
    Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a
    Man cannot outrun our panzer battalion
    Thousands of tons of armour and guns
    Making it's way through the sand
    Our panzer battalion is back for revenge
    Artillery sweeping the land
    First strike is ours no mercy is shown
    There's rivers of blood in our track
    Breaking their lines of defence with our tanks
    Infantry watching our back
    Blow their SAM sites clear for air strike
    Bring forth the storm
    Minefields swept there's no surrender
    Feel our napalm burn
    • Resist and Bite contains the following from the perspective of the Chasseur Ardennais, a 40-strong Belgian Army company that slowed the Wehrmacht eighteen days while outnumbered a thousand to one.
    But when captured by the Axis and forced to tell the truth
    We will tell them with a smile, we will surprise them with a laugh
    we are all, we were all
    Honoured where our orders in despite of our foe
    • Their ambiguously-non-war songs tends to go into that direction as well, for example Birds of War:
    The priesthood is trembling
    the five knights of light has betrayed mankind
    Now known as the dark ones
    we strike down on earth with powers from hell
    We ride on the wind we ride through the sky
    like unholy birds of war we fly
    we bring agony and insanity
    Once blessed by the light now serving the night
    and soon cursed by every man on earth
    We follow our lust, in no god we trust
    Come join us
    Leave this world behind and you will find satisfaction
    fight on our side you cannot hide from us forever more
    Once greeted as heroes
    now treated as foes wherever we go
    Recruiting more warriors
    the hordes of undead march on our command
    Now mankind will pay from this very day
    every man on earth will curse his birth
    We spread fear and pain resistance in vain
    We march in the dark your kind is our mark
    avoid the daylight in dark we fight
    We'll control your souls you'll end up like ghouls
    Come join us!
  • "St. Jimmy" from Green Day's American Idiot is pretty much one big Badass Boast:
    St. Jimmy's coming down across the alleyway
    Upon the boulevard like a zip gun on parade
    Light of his silhouette, he's insubordinate
    Comin' at you on the count of 1, 2—(1, 2, 3, 4!)
    My name is Jimmy and you better not wear it out
    Suicide commando that your momma talked about
    King of the forty thieves and I'm here to represent
    The needle in the vein of the establishment
    I'm the patron saint of the denial
    With an angel face and a taste for suicidal
    Cigarettes and ramen and a little bag of dope
    I am the son of a bitch and Edgar Allen Poe
    Raised in the city in the halo of lights
    Product of war and fear that we've been victimized...
    Are you talking to me? I'll give you something to cry about! ST JIMMY!
    My name is St. Jimmy, I'm the son of a gun
    I'm the one that's from the way outside, now
    I'm a teenage assassin executing some fun
    In the cult of the life of crime, now
    I really hate to say it, but I told you so
    So shut your mouth before I shoot you down, old boy
    Welcome to the club, and give me some blood
    I'm the resident leader at the lost and found
    It's comedy and tragedy
    It's St. Jimmy, and that's my name...and don't you fucking wear it out!!!!
  • Halsey does this often, most notably in "Hurricane":
    ''I'm a wanderess, I'm a one-night stand
    Don't belong to no city, don't belong to no man
    I'm the violence in the pouring rain
    I'm a hurricane.''
    ''I'm bigger than my body, I'm colder than this home
    I'm meaner than my demons, I'm bigger than these bones
    And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
    I can't help this awful energy
    God damn right, you should be scared of me.''
  • Doctor Steel has one in Lament for a toy factory:
    I am the nightmare that crushes your dreams
    I’m the greatest creator this world’s ever seen!
  • Kanye West's Jesus Walks has:
    "Harrasin' arrestors harass and arrest us,
    Sayin' 'we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!'
    'Huh, y'all eat pieces of shit?...'"
    • He's nicking Adam Sandler jokes now? Ladies and Gentlemen, the voice of a generation.
  • Clutch has a few.
    • "Subtle Hustle" on the album "Blast Tyrant."
    I got your number
    I steal your thunder
    I got your mother's maiden name tattooed on my arm!
    • "Walking In The Great Shining Path Of Monster Trucks" is almost nothing but these.
    And Evel Knievel, like Virgil
    Was a gentleman as well as a scholar
  • Jimi Hendrix: "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
    Well I'm standing next to a mountain
    And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
  • Jen Titus does a brilliant one in "O Death", honoring Death itself.
    Well I am Death, none can excel,
    I open the door between Heaven or Hell.
    My name is Death and The End is here.
  • Given their love of fantasy and sci-fi pulp, Purple Prose, and use of first-person PO Vs in their songs, Bal-Sagoth's lyrics are positively stuffed with elaborate and original Badass Boasts. Particular credit though has to go to the song Of Carnage and the Gathering of Wolves:
    Yes... I am the scythe in the field at summer
    I am the thunder which awakens the earth
    I am that which gives the night air its chill
    I am far beyond the ken of men
    My gaze shall make the night tremble!
  • The country song "Sixteen Tons", originally performed by Merle Travis and made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford(and covered by numerous other artists ranging from other country acts such as Johnny Cash to Swedish doom metal bands like Memento Mori) features this segment:
    Well if you see me comin' better step aside
    A lotta men didn't and a lotta men died
    One fist of iron, the other of steel
    If the right one don't get ya then the left one will
  • David Guetta's "Titanium":
    I'm bulletproof, nothin' to lose
    Fire away, fire away
    Ricochet, you take your aim
    Fire away, fire away
    You shoot me down, but I won't fall
    I am titanium
  • Nightquest, by Nightwish. The first four verses are fantasy-themed metaphorical description of one of band members, and it ends like this.
    Guardians of the halls of heart
    When we from my homeland depart
    To challenge the gods of emptiness
    May the quest begin!
  • Chase & Status - No Problem
    I move like water, I go with the flow
    I go back to old school, I go back to Rome
    But this is no history it's the start of the show
    Never worry that is the way that I roll
    I'm a bad man, what is it? Let me say again
    You can try copy like a slave to a trend
    Nothing they can say and nothing they can do
    It's no problem for me, but it's a problem for you.
  • At least half of Christian Metalcore band For Today's songs are this.
    Hell, fear me
    I am the one that will bring you down
    And when you fall, feel me
    I'll see your face on the battleground

