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

It's very depressing and powerful enough to attract attention for this disgusting problem, I must say, Korn really represented and highlighted the issue to a great level.

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.

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!

2 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

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.

This is far and away the darkest song ever written.

3 One - Metallica

The lyrics are very deep and sad. This song shows the horrors of the war through the eyes of a soldier.

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

4 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.

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.

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...

5 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

6 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

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."

Really? Darkest song

Great song and solo

But #2 darkest song of all time?

7 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.

The song title already says it all...

8 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

9 Prison Sex - Tool

I've heard darker Tool songs.

10 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."

The Contenders
11 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."

12 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

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! "

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.

Its not that iron man

At first I thought he was just a brat but now I get it maybe they mean another iron man

13 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".

14 Breathe Into Me - Red
15 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".

16 Something I Can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails
17 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
18 Angel of Death - Slayer

Nazi human experimentation, enough said.

19 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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."

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

Wow, this is a depressing song.

20 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed
21 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.

22 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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

23 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.

24 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
25 I Seen a Man Die - Scarface
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