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

One of the greatest Metallica songs ever! - Userguy44

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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

The lyrics, which were written by singer Rob Halford, revolve around a depressed person who has entered a nearly apathetic state of mind and finally dies, most likely by his own hand. This made the song a focal point in the famous subliminal message trial in 1990, with the prosecution (wrongfully) claiming the song to be pro-suicide. The allegation was dismissed since such expressions of art are a form of free speech. Furthermore, the lyrics ask the question, "is knowledge worth this bitter cost? ", strongly suggesting an anti-suicide stance. - A7XREVFin21

3 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

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

The lyrics lament the death of a female lover and the narrator reflects on rejoining her in the afterlife. - A7XREVFin21

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

Listen to the argument and the sad angry back and forth beteween Phil's voice and Dembag's guitar... Convinced yet/

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4 One - Metallica

I think one takes the spot and I'm sad that people don't agree with me. Fade to black is very sad but one takes to another level. It talks about emptiness and sadness and the struggle of life and it's about a boy who wishes for death as he is in a coma I think it doesn't get sadder than that

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

Being alive for nobody around to hear your longing to scream for help is the worst hell imaginable. This will always and forever be one of, if not the saddest metal song ever.

Being trapped in my own body is my worst nightmare. This song always gives me the chills if not the cries.

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5 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.

Love this song

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6 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.

How can a instrumental song be so sad? Damn

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7 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

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

Honestly one of the best yet saddest songs I have ever heard. For those of you who talk down on us for thinking so, you haven't REALLY heard the lyrics.

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

Sad song,sad story

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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 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

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.

This song is sad purely because it’s absolutely terrible compared to the rest of Sabbath’s catalogue

The Newcomers

? Carrion - Parkway Drive

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.

Not even Metal - Gamefreak23788

13 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

This song is about a girl who thinks she is being terrorized by an evil spirit. She asks her parents for help, but when they ignore her pleas, she slowly goes insane.

The song is based on a true story about a girl in Montreal who was in the news in the early '80s. In a interview with Jeff Waters of Annihilator, he explained: "She had a mental disorder and her parents would lock her in her room because she was waking up with these nightmares about the Boogeyman and things like that. And the parents did this for a few years. The kid was really young, and she went into some kind of full-on mental breakdown and had to be institutionalized. - A7XREVFin21

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14 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 one almost broke me, no song has ever done that to me before. Top10 of all sad songs it's truly beautiful �"

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15 Floods - Pantera

A Pantera classic, this song is about a flood that comes along and ends mankind. It's an allusion to the biblical flood from the book of Genesis, which is part of the Noah's Ark story - God was essentially disappointed with his creations and wanted to start fresh. - A7XREVFin21


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

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

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

Just a truthful smart song.

18 Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me
19 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.

20 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

21 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

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

22 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

This is first to me

Should be in top 5

23 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

24 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

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

Synyster's guitar is crying with you too while you are listening to this

This song has two parts: Part 1 is about suicide from the point of view of the one committing it. The second part is from the perspective of a friend. The song was clearly influenced by Pantera's songs "Suicide Note Pt. 1" and "Suicide Note Pt. 2.". - A7XREVFin21

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 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.

27 Daddy - Korn

This song alone on the album was hard to listen to, but it's even harder to listen to when you watch as Korn plays this song live and Jonathan Davis has to relive the horrors of what this song means to him.

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

One of the most meaningful songs ever. You can even hear him crying in the song, how can this be at 28 and I would put it at number 1. Plus it makes me cry

Deserves #1

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28 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

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

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

Not metal at all.

Not metal

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29 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

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 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

This song is a tribute to Metallica's bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a tour bus crash. It is instrumental except the spoken word piece near the end - this was a poem that Cliff wrote before he died. - A7XREVFin21

Absolute Classic. A tribute to cliff burton in a sense and although the bass is extremely quiet, if you listen to a bass enhanced edit such as that on youtube it’s just phenomenal. You can also find a version with cliff’s original melody recordings put in over the studio track. It's a tragedy that this album has such little bass it does have because it would be amazing and in my opinion right next to master of puppets if it had properly mixed bass.

32 Melancholy - Iced Earth
33 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 song is one of the saddest metal songs out there.

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.

34 Desert of Song - Between the Buried and Me
35 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Not sad, even though its about a guy being hung

36 Ohne dich - Rammstein

Because Rammstein

Should be in top 20 at least...

37 'Til We Die - Slipknot

Love this it has a great back story

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

38 Anybody There? - Rainbow

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

Love Blackmore, God bless him!

39 Embrace of the Endless Ocean - Amon Amarth

The second half really did put me into tears

This one is so great!

40 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.

41 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

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

Probably not the #1 best Megadeth song, but definitely in the top 5, and musically probably in the top 3.

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

This is the saddest one for real.

42 Solitude - Candlemass

This is how depression sounds like

If you haven't heard this, you haven't experienced life then,if you love Isolation this song is for you

I love this song but I don't get sad at this song
but it has the message of dying alone and I can relate

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 Diluted - Slipknot

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

45 Nemo - Nightwish
46 A Place Where You Belong - Bullet for My Valentine

Cried so much during this song...

47 To Walk the Infernal Fields - Darkthrone

To be honest this is not sad sounding its more dark than sad

48 To Hell and Back - Sabaton
49 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica
50 Life Eternal - Mayhem

"I am a mortal, but am I human?
How beautiful life is now when my time has come
A human destiny, but nothing human inside
What will be left of me when I'm dead?
There was nothing when I lived
What you found was eternal death
No one will ever miss you" - Anonymous1234

This song is very dark and sad, it was written by vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin right before he committed suicide in 1991. The lyrics are also very depressing as he wants to die.
Attila's ghoullike vocals only make this song more depressing
Varg's baselines fill in the dark and melancholy atmosphere along with Euronymous' atmospheric shredding

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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
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1. Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me
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