    Let my name be fear at the gates of Hell
    as I exalt the Savior
    The one who died to bring my victory
    and give me a new name

    In the name of the Holy One of God

    I will cast you down
    at the foot of the cross He hung from
    I will stand behind my Savior
    as I burn your kingdom down

    And I will see you on your knees
    before the King of Kings
    You will lose your throne
    to the Chosen One

    The chosen ones will rise
  • Florence + the Machine's Seven Devils
    Holy water
    Cannot help you now
    A thousand armies
    Couldn't keep me down
  • Piece Of Me by Britney Spears
    No wonder there's panic in the industry
  • Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression
    No man yields who flies on my ship!


  • Scar Symmetry in Quantumleaper:
    I'm nothing and all things
    I drift between dimensions
    I'm lifeless, immortal
    Collapsed duality

  • Filk singer Rob Balder's song "Yet Another Stupid Decade: NetHack Turns 20" (available here) contains this boast:
    "I've played since the eighties! I've seen more dungeons than Torquemada! I've killed more explorers than malaria! I've kicked in more doors than the LAPD and I've opened more chests than a M* A* S* H unit! Crom help me, I have ascended a Tourist."

  • Bob Marley's "Small Axe":
    If you are the big tree
    We are the small axe
    Ready to cut you down...
  • The Crystal Method's Play For Real seems to take it to the next logical step: the person singing doesn't need to boast about his achievements. You should already know them. So the only logical thing is to question your sanity for challenging him.
    You gotta be mad
    Or stone-cold crazy
    Outta your mind
    If you wanna play with me
    What are you, sick?
    Or maybe just straight-up ill
    You gotta be crazy as fuck
    If you wanna play for real
  • Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz" combines Badass Boast, Blasphemous Boast, Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? and Refuge in Audacity:
    I'll snatch him out of his truck
    Hit em with a brick
    And I'm dancin"
  • The Stooges, "Search and Destroy":
    I'm a streetwalkin' cheetah with a heart full of napalm
    I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb
    I am the world's forgotten boy
    The one who searches and destroys
  • Lil Wayne's "Drop The World":
    "Pick the world up and I'ma DROP it on yo' fuckin head, yeah
    Bitch I'ma pick the world up and I'ma DROP it on yo' fuckin head, yeah
    And I could die now, rebirth motherfucker
    Hop up in my spaceship and leave Earth motherfucker
    I'm gone.. motherfucker I'm gone"
  • Tragedy, who called their album of heavy metal The Bee Gees covers We Rock Sweet Balls And Can Do No Wrong.
  • The Ballad of Little Jock Elliot (who was a real person, a Scottish border reiver of the powerful Elliot clan)

    In raids I ride always the foremost,
    My straik is the first in melee,
    My name is little Jock Elliot,
    And wha daur meddle wi' me?

