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

This song is about someone losing the will to live. Like One, it is about someone being tortured by a past and believes that life has nothing for them. Unlike One, the guy in this one actually commits suicide.

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

I tried learning this on guitar...not going too well

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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 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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6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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.

My smile was taken long ago
It took the death of hope to let you go...
If you still care then never let me know...

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10 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.

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 Kürsch 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.

It's a great Song love it.

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

One of the most intense metal songs (lyrics and music) and one of the greatest vocal performances in metal.
There's only one metal song that moves me so much - Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest. Both songs are extremely sad, dark and hopeless.

"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 non-existing Father-God
I'll close my eyes, goodbye
Don't wait for me on the other side".

Looks like Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth teamed up to create the saddest metal songs and albums ever - thematically and tonally.
Songs are not only sad and dark - they are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

19 Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me
20 I Died for You - Iced Earth

I love this song but it's not sad enough for the top 10. There are songs dealing with more cruel life events and should be higher than this song. But outside the context of this list - yes, Iced Earth is underrated. - Metal_Treasure

Iced Earth is underrated, very sad. - ryanrimmel

21 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

For me this is song is tied for the saddest song "Run of the Mill" also by priest. Another song that will tear up most anyone, especially if you read the lyrics and listen.

22 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards

A father rejects his newborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome. The song describes the struggle of the father and the emotions going in and out of his mind.
"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
Let's face it here and now
You're not welcome you should know
I fear my heart and fear my soul
Life goes on it surely will
Without me it will wither
... My tear of joy turned into grief
(I don't wanna stand it anymore)" - Metal_Treasure

23 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

No. This is a sub par cover of a legendary song. - ryanrimmel

24 The Unforgiven - Metallica

Should be higher on the list. "new born joins this earth and quickly he's subdued, through constant pain and scourge the young boy learns the rules" a sad song for sure and really good

Should be in top 5

25 I Won't See You Tonight - Avenged Sevenfold

This song legit brings tears...Avenged Sevenfold is so amazing...honestly the most talented band ever

I honestly don't see how this isn't in at least the top 10. I mean dang... this song can make a 6ft 7 person cry his eyes out! Love this song and love this band also. R.I.P The Rev

26 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

People who say Nine Inch Nails isn't metal don't know what metal is. This song was covered by Johnny Cash himself. - ryanrimmel

It doesn't, but it does prove how great the song is. Nine Inch Nails has some pretty heavy stuff. If Marilyn Manson is metal, than NIN is - ryanrimmel

Definitely NOT a Metal band, but easily one of the saddest and most powerful songs ever.

Not metal at all.

Should be in the top 10s

27 Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

"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" - Metal_Treasure

28 A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth

This should definitely be higher on the list. It definitely brought out Dave and the rest of the band's emotions.

One of the only metal songs that has actually made me cry.

29 Daddy - Korn

This song is so disturbing and so depressing that I can't even bring myself to talk about it.

Why isn't this higher on this list? The raw emotions make me angry at Jon's assaulter and happy that they're dead. - TheOlderBrother

It's a very dark and disturbing song. It has a very powerful meaning.

Wow should be much higher - HeavyMetalHero

30 Love's Tragedy Asunder - Demons and Wizards

It's about a man whose wife is terminally ill, and he assists her suicide, and ends up killing himself.
A great song. - Metal_Treasure

31 Melancholy - Iced Earth
32 Wings for Marie - Tool

The saddest song I've ever listened and will ever listen to. The musician ship is some of the best you will ever hear, the lyrics about the death of his mother is just emotional.

The meaning my is the point that hits me, this really sticks among a lot of other metal songs. I think this deserves top 10.

This two part song is about frontman Maynard Keenan's mother, her death, the events leading up to her death, and her speculated ascension to heaven.

33 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Not sad, even though its about a guy being hung

34 'Til We Die - Slipknot

If you know what happened with Slipknot than you know why this song should be in the top 10!
Slipknot lost their bassist (RIP Paul gray) - METABOLICA

35 To Live is to Die - Metallica

When you think about deep, powerful, emotional, sad songs, more often then not you are thinking about the lyrics.

This is a very large exception.

As most metal fans know (And all real Metallica fans) bassist Cliff Burton died touring Europe, promoting the previous album, Master of Puppets. Burton tragically died in a bus accident, and the other members of the band will never be able to shake the image of seeing just his legs sticking out from under the bus. I mean, think about that. Imagine seeing one of your dear friends lying lifeless, under a bus, right before your eyes.

Now, fast-forward to...And Justice for All. The band mostly reacted in anger about his death, which was reflected in the album. However, one song that was clearly different was this one. The first thing that a close observer will notice is that there was no bass guitar used in the song, despite Metallica already finding a new bass player. It starts slow, with a nice beat -- reflective of ...more

36 Anybody There? - Rainbow

Amazing, sad and beautiful instrumental from Ritchie Blackmore. His fingers are magical and make this guitar speak and cry. - Metal_Treasure

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37 Desert of Song - Between the Buried and Me
38 Embrace of the Endless Ocean - Amon Amarth

The second half really did put me into tears

This one is so great!

39 Ohne dich - Rammstein

Because Rammstein

40 A Place Where You Belong - Bullet for My Valentine

Cried so much during this song...

41 Diluted - Slipknot

I really love this band, I think that they should be first

42 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Amazingly heavy and sad musical tribute to Cliff Burton (even though the lyrics aren't about him)

How is fade to Black #1 and this ain't even in the top 10's

This is the saddest one for real.

43 Screams of the Butterfly - Acid Bath

The short lived Sludge-Stoner band had some amazing songs. This one is the best ballad they had, - ryanrimmel

You'll probably have a hard time finding this one to listen to because their record company doesn't like people posting their stuff but this one is incredible. From my understanding this song is about a girl whose life kind of went downhill. In the song she gets an abortion and the child dying is supposed to be symbolic of the innocent life she had before.
"the scalpel shines in god's sunshine the street lights whisper pain, down here near the poison stream our god has gone insane". One of my favorite lines of the song
bass and guitars have great tones that really help send the sad vibe home. I'd try to find the studio album version and not the one from the demo (honestly the whole first album is great by the way if you're having trouble finding it to listen to for free id reccomend just buying it)

44 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica
45 Wrong Side of Heaven - Five Finger Death Punch

Think this isn't sad? Then go watch the music video for it. It'll have you tearing up in just a few minutes in.

46 Nemo - Nightwish
47 Coma White - Marilyn Manson

This isn't metal. It's industrial/gothic rock.

48 The Chosen Pessimist - In Flames

Most poetic lyrics.

I love in flames

49 Eyes of the Insane - Slayer

This song is a soldier's point of view while he is suffering PTSD after war and eventually committing suicide.

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50 To Walk the Infernal Fields - Darkthrone
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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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