Metal The Best Metal Songs About Death  

Ranker Music
3.2k votes 496 voters 17.8k views 57 items

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

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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.

1
164 41
Ranker Video
Metallica

2
142 36
Hallowed Be Thy Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Iron Maiden

3
124 29
Ranker Video
Pantera

4
115 29
Ranker Video
Metallica

5
105 30
Raining Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Slayer

6
90 29
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Blue Öyster Cult

7
105 42
Ranker Video
Avenged Sevenfold

8
78 27
Ranker Video
Megadeth

9
68 24
Ranker Video
Metallica

10
73 30
Ranker Video

11
59 22
Close My Eyes Forever is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford

12
67 29
Ranker Video
Black Sabbath

13
74 41
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Steven Matthews Jr. added Avenged Sevenfold

14
55 32
Ranker Video
Slipknot

15
39 22
Ranker Video
Motörhead

16
34 21
Ranker Video
Alice Cooper

17
30 18
Ranker Video

18
32 29
Ranker Video
Cannibal Corpse

19
30 27
Ranker Video
Judas Priest

20
24 22
Ranker Video
Megadeth

21
26 26
Ranker Video
Slaughter

22
26 27
Ranker Video
Metallica

23
24 26
Ranker Video
Killswitch Engage

24
22 25
Ranker Video
Queensrÿche

25
21 24
Ranker Video
Megadeth