Our top 10 favourite and greatest Tenacious D songs

By ·July 16, 2016 11:28 am

Their music is magnificent, hilarious, and incredibly memorable. From the moment I first saw the music video for Tribute, Tenacious D became one of my favourite bands. Formed by Jack Black (JB / Jables) and Kyle Gass (KG / Rage Kage) in 1994, ‘The D’, as of 2016, have released three albums – Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny, and their long awaited third album, The Rize of the Fenix. Jack Black’s recent news regarding the future of Tenacious D (and by recent I mean back in February), has us all excited and impatient for the release of the fourth album. So, while we wait, let us run down a list of their ten greatest and best songs in the world, starting with:


10] Deth Starr:


Did you know that in interviews with the Coruscant media, Emperor Palpatine often cited Tenacious D’s Deth Starr as his initial inspiration for his own Death Star? It’s true. I wouldn’t make this stuff up.

The duo are sick of Earth’s shit; the death and destruction (both natural and unnatural) all around us has them disillusioned with our species! So, in an attempt to solve these issues, they decide to build a Deth Starr! To be perfectly honest with you, their idea of a Deth Starr sounds actually quite ideal. Water to wine, futuristic video games, and everybody having a good time! Heaven. Over time, humanity’s penchant for being dickheads starts to kick in once more and the Deth Starr sanctuary turns into something very similar to what the more well known Death Star is known for. What have we become?

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Oh, yeah yeah yeah, right there (Oh)
Bend over that space module (Oh yeah)
Oh, zero gravity fucking (Oh yeah)
Hey look, there's Uranus! (Oh that shit is tight).


9] Fuck Her Gently:


It does seem that there are folk out there that are not fans of Tenacious D (the heathens), yet still enjoy this particular inclusion in The D’s discography, and let’s be honest, it isn’t hard to see why. Fuck Her Gently serves as a useful guide for making love to your beautiful lady, but hey, I suppose the same rules could apply if you wanted to do the same with your man. The D generously offer us mere mortals some helpful tips such as asking what your partner’s favourite position is and taking part in it, even if it isn’t yours. Also, don’t waste time cooking their favourite meal, simply order it from Zanzibar. With this handy advice in mind, your love life is surely going to improve tenfold.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
And then you say "hey I bought you flowers",
And then you say "wait a minute sally,
I think I got somethin' in my teeth,
Could you get it out for me",
That's fucking teamwork.


8] City Hall:


I enjoy a song that tells a story, and City Hall certainly does that. Chronicling The D’s revolt against the government, rise to power, and ultimately their fall, City Hall has it all – a revolution, betrayal, and Rock-’em Sock-’em Robots! With a fast paced instrumental arrangement during the uprising and downfall verses, and a wonderful, relaxed arrangement during the reign of the Two Kings and the aftermath of the treachery, City Hall flows very nicely, as does the narrative .

It doesn’t actually take long for Jables to begin plotting against his long time friend and fellow king, instructing him to go to Idaho to investigate a rumoured potato famine while Jables informs his parliament of his intent to remove Kage from power. Sadly for them both, Jables decides it is better for the land if he poisons the Rage Kage, while it appears that Kage had a similar idea himself. This once promising union, which had the potential to create a veritable utopia has ended in failure as well as a double murder. We could all learn a lesson from their mistakes to ensure that we can succeed where they failed, and together fulfil their vision… I guess.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Awesome... is he gone? Alright, emergency meeting of Parliament. 
All right Parliament, I know this is fucked up, 
but Rage, he can't be King anymore. 
Dudes, he's encroaching on my decrees! 
Seriously, let's make him "Duke," a kick ass "Duke." 
Or "leader formerly known as King," but-- uh-oh he's comin' back... 


7] Wonderboy:


Wonderboy, what is the secret of your power? Your voice? The music? The video? WHAT IS IT? Unfortunately, we never do quite find out what his secret is; we do, however, get a bloody good tune. Telling the tale of Wonderboy and his arch-rival Young Nasty Man, Wonderboy is one of Tenacious D’s most popular songs, and depicts the two enemies joining forces to form the world’s most awesome band – Tenacious D. While we don’t discover the secret of Wonderboy’s power, we do get a list of Young Nasty Man’s abilities (which are apparently comparable to Wonderboy’s) – The ability to kill a yak from 200 yards away (with Mind Bullets), the power of flight, and, perhaps best of all: The power to move you!

