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"Rebel Yell"
Rebel Yell.jpg
Single by Billy Idol
from the album Rebel Yell
Released24 October 1983 (1983-10-24)
  • 7"
  • 12"
StudioStudio A, Electric Lady Studios
GenreHard rock
  • Billy Idol
  • Steve Stevens
Producer(s)Keith Forsey
Billy Idol singles chronology

"Rebel Yell" a song by English rock musician Billy Idol. The title track of his 1983 album of the same name, it was first released as the album's lead single on 24 October 1983. It charted outside the UK Top 40, but a re-issue of the single in 1985 reached No. 6. In the US, it peaked at No. 46. The song was named the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1]


  • 1 Composition and lyrics
  • 2 Formats and track listings
  • 3 Charts
  • 4 Acoustic Version
  • 5 In popular culture
  • 6 Scooter cover
    • 6.1 Track listings
    • 6.2 Charts
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Composition and lyrics

At a televised performance of VH1 Storytellers, Idol said that he had attended an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs from a bottle of "Rebel Yell" bourbon whiskey. He was not familiar with the brand, but he liked the name and decided to write a "Rebel Yell" song.[2]

The song was co-written by guitarist Steve Stevens. The instrumental introduction, which sounds like a combination of electric guitar and electronic keyboard, is performed by Stevens on guitar alone, who intended it to sound this way. Stevens states that he was inspired by acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke's style.[3]

Formats and track listings

  • UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "Crank Call"
  • UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "Crank Call"
  3. "White Wedding"
  • (1985 re-issue) UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "(Do Not) Stand in the Shadows♱"

♱Recorded live at Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, California, March 1984.

  • (1985 re-issue) UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell (Extended Version)"
  2. "(Do Not) Stand in the Shadows♱"
  3. "Blue Highway♱"

♱Recorded live at Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, California, March 1984.



  • 1 – Original release in 1984
  • 2 – Re-release in 1985

Acoustic Version

In 1994 Idol released the single "Speed", a song from the box office hit movie of the same name, with a live acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" accompanying the lead song on the UK CD single release. This version not only showcases Idol's strong live voice, but Stevens frenetic and intricate guitar playing, thus demonstrating his inspiration and admiration of the aforementioned guitarist Leo Kottke.

In popular culture

  • On the children's show Sesame Street, the song was also spoofed as "Rebel L", sung by Billy Idle, a parody Muppet of Billy Idol, performed by Kevin Clash. The rebellious letter L, voiced by Christopher Cerf, makes a loud "luh-luh-luh" and protests outside of Billy Idle's house at night, until he is arrested by a policewoman, voiced by Ivy Austin.[6][7]
  • The song was included in the video games Guitar Hero World Tour, WWE 2K16[8] and as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.
  • The song appears in the documentary Warren Miller's Impact.
  • The song appears in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as an in-game cassette tape.
  • Part of the song was used in a mid-2000s Blockbuster Video Australian radio commercial. The line "more, more, more" appeared in the ad, with the voiceover boasting about Blockbuster having more copies of new release movies than the competition.

Scooter cover

"Rebel Yell"
Scooter - Rebel single.jpg
Single by Scooter
from the album Our Happy Hardcore
Released9 May 1996[9]
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 12" maxi
GenreHappy hardcore
LabelClub Tools
Scorpio Music
Writer(s)Billy Idol
Steve Stevens
Producer(s)H. P. Baxxter
Rick J. Jordan
Jens Thele
Ferris Bueller
Scooter singles chronology

In 1996, the song was covered by German dance band Scooter. It was released in May 1996 as the third single of their second album, Our Happy Hardcore.

Track listings

CD-maxi – Germany[10]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
12"-maxi – Germany[11]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  2. "Stuttgart (4:52)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
CD-single – France[12]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Euphoria" (3:57)
12-maxi – France[13]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  2. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
CD-maxi – Australia[14]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Let Me Be Your Valentine" (Edit) (3:47)
  3. "Rebel Yell" (Extended mix) (4:44)
  4. "Euphoria" (3:57)
  5. "Let Me Be Your Valentine" (The Complete Work) (5:42)
  6. "Eternity" (5:19)
  7. "Silence of T.1210 MKII" (1:31)

See also

  • Rebel yell


  1. ^ " music". Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Warren, Craig A. (7 September 2014). The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History. University Alabama Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-0817318482. ... Idol explained that he came to use the title 'Rebel Yell' ... not because of any knowledge of the Confederacy but because of his enthusiasm for Rebel Yell bourbon. 
  3. ^ Reesman, Bryan (1 June 2006). "Classic Tracks: Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell"". Mix Magazine. Penton Media, inc. Retrieved 15 March 2007. 
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1984". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Rebel L"
  7. ^ Sesame Street: "Rebel L"
  8. ^ Pereira, Chris (14 August 2015). "WWE 2K16's Soundtrack Features Marilyn Manson, MGK, Run DMC, No John Cena". GameSpot. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Scooter Discography – Rebel Yell
  10. ^ Scooter – Rebel Yell
  11. ^ Scooter – Rebel Yell
  12. ^ Scooter – Rebel Yell
  13. ^ Rebel Yell
  14. ^ Scooter – Rebel Yell & Let Me Be Your Valentine
  15. ^ " – Scooter – Rebel Yell" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  16. ^ "Scooter: Rebel Yell" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  17. ^ " – Scooter Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  19. ^ " – Scooter – Rebel Yell". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ " – Scooter – Rebel Yell". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-05-25" UK Singles Chart.

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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