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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

15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered 15 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered

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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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carlybobarly added I Shot the Sheriff The Wailers

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lucyheartfilia25 added Dead! My Chemical Romance

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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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punksnotdead added Stagger Lee Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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punksnotdead added Jenny Was a Friend of Mine The Killers

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Tamis1966 added Kim Eminem

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Kill You Eminem

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I Hung My Head Johnny Cash

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carlybobarly added Jeremy Pearl Jam

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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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Country Death Song Violent Femmes

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Murder by Numbers The Police

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Tamis1966 added '97 Bonnie & Clyde Eminem

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punksnotdead added Die Die My Darling Misfits

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punksnotdead added One of These Days Pink Floyd

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Possum Kingdom Toadies

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Killing an Arab The Cure

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Long Black Veil The Band

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punksnotdead added The Mercy Seat Johnny Cash

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punksnotdead added I Kill Children Dead Kennedys

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Having a Blast Green Day

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Nebraska Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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Kill the King Rainbow

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Tom Islava added The Ballad of Hollis Brown Bob Dylan

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Mermaider Dethklok

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Kill You Korn

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Killing Time The Kinks

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Killing Another The Cure, Defuse

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Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

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Tom Islava added Copacabana Barry Manilow

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Tom Islava added Who Killed Davey Moore? Bob Dylan

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Cop Killer Body Count

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punksnotdead added The Curse of Millhaven Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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punksnotdead added O’Malley’s Bar Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Jack Killed Mom Jenny Lewis

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Killing Yourself to Live Black Sabbath

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Kill Rock ’n Roll System of a Down

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