American Bad Ass

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"American Bad Ass"
American Bad Ass.jpg
Single by Kid Rock
from the album The History of Rock
Released April 18, 2000
Recorded 1996–2000
Genre Nu metal, rap metal, thrash metal
Length 4:32
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Kid Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Kid Rock
Kid Rock singles chronology
"Wasting Time"
"American Bad Ass"
"Wasting Time"
"American Bad Ass"
The History of Rock track listing
"American Bad Ass"
"Prodigal Son"
Live Trucker track listing
"American Bad Ass"
"Rock n' Roll Pain Train"
Music video
"American Bad Ass" on YouTube

"American Bad Ass" is a rap metal song by the American musician Kid Rock, released from his 2000 album The History of Rock. "American Bad Ass" uses the instrumental structure of Metallica's "Sad but True."

  • Kid Rock- vocals
  • Jason Krause- lead guitar
  • Kenny Olsen- guitar
  • Mike Bradford- bass guitar
  • Stephanie Eulinberg- drums
  • Uncle Kracker-turntables

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single aired on MTV2 upon release, and reached #1 on Canada's MuchMusic Countdown.[1] The song was performed on Saturday Night Live.

At the beginning, Kid Rock watches TV and then after going to a rapping party, he goes to a concert on a cabriolet, surrounded by bikers. At the middle of the song, Kid Rock's car explodes and the thrash metal party starts to play. At the end of the video, Kid Rock with his band plays at a concert on the stage.

The video features a cameo appearance by Ron Jeremy.

In popular culture[edit]

  • After the USS Cole bombing in October 2000, the song was played on the ship's PA system upon leaving the port of Yemen after the national anthem and other patriotic songs were played.[2]
  • The song was also featured in promotional material for the film adaptions of two popular Hasbro franchises. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, in which their TV spot is aptly titled "American Badass" [3] and Battleship.
  • "American Bad Ass" appeared in the TV spot for the film The Gunman.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "American Bad Ass" (clean album version)
  2. "3 Sheets to the Wind" (Live)
  3. "Cowboy" (Live)


Chart (2000) Peak
Canada Rock (RPM) 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 26
Ireland (IRMA) 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 81
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 25
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 33


In 2001, the American glam metal band Tuff made a parody of this song, named "American Hair Band".


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