We're Not Gonna Take It

Twisted Sister

About We're Not Gonna Take It

"We're Not Gonna Take It" is a song by the American band Twisted Sister from their album Stay Hungry. It was first released as a single (with "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll" as the B-side) on April 27, 1984. The Stay Hungry album was released two weeks later, on May 10, 1984. The single reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister's only Top 40 single. The song was ranked No. 47 on 100 Greatest 80's Songs and No. 20 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. The single has been certificated gold in US since 1984, selling more than 500,000 copies. "We're Not Gonna Take It" was written by vocalist Dee Snider. As influences for the song, he cites the glam rock band Slade and the Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful". 


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Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

We've got the right to choose it
There ain't no way we'll lost it
This is our life, this is our song

We'll fight the powers that be just
Don't pick our destiny 'cause
You don't know us, you don't belong

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

Oh you're so condescending
Your gall is never ending
We don't want nothin', not a thing from you

Your life is trite and jaded
Boring and confiscated
If that's your best, your best won't do

Oh Oh

We're right (yeah)
We're free (yeah)
We'll fight (yeah)
You'll see (yeah)

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

No way

Oh Oh

We're right (yeah)
We're free (yeah)
We'll fight (yeah)
You'll see (yeah)

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

Just you try and make us
We're not gonna take it
Come on!

No, we ain't gonna take it
You're all worthless and weak
We're not gonna take it anymore

Now drop and give me twenty
We're not gonna take it
Oh pledge pin

No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh you and your uniform
We're not gonna take it anymore

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Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island, New York. Musically, the band implements elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest along with a driving hard rock style that is similar to AC/DC. While the band members' famously cross-dressed appearance might seem to link them with the 1980s glam metal movement, Twisted Sister's aggressive musical style was coupled with a more grotesque use of makeup and women's clothing resulting in a product quite distinct from the more hedonistic androgyny of glam metal groups like Mötley Crüe and Poison. The band considers the "glam metal" tag to be inappropriate. more »

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Written by: Daniel Dee Snider

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12 facts about this song

Band Formation
"We're Not Gonna Take It" is by the band Twisted Sister, which was formed in 1972 in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and headed by frontman Dee Snider.
Album Success
The song is featured on the band's third album "Stay Hungry," which achieved multi-platinum status, selling more than 3 million copies in the US alone.
Chart Performance
"We're Not Gonna Take It" was released as a single in April 1984. It reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister's only Top 40 hit.
Anthem of Rebellion
The song has served as a protest anthem and was used by numerous political campaigns, including Donald Trump's 2015 presidential campaign.
Music Video Popularity
The music video for "We're Not Gonna Take It" was played frequently on MTV and is widely regarded as a classic example of early MTV-era music videos.
Inspirations
Frontman Dee Snider has stated that the song's melody was influenced by the Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful".
Activism and Controversy
The song and its video were part of the reason the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), led by Tipper Gore, pushed for parental warning labels on music. Snider was invited to testify at the Senate hearings on the subject in 1985.
Recognition
In 2009, the song was named the 47th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Variations
There have been several variations of the song recorded, including Spanish and extended versions.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists have covered "We're Not Gonna Take It," including Bif Naked, Donots, and Joan Jett. It has also been featured in various movies, commercials, and television shows.
Purpose and Meaning
Snider wrote the song as an anthem of rebellion against societal conformity and oppression. It originated from his response to negative criticisms and prejudices against his appearance and the heavy metal genre.
Cultural Impact
"We're Not Gonna Take It" continues to be a staple of 1980s hard rock and has been used in various forms of media as a symbol of rebellion and individuality.

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