Saddest Heavy Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

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.

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

Provides a scope on someone who is in this mindset. You can picture their pain regardless of its tie to your struggles.

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

2 Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cover Art

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

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

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

It talks about the reality of death and how its hard to cope with someones death

3 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

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."

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.

4 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

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

Its actually about a soldier in World War 1 who gets blown up by a landmine and is still conscious

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.

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

5 Snuff - Slipknot Snuff - Slipknot Cover Art

Not a heavy metal song, but deserves to be on this list. This song is pure emotion.

An amazing Slipknot song. However "Dead Memories" is an even better song.

This song makes you feel what you wish you never had to.

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

6 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

I almost cried first time listening to it at first I thought it was a cover of so far away by stains but I now realize it is something much bigger. The rev will live on.

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.

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

This song is dedicated to The Rev and was originally written for his granfather.

7 Voice of the Soul - Death Voice of the Soul - Death Cover Art

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.

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.

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).

This song is so cool, and sad at the same time

8 Changes - Black Sabbath Changes - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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

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

9 Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

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

10 In This River - Black Label Society In This River - Black Label Society Cover Art

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".

The Contenders

11 Daddy - Korn Daddy - Korn Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

12 Evanescence - My Immortal Evanescence - My Immortal Cover Art

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

Not metal, but it always makes me cry.

It's a great Song love it.

Not even Metal

13 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art

Sad yet still heavy one of the greats

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

14 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).

100% the saddest, most beautiful song I've heard

Yes! This needs to be on the list.

15 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.

16 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit Cover Art

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

17 Alison Hell - Annihilator Alison Hell - Annihilator Cover Art

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.

I have listened to all the songs mentioned above and love em but the reason of me voting for this is because they are extremely underrated band.
Let everybody know about them.
These guys are great...

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

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

18 Floods - Pantera Floods - Pantera Cover Art

Easily Dimebag's greatest guitar solo ever, meaning this has the greatest metal guitar solo of all time. I tear up every time I hear this one. Should be number one.

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.

underrated

19 1916 - Motorhead 1916 - Motorhead Cover Art

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.

How did it get to 14? That's ridiculous

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

20 How the Gods Kill - Danzig How the Gods Kill - Danzig Cover Art

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.

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

Just a truthful smart song.

21 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

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

22 Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me Born Foam: Backtrack - Between the Buried and Me Cover Art
23 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.

24 My House on Mars - Ayreon My House on Mars - Ayreon Cover Art
25 Finally Free - Dream Theater Finally Free - Dream Theater Cover Art
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