Clash of the Titans – Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ vs. Quiet Riot’s ‘Bang Your Head’
They've mostly gone the way of the sax solo now that rock 'n' roll has become part of the musical establishment, but once upon a time, anthems about sticking it to the Man were a pretty big deal -- and we're pitting two anti-authority classics against each other in this edition of Clash of the Titans.
In one corner, we've got Twisted Sister with their best-known hit, 1984's 'We're Not Gonna Take It.' The biggest single from the band's 'Stay Hungry' LP -- and ultimately, the biggest of their career -- 'Take It' broke the band through to a platinum-level audience thanks to a rousing singalong chorus and a video depicting Dee Snider and his fellow Sisters as loud-and-proud guardians of America's right to rock.
In the other corner, we have Quiet Riot, with 'Bang Your Head (Metal Health),' from the band's third LP, which went on to sell more than six million copies after becoming the first heavy metal record to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart -- largely due to the overwhelming success of their cover of Slade's 'Cum on Feel the Noize.' While that song was the album's big hit, it also produced another Top 40 single with the title track, which banged its head all the way to No. 31.
While neither song led to much in the way of long-term chart success for either band, they were both important and influential in their way. But which one will win this Clash of the Titans? It's all up to you. Check them out below, and remember: You can cast a ballot once an hour between now and 11:59PM ET on Jan. 12, 2015.
Twisted Sister, 'We're Not Gonna Take It'
Quiet Riot, 'Metal Health'
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