Darkest Songs of All Time

Some of the darkest, creepiest, and most depressing songs that you will ever find.

The Top Ten

1 Daddy - Korn Daddy - Korn Cover Art

It breaks me every time.
I used to listen to this in bed, with headphones and just effing BAWL.
I absolutely love Jon Davis. He/Korn is what helped me get thru my most darkest and hardest days... I have so much respect and admiration...
Thank you. X

Based on fact. Vocalists actual mental breakdown at the end that I would not have recorded(or at least included in the final version) if I were their producer... Child abuse. Yeah. Top spot material in dark songs.

It's very depressing and powerful enough to attract the attention for this disgusting problem, I must say Korn really represented and highlighted the problem to a great level.

Based on the true story of Jonathan Davis's personal experience of being molested as a child. How dark can you get? That's just horrible. It really is!

2 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Watch the official video. It's really really sad.

3 Kim - Eminem Kim - Eminem Cover Art

Even though I'm mostly into metal and grunge, Eminem has been a massive part of my life. In saying that, DAMN THIS WAS DARK! It's weird because you can tell he actually bottled all that up for a long time... Just try being Eminems daughters hearing your farther scream about murdering your mum... Dark, genius and shocking nobody does it better.

I don't actually think any of these songs are dark, I listen to mostly less popular bands and their songs are much darker. If you want to listen to the darkest songs (in my opinion) listen to Breaking Benjamin's Red Cold River and Feed the Wolf. These songs are VERY dark.

With the haunting instrumental and the anger-filled lyrics, every second of Eminem's screams is spine-shivering and darker than a black hole. Definitely the scariest, darkest song I've ever heard.

This whole song is about Eminem screaming at his wife Kim, threatening her, and then killing her at the end.

At first it starts off calm but then...

4 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

The entire song is about the father of Satanism, Alester Crowley. 'enough said.

"Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?
Oh, Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead?
Your life style to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
Yeah, you waited on Satan's door."

Really? Darkest song

Great song and solo

But #2 darkest song of all time?

5 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art

... Listen to daddy by korn and say it needs to be number 1 again (by the way that song was based off his real life experience not this one the other one)

The song that led to Johnny Cash's beautiful cover of it.

Needs to be number one

6 The Abandoning - Love and Death The Abandoning - Love and Death Cover Art

Some people have a different interpretation for this song, but basically, in my opinion, the person singing this song is in Hell, and he's begging for God to take him to Heaven. But God tells him that it is too late, and that he's already made his choice. Creepy...

"Master master save me, master master kill me
Don't give up on me now, cause that's what I've already done
My body's breaking down
I feel my mind getting numb
Bleeding from my disconnection, lost inside myself
Forsaken by my own reflection, abandoning myself."

7 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Cover Art

A really dark song where a kid kills his father then goes to the school and shoots. But its really catchy!

Dark song about a kid who kills his father then takes his gun and shoots up a school

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks they better run better run

I love this song but it is really dark

8 Black Hell - Danzig Black Hell - Danzig Cover Art

Glenn Danzig sounds like a darker and heavier version of Jim Morrison. Plus dark music (close to doom metal) and dark lyrics with occult elements.
"It's gon' rain down like black hell
You don't know what it's like to be dead
I'mma teach you now, teach you well
You gon' learn how to live in black hell

If there's a demon in your brain
I think it's time to let it out again
And this world you know goes insane
Never ever gon' be the same again".

9 Breathe Into Me - Red Breathe Into Me - Red Cover Art

Same thing as "The Abandoning."

"Breathe your life into me
I can feel you
I'm falling, falling faster
Breathe your life into me
I still need you
I'm falling, falling
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me."

10 Prison Sex - Tool

I've heard darker Tool songs.

