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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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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

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Tom Islava added Bohemian Rhapsody Queen

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124 39
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Tom Islava added Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson

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99 37
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Psycho Killer Talking Heads

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90 33
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Hey Joe Jim Hendrix

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58 12
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carlybobarly added I Shot the Sheriff The Wailers

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Stan Eminem, Dido

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lucyheartfilia25 added Dead! My Chemical Romance

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66 29
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Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine

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36 15
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Tamis1966 added Kim Eminem

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46 26
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punksnotdead added Jenny Was a Friend of Mine The Killers

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25 14
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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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I Hung My Head Johnny Cash

The Hottest Women Ever Accused of Murder

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40 24
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Kill You Eminem

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34 27
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punksnotdead added Stagger Lee Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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20 10
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Tamis1966 added '97 Bonnie & Clyde Eminem

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Country Death Song Violent Femmes

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24 24
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Murder by Numbers The Police

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punksnotdead added I Kill Children Dead Kennedys

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Killing an Arab The Cure

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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punksnotdead added Die Die My Darling Misfits

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19 16
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punksnotdead added One of These Days Pink Floyd

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Having a Blast Green Day

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Nebraska Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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14 21
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Kill the King Rainbow

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Kill the World Motörhead

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15 15
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punksnotdead added The Mercy Seat Johnny Cash

27 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged with Murder

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Kill You Korn

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Killing Another The Cure, Defuse

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25 29
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Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

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11 12
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Kill Rock ’n Roll System of a Down

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Long Black Veil The Band

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Possum Kingdom Toadies

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15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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tadosarius added Maxwell's Silver Hammer The Beatles

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9 10
I'll Slice Your Fuckin' Throat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
punksnotdead added I'll Slice Your Fuckin' Throat GG Allin

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Killing Yourself to Live Black Sabbath

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go_sullivan added Goodbye Earl Carrie Underwood

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Cop Killer Body Count

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9 11
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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Still No Rain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
Tim Allison added Still No Rain Justin Wells - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBY2gPqgos

This Pop Music Icon Was Destined For Greatness - Until She Was Murdered By Her Number 1 Fan

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Kill the Pain - Ruts DC is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Murder
punksnotdead added Kill the Pain - Ruts DC

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punksnotdead added Bodies Sex Pistols

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Tom Islava added Copacabana Barry Manilow

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Tom Islava added The Ballad of Hollis Brown Bob Dylan