The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

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By Mac McCann

Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick Bill's "Ever So Clear." And sometimes they're the fulfillment of a fictional persona, as in DMX's "Bring Your Whole Crew." When done right, they can be artful, but sometimes a disturbing song is just a hollow gross-out. Either way, shockingly violent imagery has been a part of music forever -- we've just really honed the language in the last 30 years or so.

Obviously our extensive list of most disturbing songs is, well, yeah, very disturbing. So there's your warning. For those who don't want to read this list, we don't blame you. Mom, I'm sorry for this.

30. Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers

Surprisingly, the rapper who makes the music that "the devil plays before he goes to sleep" is actually straight edge. However, by no means does that make his music less disturbing. In "Yonkers," Tyler threatens to "stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus," and calls out B.o.B, Hayley Williams, and even Jesus. The video, complete with him eating a cockroach, vomiting, and eventually hanging himself, is even more messed up than the song itself.

29. Eyedea - "Even Shadows Have Shadows"

The late Minnesota rapper knew how to string words together. In "Even Shadows Have Shadows," Eyedea intricately and quickly flows about his dissatisfaction with the world: "I'm caught between wanting to punch someone in the face and putting a bullet in my head to leave the human race." Sadly, in 2010, the 28-year-old died from an accidental overdose.

28. Apathy - The Janitor

Apathy raps the biography of the town creep, "a janitor at a junior high" who loves "little bodies." Not pleasant.

27. Cage - Ballad of Worms

In the disturbing tale of his sickly, dying girlfriend, Cage describes their increasingly unsatisfying sex life.

26. Big Lurch - Texas Boy

All right, so the song itself isn't that messed up. Sure, it's not happy-go-lucky to threaten to "cut ya with the machete" or to claim to be "the devilous mischievous child, the bad seed," but there are much more brutal lyrics on this list. What is disturbing is Big Lurch's life outside of music. The Dallas-born and -raised rapper is serving life in prison for murdering his 21-year-old female roommate Tynisha Ysais in 2002. According to People, the victim was "discovered in her Los Angeles apartment with teeth marks on her face and on pieces of her lung, which had been torn from her chest. Big Lurch was arrested on a nearby street after police found him staggering naked, apparently dazed and covered in blood."

25. Papa Roach - Last Resort

The song was a commercial hit and can still be heard on the radio quite often. But that doesn't mean that it's not uncomfortably graphic. Throughout the song, the lyrics discuss suicide. As the catchy chorus goes, "Do you even care if I die bleeding? / Would it be wrong, would it be right? / If I took my life tonight."

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freeyear
freeyear

Otep's Kisses and Kerosine should have definitely been on here. It vividly describes how she would kill her father if she got the chance and even features the sound of boiling skin. 

wompawilly409
wompawilly409

"I Poop Shit" by Dean Martin - 1961 should DEF be on that list!

sbales1
sbales1

Frankie Teardrop by Suicide

Rowdy Lee
Rowdy Lee

Yeah, Lynch... Should have taken all the top 10 spots. I'm the type a nigga that'll leave a horse head in your bed. Sleep with your wife... Then commence to knifing. Getaway clean in the scheme with a glock 17... In my lap, cruising the black Cadillac. Cuz you know I got shit to do Fake ID cuz I've been murderin' muthafuckas like HIV. As I creep real slow through your blood vessels. 5 weeks later nigga god bless ya.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Someone dont know shit about lynch, and ICU isnt his coldest either. Lynch should be on top by far, the only true cannibalistic rip gut baby killin nigga out there. Now eat.

Jayson Bragg
Jayson Bragg

There is two songs missing from this list. Tool- prison sex and Blue October- the end.

Jakaleena
Jakaleena

It's like the difference between a Cut & Slash movie and something truly psychologically scary.  Attention Seeking Shock Value Only.  Try something like Strange Fruit - now that's disturbing...

orig6redwings
orig6redwings

Great list, but where's the Misfit's "Bullet"? 



