Unspeakable Crimes The Best Songs About Murder  

Ranker Music
Originally by
6.7k votes 1.6k voters 97.5k views 160 items

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

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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.

204 16
Ranker Video
JQuint added

Love is Murder a 3 minute mini opera on the woes of love .

Composer George E Well

Band Al Ross and the Planets

Police no1 suspect " The Smiling Hippo "

334 146
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Queen

188 86
Ranker Video
Talking Heads

332 195
Ranker Video
Foster the People

136 66
Ranker Video
Jim Hendrix

220 146
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Michael Jackson

102 53
Ranker Video
lucyheartfilia25 added My Chemical Romance

91 58
Ranker Video
Rage Against the Machine

60 33
Ranker Video
carlybobarly added Pearl Jam

150 107
Ranker Video
Eminem, Dido

72 41
Ranker Video
punksnotdead added The Killers

43 28
Ranker Video
The Police

53 31
Ranker Video
punksnotdead added Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue

86 75
Ranker Video
carlybobarly added The Wailers

58 37
Ranker Video
Johnny Cash

58 39
Ranker Video
Tamis1966 added Eminem

61 43
Ranker Video

40 37
Ranker Video
punksnotdead added Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

35 23
Ranker Video
punksnotdead added Pink Floyd

34 24
Ranker Video
Tamis1966 added Eminem

35 35
Ranker Video
Violent Femmes

27 22
Ranker Video
punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

23 18
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Barry Manilow

30 35
Ranker Video
The Cure

24 28
Ranker Video
Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band