Top 10 Metal and Rock Songs with Dark Lyrics and Happy Music

I don't say these songs are bad. I like some of them very much. This list just shows that sometimes music artists do weird things, even the good musicians.

Dark lyrics can be sad or creepy, or just related to serious lyrical themes but suddenly some happy cheerful music starts ...

The Top Ten

1 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Thanks to Ozzy's cheesy voice every song they meant to be dark sounds happy even with Black Sabbath... am I the only one who laughing on the vocals of Black Sabbath or War Pigs?

Its supposed to be really dark yet when I hear this its sounds happy - christangrant

The entire song follows this gap between music and lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

That's some nice LSD to be on if you think that in Sabbath (espcially on the song Black Sabbath) that the vocals are funny.

2 Jump - Van Halen

Believe it or not, this happy music was written to a suicide song. - Metal_Treasure

3 (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Man, the lyrics to this song are really dark when you think about it, but damn if it isn't catchy as hell - TheStargazer

I never liked this song... mainly due to it's a halloween song yet it's cheesy and poppy as hell. Not talking about BÖC have tens of better songs than this one.

4 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

An upbeat sounding song about nuclear detonation:

Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.

I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die. - Metal_Treasure

5 Fast As a Shark - Accept

Chorus sounds like some happy kids sing this (play the song sample):
"Fast as a shark, he'll cut out of the dark
He's a killer, he'll rip out your heart
On a one way track and you're not coming back
'Cause the killer's on the attack". - Metal_Treasure

6 Detroit Rock City - Kiss

Ooh, yes. Who knew that a song about a Kiss fan who dies in a car accident can be so much fun? (Sarcasm alert). - Gg2000

7 Killer On the Loose - Thin Lizzy

Just click on the song sample below. - Metal_Treasure

8 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

The chorus is too happy for this subject matter:
"No, no turning back
I'm banished from sanctuary
The darkness in me is filling me with pain
There's no way to turn back for eternity". - Metal_Treasure

9 It's the End of the World as We Know I - R.E.M

Music to the chorus is pretty happy - Metal_Treasure

10 Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles

Very unqiue. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

11 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
12 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple
13 Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
14 Invite It - Annihilator

I love this song start to finish but the chorus is too playful for these lyrics:
"Just try it, entice it telling me I'm dead. Don't fight it, invite it",... and so on. - Metal_Treasure

15 Adam's Song - Blink-182
16 Bullet - Hollywood Undead
17 Suicide and Mania - Primal Fear

It's only the chorus - music is too cheerful for these lines (play the song sample):
"No doctor - no healing, there's only disbelieving
The naked truth - no fantasy
No doctor - no healing, this poison gas I'm breathing
No other choice - than suicide and mania". - Metal_Treasure

18 Miss Murder - AFI

I like that song.It was on my Guitar Hero game. - Fretto

19 Happy Song - Bring Me the Horizon
20 Rock the Casbah - The Clash
21 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin

I don't think it's that dark, if I'm honest. - Gg2000

22 Oh No - Bring Me the Horizon
23 Spanish Bombs - The Clash
24 Demon in Profile - Afghan Whigs
25 Diagnosis Terminal - Into Eternity
26 No Surprises - Radiohead

Pretty happy sounding alt. Rock song (especially with the xylophone sounds), but with a dark/depressing meaning...
It's actually about the hard life in the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, what (could) lead to committing suicide. ("A handshake of carbon monoxide")

But besides that, it's a brilliant composed song!

27 Melancholy - Iced Earth
28 Mad World - Tears for Fears

The song is a upbeat song but the lyrics are depressing which when Gray Jules covered the song he made the music match the lyrics - christangrant

29 Ghosts - Mike Shinoda
30 Angel of Death - Slayer

Don't f**k with me, I have the pow... (wrong line)
The sounding of this song is very energic and happy - DarkDamien

31 Screaming Eagles - Sabaton
32 Square Hammer - Ghost
33 Dance Macabre - Ghost
34 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
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