Best Storytelling Songs


The Top Ten

1 Stan - Eminem

Does this story really need to be explained?

It is the tragic story about a delusional fan who idolizes Slim Shady and mistakes him to be the actual Marshall Mathers, and writes him letters. As Eminem does not reply, he gets more and more mad and insane about the only person he feels that understands him simply not caring about him, and does something very stupid and tragic.

This is probably the most psychologically complex song I have ever heard. You can learn so much about Stan's psyche only from these letters, it's amazing. The last verse, in which Eminem finally replies, always sends a shiver down my spine. - Martin_Canine

The lyrical flow of this song. Eminiem really outdid himself with this one - Jonerman


2 Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave

It tells the story of three romantic dates of a young woman with a man who would ultimately turn out to be a psychopathic murderer and kill her on the third date. This is one of the saddest songs I heard, it is told from alternating views (Nick Cave portrays the man, Kylie Minigue the woman) and never gets really violent, it feels more tragic and poetic, especially since it frequently interpolates the imagery of roses. - Martin_Canine

3 Cambodia - Kim Wilde

It tells the story of an Airforce wife and her husband, who would change after flying to Cambodia. He never says a word about what has happened in that country or why he was there, but behaved heavily traumatized and strange. Then he has to go back there again and despite having said to his wife he will be back, she never saw hil again. The last lines by Kim Wilde are haunting: "There's only one thing left I know for sure: she won't see his face again". - Martin_Canine

4 Dark Lady - Cher

It tells the story of a woman who visits a fortune teller, the "Dark Lady", who tells her that her man cheats on her with a woman very close to her. In that night, she realizes that the fortune teller's perfume was in her own room. She went back to the Dark Lady only to find her with her husband, and kills both of them with a gun. - Martin_Canine

5 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

It tells the story of the final days of Troy as foreseen by Cassandra, daughter of the Troy king. The song is epic (about 14 min). - Metal_Treasure

6 One - Metallica
7 There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
8 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique
9 Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
10 Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan

The Contenders

11 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

This is one of the saddest yet beautiful metal ballads. It's about a girl who dies in a car accident. Her soulmate in this life, a boy, also died in a car accident a week earlier. It's a very dark love story. Hansi Kürsch is an incredible storyteller - his voice intonation tells the story as much as the lyrics and music. - Metal_Treasure

12 The Boxer - Paul Simon
13 Story of the Blues - Gary Moore
14 Curse My Name - Blind Guardian

It's about the killing of a king who didn't carry out his duties. On youtube there's a nice fan-made video with well fitting scenes from the movie To Kill a King. - Metal_Treasure

15 Taxi - Harry Chapin
16 Don Quixote - Gordon Lightfoot
17 Homecoming - Kanye West
18 Dreckstück - Bushido V 1 Comment
19 Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
20 The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
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Top Remixes

1. There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
2. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan
3. The Boxer - Paul Simon
1. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave
2. Cambodia - Kim Wilde
3. Stan - Eminem
1. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
2. One - Metallica
3. Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards



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