Metal The Best Metal Songs About Depression  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite metal and hard rock songs about being depressed or sad.

Some of the best metal songs about depression hit you right in the gut, just when you need them most. Anyone who struggles with depression knows art can help, especially music, with its combination of meaningful words and emotional instrumentation. Music can pull you out of a temporary funk, or reinforce feelings of loneliness and isolation. To quotes History Boys, 

The best moments... are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.

Hard rock songs about depression are plentiful. These are some of the best.

A lot of the metal songs about being depressed on this list fall under the category of black metal - an extreme form of heavy metal defined by lo-fi production, anti-social lyrics, high-pitched shrieking, gothic ambiance, and relentless blast beats. Black metal has a few subgenres, including the aptly named depressive black metal, or DBM.

If you are coping with depression, these metal songs about sadness may help you feel a little less alone. Listen to them as a way to deal – an alternative to self-harm or other negative ways of coping. Create a playlist, and when you’re in a really negative head space, scream along. The noise and the anger can be cleansing. And by all means, vote up your favorites – others will thank you.

If you're feeling seriously depressed, never hesitate to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Metallica

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195 67
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Nine Inch Nails

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160 56
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118 35
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Pantera

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114 44
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106 39
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Soundgarden

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149 71
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The Amity Affliction

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73 27
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121 65
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Slipknot

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53 18
To Live Is to Die is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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Trivium

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77 41
Hospital for Souls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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Machine Head

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50 24
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Ozzy Osbourne

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50 30
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Breaking Benjamin

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59 39
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Bullet for My Valentine

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42 25
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Candlemass

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43 27
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57 41
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Bring Me The Horizon

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40 28
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Disturbed

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43 31
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Type O Negative

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39 28
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Suicidal Tendencies

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34 26
Victim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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