80s Song of the Day: We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister

We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister was released on April 27, 1984, with You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll as the B side. The song, written by the band’s lead singer, Dee Snider, was a single from the band’s third album, Stay Hungry.

we're not gonna take itThe song reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Twisted Sister’s only Top 40 single. It reached the Top 10 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden.

The music video for We’re Not Gonna Take It starred actor Mark Metcalf as Snider’s father. Lyrics at the end of the song include lines Metcalf’s character Douglas C. Niedermeyer spoke in the film Animal House.

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