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiTgDBNQ3lU



Lyrics:

President's bullet-ridden body in the street
Ride, Johnny ride
Kennedy's shattered head hits concrete
Ride, johnny ride

Johnny's wife is floundering
Johnny's wife is scared
Run, Jackie run

Texas is an outrage when your husband is dead
Texas is an outrage when they pick up his head
Texas is the reason that the presidents dead
You gotta suck, suck, Jackie suck

Presidents bullet-ridden body in the street
Ride, johnny ride
Kennedy's shattered head hits concrete
Ride, johnny ride

Texas is an outrage when your husband is dead
Texas is an outrage when they pick up his head
Texas is the reason that the presidents dead
You gotta suck, suck, Jackie suck

Arise Jackie O, Jonathon of Kennedy
Well, arise and be shot down
The dirt's gonna be your dessert
My cum be your life source
And the only way to get it
Is to suck or fuck
Or be poor and devoid
And masturbate me, masturbate me
Then slurp it from your palm
Like a dry desert soaking up rain
Soaking up sun
Like a dry desert soaking up rain
Soaking up sun

eve_2000bc
eve_2000bc

Immortal Technique - Dance with the Devil----  I actually liked that song. I didn't feel like he sold his soul to the devil or had a "anti-social-personality disorder" and if he did sell his soul written in a contract with his own blood then his song/slash rap lyrics was more of a warning! Good warning to assholes I say. Let the man rap but in the complete psychosis I got from him I gathered he had empathy. Empathy meaning the man wasn't crazy like some of the other fucked up artists I tore thru. I believe some of them even did sign a contract with a demon with their own blood to make a shit load of money or whatever their deal was to let them be heard now but  Immoral technique wasn't one of them. Rob Zombie and the lead singer to corn are just "awake" people. They should have been number 1 and 2 top verses that band but they are EXTREMELY AWAKE and if they remember HELL and can sing about it to warn others then here's my motto... I'm awake more and "LET EM RIP!" when it comes to letting the un-awake masses know the truth about life here and then the after life ...   

eve_2000bc
eve_2000bc

Immortal Technique - Dance with the Devil----  I actually liked that song. I didn't feel like he sold his soul to the devil or had a "anti-social-personality disorder" and if he did sell his soul written in a contract with his own blood then his song/slash rap lyrics was more of a warning! Good warning to assholes I say. Let the man rap but in the complete psychosis I got from him I gathered he had empathy. Empathy meaning the man wasn't crazy like some of the other fucked up artists I tore thru listening too.

 I believe some of them even did sign a contract with a demon with their own blood to make a shit load of money or whatever their deal was to let them be heard now but  Immoral technique wasn't one of them. Rob Zombie, NINE INCH NAILS,  and the lead singer to CORN are just "awake" people. 

THEY should have been number 1 and 2,3 TOPS verses what the writer placed as number 1 in THESE CHARTS... Because the ones I just mentioned are just EXTREMELY AWAKE and if they remember HELL and can sing about it to warn others then here's my motto... I'm awake more and "LET EM RIP!" when it comes to letting the un-awake masses know the truth about life here now, and then,and  the after life ...  Let people know!

 I really don't fear this chart!!! Their number one song they feared is a warning to NEVER MAKE DEALS WITH DEMONS. Bet you the lead singer to CORN sure wished he listened to that before his fucking knowledge he has now... EEeer  


But what do I know right? PPpph

eve_2000bc
eve_2000bc

Immortal Technique - Dance with the Devil----  I actually liked that song. I didn't feel like he sold his soul to the devil or had a "anti-social-personality disorder" and if he did sell his soul written in a contract with his own blood then his song/slash rap lyrics was more of a warning! Good warning to assholes I say. Let the man rap but in the complete psychosis I got from him I gathered he had empathy. Empathy meaning the man wasn't crazy like some of the other fucked up artists I tore thru listening too.

 I believe some of them even did sign a contract with a demon with their own blood to make a shit load of money or whatever their deal was to let them be heard now but  Immoral technique wasn't one of them. Rob Zombie, NINE INCH NAILS,  and the lead singer to CORN are just "awake" people. 

THEY should have been number 1 and 2,3 TOPS verses what the writer placed as number 1 in THESE CHARTS... Because the ones I just mentioned are just EXTREMELY AWAKE and if they remember HELL and can sing about it to warn others then here's my motto... I'm awake more and "LET EM RIP!" when it comes to letting the un-awake masses know the truth about life here now, and then,and  the after life ...  Let people know!

 I really don't fear this chart!!! Their number one song they feared is a warning to NEVER MAKE DEALS WITH DEMONS. Bet you the lead singer to CORN sure wished he listened to that before his fucking knowledge he has now... EEeer  

solecialyte726
solecialyte726

yep. this list is legit... I knew the Tech song was going to be on the list and it DEF deserves first place...I remember the first time i heard it... i was like... ummm WHAT!!! super disturbing...

