Top Ten Songs Written as Tributes to an Artist or Band


The Top Ten

1 Back In Black - AC/DC

The song was written as a tribute to Bon Scott,who had just died the same year. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

2 To Live Is to Die  - Metallica

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

A tribute to Cliff Burton. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

3 Side of a Bullet - Nickelback

Written as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell. The guitar solo combines outtakes by Dimebag originally meant to be used on the Pantera albums Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven. Dimebag's girlfriend Rita Haney and his brother Vinnie Paul sent Nickelback the track.Not many know that Dimebag was actually a big Nickelback fan. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Dimebag was a Nickelback fan? - Userguy44

4 They Played Rock and Roll - Saxon

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

Written as a tribute to Motörhead. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

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

Motorhead clearly wrote the song as a tribute to the Ramones,but none of them were dead at the time.Ramones actually recorded their own version of the song and played it live many times.Both bands were good friends with each other. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

6 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

The song was written as a tribute to Gary Thain who had died in 1974 from his drug abuse.Ironically,David Byron died from the same reason 11 years later. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

7 Black Sabbath Medley - Candlemass

Clearly a tribute to Black Sabbath.Not really a original song but it combines several Black Sabbath songs and it's really cool. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

8 Metal Crue - Sabaton

A tribute to heavy metal as a genre,it mentions lots of bands in the lyrics even some non- metal bands such as Queen.It's cheesy but I still like it. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

9 Song for Ronnie James - Jorn

The title explains everything. RIP Dio. - Metal_Treasure

10 Unas Slayer of the Gods - Nile

Nile rule! I love them! - Metal_Treasure

A tribute to Candlemass.The song is based off Candlemass song Gothic Stone/The Well of Souls. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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... Iron Maiden too, yes, it's true" - Metal_Treasure

12 Desperado - Alice Cooper

Written as a tribute to Jim Morrison. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

13 All Those Years Ago - George Harrison

Written about Ringo Starr at first, but then changed the lyrics for it to be about John Lennon after his death. - galaxyfox

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

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Top Remixes

1. Back In Black - AC/DC
2. To Live Is to Die  - Metallica
3. They Played Rock and Roll - Saxon
1. Back In Black - AC/DC
2. To Live Is to Die  - Metallica
3. Black Sabbath Medley - Candlemass


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