Top 10 Best Depressing Rock-Metal Songs

The most depressing songs from incredible artists like Yngwie Malmsteen and Dragonforce

The Top Ten

1 Hey You - Pink Floyd

"Don't give in,
Without a fight"

This is a great song.
"Hey You" is actually the first Pink Floyd song iv'e ever heard - Ajkloth

2 Fade to Black - Metallica
3 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards
4 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
5 My Immortal - Evanescence
6 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Amazing vocals - could be one of the best vocal performances of all time.

These are my last words-I need to rest
In fear and anger, I'll lay down my head
A faithless spirit in a broken man

Don't wait for me on the other side

7 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards

It’s about a father, who’s newborn child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and in his thoughts he rejects the baby.
It's a very dark but beautiful ballad with awesome vocals and lyrics. People with Down Syndrome find the song actually touching.

"(Please tell me why)
I don't wanna hold you
(Please tell me why)
I don't wanna see you
'Cause even your smile hurts
Oh, it hurts like hell"

8 Trilogy Suite Opus 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen

This is truly a pure masterpiece by Malmsteen. The melodic interlude in the middle makes for incredible outpouring of feelings.

Black Star (Yngwie) may have more depressing potential than Opus 5 in my opinion, and also Voice of the Soul (Death, Chuck Schuldiner instrumental).

This is a masterpiece for sure but it's never been depressing to me.

9 Sinner - Theocracy
10 Icarus' Dream Suite Opus 4 - Yngwie Malmsteen

The Contenders

11 Orion - Metallica
12 Eye In the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
13 Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

The best vocals I've ever heard - this guy is unbelievable!

In a world of broken dreams
Depressed and haunting me
No way out
So many times it's hopeless dark and gray
No way out
And other times it's hope that saves the day

14 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
15 Master of Puppets - Metallica
16 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

I'm not sure this song is really depressing but it's very individual I guess.

James Hetfield wrote this love song while he was on the phone with his then girlfriend. The lyrics, which talk about being "so close, no matter how far" indicate the bond they shared even when Hetfield was on tour.

This song is about the power of love (and many other things).

17 Lonely Day - System of a Down

Great song and I love it. But it always reminds me of my mother dying - sextysex

18 Big Log - Robert Plant
19 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park
20 Snuff - Slipknot
21 Lights of Heaven - Joe Satriani
22 A Greater Darkness - Moonspell

A greater darkness for all it's worth
A friend so young who's life was cut
We drink the rain to clear our throats
We drink the poison to make it go

23 One - Metallica

How is this only number 53 on the list? What's worse than being forced to live the rest of your life without the ability to see, hear, or communicate while living with physical and psychological pain? What's worse than being forced to stay alive when your quality of life is so diminished that the only thing you can do is think? The music video is haunting too.

24 On My Own - Three Days Grace
25 Far Beyond the Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
26 Still I'm Sad - The Yardbirds
27 How the Gods Kill - Danzig
28 Black Hell - Danzig
29 Whiteomega - Moonspell
30 White Skies - Moonspell
31 Creep - Northern Kings
32 Rebel Yell - Northern Kings
33 Fighting the Darkness - Primal Fear Fighting the Darkness - Primal Fear
34 The Last Note of Freedom - Whitesnake
35 Melancholy - Iced Earth
36 Son of the Last Breath - Grand Magus
37 Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
38 I Want to Die - Mortal Love
39 One-X - Three Days Grace
40 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
41 World So Cold - Three Days Grace
42 Last to Know - Three Days Grace
43 Plastic Man - Seether
44 Give Me a Reason - Three Days Grace
45 Broken - Seether
46 Let's Get This Party Started - Korn
47 Daddy - Korn
48 Chalk Outline - Three Days Grace
49 Now or Never - Three Days Grace
50 The Gift - Seether
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