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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Tom Islava added Bohemian Rhapsody Queen

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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

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Tom Islava added 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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carlybobarly added I Shot the Sheriff The Wailers

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lucyheartfilia25 added Dead! My Chemical Romance

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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punksnotdead added Stagger Lee Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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punksnotdead added Jenny Was a Friend of Mine The Killers

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Kill You Eminem

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I Hung My Head Johnny Cash

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carlybobarly added Jeremy Pearl Jam

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Tamis1966 added Kim Eminem

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Country Death Song Violent Femmes

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

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punksnotdead added One of These Days Pink Floyd

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Murder by Numbers The Police

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Tamis1966 added '97 Bonnie & Clyde Eminem

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punksnotdead added Die Die My Darling Misfits

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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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punksnotdead added The Mercy Seat Johnny Cash

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punksnotdead added I Kill Children Dead Kennedys

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Killing Time The Kinks

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Tom Islava added The Ballad of Hollis Brown Bob Dylan

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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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Man Down Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
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Kill the World Motörhead

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

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punksnotdead added 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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Kill You Korn

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FilippoSetti added The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II) Rod Stewart

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Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

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Meat Is Murder The Smiths

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Kill in the Spirit World Black Sabbath

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