May 4th, 2012
02:20 PM ET
Upon hearing that founding Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch died at the age of 47 Friday, we couldn’t help but cue up some of the group’s old tunes.
And with a quarter of a century worth of music to sift through, why not start at the beginning?
"Fight for Your Right" was the fourth single on the group’s 1986 debut album, “Licensed to Ill.” One of the Beastie Boys' best-known songs, it reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in March 1987.
In 1994, they released “Ill Communication” and the hit single “Sabotage.”
One year later, the single earned the Beastie Boys a Grammy nomination for best hard rock performance. And in 2011, Paste magazine listed “Sabotage” as the group’s best song of all time: “Even after they became all 'mature' or whatever, the Beastie Boys have always been about getting the crowd amped. And nothing in their repertoire gets fist[s] pumping and heads banging like this raw, fuzzed-out slab of aggro-funk.”
The group won their first Grammy Awards in 1999. They took home awards for best rap performance by a duo or group for their single “Intergalactic,” and best alternative performance for “Hello Nasty,” their fifth studio album.
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