Best Metal Songs About Death

Metal songs about death aren't difficult to find. After all, there's a Death Metal, a sub-genre all about death. These metal songs about dying are often poignant and beautiful – especially if you listen carefully to the lyrics and the emotional way in which metal singers deliver the lines. Either that or they're brutal punishment.
Every genre of metal and hard rock has its songs about death, from extreme metal to radio-friendly riff rock. Hard rock songs about dying are plentiful, and, unfortunately, they are often songs many of us can relate to. Everyone at some point experiences great loss. Music can help with the grieving process.
These metal death songs run the gamut – songs told by someone taking their last breath to those about mass slaughter and laments concerning loss and grief, told by those left behind by dead love ones. Vote the metal songs about death that you feel are the most moving.

The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood - Slayer UListen to Sample
2 Fade to Black - Metallica UListen to Sample
3 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
4 Ride the Lightning - Metallica UListen to Sample
5 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
6 Cemetery Gates - Pantera UListen to Sample
7 Die Young - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
8 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

"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 [...] The hope became another lie like the nonexisting father god. I'll close my eyes, goodbye. Don't wait for me on the other side [...] Can't you see, there's nothing real but you and I, and I say goodbye". - Metal_Treasure

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9 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica UListen to Sample
10 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Left to Die - Death UListen to Sample
12 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

This ballad is sad, poignant and beautiful at the same time: with the real-life story behind it and everything. It's about a girl dying in a car accident. - Metal_Treasure

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13 Love's Tragedy Asunder - Demons & Wizards UListen to Sample
14 This Is Your Life - Dio UListen to Sample
15 I Love the Dead - Alice Cooper UListen to Sample
16 A Greater Darkness - Moonspell UListen to Sample
17 Death is Just a Feeling - Avantasia UListen to Sample
18 A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian

It's about King Arthur's death: "My song of the end, I had seen it in my dreams. My song of the end, I can't stop the darkening clouds". - Metal_Treasure

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19 Curse My Name - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
20 The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
21 Watching Over Me - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
22 A Question of Heaven - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
23 And Then There Were None - Exodus UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. Fade to Black - Metallica
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Raining Blood - Slayer
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Raining Blood - Slayer
3. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
1. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2. Raining Blood - Slayer
3. Fade to Black - Metallica


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