Top Ten Songs About Death

While I know tat this might be a terrifying and depressing topic for some, death has always fascinated me. Sure, it can be very frightening sometimes, believe me I know. I have panic attacks about it very often. But the one intriguing thing about death is the uncertainty about what happens after we die. Some say that there is a Heaven or a Hell, some say that we are reborn, some say that we are simply wiped from existence, and we finally get the rest that we deserve. These are my top ten songs about the subject, and I hope that you'll give them a listen.

The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

I've already talked about this song a thousand times, so I'll give you the short version. This song rocks. The main character of the story is on death row, and he's looking back on life, asking was what he had done worth it? Eventually, he has to go to the gallows pole and accept his fate.

Favorite lyric: "'Cause at 5 o'clock, they take me to the gallows pole. The sands of time for me are running low." - Alpha101

One of the greatest songs ever written and performed. All time favorite. - Metal_Treasure

Love the song! I prefer Machine Head's version.

2 Fade to Black - Metallica

I strongly approve with the list maker's choices! I'd still put this at number one though - Songsta41

3 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Another Maiden track. It talks about an Egyptian who thinks that he is immortal, but, in the end, he is not. He begins to die, and he starts asking why, because he had proclaimed himself God, and a god could not die, obviously. Well, he does anyway.

Favorite lyric: "And in my last hour, I'm a slave to he power of death! " - Alpha101

"I don't want to die, I'm a God, why can't I live on? " - Songsta41

4 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Freddie Mercury knew that he was dying, so he wrote this masterpiece. It explains that even with him gone, the "show must go on." Very sad knowing that he knew his own fate, but instead of complaining about it, he accepted it, and even spent his last moments in life contributing to what he loved most: music. It's sad, but also very inspiring.

Favorite lyric: "My makeup may be flaking, but my smile stays on." - Alpha101

Amazing song with amazing vocal of Freddie.

Another mindblowing song. Cool selection Alpha101. - Metal_Treasure

5 Deathbed - Relient K

This has been the only song to make me cry. I'm not very religious, but this song really hit home with me. The whole song is about a guy who threw his life away by drinking, smoking, and divorcing his wife and giving up his kids. He finds out that he is quickly dying, and that he doesn't have much time. He lies in bed all alone, looking back on his life and the mistakes that he's made, and, eventually, he converts to Christianity. Now at peace with the world, he passes away with a smile on his face. This is one of my all time favorite songs, and I recommend it to everyone.

Favorite lyrics : "I can smell the death on the sheets covering me. I can't believe this is the end." - Alpha101

6 The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater

I don't know many songs by Dream Theater, but what I have heard has impressed me. There are not many bands that are as good as them these days. I was bored one day, so I looked up the list "Top Ten Dream Theater Songs." Obviously, this song showed up. I listened to it, and, like their other songs, I was very impressed. Amazing song!

Favorite lyrics: "I used to be frightened of dying. I used to think death was the end. But that was before. I'm not scared anymore. I know that my soul will transcend! " - Alpha101

My favourite opening lines in a song ever. - IronSabbathPriest

7 Would? - Alice In Chains

It's speculated among fans about what the meaning behind the song is, but most agree that it's about the death of Andrew Wood, but most fans listen to this song in remembrance of Layne Staley, who passed away.

Favorite lyric: "Into the flood again. Same old trip it was back then." - Alpha101

8 Fallen - Electus
9 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

The song is based on a true story where a high schooler in Texas killed himself in front of his entire class. Obviously, this is a pretty sad song. This one of Pearl Jam's best, and one of history's best songs.

Favorite lyric: "King Jeremy the wicked ruled his world." - Alpha101

10 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

It's a suicide song and the character is already in something like coma - "They washed and dressed him, fed him by hand". The title says it all - Beyond The Realms Of Death.
His thoughts come from this mysterious place between life and death. I guess he can still choose whether to live or die, and he chooses to die (he didn't want to be saved - "Yea, I will start again").
"Yea, I've left the world behind, I'm safe here in my mind
I am free to speak with my own kind
This is my life, this is my life, I'll decide not you".

