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The Best '80s Songs About Death  

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"And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind" is one of many great lyrics from '80s songs about death. The lyric is of course from Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," but there are many more good '80s death songs that deserve to be remembered. Let's rank the very best '80s songs that are about dying or death, with the help of your votes.

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones is not only a fantastic song from the 1980s, but many consider it to be the best country song ever written. It tells the story of a man who never gave up on waiting for the love of his life to return, and only stopped loving her when he passed on. Another fantstic '80s hit about dying is "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew, although it's used in a more metaphorical sense in that song.

Add your favorite tribute song from the '80s to the list if it isn't already there!

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Metallica
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Elton John
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Life Without You Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
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Pancho and Lefty Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard
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Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
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Oingo Boingo
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Elton John
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George Harrison
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Mike + The Mechanics
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The Jim Carroll Band
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Vern Gosdin
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Paul McCartney
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Dead In a Ditch Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
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In the Kingdom #19
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Grace Jones
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7-11 The Ramones
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Arthur Hoodoo Gurus