10 Songs Based by Tragic Events


The Top Ten

1 Gloomy Sunday - Sarah Brightman Gloomy Sunday - Sarah Brightman
2 Jeremy - Pearl Jam Jeremy - Pearl Jam
3 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

Since there is no back up story so let's begin... The song was inspired by a shooting of peaceful protesters in Northern Ireland by officers - CerealGuy

4 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

Based on the little girl called Anne Frank and all of the songs are in fact Anne Frank-themed - CerealGuy

5 Adam's Song - Blink-182

Based on a guy who committed suicide after seeing the horrors of the Sandy Hook shooting,as he dies a Blink-102 song was played. - CerealGuy

6 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Based on Eric Clapton son "Conor" falling off from a building with Eric Clapton crying out loud to his son in this song - CerealGuy

7 Heartbeat - The Fray

Based on the Rwandan Genocide that killed 800.Million people - CerealGuy

8 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

Based on a car accident of a the Beatles friend while driving a sport car and crashed to a truck - CerealGuy

9 Daddy - Korn

The band's singer, Jonathan Davis, has stated that the song is about his painful experience of being molested as a child and not being believed. - CerealGuy

10 New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees

The song title says it all - CerealGuy

The Contenders

11 How to Save a Life - The Fray
12 Peace Frog - The Doors

I didn't realize this was based on a true story. Great list! - PetSounds

13 Inside the Fire - Disturbed

Great song with a lot of meaning

14 Lucy - Skillet
15 Angel - Jackie Evancho
16 Polly - Nirvana

Based on how a 14-year-old girl was tortured and raped by serial rapist Gerald Friend.

Based On A Rape 14 Year Old Victim - FettiMC

17 Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
18 American Pie - Don Mclean
19 Suffer Little Children - The Smiths

Inspired by the Moors Murders. - PetSounds

20 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
21 Kim - Eminem
22 Jumper - Third Eye Blind
23 Get Your Gunn - Marilyn Manson
24 Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
25 Faget - Korn
26 Lunchbox - Marilyn Manson
27 Kinderfeld - Marilyn Manson
28 The Nobodies - Marilyn Manson
29 Mr. Rogers - Korn
30 Dead Skin Mask - Ed Gein
31 Angel of Death - Slayer
32 Dead Skin Mask - Slayer
33 When the Eagle Cries - Iced Earth
34 Just a Car Crash Away - Marilyn Manson
35 Coma White - Marilyn Manson
36 Justin - Korn
37 Kill You - Korn
38 Man That You Fear - Marilyn Manson
39 Pretty - Korn
40 Lamb of God - Marilyn Manson
41 Hey Man, Nice Shot - Filter

Based on the public suicide of politician Budd Dwyer that appeared on live T.V. in 1987.

42 Frankie Teardrop - Suicide
43 Sad! - Xxxtentacion


44 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Based on former and original band lead Syd Barrett, who due to serious drug and accidents, was replaced and left the group before their second album. The last song he wrote for the band was Jugband Blues, which appeared as the final track of their second album. The album was Saucerful of Secrets.

45 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Based on columbine high school tragedie

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List StatsCreated 24 Oct 2014
Updated 18 Mar 2019

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Top Remixes

1. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
2. Gloomy Sunday - Sarah Brightman
3. Jeremy - Pearl Jam


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