Saddest Heavy Metal Songs


The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Metallica

The one song that everyone will probably vote #1 because it's Metallica. It's sad, but not the saddest. - ryanrimmel

Fade to black is amazing the first solos are genius the acoustic section is amazing

Best heavy metal song ever. When I feel sad I listen to this song, and by the end of the song I feel better. I love this song, and the solos in it are very nice

Undoubtedly a classic sombre track. Relentless in its movement to darkness. But what a true classic live

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2 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

The saddest metal song ever (1978) - music, lyrics, performance. It's 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 a masterpiece.

Halford wrote the lyrics and dedicated the song to "Anita Bryant and all those schmucks" (she was on a major anti-gay campaign in 1977). I wonder if Halfie wanted to kill himself because he was gay. The character in the song was saved once but he will try again.
"He had enough
He couldn't take anymore
He'd found a place
In his mind and slammed the door
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

3 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

The heaviest sad song of all time by far. Dimebag's riffs can be sad and angry, amazing. - ryanrimmel

Hollow by pantera is pretty good, so is their cover of Black Sabbath's planet caravan

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4 One - Metallica

Hearing about this man's tale is heart wrenching and just makes you feel bad.

Best song in the wold world

The music video is dark. - Brobusky

This song shows emotions! Which is what a song needs to be great,and great this song is!

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5 Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne

I'm just a dreamer, I dream my life away... One of Ozzy's softer sounds, and one of his best songs. - ryanrimmel

6 In This River - Black Label Society

An amazing tribute to Dimebag Darrell from Zakk Wylde. "In This River all shall fade to black, In This River ain't no coming back". - ryanrimmel

7 Voice of the Soul - Death

It isn't easy to make an instrumental song and have it sound sad like this. Chuck Schuldiner was one of the best musicians of heavy metal, although he is remembered more for being the first death metal vocalist. - ryanrimmel

One of my favorite metal instrumental pieces (I added Black Star by Yngwie and Anybody There? by Rainbow - they also induce a similar feeling of being existentially lonely). - Metal_Treasure

For me, "Voice of the Soul" is the best instrumental song ever and one of the best sad songs. When I first listened to it, I fell in love with the song. It's pure beauty.

A pretty clear cut winner. - Manniballector666

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8 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

You can hear the emotion in Matt's voice as he copes with the loss of his brother.

"i've cried to this song so many times"

Not a Metal song, not a Metal band.Why is this here?! - Manniballector666

A7x is #1 modern hardrock band M Shadow vocal is tooo catchy n Strong
Lyrics are masterpiece. Guitar parts are Hammers...

Like father Like Son

9 Changes - Black Sabbath

This Sabbath song is one of the best ballads ever. How many Sabbath songs have a piano and no drums in the song? - ryanrimmel

This shouldn't be on here because it's not a metal song. It doesn't have any heavy guitars in it.

10 Snuff - Slipknot

So if you love me let me go, run away before I know, my heart is just to dark to care, I can't destroy what isn't there

By far the saddest song of all time

This is just a work of art, no words, hands down.

Song and band are both non Metal garbage. - Manniballector666

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The Contenders

11 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

This amazing ballad in based on real life events: the singer & lyricist saw two car accidents in one week (same place! ) and two kids were killed - a boy and a girl.

In the song this story goes like that: Death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it, the reaper also took the life of the girl, who his soulmate would have been in life. The reaper talks to the girl: "Would you mind if take you? "...

Words can't describe this perfect vocal performance and beautiful music (by Hansi K├╝rsch and Jon Schaffer, respectively). - Metal_Treasure

Yes! This needs to be on the list.

12 Evanescence - My Immortal

How come it's not on this list? It's a very song.

13 1916 - Motorhead

Lemmy has a voice that fits everything very well. In this one it fit the role perfectly.

This sounds nothing like Lemmy, but it is one of their best. Gets you thinking. - ryanrimmel

How did it get to 14? That's ridiculous - ryanrimmel

This list is BS if this isn't #1

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14 Alison Hell - Annihilator

Parents ignored the psychological problems of their daughter and her disease progressed to the point of no return. Sad and terrifying story. - Metal_Treasure

These guys are a really underrated band. - gemcloben

The story behind it is sad, but the way Annihilator tells it isn't very sad, which is why I don't think it should be here. Great song, but to be sad, the mood of the song has to be sad - ryanrimmel

One of my favorite band ever

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15 Floods - Pantera


16 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Sad yet still heavy one of the greats

Sounds sad but actually it's not - this song is about the power of love. - Metal_Treasure

17 How the Gods Kill - Danzig

Danzig never changed, their magic of music still prevails, this song is a perfect example. - Ananya

Very sad and very scary. Some occult elements in the video. Great vocals from this underrated metal singer - he sounds like a darker, heavier and better version of Jim Morrison. - Metal_Treasure

Just a truthful smart song.

18 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards V 1 Comment
19 Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me
20 Here Comes the Tears - Judas Priest

I don't see how this is not number 1. It's literally the most powerfully sad song I have ever heard. If not you do not find it depressing, you will still definitely find it sad and haunting

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
2. One - Metallica
3. Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards
1. Changes - Black Sabbath
2. Cemetery Gates - Pantera
3. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
1. Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me
2. Here Comes the Tears - Judas Priest
3. Fade to Black - Metallica

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