music The Best Songs About Murder  

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List Rules Some songs reference famous people who were murdered, while others are simply about killing in general.

Although it's an unfortunate part of the world we live in, there are still a lot of great songs about killing and being killed. Here's our list of songs about murder, ranked by the votes of music lovers like you. Songs about murder and killing come in many forms, from the poppy "Pumped Up Kicks" - about a school shooting - to The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," from whom you must run run run run, run run run away. Some murder songs are epic tales of betrayal while other killing songs are expressions of rage. Murder songs can be directed at groups of people or specific individuals. Many murder songs reference feelings of remorse or regret.

Johnny Cash has recorded a lot of the best murder songs. His 2002 track, “I Hung My Head,” is a heart-breaking tale of an accidental killing. Fun Fact: this song was originally written by The Police frontman, Sting. “Long Black Veil” is another good murder song. This tune has been performed by The Band, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

There are tons of great hip-hop murder songs, as well. Boots Riley of The Coup counted the ways of killing the one percent in the track “5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO.” Snoop Dogg recalled the time he was charged with homicide on “Murder Was the Case.”

Which song on this list of the best songs about murder do you think should be at the top? Give it a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments.
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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

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Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson

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Psycho Killer Talking Heads

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Hey Joe Jim Hendrix

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Stan Eminem, Dido

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I Shot the Sheriff The Wailers

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Dead! My Chemical Romance

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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Stagger Lee Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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I Hung My Head Johnny Cash

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Kill You Eminem

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Kim Eminem

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Country Death Song Violent Femmes

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Jeremy Pearl Jam

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Murder by Numbers The Police

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Where the Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue

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One of These Days Pink Floyd

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Possum Kingdom Toadies

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Long Black Veil The Band

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Having a Blast Green Day

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Killing an Arab The Cure

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The Mercy Seat Johnny Cash

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I Kill Children Dead Kennedys

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Killing Time The Kinks

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Famous Unsolved Murders of Families The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Nebraska Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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Kill the King Rainbow

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Killing Another The Cure, Defuse

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Kill the World Motörhead

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O’Malley’s Bar Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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The Curse of Millhaven Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Killing Yourself to Live Black Sabbath

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Carolina Drama The Raconteurs

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Meat Is Murder The Smiths

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Kill in the Spirit World Black Sabbath

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Killing the Blues Robert Plant, Alison Krauss

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Copacabana Barry Manilow

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