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35 Top Badasses in Music History

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Aired According to the Oxford Dictionary, a badass is “a tough, uncompromising, or intimidating person,” and these artists fit the bill: They don’t play by the rules. They rebel against the status quo. They don’t take **** from anybody. From Jay Z to the Foo Fighters to Johnny Cash, these are the 35 Biggest Badasses in Music History.

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  2.   The Next Episode Dr. Dre The Next Episode The Next Episode
  3.   Lust for Life Iggy Pop Lust for Life Lust for Life
  4.   Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train Crazy Train
  5.   Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani Hollaback Girl Hollaback Girl
  6.   Closer Nine Inch Nails Closer Closer
  7.   Welcome to the Jungle Guns N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle Welcome to the Jungle
  8.   1999 Prince 1999 1999
  9.   Down by the Water PJ Harvey Down by the Water Down by the Water
  10.   It Was a Good Day Ice Cube It Was a Good Day It Was a Good Day
  11.   Master of Puppets Metallica Master of Puppets Master of Puppets
  12.   On the Road Again Willie Nelson On the Road Again On the Road Again
  13.   Blow Me (One Last Kiss) Pink Blow Me (One Last Kiss) Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
  14.   Barracuda Heart Barracuda Barracuda
  15.   Fight the Power Public Enemy Fight the Power Fight the Power
  16.   One Way or Another Blondie One Way or Another One Way or Another
  17.   Seven Nation Army The White Stripes Seven Nation Army Seven Nation Army
  18.   In Da Club 50 Cent In Da Club In Da Club
  19.   Kool Thing Sonic Youth Kool Thing Kool Thing
  20.   Express Yourself Madonna Express Yourself Express Yourself
  21.   Everlong Foo Fighters Everlong Everlong
  22.   I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good) I Got You (I Feel Good)
  23.   Runnin' With the Devil Van Halen Runnin' With the Devil Runnin' With the Devil
  24.   Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. Anarchy in the U.K.
  25.   I Hate Myself for Loving You Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Hate Myself for Loving You I Hate Myself for Loving You
  26.   Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side Walk on the Wild Side
  27.   I Get Around 2Pac I Get Around I Get Around
  28.   Low Self Opinion Rollins Band Low Self Opinion Low Self Opinion
  29.   Brass in Pocket The Pretenders Brass in Pocket Brass in Pocket
  30.   Ace of Spades Motörhead Ace of Spades Ace of Spades
  31.   Lose Yourself Eminem Lose Yourself Lose Yourself
  32.   Because the Night Patti Smith Group Because the Night Because the Night
  33.   Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil Sympathy for the Devil
  34.   London Calling The Clash London Calling London Calling
  35.   I Walk the Line Johnny Cash I Walk the Line I Walk the Line
  36.   Empire State of Mind Jay Z Empire State of Mind Empire State of Mind
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Iggy Pop

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Ozzy Osbourne

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Gwen Stefani

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Guns N' Roses

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Prince

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PJ Harvey

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Ice Cube

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Metallica

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Willie Nelson

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Pink

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Heart

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Public Enemy

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Blondie

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50 Cent

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Sonic Youth

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Madonna

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Foo Fighters

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James Brown

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Van Halen

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