Top Ten Songs Written as Tributes to an Artist or Band

The Top Ten

1 Back In Black - AC/DC
2 To Live Is to Die  - Metallica

Masterpiece. I wonder why it's so underrated. - Userguy44

Yeah, me too. Bugs me. Metallica's Shine On You Crazy Diamond (though less ambitious), with an intro over 7 minutes long, great riffs and solos... - JoLeKosovo

3 They Played Rock and Roll - Saxon

This is a new song, 2018, and I like it. Saxon are still very good. - Metal_Treasure

4 Side of a Bullet - Nickelback

Dimebag was a Nickelback fan? - Userguy44

5 Man Full of Yesterdays - David Byron

David Byron is one of the most underrated rock singers of all time. The guy really knows how to sing. - Metal_Treasure

6 R.A.M.O.N.E.S - Motorhead

A band recording their own tribute? Sounds cool! - Userguy44

7 Black Sabbath Medley - Candlemass
8 Song for Ronnie James - Jorn

The title explains everything. RIP Dio. - Metal_Treasure

9 Unas Slayer of the Gods - Nile

Nile rule! I love them! - Metal_Treasure

10 Metal Crue - Sabaton

The Contenders

11 England - Edguy

Tribute to Iron Maiden (the song is a bonus track of 2014):
"England's got The Beatles
And even more so:
England's got Steve Harris
And as if that was not 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

12 Desperado - Alice Cooper
13 All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
14 Let Me In - R.E.M.
15 El Mundo Frente a Ti - Jayko
16 Zombie - Bad Wolves

It's a cover of the Cranberries and not written about them, so this song shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Are you saying that this is a tribute to the Cranberries? Because it's a cover of the Cranberries. - JCHOW

17 New Tears Eve - Moonspell

Dedicated to Peter Steele of Type O Negative, who died in 2010. RIP. - Metal_Treasure

18 Tearjerker - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is a tribute to Kurt Cobain and so is Let Me In by R.E.M. - JCHOW

19 Above and Beyond - Deep Purple

Deep Purple wrote this song about their ex-bandmate, Jon Lord, who died in 2012. Ian Gillan sings this song from Jon Lord’s perspective, describing his bandmates’ souls as “forever entwined.” - Metal_Treasure

20 Uncommon Man - Deep Purple Uncommon Man - Deep Purple

Another song Deep Purple wrote and dedicated to Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s co-founder and legendary keyboardist, who passed away in 2012. - Metal_Treasure

21 Vamos Pa' La Calle - Bad Bunny & Hector El Father
22 Neverland Dungeon - Michael Trapson
23 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

What! How is this not higher? - buster

24 In This River - Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde was a good friend of Dimebag Darrell. - JoLeKosovo

25 I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy
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