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The Best Metal Songs About Death 

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Updated April 24, 2020 4.7k votes 734 voters 29.6k views 58 items

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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Metallica
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Hallowed Be Thy Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Iron Maiden
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Pantera
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Raining Blood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Slayer
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Metallica
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Avenged Sevenfold
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(Don't Fear) The Reaper ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Blue Öyster Cult
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Megadeth
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Metallica
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Close My Eyes Forever is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford
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Black Sabbath
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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Steven Matthews Jr. added Avenged Sevenfold
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Slipknot
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Motörhead
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Alice Cooper
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Cannibal Corpse
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Judas Priest
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Megadeth
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Killswitch Engage
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Death
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Megadeth
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Metallica