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Songs about real serial killers

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1Macabre
Dahmer


WHOLE ALBUM
I could pick literally any song from this band so I went with their best concept, Dahmer is a black humor (one of the blackest ever) concept about Milwaukee cannibal that depicts his entire life and death in a weird depraved humor
2The Boomtown Rats
The Fine Art of Surfacing


I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS
This happy sounding track tells the story of Brenda Spencer, a teenage girl that went on a killing spree shooting random people in front of a school, when the police asked for explanation she answered "I don't like mondays"
3Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska


NEBRASKA
Bruce sings with a blank vocal style the story of Charles starkweather and Carill ann Fumate, a young couple that massacred several people during a sort of a sick elopement, killing even her younger sister. Charles claimed he did it because he hated mankind, Fumate avoided the prison claiming she was under his influence. The couple inspired Natural born killers.
4Exodus
Exhibit B: The Human Condition


THE BALLAD OF LEONARD AND CHARLES
A long controversial thrash piece about leonard Lake and Charles Ng, a couple of friends that used to kidnap women, taking them inside Lake's bunker, rape, torture and kill them while recording the whole thing
5Flotsam and Jetsam
Doomsday for the Deceiver


SHE TOOK AN AXE
Another thrash piece, this time about Lizzy Borden, a girl that massacred her Father and stepmother with an axe, she was acquitted for some reason
6Perfume Genius
Learning


LOOKOUT, LOOKOUT
A melancholic ballad about Mary Bell, a little girl who suffered physical abuse from her mother, she killed 2 other children when she was only ten, then she Carved her name on the victims body.
7The Smiths
The Smiths


SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN
This song is about the Moors murderers, a couple who used to kidnap, abuse and kill children and then drop the bodies in the Moors.
8System of a Down
Toxicity


ATWA and FORTRESS
The first is the acronym of air, trees, water, animals which was the ecological belief system pronounced by Charles manson, the song describes how he brainwashed his pupils to commit murder. Fortress is about Ed Kemper, a serial killer who killed his grandmother when he was a child, than he was released after he brainwashed his own therapist. He killed 8 prostitutes and in the end his abusive mother beheading her and abusing her severed head
9Neko case
Blacklisted


DEEP RED BELLS
A quiet sounding country song about Gary Ridgway, one of the most prolific Serial Killers in the U.S. He claimed to kill over 50 women in 20 years and he was even married with kids
10Steven wilson
Grace for Drowning


RAIDER ll
A long doom track with a truly spooky vibe, the lyrics are about Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. BTK stands for BIND TORTURE KILL, His modus operandi. He worked with alarms and security systems, so he knew how to deactivate them, then he used his modus operandi to satisfy his perversions
11Slayer
Divine Intervention


213
Gloomy track about Dahmer's perversions. The title is the number of the apartment in which he used to dismember and eat the bodies of his victims. He also tried to create "zombies" pouring acid inside a hole he made into the cranium of his victims in order to have conscious bodies able to feel everything he would inflict to them.
12Rammstein
Reise, Reise


MEIN TEIL
Armin Meiwes was a cannibal that placed an ad on a site called the cannibal Cafe in which he asked for a young man that wanted to be eaten by him. Bernd Brandes offered himself for being willingly cannibalized , the two tried to eat together Brandes severed penis (teil in German means both piece and penis) and then Meiwes killed him and cutted him in pieces and consumed his flesh for weeks. He tried to hire other volunteers both got stopped and arrested. Now he's vegetarian. The song is about Brandes perspective while being mutilated.
13Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss


DEAD SKIN MASK
Maybe the darkest song by the band, Ed Gein is not among the most prolific killers but what made him so notorious is what he did as a defiled. He used to dig up cadavers from their Graves and use pieces of the bodies as decorations such as lamps and sofas with human skin, furniture with bones and dresses with flesh.
While being obsessed with the death of his apprehensive mother he dressed himself with female flesh to simulate her mother's body in which he recalled himself. The title refers to the masks he made with human faces.
14Mudvayne
L.D. 50


NOTHING TO GEIN
While dead skin mask focuses more on the crimes and perversions of Ed Gein, this song is more about why he did such depraved things, analyzing his sick relationship with his mother, his loneliness and his point of view over other people that his mother despised (women in particular) and over his own sickness, even questioning his own sanity.
15Blind melon
Soup


SKINNED
This time a more Humorous song about Ed Gein crimes
16Jane's Addiction
Nothing's Shocking


TED JUST ADMIT IT
Ted Bundy's trial became one of the most notorious in America's history due to the media. The song criticize both Ted's vile acts and how the media exploited the whole situation. Ted was known as a good man and a model citizen, even the local church was against his reclusion, after many years he was definitely incriminated using as a witness his dental records found on a victim's buttock. He confessed over 30 murders only a week before his execution.
17Marilyn Manson
Holy Wood


THE NOBODIES
after being criticized for being an inspiration for the Columbine killers, Mr wrote a song in the perspective of two murderers depicting their social issues and distorted minds
18Morrissey
Beethoven Was Deaf


JACK THE RIPPER
A romanticized vision of one of the most notorious serial killers ever
19Candlemass
Death Magic Doom


BLEEDING BARONESS
Of all the songs about Erszebeth Bathory, this is probably the most effective. A description of the noble woman that tortured and killed hundreds servants and virgins to bathe in their blood and remain young and beautiful. It's not clear how much is history and how much is legend but Bathory became one of the most notorious characters ever.
20Green jelly
Cereal Killer Soundtrack


CEREAL KILLER
A weird cartoonish depiction of David Berkowitz, known as the son of Sam. When arrested he claimed that his possessed dog was telling him who should have been killed
21Slayer
World Painted Blood


