Songs The Best Songs About Murder  

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List Rules Some songs reference famous people who were murdered, while others are simply about killing in general.

Although it's an unfortunate part of the world we live in, there are still a lot of great songs about killing and being killed. Here's our list of songs about murder, ranked by the votes of music lovers like you. Songs about murder and killing come in many forms, from the poppy "Pumped Up Kicks" - about a school shooting - to The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," from whom you must run run run run, run run run away. Some murder songs are epic tales of betrayal while other killing songs are expressions of rage. Murder songs can be directed at groups of people or specific individuals. Many murder songs reference feelings of remorse or regret.

Johnny Cash has recorded a lot of the best murder songs. His 2002 track, “I Hung My Head,” is a heart-breaking tale of an accidental killing. Fun Fact: this song was originally written by The Police frontman, Sting. “Long Black Veil” is another good murder song. This tune has been performed by The Band, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

There are tons of great hip-hop murder songs, as well. Boots Riley of The Coup counted the ways of killing the one percent in the track “5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO.” Snoop Dogg recalled the time he was charged with homicide on “Murder Was the Case.”

Which song on this list of the best songs about murder do you think should be at the top? Give it a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments.

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Tom Islava added Bohemian Rhapsody Queen

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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

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Tom Islava added Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson

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Psycho Killer Talking Heads

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Hey Joe Jim Hendrix

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Stan Eminem, Dido

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lucyheartfilia25 added Dead! My Chemical Romance

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carlybobarly added I Shot the Sheriff The Wailers

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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carlybobarly added Jeremy Pearl Jam

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punksnotdead added Jenny Was a Friend of Mine The Killers

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I Hung My Head Johnny Cash

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Tamis1966 added Kim Eminem

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Kill You Eminem

The Hottest Women Ever Accused of Murder

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punksnotdead added Where the Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue

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Murder by Numbers The Police

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punksnotdead added Stagger Lee Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Tamis1966 added '97 Bonnie & Clyde Eminem

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punksnotdead added One of These Days Pink Floyd

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punksnotdead added I Kill Children Dead Kennedys

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Killing an Arab The Cure

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Country Death Song Violent Femmes

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punksnotdead added Die Die My Darling Misfits

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Nebraska Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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go_sullivan added Goodbye Earl Carrie Underwood

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tadosarius added Maxwell's Silver Hammer The Beatles

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Kill the King Rainbow

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Meat Is Murder The Smiths

27 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged with Murder

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Possum Kingdom Toadies

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Having a Blast Green Day

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Kill the World Motörhead

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Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

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Long Black Veil The Band

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Cop Killer Body Count

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zjjj added Go to Sleep Eminem, DMX, Obie Trice

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punksnotdead added The Mercy Seat Johnny Cash

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Tom Islava added Copacabana Barry Manilow

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Killing Yourself to Live Black Sabbath

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punksnotdead added Bodies Sex Pistols

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Man Down Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
laomeni added Man Down Rihanna

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Kill You Korn

Every Song About A Real Life Murder, Ranked By Accuracy

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I'll Slice Your Fuckin' Throat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
punksnotdead added I'll Slice Your Fuckin' Throat GG Allin

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kent787 added Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Killing Time The Kinks

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Killing Another The Cure, Defuse

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Kill Rock ’n Roll System of a Down

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