The Harder They Come" is a reggae song by the Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff. It was first recorded for the soundtrack of the movie by the same name.
"The Harder They Come" has been
covered by many artists and was ranked #341 on s "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone'
The song is the entrance music for heavyweight boxer
Samuel Peter and was played live by Jimmy Cliff on an episode of . The Colbert Report
Joe Jackson recorded "The Harder They Come" with his band and released it as a single in 1980. It did not chart in the UK.
"Out of Style"
"The Harder They Come" was released as a single by the band
Madness in 1992 after a successful reunion concert held at London's Finsbury Park. The single was recorded live at the event along with its B-sides. Although in 1992 Madness had success with reissues of " It Must Be Love" and " My Girl", their version of "The Harder They Come" failed to make the top 40 in the UK Singles Chart; it peaked at #44. 
"The Harder They Come" has also been covered by:
Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt, on (1973)
Live at Keystone Cher, entitled "The Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall" on (1975)
Stars Keith Richards, as the B-side to his single " Run Rudolph Run" (1978)
Titãs, on (1984)
Titãs Poison Idea, on Pajama Party (1992)
Rancid, live on (1997)
Tibetan Freedom Concert Kahimi Karie, on (1998)
K.K.K.K.K. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, on (2003)
Warped Tour 2003 Tour Compilation Jerry Garcia Band, on , released in 2004
After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 Wayne Kramer has released two slightly different versions of the song, on the 2000 compilation "Cocaine Blues" and the "Dodge Main" album, with Deniz Tek and Scott Morgan
moe., on (2005)
Warts and All: Volume 4 Willie Nelson, on (2005)
Countryman Pat MacDonald, on (2007)
Bridging the Distance: a Portland, OR covers compilation Desmond Dekker
Jaya the Cat
Social Distortion (live only)
Joe Strummer and the Long Beach Dub Allstars
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (live only)
Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer's short-lived band Gang War
The Waco Brothers
Widespread Panic (known live version)
Guster, on the soundtrack