Top 10 Songs about Layne Staley

Layne Staley was the former frontman/singer of Alice in Chains. His death in 2002 would change the rock music industry in ways people wouldn't expect. The following songs are considered tributes to him and his legacy in the music industry.

The Top Ten

1 Layne - Black Label Society Layne - Black Label Society Cover Art

Unlike the Staind tribute, this one feels a lot more impactful. It helps that Zakk's riffs are really well done here. One of the best tribute songs to Layne out there. It's hard to not like this song or Zakk Wylde in general. Hell of a way to pay respect to Layne major props there.

2 Black Gives Way To Blue - Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue - Alice In Chains Cover Art

One of the few Cantrell songs wrote about Layne. It's dark, brooding, depressing like a majority of AIC songs. It's kinda hard to listen to if I'm being honest. But for what it's worth it's a solid tribute and way to pay respect to him.

3 Just a Bullet Away - Metallica Just a Bullet Away - Metallica Cover Art

Easily the superior Metallica tribute song. It's haunting, dark, and has a very eerie presence to it. It can't be understated how well this song is. Granted Hetfield and Layne didn't seem to get along back in the day and I view this as Hetfield trying to be more apologetic to him then he was back in the past.

4 Rebel of Babylon - Metallica Rebel of Babylon - Metallica Cover Art

One of two tribute Layne songs made by Metallica. The other being Just A Bullet Away which is the superior tribute between the two. However, this one is relatively nice and solid enough. It doesn't quite leave as punch of a punch as the other one I mentioned.

5 Bargain Basement Howard Hughes - Jerry Cantrell Bargain Basement Howard Hughes - Jerry Cantrell Cover Art

It's kinda hard to not notice any parallels between Layne in this song. Given how dark the lyrics are. However, unlike Black Gives Way to Blue this song wasn't confirmed as a tribute to Layne by Cantrell. Still, it's definitely worth checking out if you've got the chance to do so.

6 Layne to Rest - Katastrophy Wife Layne to Rest - Katastrophy Wife Cover Art
7 The Day Seattle Died - Cold The Day Seattle Died - Cold Cover Art

This song is both a tribute to Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain who died around 8 years prior. Not a Cold fan but it is pretty tolerable. Scooter Ward's voice here actually feels somewhat heartfelt compared to other songs he has made.

8 The Outsider - A Perfect Circle The Outsider - A Perfect Circle Cover Art

This is only at 8 mostly due to it being hearsay. Lots of people speculate it's about Layne. But there isn't a lot of substantial evidence that is so. Maynard has stated that it's about people that don't understand depression. Although it is definitely not hard to see why considering how this song came out a year after Layne's death.

9 Layne - Staind Layne - Staind Cover Art

The title alone is fairly obvious. Granted I'm not the biggest Staind fan. But this song is relatively okay. Decided to put it lower compared to some of the other tributes made about him.

10 Shadow - Theory of a Deadman Shadow - Theory of a Deadman Cover Art

Not a fan of TOAD in the slightest. One of their okay-ish songs. Although that isn't saying a lot. This tribute is tolerable but it doesn't really leave much of an impression on me. Nor does it make me feel a lot.

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