After Tribute, Wonderboy was the second single released from the band’s debut album, and the last until PoD was released four years later. This is a great song, and I would recommend that you give it a listen if you haven’t before, but then again, I recommend that you listen to every bloody song on this list! Even if you’ve heard them all a million times, go listen to them again.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Well, Wonderboy and Young Nastyman joined forces;
they formed a band the likes of which have never been seen,
and they called themselves Tenacious D. That's right,
Me! And KG!
[KG:] That's me.
We're now Tenacious D!
Come fly with me, fly!


6] Kickapoo:


A long ass fuckin’ time ago in a town called Kickapoo, there lived a young boy named Jack Black, the black-sheep of his highly religious family. Young Jack did not hold with his family’s beliefs, instead worshipping the Rock and Metal Gods, much to his family’s chagrin. One day he interrupted grace with a musical composition of his own. Naturally, his father (ironically played by the legendary Meat Loaf) does not take kindly to this and punishes Jack, proceeding to chastise the boy and destroy all of his rock music memorabilia. After praying to Dio (also appearing in a cameo role), Jack realises what he must do – Travel to the land of Hollywood and find his destiny.

The music featured in this song is truly unforgettable. I don’t know a single fan of Tenacious D that doesn’t remember how it goes – the intro, the outro, and everything in between, simply fantastic. Of course, who doesn’t love the cameos by both Meat Loaf and Dio? The two iconic gods of rock and metal not only add to the epic quality to this song, but are also tremendous to watch in the music video.

This is one of the many songs from Tenacious D that I have listened to on repeat for an untold number of times and wouldn’t be surprised if you do the same.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Oh the dragons balls were blazin' as I stepped into his cave,
Then I sliced his fuckin' cockles,
With a long and shiny blade!
'Twas I who fucked the dragon,
Fuckalize sing-fuckaloo!
And if you try to fuck with me,
Then I shall fuck you too!


5] Tribute:

Arguably the most well known song of Tenacious D’s discography, Tribute is likely to have been many people’s first exposure to the band, as it was mine. The song itself is merely a tribute to a song performed by the band in a battle against a shiny demon from Hell (played by the amazing Dave Grohl). Sadly for the duo, they were unable to remember the song itself (due to getting astoundingly baked), so instead they attempted to create a tribute to both the song and the battle with the demon, which is exactly what they did.

I remember the first time I heard this song – I was sat in class when the teacher asked us for music suggestions to play on the computer while we work. One of my friends suggested Tribute. I had absolutely no idea what Tribute, nor Tenacious D was at that time, but I thought it sounded great. When I got home from school, I looked Tribute up online and watched the music video. Still one of my favourite songs from the band, Tribute was one track that my closest friends and I often sang on drunken nights out at karaoke. Great times.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
[Jack's gibberish]


4] Roadie:

A song dedicated to the woefully under-credited assets of rock and metal – the roadies! Jack Black often shows his appreciation of all things roadie, which can also be seen in his appearance as the hard working, metal loving Eddie Riggs in the video game Brutal Legend.

The music video for Roadie features Danny McBride as the titular character, as he applies for a roadie job with Tenacious D and shows him performing his general duties as a roadie, and hanging around backstage while the band play live on stage. Sadly, Danny McBride’s T-Total character soon falls off the wagon after an encounter with a groupie who was purely using him to get closer to meeting Kyle Gass and goes completely nuts.

In terms of the song itself, I think that Roadie has a superb intro, and continues to impress throughout the entire song.  The musical composition overall is very pleasing to my ears, and only gets better as the song progresses. You can probably guess from the fact that it’s in at #4, but Roadie is another one of my favourite songs from the Rise of the Fenix album.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Then a beautiful girl come to me
She say "Hey can I sucka your dick?"
I say "Yays" I am in love,
Then she quickly say "I sucked your dick
Now give me that backstage pass,
I do not want you roadie, I want KG's chode".


3] The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage:


The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage is an emotionally charged tale detailing the fallout from the band’s experiences after The Pick of Destiny‘s failure at the box-office. Kyle has tragically gone completely insane, while Jack has gone on to become insanely rich and famous. Considering that the band is known more for their comedy rock, I find The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage to be an oddly beautiful piece of music, and in my opinion it definitely deserves its place in the top three songs by Tenacious D. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to it. I hope that The D will produce more songs of this calibre over the course of their careers.

The song actually serves as a prequel of sorts to the music video for ‘To Be the Best’ which shows the aftermath of Rage Kage’s incarceration in a mental hospital, Hollywood Jack’s rise to stardom, and also features the rebirth of The D – the rise of the phoenix The Rize of the Fenix!

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage will ride once again.


2] Beelzeboss:


Oh wow, I know, right? If this is only in second place, what could possibly have the top spot? Well, you will find that out shortly; but for now let us focus on this outstanding track.

