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Song by System of a Down
from the album Mezmerize
ReleasedMarch 28, 2005
GenreThrash metal
Songwriter(s)Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian
Producer(s)Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian

"B.Y.O.B." (Bring Your Own Bombs) is the fourth single off of American rock band System of a Down's fourth studio album Mezmerize. The song was released on March 28, 2005.

The song was able to make it to #4 on the Alternative Airplay, #4 on the Mainstream Rock, and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.[1][2][3] The original song was certified 3× Platinum and the mastertone was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4][5] The song won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 48th Grammy Awards.[6]

The song is an anti-war song and is protesting the Iraq War.[7] It speaks on how rich politicians will start wars and expect poor people to fight in them.

A music video for the song was released. It was directed by Jake Nava. In the video, the band plays in the street and soldiers who have helmets that read words like OBEY and DIE march past them. The band enters a party and perform in front of a dancing crowd. The soldiers break through the walls and everybody runs away. The soldier capture and brainwash the partygoers who now wear the same helmets. The video ends with the band also wearing the helmets.[8]

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  1. "System of a Down - Alternative Airplay Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  2. "System of a Down - Mainstream Rock Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  3. "System of a Down - Hot 100 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  4. "System of a Down – Chop Suey!". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  5. "System of a Down – Chop Suey!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  6. "48th Annual Grammy Awards: Winners & Nominees". Grammy Awards. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  7. "Pounding out a blistering attack: System of a Down lashes out at Hollywood, war, and hypocrisy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  8. "System Of A Down Shoot Fiery 'B.Y.O.B.' Clip, Find Inspiration In Fistfights". MTV. Archived from the original on September 25, 2023. Retrieved September 25, 2023.

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