You're the Best

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"You're the Best"
Song by Joe Esposito from the album The Karate Kid Soundtrack
Released June, 23, 1984
Recorded April 23, 1984
Genre Synthpop, hard rock
Length 2:54
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Bill Conti, Allee Willis[1]
The Karate Kid Soundtrack track listing
"Desire" (Gang of Four)
"You're the Best"

"You're the Best" is a song performed by Joe Esposito and written by Bill Conti and Allee Willis, which came to prominence as the music to the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid in which the protagonist, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), proves a surprisingly formidable contender.


"You're the Best" came to prominence after being used in the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Responding to years of criticism of "You're the Best" on the radio, singer Joe Esposito called in to the Adam Carolla Show on April 9, 2008. The criticism was that the lyric "History repeats itself" was inappropriate because it was played during Larusso's first All-Valley Tournament in The Karate Kid. Esposito revealed that the song was originally intended for the Rocky III soundtrack but was replaced by "Eye of the Tiger." It was subsequently also turned down for the Flashdance soundtrack in favor of "Maniac" by Michael Sembello. Karate Kid director John Avildsen liked the song so much he used it in the movie.[2]


The track has been used since in numerous homages to eighties movies, including:

Animated television[edit]

Live-action television[edit]

Live-action film[edit]

Professional sports[edit]



  • The song also appears on the Opie & Anthony show whenever Master Po walks into the studio.
  • The song is often played on the Mike and Mike Show on ESPN Radio.
  • A brief sample of the song is played in honor of particularly interesting callers on the Charlie Hodge Rock 'n Roll Halftime Show on KLBJ-FM in Austin, Texas. This is referred to as "The Joe Esposito Award".
  • It is used periodically on the Toucher and Rich Show on Boston's 98.5 the Sports Hub, for example in reference to Tyler Seguin.
  • The chorus of the song "You're the best around/Nothing's ever gonna keep you down" is frequently played on the Tampa, Florida radio station WXTB, colloquially known as 98 Rock.
  • On BBC Radio 1, the song is played after the first text of the day winner is selected on Devin Griffin's Early Breakfast Show.
  • The song is used as an intro to the League of Ireland section of the Off the Ball show on Newstalk radio in Ireland.
  • Eminem sings a little part from the song at the first Beats Radio interview.
  • 105.1 TripleM in Melbourne, Australia, uses 'You're the best' as a way of congratulating something well said by guests on talkback radio.

Video games[edit]

  • Capcom and UDON used the song for both of their trailers for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
  • This song is used for the ending theme on a remixed version of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
  • An achievement/trophy in the video game BlazBlue is named "You're the best! Around!" and another named "Nothing's Gonna Keep You Down".
  • The achievement called "You're the best around!" is awarded for completing the video game Splosion Man in single player.
  • An achievement/trophy in Dante's Inferno called "You're the best around!" is awarded for earning a player score of 250,000 in the Trials of Saint Lucia DLC pack.
  • The Adult Swim game Jetpack Jackass uses the song as its soundtrack.
  • The song is part of the Saints Row: The Third soundtrack, featuring prominently the mission "MurderBrawl XXXI," a wrestling match between the player and Killbane, the Luchador antagonist.
  • In the 2013 video game Shadow Warrior. when the player picks up a Fortune Cookie and it reads "You're the Best. Around. Nothing's Ever Going to Keep You Down."

Other songs[edit]


  1. ^ "BMI Repertoire". BMI. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ Adam Carolla Show, 2008-04-09 interview.
  3. ^ "montage". Homestar Runner Wiki. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fringemunks Web site". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Every Time I Die "Intro/No Son Of Mine" Live @ Warped Tour Pittsburgh 7-7-10". 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2013-01-16.