Depicting the tale portrayed in Tribute, Beelzeboss sees Jables and Rage Kage exiting a music venue just as the venue’s Open Mic Host uses the Pick of Destiny to reform his broken tooth and thus complete him – morphing him into the shiny demon who then proceeds to sentence Jables and the Rage Kage to die. A challenge is quickly issued by the defiant JB, a rock-off challenge which the demon cannot deny due to the edicts of the Demon Code (I wonder what other rules they have to obey). The demon is forced to accept and the terms are laid out – If The D win, the demon must return to Hell and also pay their rent. However, if the demon wins, he gets to take Kage back to Hell to be his ‘little bitch’. The demon agrees, and what follows is the showdown of a lifetime as KG’s very soul, and every one of his orifices hang in the balance.

The demon, once again played by Dave Grohl, demonstrates an immensely talented ability towards rocking out as he sings in some quite detail about his plans for KG when he gets him to Hell. KG states that it was a masterpiece, which it was, and expresses doubt that anybody could possibly top that performance, but with his impending sexual doom, Kage and Jables are spurred into action, and begin their attempt to perform the greatest and best song in the world. I’m sure you know the story about what happens next, dear reader.

If you’re reading this article, I’m going to assume that you are at least somewhat familiar with this track so there isn’t really much to say that you won’t already know. It’s generally agreed that this is one of Tenacious D’s greatest songs, and that’s because it’s so fuckin’ good! If only this song was available for karaoke at my pub of choice. Ah well, what can you do, eh?

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Fine! Let the rock off begin! Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha!
I'm the devil, I love metal!
Check this riff, it's fucking tasty.
I'm the devil, I can do what I want,
Whatever I got I'm gonna flaunt,
There's never been a rock off that I've ever lost.
I can't wait to take Kage back to hell,
I'm gonna fill him with my hot demon gel.
I'll make him squeal like my scarlet pimpernel.


1] Master Exploder:


So here it is, our number one spot. What can I say? For a song that has only three very short verses, Master Exploder is damn good. Jack Black does not need a microphone (his voice is fuckin’ powerful)! It was astonishingly difficult deciding between Master Exploder and Beelzeboss for the top spot, but this song just clenched it. First appearing in Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Master Exploder became an instant classic for the band, and has appeared in various media, including video games such as the marvellous Brutal Legend (yes, this is the second mention of the game in this article. I highly recommend it, okay? So go play it).

The video for the song is wonderfully ‘out there’ as Jack daydreams about performing on stage with Kyle in front of an audience in a music venue while sporting the Pick of Destiny around his neck. Appearing more and more like a rocker as the song progresses, Jack proceeds to blow the minds of his audience (literally in one case), as Kyle sprouts a multitude of additional arms to help him play a rather unique guitar. Kyle, in fact, plays two unique guitars throughout the music video; you probably won’t be surprised what form the other guitar takes.

Master Exploder is a song that must be played at full volume to truly appreciate its greatness.

Favourite Lyric / Verse:
Yeah, I can't choose a favourite lyric. Let's just say the full song.


So here we are at the end. That is my list, and to round off, I’m interested to know what your favourite Tenacious D songs are, what you thought about my selection of their top ten songs, which album is your favourite, and hey, let me know what you thought about the movie by leaving a comment down below. I’m always happy to talk about Tenacious D. Oh, and before I go, I’d like to give an honourable mention to all of the other songs that I omitted from the list, they’re all fantastic, if only I had space for them all. Anyway, here’s to many more years of the band, and many more albums to come. Cheers.

Image Credits: Tenacious D, Epic Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia Records, and Helicon Records.

Written by Oliver Ducker

Gaming and Comics Writer

Oliver is a graduate of computer science and games development, and an aspiring 2D and 3D graphic artist.

He is a huge fan of villains, anti-villains, and anti-heroes in media.
His specialist subjects involve The Punisher, Deadpool, Batman and his Rogues Gallery, Pokémon, LOST, and Middle-Earth.

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  1. This is an amazing list my friend, agree with you 100 percent. Love Tenacious D, they are so musically talented, though I feel Dude (I Totally Miss You) is such an underrated gem for such an incredible guitar solo it has. Nonetheless, a very well made and put together list! Thank you for this!

  2. Cool list. My personal top list would also include Rize Of The Phenix (the fast middle part is like ear sex with Jables’ voice), Throw Down (I really have a thing for Jack’s rough voice color), Dude (I Totally Miss You), and the forward pushing of Explosivo, which is waaaayyy too short, a fate it’s sharing with the brilliant They Fucked Our Asses (this being so short is pure torture).

    OK, my list would become very very long probably. Way not enough people value the sheer quality of The D’s musical output and moaned about “Fenix” not being funny enough. >:/