VOTE The Best Country Songs About Murder  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite country songs about killing someone.

When you think of country music, what comes to mind? Drinking? Fighting? How about killing? These country songs about murder are some of the darkest in the genre, and that’s saying something. It’s not all fun and games when it comes to country music.

Country songs about killing people have been around for as long as the music itself. This list includes modern-era country murder songs and some early hits from decades long past. While many are more country and western, like Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” and “Big Iron,” some are more alt-country, like Steve Earle’s “Billy Austin." A few are even funny – just think of the Dixie Chick's "Goodbye Earl," an alarmingly upbeat ode to a wife's revenge. Revenge is the theme of plenty of country songs about killing someone. Miranda Lambert’s had enough of her abusive man and takes action in “Gunpowder and Lead.” A wife snaps after her husband comes home after cheating (again) in Garth Brooks’ dark “The Thunder Rolls." And, in one of the most memorable and moving country songs of the modern era, Martina McBride’s abused woman takes her revenge on her abuser in “Independence Day.”

Ready to listen to some chillingly catchy songs? Vote up your favorites, and find some new ones on this list.

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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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Cocaine Blues Johnny Cash

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El Paso Marty Robbins

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The Thunder Rolls Garth Brooks

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Crazy Eddie's Last Hurrah Reckless Kelly

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Goodbye Earl The Dixie Chicks

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Independence Day Martina McBride

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lrmawg added The Devil's Right Hand Steve Earle

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Down the River Chris Knight

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Big Iron Marty Robbins

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The Banks of the Ohio Porter Wagoner

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Long Black Veil Lefty Frizzell

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Billy Austin Steve Earle & The Dukes

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L.A. County Lyle Lovett

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The Road Goes on Forever Robert Earl Keen

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Cedartown, Georgia Waylon Jennings

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Ellis Unit One Steve Earle

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In Lonesome Dove Garth Brooks

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Coward of the County Kenny Rogers

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Knoxville Girl The Louvin Brothers

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Cold Hard Facts of Life Bill Anderson

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Heather's Wall Ty Herndon

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Delia’s Gone Johnny Cash

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Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson

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Frankie And Johnny Merle Haggard

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Gunpowder and Lead Miranda Lambert

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Loving County Chris Robison

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The Legend of Wooley Swamp The Charlie Daniels Band

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Don't Break the Code The Oak Ridge Boys

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Kerosene Miranda Lambert