    I ne'er was afraid of a foe,
    Or yield I liefer wad die;
    My name is little Jock Elliot,
    And wha daur meddle wi' me?
  • Mystery Skulls has a couple, with Unstoppable being the most straightforward.
    This is a joke, baby,
    These dudes are ganging up on me,
    These people must be crazy,
    Guess they don't know that I'm unstoppable,
    • In My Sleep is another one, from the perspective of one musician to another.
    You can't do this like I do it,
    I fuckin' wrote this in my sleep,

  • The national anthem of Poland contains very many - fitting, as it was originally a marching song of Napoléon Bonaparte's Polish troops.
    Poland is not yet lost,
    So long as we still live.
    What foreign power has taken from me,
    I shall reclaim at sabrepoint.

    We'll cross the Vistula and the Warta,
    And we shall be Polish.
    Bonaparte has shown us,
    The way to victory!

    Like Cziarnecki returning to Poznan,
    Battling the Swedish,
    To save our Fatherland,
    We shall return by sea!

  • Tom Waits, Goin' Out West
    I Know Karate, Voodoo too
    I'm gonna make myself available to you
    I don't need no make-up
    I got real scars
    I got hair on my chest
    I look good without a shirt.

  • Nine Inch Nails, "The Warning", pretty much everything said by The Presence (everything in the song after "You've become a virus").
    You will change your ways
    And you will make amends
    Or we will wipe this place clean.

  • Donovan with "Sunshine Superman": "Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me!"
    • Even that pales in comparison to "Lord Of The Universe".
    I never lived and I'll never die
    It's all the same to me
    'Cause I'm the Lord, I'm the king of the universe
    And it's best you don't mess with me
    ('Cause I'll stomp on ya!)

  • Played with on Toby Keith's "As Good as I Once Was": The narrator admits that he can't be a badass all the time, but he is put in situations where he still shows that, when pressed, he has at least some of his badassery left ("I ain't as good as I once was / But I'm as good once as I ever was").

  • The Curbstomp Song is basically an entire song about one-sided battles. There's one that stands out at the end:
    "This battle was over before it even started.

  • Disciple had a few

    • Unbroken is an entire extended one with lyrics like
    So come what may let the waters rise and I’ll walk on the tides
    Won’t let my faith be haunted by the bones that lay behind
    Cause there’s an ending that’s unseen that I choose to believe
    that I won’t break

    So let sky fall down, the earthquake shake the ground
    I am coming out, I’m coming out Unbroken

    • Outlaws
    We're more than faces, we're more than just names
    We're more than labels the hypocrites gave
    We're the affection of the Unseen
    We are the sons and daughters of the King

    • Kings
    Lie if you want in your bed of hate
    We're not your slaves
    We are the kings with a King

  • Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" informs the world that she is the crazy, manipulative, man-eating psycho the media makes her out to be. She doesn't care if everyone knows... but you will soon.

  • Ken Ashcorp does this sometimes, but most notably in his song "Touch Fluffy Tail", where the singer is a self assured adventurer.
    I don't give a damn, not an iota,
    Motherfucker, I'm the Straightest Shota!
  • Cormorant touches upon this in "The Purest Land"
    My deeds live on,
    for I have seen what men
    could only dream they saw.
    I have seen what men
    could only dream they saw.

  • Rachel Bloom's "Die When I'm Young" is a darkly comic Deconstruction of the Badass Boast. The first verse goes " Don’t live for the future / I don’t live in the past / I throw my hands up in bliss ready for the world’s kiss / No regrets or hesitations taking chances / Cause I’m gonna / Die when I'm young / Burn out fast and dance forever" — but then the song is interrupted by Rachel getting a phone call from her doctor, informing her that she has cancer. She immediately starts to have second thoughts:
    Die when i’m young
    I should have had my home checked for asbestos
    Gonna die when I’m young
    Yeah, it was way cooler in theory.
    Doctors give me heavy sedatives
    (O-M-G I’m such a stoner)
    Hands are feelin’ up my body
    Cause I’m an organ donor!
    I’m dyin’ young just ‘cause I lived too fast.
    I have tumor.

