Being scared is something everyone can relate to, and that feeling manifests itself in some really great songs about fear. Fear comes in many forms and nearly every incarnation has been examined in song. So many great tunes focus on fear death or fear of being alone, and some of the most enjoyable music out there are songs about being scared of something. Many of the best pop songs about fear are about being afraid to fall in love, while the top metal songs about fear conjure a different kind of terror. Some of the top songs about being afraid empower you to fight against fright.
Paranoia is a popular sub-genre of fear songs and Nirvana's “Territorial Pissings” is one of the best. As Kurt Cobain sings, remember “Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you.” Another good track about fear-based paranoia is “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath.
Rage Against the Machine addresses the power of fear on their electric hit, “Vietnow,” and The Band talks about the fear of performing on “Stage Fright.” Tim McGraw isn't one to let fear hold him back. Take a listen to “Live Like You Were Dying” to get some sound advice on living in the moment.
What is your favorite fear song? Don't be afraid, share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
1 164 86 Enter Sandman Metallica
2 217 128 Not Afraid Eminem
3 106 53 lucyheartfilia25 added Control
4 101 57 Paranoid Black Sabbath
5 128 80 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult
6 89 49 I Won't Back Down Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7 104 61 Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell
8 55 41 Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden
9 58 44 lucyheartfilia25 added Sippy Cup
10 57 47 It's My Life Bon Jovi
11 49 40 Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
12 39 30 Tom Islava added Welcome to My Nightmare Alice Cooper
13 41 34 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw
14 33 26 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) Elvis Presley
15 42 42 Girl Afraid The Smiths
16 6 1 Allyson Kroon added Nightmare Avenged Sevenfold
17 29 30 Scary Monsters (And Super-Creeps) David Bowie
18 4 1 Allyson Kroon added Buried Alive Avenged Sevenfold
19 20 23 Where Angels Fear to Tread Bryan Adams
20 30 37 I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack, Sons of the Desert
21 30 37 I'm Afraid of Americans Nine Inch Nails/David Bowie
22 3 3 Allyson Kroon added Scared Three Days Grace
23 23 29 Too Afraid to Love You The Black Keys
24 26 33 The Fear Lily Allen
25 14 18 Don't Be Afraid Boston
26 21 28 Who Scared You The Doors
27 14 20 Fear Is the Key Iron Maiden
28 11 16 Scare Me Kenny Chesney
29 11 16 Lilytabby added Night of Fear