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

Yup, this one definitely takes the cake. - Joshua9948

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 doesn't get any darker than this. - Userguy44

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

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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.

What do you mean dark? When I was a baby my parents played it and I loved it.It always relaxes me and puts me to sleep. - DarkBoi-X

I just listened to the sample...wow that's so dark and sad. - CharismaticKat

Eminem and all his sons with him are the damn best

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3 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." - Alpha101

4 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

... 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 - Kmfdm1997

5 One - Metallica

Watch the official video. It's really really sad. - Userguy44

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." - Alpha101

7 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." - Alpha101

8 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". - Metal_Treasure

9 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

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

I love this song but it is really dark - Spongehouse

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!

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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

? Lie Lie Lie - Serj Tankian

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". - Metal_Treasure

12 Collapse (Lifting the Veil) - Runhild Gammelsaeter
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." - Alpha101

This song is about the dangers of drinking.

14 Something I Can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails
15 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

Its not that iron man

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 - simpsondude

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! " - Alpha101

16 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." - Metal_Treasure

17 Bathory Erzsebet - Sunn O)))
18 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

Wow, this is a depressing song. - funnyuser

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." - Alpha101

19 Hunting and Gathering (Cydonia) - Sunn O)))
20 Blood Seeress - Monarch!
21 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed
22 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
23 In the Beginning Was the Scream - Eagle Twin
24 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. - PetSounds

25 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. - Alpha101

26 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

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 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 - ryanrimmel

I haven't listened to many of the songs on this list but this song is incredibly dark. It tells a story of this boy wanting to join a gang and the initiation for him to join was to rape and beat a woman along with the other members of the gang. So they covered her face and began raping and beating her. He was about to pull the trigger of a gun and shoot her in the head but before he did that, he took the shirt of her face. That’s when he realised the person he raped, beat and was about to kill was his own mother... After realising this, he jumped off a building and killed himself. The other members of the gang killed the mother afterwards. To make this even more dark, Immortal claims this is a true story.

27 A Question of Heaven - Iced Earth
28 Curtain - Portal
29 Kilter - Portal
30 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
31 Raining Blood - Slayer

Enter to the realm of Satan

32 River of Deceit - Mad Season
33 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." - Alpha101

34 Agartha - Sunn O)))
35 Coma White - Marilyn Manson
36 Rape Me - Nirvana
37 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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

38 Infected - Demon Hunter
39 It Took the Night to Believe - Sunn O)))
40 Screams of the Undead - Demon Hunter
41 Used to Love Her - Guns N Roses

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

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" - Alpha101

42 Timothy - The Buoys

Wow, that is pretty dark... - Alpha101

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? "

43 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". - PositronWildhawk

44 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.

45 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.

46 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. - Metal_Treasure

47 Black Sabbath - Vader
48 Dunkelheit - Burzum
49 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
50 Let Go - Red
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
2. Something I Can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails
3. Prison Sex - Tool
1. Daddy - Korn
2. Infected - Demon Hunter
3. Screams of the Undead - Demon Hunter
1. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
2. The Abandoning - Love and Death
3. Breathe Into Me - Red

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