  • Showdown by dubstep band Pendulum definitely has this, complete with an awesome drop:
    "I know you thought I'd sold my soul
    But never told me to my face
    I just had to leave you cold

  • The Pipettes' self-introduction Theme Tune "We Are The Pipettes" cops a Girl Group attitude:
    We are The Pipettes, and we've got no regrets
    If you haven't noticed yet, we're the prettiest girls you've ever met
    We are The Pipettes, we will drop you in our nets
    When you're crying in your bed, you'll hope we haven't finished with you yet...

  • Kaleidoscope's rendition of 'Oh Death'
    My name is Death, and none can excel
    I can open the gates to heaven or hell

  • Amaranthe's "Unreal"
    You can try to defeat me, you won't win
    You won't beat me on the field
    My fortitude beyond unreal
    If you dare interfere me
    Slow me down or impede me
    I guarantee, my vengeance will be so unreal
    • "Invincible" too.
      Can't you see who I am? I'm invincible
      Like a force that is out of control
      But this power runs deep in my soul

  • At the beginning of Side One of KISS' Alive II album: "You wanted the best, and you got the best! The hottest band in the world...KISS!"

  • Brown Bird's Blood of Angels is about a very angry person.
    I tried to drink the blood of angels from a bottle
    It hasn't struck me yet, and I would wager my soul to bet
    That there ain't no one throwing lightning anyhow!
  • The Pogues in "If I Should Fall From Grace With God":
    "This land was always ours
    Twas the proud land of our fathers
    It belongs to us and them
    Not to any of the others!"

  • Dubstep artist Terminite has one in his track titled "Earthquake".
    "People often confuse earthquakes for Terminite gigs, but that's okay."
  • "Werewolf Gimmick" by the Mountain Goats is a particularly Nightmare Fuel-laden example:
    Bring your heroes to the wolf-den
    Watch them all get crushed!

  • The lyrics for "The Man" by The Killers are filled to the brim with this throughout the song. Here are the lines in the chorus, for example:
    I got gas in the tank
    I got money in the bank
    I got news for you baby, you're looking at the man.
    I got skin in the game
    I got a household name
    I got news for you baby, you're looking at the man.

  • Cypress Hill's "Insane In The Brain" sums up decades of rap boasting in one simple lyric:
    SEN DOG: "Punks just jealous 'cause they can't outwrite me"

  • The Megas: Quite a few of the Robot Masters get one of these lines, as does Mega Man himself.
    Mega Man: The road that I walk is a gathering storm.
    Air Man: I'll usher in the end upon my thunder chariot!
    Metal Man: As soon as you step foot inside that door, you'll fall victim to my metal dance.
    Wood Man: It'll take more to stop this war than a little boy in blue. When the leaves fall, so will you.
    Snake Man: You can fight for the steel, or die beneath my heel. It's up to you.
    Top Man: I'm the one on top, I'm the one who makes history, yeah. You can't stop the rhythm of victory.
    Also Top Man: I've been told I can cut a rug, but tonight it's gonna bleed.
    Hard Man: Harder than steel!note 
    Shadow Man: I am the knife in a gunfight!
    Skull Man: It's not this world that needs saving.
    Also Skull Man: What is dead can never die!
  • Kendrick Lamar dropped quite a few in Big Sean's "Control":
    I'm important like the Pope; I'm a Muslim on pork
    I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the King of New York
    King of the Coast; one hand, I juggle 'em both
    the Juggernaut's all in ya jugular, you take me for jokes
    And I'm gon' get it even if you're in the way
    And if you're in it, better run, for Pete's sakes
    • And of course, the four bars that the verse is famous for:
    And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale,
    Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake,
    Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
    I got love for you all, but I'm tryna murder you niggas!
  • "My Way" by Frank Sinatra is one entire badass boast from the start to finish, all the more impressive if you consider it to be from the viewpoint of someone at the end of his life, who may have had "times when he bit off more than he could chew", but still thinks that despite all he still came through.

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