Balls to the Wall (song)

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This article is about the song by Accept. For the album, see Balls to the Wall.
"Balls to the Wall"
Single by Accept
from the album Balls to the Wall
B-side "Losing More Than You've Ever Had"
Released April 1984
Recorded 1983 (1983)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:44
Producer(s) Accept
Accept singles chronology
"Love Child"
"Balls to the Wall"
"Metal Heart"

"Balls to the Wall" is a song by German heavy metal band Accept. The song was released as the lead single from their 1983 fifth studio album of the same name. The anthemic title track is the album's best known song, and became Accept's signature song, for which a music video was shot that received American airplay on MTV.

Song meaning[edit]

Asked about the meaning of the song, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann replied:

"We've always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that's really what 'Balls To The Wall' is all about. 'One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!'"[1]


The video later appeared on Beavis and Butt-head in the 1993 episode "Tornado".

The song has also been featured on two VH1 countdown shows: as Number 38 on the 40 Greatest Metal Songs, and as Number 29 on the 40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs Ever. It is also on the in-game radio for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the V-Rock station, and appears as a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, as a cover version. In this game, the word "ass" is censored, and replaced with "case" (and word "rape" was replaced with "fade").

The song was also covered by the following bands:

The song was featured in the 2008 movie The Wrestler.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Balls to the Wall"   5:44
2. "Losing More Than You've Ever Had"   5:04

Personnel (Accept)[edit]

Personnel (U.D.O.)[edit]

Udo and Stefan's band U.D.O. also perform this song at the end of their shows. Since 2004, this line-up of U.D.O. has performed "Balls to the Wall" live:

  • Udo Dirkschneider – lead vocals
  • Stefan Kaufmann – lead guitar
  • Igor Gianola – rhythm guitar
  • Fitty Weinhold – bass guitar
  • Francesco Jovino – drums


  1. ^ Antunovich, Tony (November 27, 2005). "Interviews - Accept - Wolf Hoffman". Metal Eater. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 

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