“Bring the Noise” is a song by Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero and was also released as a single that year. It later became the first song on the group’s 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
The song’s lyrics, most of which are delivered by Chuck D with interjections from Flavor Flav, include boasts of Public Enemy’s prowess, an endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, retorts to unspecified critics, and arguments for rap as a legitimate musical genre on par with rock. The song includes several shout-outs to artists like Run–D.M.C., Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusually for a rap group, Yoko Ono and thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs. Anthrax later collaborated with Chuck D to cover the song.
The song’s production by The Bomb Squad, which exemplifies their characteristic style, features a dissonant mixture of funk samples, drum machine patterns, record scratching by DJ Terminator X, siren sound effects and other industrial noise. “Bring the Noise” was ranked No. 160 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.