This song is especially disturbing because it speaks both from the view of a child being sexually abused as well as the abuser, depicting abuse as a cycle. "I do unto others what has been done to me." "Got my hands bound, and my head down, and my eyes closed, and throat's wide open." "I have found some kind of temporary sanity in this... s*** blood and c** on my hands." "My lamb and martyr... you look so precious."

The Newcomers

? Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

I just really find drugs taking over your body and being unable to stop it to be depressing.

The Contenders

11 How the Gods Kill - Danzig How the Gods Kill - Danzig Cover Art

Just watch the video...
Lyrics and images with occult elements, very dark music and his hypnotizing voice work together to create extremely dark songs.

"if you want the power
Then let it flow through

Would you let it go
Would you let it go
They cannot end this mourning
Of my life
Show me
How the gods kill".

12 Something I Can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails Something I Can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art
13 Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

A whole song dedicated to suicide. And to make it even more creepy, someone did commit suicide after listening to this song!

"Breaking laws, knocking doors
But there's no one at home
Made your bed, rest your head
But you lie there and moan
Where to hide, suicide is the only way out
Don't you know what it's really about."

This song is about the dangers of drinking.

The song title already says it all...

14 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

A song about suicide and right to choose whether to live or die (if you feel you don't fit in). It's a controversial viewpoint but the song is mind-blowing.

Halford wrote the lyrics and dedicated the song to "Anita Bryant and all those schmucks" (she was on a major anti-gay campaign). I wonder if Halford wanted to kill himself because he was gay. The character in the song was saved once but he will try again.

"... No matter how they tried
They couldn't understand
...
This is my life, this is my life
I'll decide not you
Keep the world with all its sin
It's not fit for livin' in

Yeah! I will start again
It can take forever, and ever, and ever
And ever, but I'll still win."

15 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

The song tells the story of a man who travels to the future and sees the apocalypse, is turned to metal on his way back, and tries to warn people, but not one listens. In anger, he brings on the apocalypse he warned people about.

Even though this song is amazing, it is a bit creepy. It turns Iron Man, hero, into Iron Man, villain, murderer, and lots more. Ahhh... Black Sabbath... You're into some creepy stuff...

"Now the time is here
For Iron Man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy boots of lead
Fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron Man lives again! "

At first I thought he was just a brat but now I get it maybe they mean another iron man

Its not that iron man

16 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art
17 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

A sad, and depressing song.

"I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything."

In case you don't know, this is a cover version. The original is from Nine Inch Nails.

Wow, this is a depressing song.

Nine Inch Nails cover

18 Bleed - Meshuggah Bleed - Meshuggah Cover Art
19 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed The Sound of Silence - Disturbed Cover Art
20 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Cover Art

This gets my vote. I'm not a rap fan at all, and this song is beyond dark. It tells the story of a kid who wanted to join a gang. The initiation for him was to rape and kill a woman. So him and the gang members covered a woman's face, beat her, raped her, and right before the protagonist pulled the trigger, he lifted the shirt off her face. It was his mother, and he killed himself. Immortal Technique claims it's a true story, and says that he was a part of it in the song. This story sticks with you

I'm a die-hard 80s metal head, but this song is haunting. One of the most haunting and bone-chilling songs you could ever listen to. For the rap genre, this song and Kim are right at the top of darkest and most disturbing songs

I forgot about this one
I just don't think enough people are aware of it because this is extremely heavy

This song can make anyone cry, it's truly dark and tragic.

21 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse Cover Art
22 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards Cover Art
23 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

A song about an overly addicting fan who at first just writes a letter to Eminem, but then the fact that Eminem hasn't reached him back causes him to drown himself and his pregnant wife.

A crazed fan commits suicide and kills his wife and baby in the process, when his idol does not write back to him.

oh very dark

24 The End - The Doors The End - The Doors Cover Art

The spoken word part is pretty dark for sure.

It is very dark, but I find it spiritually uplifting.

"This is the end, beautiful friend… My only friend, the end.

25 The Dope Show - Marilyn Manson
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