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"You're the Best"
Single by Joe Esposito
Format CD single
Joe Esposito singles chronology

"You're the Best" is a song by Joe "Bean" Esposito, which came to prominence as the music to the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in the movie The Karate Kid (1984) where the hero, Daniel LaRusso, proves a surprisingly formidable contender. Responding to years of bewildered criticism of "You're the Best" on the radio, 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 Daniel-san's first All-Valley Tournament in The Karate Kid. Esposito then 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.[1]


Other uses

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


Animated television

  • Family Guy , Season 4, Episode 8, "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"

Live-action television

  • Reaper, Season 2, Episode 1, "Episode IV: A New Hope"
  • Greek, Season 3, Episode 10, "Friend or Foe"

Live-action film

  • The Italian Chef Movie
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
  • Strays, a short film by Gareth Nolan

Professional sports

  • UFC fighter Joe Stevenson uses a hip-hop version as entrance music.
  • The independent professional wrestling tag team named The Best Around uses the song as entrance music.
  • Professional Wrestler, Robert Evans uses this as his victory music on the independent circuit.
  • The IBL's Los Angeles Lakers play the song over the PA system at the end of every home win.



  • The song also appears on the Opie & Anthony show whenever Master Po walks into the studio.

Video games

  • An achievement in the video game BlazBlue is named "You're the best! Around!" and another named "Nothing's Gonna Keep You Down"

Other songs


  1. ^ Adam Carolla Show, 2008-04-09 interview.
  2. ^ "montage". Homestar Runner Wiki. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 


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