RyanInTucson
RyanInTucson

What? No "Strangulation" by Fear? Is it that tame by today's standards? Am I that old?

verymadhatter
verymadhatter

How did Acid Bath not make this list at all?

cporosus
cporosus

None of these are disturbing...maybe mainstream "disturbing"....maybe try digging a bit deeper, this is all candy-coated attention-seeking crap. 

michaelgastright
michaelgastright

This must be a list of truly UNLISTENABLE songs, more so than truly deranged lyrical songs!

michaelgastright
michaelgastright

Or Gilbert O'Sullivan's paen to suicide "Alone Again, Naturally"!

michaelgastright
michaelgastright

Or the GRANDAD cannibal song "Timothy" by the BOUYS! LOL!!! If someone wants to spend their hard earned (or NOT) money...HAVE AT IT! You see, I BELIEVE in KARMA! So called horror hip hoppers are out for the quick buck...karma be damned! Ok...at your OWN peril!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Really? Leaving out Alice Cooper's I Iove The Dead is blasphemy.

rainbowfyres
rainbowfyres

At the base of the giant's throat by battle of mice I feel is a bit more disturbing than some of these...

Tomas DeLa Noche
Tomas DeLa Noche

o wow, i called it! 1st thing that came to mind was dance with the devil

Ginnifer Giallella
Ginnifer Giallella

Definitely agree with that song being #1. Always makes me uncomfortable.

loylebiz
loylebiz

I agree about Timothy!  Also, what about D.O.A. by Bloodrock?  And Psycho by Jack Kittel is one of the creepiest songs, ever!

Liz Boyle

Radio Free Phoenix

Cassandra
Cassandra

I can't believe Prison Sex by Tool did not make this list, I find it much more disturbing then Closer by NIN

urineorurout
urineorurout

911 calls are disturbing by nature but mixed with an already creepy ass song, damn..

nowaydude
nowaydude

Hamburger Lady by Throbbing Gristle, that is all.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

What?  No "Timothy" or "I Want My Baby Back"?

thecorrugation
thecorrugation

The music of Coil, Death In June, and early SPK makes this list look like a Disney soundtrack.

Lisa Schartz Lugo
Lisa Schartz Lugo

Nights in white satin. The talking part scared the crap out of me as a kid.

Brian James Omalley
Brian James Omalley

Better title: 30 songs teenagers play loudly go piss off their parents.

Former Friends of Young Americans
Former Friends of Young Americans

Agreed about Xiu Xiu. The fact that Jamie Stewart didn't make a list like this is weird. So sad about odd future. So sad that they were so good out of the gate at challenging convention only to fall prey to their own ego. As a fan at first, I now refuse to listen to them. There's a place for vitriol in art. There's no place for bullying, intimidation, misogyny and general disregard for humanity in daily life and actions. Plus, they're not progressing. Just hashing out the same old shit. Time to stop giving these guys a platform & feeding their egos lest they continue to deteriorate as artists and human beings.

Dan Krajewski
Dan Krajewski

I appreciate the sentiment but I can't imagine how Xiu Xiu and Oxbow didn't make the list.

sammi.briggs101
sammi.briggs101

You're a fucking idiot, probably a Christian hipster, who obviously doesn't know the true meaning to the metal songs you posted on here which took countless hours of writing, and years of technical music theory. You don't even play an instrument, do you? I know high schools that can write, critique, and analyze wayyy better than you. Completely agree with Still666 you're not a writer, you're a hipster wannabe, who I bet listens to music that has a one chord progression. Oh that's right so sorry you don't know what music is hahaha :p

Still666
Still666

"17. Three 6 Mafia - Fuckin Wit Dis Click  Before Juicy J was making club bangers, he was part of Memphis' Three 6 Mafia  making much, much darker songs. Example: "These hoes will never quit until you leave 'em hanging from a tree or thrown in a ditch.""

YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER WANNABE WRITER FOR NEW TIMES WITH NO CREDIBILITY AND NO REAL KNOWLEDGE.  BEFORE 666 MAFIA, JUICY J WAS MAKING CLUB BANGERS....

michaelgastright
michaelgastright

@Joe Kennedy Yea! That album (Billion Dollar Babies) is about as close as I will EVER get to GORE RAP, or whatever the hell they call it!

dlee23
dlee23

While I dont find death in june's songs particularly disturbing, SPKs lp Leichenschrie (sp?) Definitely fits the bill but of some SPKs dance period music really sucks.

nowaydude
nowaydude

@Dan Krajewski Mike, Jennifer Lopez, Hi, Nieces Pieces, Hives Hives, Rose of Sharon, Bishop, CA... the list goes on.. this list is overloaded with metal and hip hop and save maybe for the Lisa Germano track avoids the dark side of the alternative, indie and industrial underground.


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