Musically, this song is a masterpiece, including the first solo. However, the song message is controversial and I wanna tell the future listeners - don't kill yourself, don't even try. Never ever. This is a great song but don't take it literally. Just don't. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Cemetary Gates - Pantera

An epic song about grief and accepting the reality of death. At some point, we must all unlock our doors, and pass the Cemetary Gates. I may personnaly like it better than Hallowed be thy name, though both songs are true emotional experiences. But I love the bridges, the riffs and the solos in this song that just carry you from one emotional state to another. One of the greatest metal songs of all time. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

11 Lie Down In Darkness - Moby
12 The End - The Doors
13 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
14 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
15 Running to the Sea - Royksopp
16 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

"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". - Metal_Treasure

17 Almost Home - Moby
18 The God That Failed - Metallica

This song was written about the death of lead singer James Hetfield's mother. She was a Christian Scientist, who believed that medicine is useless. As long as she prayed, her sickness would go away. Obviously, that wasn't the case, and she passed away, and Hetfield was overcome with grief.

Favorite lyric: "The heeling hand held back by the deepened nail, follow the god that failed." - Alpha101

19 Let It Be - The Beatles

The song is about McCartney's dead mother. Most agree that it is one of the Beatles' best, me included.

Favorite lyric: "Mother Mary whispers, let it be." - Alpha101

20 Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

A sad and beautiful ballad about the enigmatic figure of Death and the process of dying. The singer is over the top and vocals alone make this song a must listen.

The song describes a car accident and how a girl dies - “Her face was pale, her body smashed, her beauty's gone”. Before the guitar outro there’s an insanely good scream - I think this is the last scream of the dying body. Then soul leaves the body and pain goes away. The Fiddler talked to the girl: “Take my hand, just hold my hand, I'll take you THERE. Your pain will go away”.

“The poor old Fiddler“ takes the girl’s life because several days earlier the Fiddler took a boy's life by mistake but these two kids were soulmates in this life. "I took him too early. Would you mind if I take you to be with you? ” “He is quite alone here and still waiting for you”.

This song is based on a true story - the singer saw 2 car accidents in one week at the same place and 2 kids died. The ...more - Metal_Treasure

21 Sleep Alone - Moby
22 Dream On - Aerosmith
23 Time - Pink Floyd
24 Them Bones - Alice In Chains
25 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
26 Dead Flowers - Demon Hunter

One of the most underrated song I know. Don't really like the bad, but the song is great.

Favorite lyric: "Dead flowers for the torn-apart. Laid at the grave to heal a broken heart." - Alpha101

27 Pale Horses - Moby
28 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
29 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
30 A Day In the Life - The Beatles
31 Fiction - Avenged Sevenfold
32 Riders On the Storm - The Doors
33 Candle in the Wind - Elton John
34 The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
35 One - Metallica
36 Jump - Van Halen

Doesn't sound like one, but it is - ZootopiaFan

37 The Day the World Went Away - Nine Inch Nails
38 Difficult - Eminem
39 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

"Don't go out tonight,
'Cause it's bound to take you life,
There's a bad moon on the rise"
Just a little thought and you will realize that the "bad moon" is a nuclear detonation.

40 When Death Comes Knocking - Primal Fear
41 Death Row - Pentagram

"Waiting your turn, just to die
You wish that someone could be by your side
You're so afraid to be alone
You need my help so that you can be strong

And what will you miss
When death gives you a kiss" - Metal_Treasure

42 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

From the "Red Wedding" episode of "Game of Thrones". A considerable amount of people die.

43 Hey Man Nice Shot - Filter

This is a song about Budd Dwyer. A politician who shot himself on live T.V. in the late 80s.

44 Like You - Evanescence

Very emotional song about her sister. She dedicates a song on each album to her, like a tradition.
I'm an Evhead so don't think I won't add this on here. - The_Violist

45 Suicide Note - Pantera
46 Expiration Date - Fear Factory
47 The Raven that Refused to Sing - Steven Wilson
48 Death is Not the End - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Bob Dylan)
49 Death or Glory - The Clash
50 Die, Die My Darling - The Misfits
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Fade to Black - Metallica
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
1. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
2. Dream On - Aerosmith
3. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
1. Deathbed - Relient K
2. The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

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