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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94 26
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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70 26
Raining Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Raining Blood Slayer

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57 21
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

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Creeping Death Metallica

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46 21
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À tout le monde Megadeth

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Die Young Black Sabbath

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So Far Away Avenged Sevenfold

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32 18
Close My Eyes Forever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Close My Eyes Forever Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford

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46 34
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Steven Matthews Jr. added Nightmare Avenged Sevenfold

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1916 Motörhead

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Goodbye Slipknot

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Hammer Smashed Face Cannibal Corpse

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I Love the Dead Alice Cooper

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Left to Die Death

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Heroes End Judas Priest

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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Fly to the Angels Slaughter

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Crack the Skye Mastodon

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A World Without Queensrÿche

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All Nightmare Long Metallica

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Death's Hand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
1525917753867 added Death's Hand The Amity Affliction

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Jennk added Shells Kyle Johnson

The Best Metal Songs About Missing Someone

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Always Killswitch Engage

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Use the Man Megadeth

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Black Curtains Megadeth

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Veil of Elysium Kamelot

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Slit Your Guts Cryptopsy

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Dead by Dawn Deicide

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Torn to Pieces Pop Evil

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The Spirit Carries On Dream Theater

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Total Funeral Watain

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In Death Belphegor

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Dead & Buried Kataklysm

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Sing in Silence Sonata Arctica

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Fiddler on the Green Demons and Wizards