PSYCHOPATHY RED
a brief analysis of one of the sickest minds ever lived. When he was a child Andrei Chikatilo was told his brother died because someone ate him, he was obsessed with this. His obsession growed since he discovered that he was aroused by murder and cannibalism, Andrei murdered 56 young women and girls and practiced necrophilia and necrophagy over the bodies.
22Tyler, the Creator
Goblin


FISH
Originally this song should been much more explicit but got censored . While the lyrics are depraved but cryptic the title refers to Albert Fish, one of the most disgusting human beings ever lived. Fish was a masochist that practiced several self mutilation and stuck dozens of needles inside his genitals. Over the years he kidnapped several children and after abusing, killing and eating them, he used to write detailed letters to their parents describing what he inflicted to their children. When sentenced to death he was even happy.
23Acid Bath
When the Kite String Pops


FINGER PAINTINGS OF THE INSANE
Maybe the most disturbing album in metal. The title refers to the album cover, a self portrait of John Wayne Gacy. Considered a model citizen and a good person due to his political activity and clown therapy, Gary was a real monster that kidnapped young boys and tortured and rape them. Due to his abusive father he always suffered from inferiority complex and murdered made him feel powerful, over 30 bodies were found beneath his yard. While dying for lethal injection his last words were "kiss my ass". The last minute of the song is one of the darkest pieces of music ever recorded.
24Dog Fashion Disco
Committed to a Bright Future


POGO THE CLOWN
Happy sounding and black Humorous song about Gacy, the title refers to his alter ego
25Rancid
...And Out Come the Wolves


THE MAXWELL MURDER
A punk anthem about Jack the Ripper
26Judas Priest
Sin After Sin


THE RIPPER
Another one about Jack the Ripper, in a spooky 70 horror vibe.
27Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


FC: THE FREEDOM CLUB
The most complex song on the list, a weird disturbing masterpiece inspired by Ted Kaczynski's writings. He was a mathematics professor and had a 167 Q.i. But he was a misanthrope and despised how mankind used technology, claiming that a man with technology is like an alcoholic with a barrel of wine. So he started sending explosives packages to random people, for this terrorism act he will be known as the unabomber.
28Throbbing Gristle
Greatest Hits (Entertainment Through Pain)


LEEDS RIPPER
Noise industrial masters delivered another disturbing track, the title refers to Peter Sutcliff, he murdered 13 prostitutes claiming he was cleaning the streets
29Fantomas
The Director's Cut


HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER
Patton and friends revisited the main theme of the omonimous film about Henry Lee Lucas, known as the confession killer. Lucas claimed to kill over 100 people but it's hard to find the right number due to his pathological lies. He was pretty hard to catch because he didn't had a modus operandi, all of his victims were murdered in different places and with different M.O. When he met Ottis Toole the began to kill couples, Lucas used to violate women, Toole the men
30Swans
The Great Annihilator


KILLING FOR SOLITUDE
Truly eerie track about Dennis Nielsen who litteraly killed for solitude, after the homicides he used to pass time with his victims as they were alive, watching TV, cooking and having sex.
31Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales


INTO THE CRYPTS OF RAYS
The story of Gillespie De Raised, a noble that killed over 150 people in the middle ages, first he claimed that the murders were in name of God but after the years he became a satanist, torturing and sacrificing poor people in the most sadist way possible
32King diamond
The Spider's Lullabye


KILLER
The king of spooks tells the story of Richard Ramirez known as the night Stalker. Ramirez terrorized Los Angeles breaking into apartments killing the men and raping the women. The song tells about his satanic faith, he used to draw pentagrams with the victim's blood, forcing them to pray satan and to watch while torturing their relatives, police claimed he ripped some women eyes too. While in jail he even gathered groupies and got married
33Melvins
Bullhead


ZODIAC
One of the most mysterious killers ever, he sent messages and crypted codes to the police claiming his identity was in there, no one ever captured him.
34Whitehouse
Dedicated To Peter Kurten Sadist And Mass Slayer


WHOLE ALBUM
Noise band dedicated an album to Peter kurten, the vampire of Dusseldorf. He suffered from Renfield syndrome, a compulsive desire of blood he started to kill when he was 10. Kurten was addicted to human blood and often drank it from the victims, before being decapitated he was aroused thinking about his head being still conscious and listening to the blood spilling.
35Therapy?
Infernal Love


DIANE
(I like it better than the original) A symphonic ballad about the murder of Diane Edwards, the killer has never been caught
36Machine head
Bloodstone and Diamonds


NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES
The story of Charles Manson's massacre. In 1969 the family cult broke into Roman Polanski's house and massacred his pregnant wife Sharon Tate and his friends writing 'helper skelter' on the wall.
37Porcupine Tree
In Absentia


BLACKEST EYES
A song about Ted Bundy psychology. He has never suffered any abuse, never been traumatized, he chose to do what he did. He said that serial killers are everywhere, being our friends, husbands and sons.
38Porcupine Tree
In Absentia


LIPS OF ASHES
Claimed to be about Harold Shipments, a doctor who killed around 250 people by lethal injection
39Oh, Sleeper
Children Of Fire


DEALERS OF FAME
Metalcore track about the Dnipropetrovsk maniacs, three underage Ukrainian killers that murdered 21 people during one summer. On the Internet there's one repulsive video showing the maniacs torturing and killing an old man with a hammer posted by themselves just for gathering fame.
40Church of Misery
Master of Brutality


THE WHOLE ALBUM
Like macabre basically any song from the band is about serial killers
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