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

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

Such a deep, dark song, it's scary as hell, but very sad at the same time.

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!

Korn deserves better than this. They shouldn't have to deal with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus today. They don't deserve that!

2 Kim - Eminem

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.

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...

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.

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.

3 One - Metallica

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

4 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Really? Darkest song

Great song and solo

But #2 darkest song of all time?

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."

5 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

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

... 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)

Needs to be number one

6 The Abandoning - Love and Death

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

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

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

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

Why is this at 34? It is LITERALLY about shooting up a school!

8 Breathe Into Me - Red

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."

9 Black Hell - Danzig

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".

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

? Golgotha Tenement Blues - Machines of Loving Grace

This song sounds very dark, and it's from a dark movie too.

The Contenders

11 How the Gods Kill - Danzig

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
13 Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne

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.

14 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

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

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.

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

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! "

16 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

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."

17 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed
18 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

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

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

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

19 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
20 Stan - Eminem

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.

21 The End - The Doors

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.

22 A Question of Heaven - Iced Earth
23 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
24 Raining Blood - Slayer

Enter to the realm of Satan

25 Bleed - Meshuggah
26 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace

This song isn't necessarily dark, but it is sad. Though inspiring, it tells a sad tale about someone committing suicide, and how it is Never Too Late. I know you're supposed to listen to it and feel better about yourself, but it always makes me feel depressed. Funny isn't it?

"Even if I say
It'll be alright
Still I hear you say
You want to end your life
Now and again we try
To just stay alive
Maybe we'll turn it all around
'Cause it's not too late
It's never too late."

27 River of Deceit - Mad Season
28 Rape Me - Nirvana
29 Coma White - Marilyn Manson
30 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Doom riffs and talks about satan burning in hell its pretty damn dark

31 Infected - Demon Hunter
32 The Devil in I - Slipknot
33 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed

It's about a child getting abused by his own mom. And how that child's inner demon is about ready to come out and start causing destruction.

Child abuse leads to psychotic killers.

34 Screams of the Undead - Demon Hunter
35 Used to Love Her - Guns N Roses

A song about, shockingly, murder.

"I used to love her
But I had to kill her
I used to love her, Mm, yeah
But I had to kill her
I had to put her six feet under
And I can still hear her complain

I used to love her, Ooh, yeah
But I had to kill her
I used to love her, Ooh, yeah
But I had to kill her
I knew I'd miss her
So I had to keep her
She's buried right in my backyard
Oh yeah, Ooh yeah, whoa, oh yeah"

Fun fact: izzy stradlin wrote this about axl's dog

36 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy

Dark song about an elderly lady being mauled by a mysterious fat man's flying contraption, which crushes her cranium and kills her instantly with no remorse, and he leaves the body there

Alright. Whoever put this on here is a dope.

37 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
38 Polly - Nirvana

Is this song about rape?

Yeah... it kinda creeps me out...

Based on the horrifying true story about how a 14 year old girl was raped and tortured by serial rapist Gerald Friend.

Torture and rape based on a true story.

39 Love's Tragedy Asunder - Demons and Wizards

It's about a man whose wife is terminally ill, and he assists her suicide, and ends up killing himself.
A great power ballad with amazing vocals.

40 Dunkelheit - Burzum

One of the darkest songs I have ever heard. Gives you chills. Varg is amazing.

41 Timothy - The Buoys

Wow, that is pretty dark...

Two men trapped in a coal mine cave-in kill and eat their companion to survive.
"Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking' at you,
Timothy, Timothy,
God what did we do? "

42 Sleep Alone - Moby

A very haunting piece written about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If you get into this song, it really makes you appreciate the tragedy of the event. The original lyrics to this were "at least we died together, holding hands, flying through the sky".

43 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
44 Let Go - Red
45 A Little Piece of Heaven - Avenged Sevenfold

The story is a guy loves a girl so he kills her, rips out her heart, eats it, and rapes her dead body. She becomes a zombie and does the same to him. He goes to hell and they reunite and have a wedding where they use chainsaws to kill all the guests and become wedded in the dead. So dark this one.

46 97 Bonnie and Clyde - Eminem

About how Em takes his baby daughter to help him dispose her dead mother in the ocean.

47 Closer - Nine Inch Nails
48 Last Resort - Papa Roach

Cut my life into pieces
This is my last resort
Suffocation, no breathing
Don't give a **** if I cut my arm bleeding

49 Fade to Black - Metallica

About suicide, a subject that is as dark as it gets.

50 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

This is the darkest song I've ever listened to and it's a true story!

Two words: School shooting

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