Fight Scene Songs

One of Ben’s posts on Story Multiverse inspired me to write this post. Fight scenes are the hardest scenes for me to write, mostly because I’m not that great with choreography and I don’t know all that much about weapons or martial arts or brute strength or whatever else is usually involved in fictional fights. But sometimes a good set of songs can get me pumped… and these are some of those songs.

Combichrist – “Get Your Body Beat” (Industrial mixed with techno. The beat alone drives this song.)

Linkin Park – “Papercut” (Actually, any Linkin Park song would make a good fight scene song.)

Sick Puppies – “You’re Going Down” (Found out about this one while watching the Tekken movie, which was horrible, but at least that particular song in the beginning inspired me.)

Rammstein – “Engel” (Anything by Rammstein sounds brutal and therefore appropriate for a fight.)

Eisbrecher – “Eisbrecher” (The lyrics are in German, but the translation talks about a new world order in which the earth is made of ice.)

Maroon 5 – “Harder to Breathe” (Maybe not so much a physical fight scene, but perhaps good for an argument between two lovers.)

Trapt – “Headstrong” (A classic.)

Korn – “Dead Bodies Everywhere” (Good for a war scene. In my head, it’s always made me think of World War II.)

Drowning Pool – “Bodies” (Any song with the lyrics “let the bodies hit the floor” would be good for a battle scene.)

Soil – “Halo” (Might be good for an internal conflict, since the song seems to be about someone wanting to destroy the good within himself.)

Spineshank – “Consumed” (What I would consider a “righteous anger” song.)

Of course, there are many, many more — feel free to suggest your favorites.


8 thoughts on “Fight Scene Songs

  1. David Lynch made very effective use of Rammstein songs in the movie Lost Highway. Not for fight scenes, though. It was (IIRC) for slow scenes that were either spooky or creepy (or both). The contrast between the slow-moving visuals and the aggressive music helped give the whole thing an off-kilter feeling.

    Fight scenes in my writing tend to be very sudden and quickly wrapped up, probably because, like you, I don’t know enough to be able to write a good long one.


  2. I’m glad my post got you inspired, Maggie! Yours inspire me, certainly, so it’s nice to know I can return the favor. Also, I agree that fight scenes are hard to write. You have to keep track of so many weapons, limbs, bullets, bodies, etc. A good song is very helpful.


    • Hard to film, too. Even some good movies fall down on this. I’ve seen The Fellowship of the Ring many times, and I defy anybody to diagram the big fight scene in the mines of Moria (the one with the cave troll). It’s a lot of frenzy and a lot of close-ups, but no sense of the space and where everybody is in it from moment to moment.

      OTOH, I read something recently about Phanton Menace recently that said basically, “Yes, the movie stinks, but the big final three-way sword fight is actually really good. Good pacing, great action, and you always know what’s going on.”

      No question in my mind which is a better movie, but credit where credit is due.

      Ironically, I just thought of a new chapter for my WIP, and (sigh) it involves a big fight scene. Oh, well. 🙂


      • I suppose that as long as the whole movie/book works out all right, having one imperfect scene won’t matter so much. But then again, as in the case of the Phantom Menace, one good scene might make the movie seem better as a whole. (At least, I enjoyed the Phantom Menace and the other Star Wars movies… can’t seem to get into LotR.)


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