metal The Best Metal Songs About Death  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite metal and hard rock songs about death and dying.

Metal songs about death aren't difficult to find. After all, there's a Death Metal, a sub-genre all about death. These metal songs about dying are often poignant and beautiful – especially if you listen carefully to the lyrics and the emotional way in which metal singers deliver the lines. Either that or they're brutal punishment.

Every genre of metal and hard rock has its songs about death, from extreme metal to radio-friendly riff rock. Hard rock songs about dying are plentiful, and, unfortunately, they are often songs many of us can relate to. Everyone at some point experiences great loss. Music can help with the grieving process.

These metal death songs run the gamut – songs told by someone taking their last breath to those about mass slaughter and laments concerning loss and grief, told by those left behind by dead love ones. Vote up the metal songs about death that you feel are the most moving, and vote down any that just leave you flat.

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Fade to Black Metallica

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106 30
Hallowed Be Thy Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden

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Cemetary Gates Pantera

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Ride the Lightning Metallica

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64 22
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

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73 29
Raining Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Raining Blood Slayer

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59 26
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46 19
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Creeping Death Metallica

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54 26
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Die Young Black Sabbath

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68 38
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So Far Away Avenged Sevenfold

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48 24
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À tout le monde Megadeth

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53 37
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Steven Matthews Jr. added Nightmare Avenged Sevenfold

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35 20
Close My Eyes Forever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Close My Eyes Forever Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford

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1916 Motörhead

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38 29
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Goodbye Slipknot

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27 19
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I Love the Dead Alice Cooper

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Hammer Smashed Face Cannibal Corpse

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Heroes End Judas Priest

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Left to Die Death

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Fly to the Angels Slaughter

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Always Killswitch Engage

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Crack the Skye Mastodon

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A World Without Queensrÿche

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Use the Man Megadeth

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Black Curtains Megadeth

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

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All Nightmare Long Metallica

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Jennk added Shells Kyle Johnson

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1 4
Death's Hand is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
1525917753867 added Death's Hand The Amity Affliction

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Veil of Elysium Kamelot

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Torn to Pieces Pop Evil

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12 21
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The Spirit Carries On Dream Theater

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12 22
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Dead & Buried Kataklysm

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7 15
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Dead by Dawn Deicide

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6 14
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5 13
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Slit Your Guts Cryptopsy

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7 16
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The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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7 16
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Total Funeral Watain

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6 15
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In Death Belphegor

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5 14
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Expiration Date Fear Factory

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5 15
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Sing in Silence Sonata Arctica

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4 14
Pity the Sadness is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Viesturs Želvis added Pity the Sadness Paradise Lost