Top 10 Songs Dedicated to Metal Musicians (Dead or Alive)

Songs don't need to be metal songs. Any songs about metal musicians are eligible.

The Top Ten

1 To Live Is to Die - Metallica

Dedicated to Cliff Burton of Metallica who died in a car crash at 23.
This song is a long instrumental, over 9 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

2 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Dedicated to Cliff Burton of Metallica.
"According to Dave Mustaine, due to hearing of Burton's death, he sat down and wrote the music for the song in one sitting. The lyrics, however, are unrelated to Burton's death. Mustaine was Metallica's lead guitarist in the early days and was a close friend of Burton at the time" (Wiki) - Metal_Treasure

3 In This River - Black Label Society

I can play this on the piano. Beautiful song. - JoLeKosovo

Dedicated to Dimebag Darrell of Pantera whose death was extremely shocking - he was shot onstage while performing. - Metal_Treasure

This song almost makes me cry Every time R.I.P Dimebag Darrell - christangrant

4 Side of a Bullet - Nickelback

I know almost everyone hates Nickelback but this song is about our very own Dimebag so lets forget about some things for a second. This song isn't a masterpiece but isn't bad either. Nickelback were even creative - they included in the song an unused original solo by Dimebag (the solo was given to Nickelback by Vinnie Paul - Dimebag brother). - Metal_Treasure

5 Aesthetics of Hate - Machine Head

This song is dedicated to Dimebag Darrell after the band saw a article praising his death and dissing metal fans who respected him the band wrote this as tribute to him and as a retaliation against the people who made that disgusting article and this song even won a Grammy Nomination - christangrant

Machine Head were so right because what kind of people can praise the murder of a great innocent musician who didn't do anything bad? A disgusting article written by disgusting people. What's next? An article praising the murder of John Lennon?! - Metal_Treasure

6 New Tears Eve - Moonspell

Dedicated to Peter Steele - the vocalist and leader of Type O Negative, who died in 2010. - Metal_Treasure

7 Dimebag - Cross Canadian Ragweed

Obviously about Dimebag Darrell of Pantera.
Cross Canadian Ragweed was an American Red Dirt/Texas Country/Country rock band. - Metal_Treasure

8 Song for Ronnie James Dio - Jorn

This is a song about Chester Bennington right?

9 In the End - Anthrax

I believe this song is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell - christangrant

10 England - Edguy

It's about Iron Maiden - a bonus track with great lyrics (2014).

"Vienna has got Mozart
Chopin they had in Paris (kind of)
The Catholics got the Pope
England's got the Beatles
And even more so:
England's got Steve Harris

England's got Steve Harris
And if that wasn't enough for you
England's got Bruce Dickinson
And on top of it - the other ones
In Iron Maiden too, yes it's true" - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Murder One - Metallica
12 Above and Beyond - Deep Purple

Dedicated to Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s co-founder and legendary keyboardist, who died in 2012. Deep Purple honored his ex-bandmate with 2 songs on their next album ‘Now What?! ’ (2013).
Ian Gillan sings this song from Jon Lord’s perspective, describing his bandmates’ souls as “forever entwined.” - Metal_Treasure

13 R.I.P. (Undone) - Overkill

To Criss Oliva, guitarist of Savatage - he was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver at the age of 30, in 1993.
This song is a short instrumental, a last minute addition to the album. - Metal_Treasure

14 Thunderbird - Quiet Riot

To Randy Rhoads.
Kevin DuBrow, Quiet Riot singer, began writing this song when his former bandmate Randy Rhoads was still alive. He added an extra verse to the ‘Metal Health’ closing track when Randy died in a plane crash in 1982. - Metal_Treasure

15 Love Tyger - Edguy

Tobias Sammet said he wrote this song as a trubute to ... himself. Haha, this is the one and only Tobias Sammet - I love his sense of humor.
"They call me Love T-T-Tyger
I'm gonna save your soul
There may be a lot who don't wanna be saved
I'm gonna save them anyway
Tonight the love tyger's gonna bite you tonight" - Metal_Treasure

16 Goodbye - Slipknot
17 Uncommon Man - Deep Purple Uncommon Man - Deep Purple

This is the second song on this album dedicated to Jon Lord (that I mentioned earlier on this list). - Metal_Treasure

18 Layne - Staind
19 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Who exactly is the metal musician here? Nobody. - Metal_Treasure

20 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

This was dedicated to original Floyd member, Syd Barrett.

I don't think this song was dedicated to a metal musician, sorry. - Metal_Treasure

21 Faith & Decision - Versailles

Dedicated to Jasmine You, former bassist of Japanese metal band Versailles.

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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. To Live Is to Die - Metallica
2. Aesthetics of Hate - Machine Head
3. In This River - Black Label Society
1. In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth
2. To Live Is to Die - Metallica
3. Aesthetics of Hate - Machine Head


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