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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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 "

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JQuint added Al Ross and the Planets
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tadosarius added The Beatles
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Talking Heads
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Tom Islava added Queen
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punksnotdead added The Killers
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carlybobarly added Pearl Jam
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Foster the People
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Jim Hendrix
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punksnotdead added Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
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Johnny Cash
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punksnotdead added Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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punksnotdead added Pink Floyd
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Green Day
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The Band
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Rage Against the Machine
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Tom Islava added Bob Dylan
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kent787 added Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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The Cure
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The Police
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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band
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lucyheartfilia25 added My Chemical Romance
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SamanthaValdivia added YNW Melly
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Violent Femmes
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Tom Islava added Michael Jackson