18 Chilling Songs About Serial Killers | Playlist
The world is disgusted and fascinated with serial killers and the crimes they commit. Here are 18 Chilling Songs that capture the horror of Serial Killers.
How can some people be so cold-hearted and evil? That is the question that is often asked about serial killers. Serial killers both disgust the world as well as fascinate the world. The reason for the fascination is because it’s tough to believe anyone could be so disturbed and go to such measures to end innocent lives. The perversions of these killers have inspired numerous books, films, and music. Today, we’ll explore just a small sliver of songs about serial killers. Here are 18 Chilling Songs About Serial Killers. [NOTE: Yes, we know Jim Jones wasn’t a serial killer].
Album: Illinois (2005)
Killer Referenced: John Wayne Gacy
Many of the best songs come in the hands of dedicated singer/songwriters. Sufjan Stevens is a master at his craft, hence why he delivers the perfect song about John Wayne Gacy. On the first verse of “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.,” he paints the deceptive, eerie picture, while he summarizes his despicable, repulsiveness on the chorus.
“Twenty-seven people / Even more, they were boys / With their cars, summer jobs / Oh my God / Are you one of them?”
Stevens ‘goes for the kill’ on the second verse, describing the killer being “on his best behavior” when he dressed as a clown, but ultimately “He’d kill ten thousand people / With a sleight [slight] of his hand.” Perhaps the second chorus is the most disturbing:
“And in my best behavior / I am really just like him / Look beneath the floor boards / For the secrets I have hid.”
Album: Cannibal (2010)
Killer Referenced: Jeffrey Dahmer
Kesha has a knack for living on the edge. She proved as much on “Cannibal,” the title track from the EP that followed her debut, Animal. Where does “Cannibal” come into play with Jeffrey Dahmer? It’s central, as Dahmer abused his victims not only sexually, but ate them. Kesha doesn’t literally eat her victims – boys – but she adapts Dahmer’s repulsiveness lyrically.
“I eat boys up / Breakfast and lunch / Then when I’m thirsty, I drink their blood / Carnivore, animal, I am a cannibal / I eat boys up / You better run.”
The lyrics end up being successful, but they are hella creepy. The first verse is incredibly suggestive, lining up too well with Dahmer’s crimes.
“I have a heart, I swear I do / But just not baby, when it comes to you / I get so hungry when you say you love me… / You’re the kind of guy I’d stalk in school / But now that I’m famous, you’re up my anus / Now I’m gonna eat you fool.”
Again, Kesha is portraying herself as a maneater in the figurative sense. Dahmer was literally a maneater. Also, one questions if anus reference coincidentally plays into Dahmer’s sexuality. Beyond that specific reference, how many of the lyrics are coincidental? Kesha even asserts “I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer.” In reality, during high school, Dahmer was known for his practical jokes. According to Gawker, he died because of them.
Album: World Painted Blood (2009)
Killer Referenced: Elizabeth Báthory
Countess Elizabeth Báthory was something else – a hot mess to say the least. Safe to say, the Blood Countess wasn’t playing around when it came to murder. Veteran metal collective Slayer are perfectly suited to provide a soundtrack for the Countess, in all her hellishness. From the jump, Slayer addresses her love for bathing in the blood of her victims:
“It’s the feel of your blood / As it flows smoothly down my skin / Intoxicating my soul / Immortality, seducing me.”
The song continues on in chilling fashion, always highlighting the “vampirical,” cold nature of Báthory.
“Frozen in time is the ice flowing in your veins / Are you insane? / At your mercy, they suffered while you sat there painless / vile and shameless.”
There’s more of course, as Slayer brings biting to play (“Biting the flesh, face my sick prelude / Now meet your frozen death”), as well as her status in society (“Murder is my birthright the bloodline proves aristocracy / Walled in, left for dead, your actions show no hypocrisy”).
Album: 1614 (2012)
Killer Referenced: Elizabeth Báthory
“Beware! You don’t know what I’ve seen, what she hides in her / Chamber below / Beware of the devil enchantress / /Every thought will bring you despair / Her thaumaturgy is stronger than you’ll ever know.”
Swedish metal band Opera Diabolicus, like Slayer, also tackle Countess Elizabeth Báthory. The collective doesn’t merely focus on just one song, but dedicates an entire album, 1614. The main attraction is “Blood Countess Bathory,” in all its hellishness. Throughout its course, Opera Diabolicus do a superb job capturing her twistedness.
“Thy deeds are over, we’ve torn down your gate / The trial has begun, your accomplices arraigned / Blood on the wall, blood on the floor / For what they have done their heads are going to roll / Blood on the wall, blood on her hands / No words passed your lips but silence means yes / Gone are dreams, return to me / Can’t you see I’m Countess Báthory / Countess Báthory.”
Album: Reise, Reise (2004)
Killer Referenced: Armin Meiwes
“Denn du bist was du isst / Und ihr wisst was es ist.” In English, the German translates into the following:
“Because you are what you eat / And you know what it is.”
While the saying is tried and true, it takes a disgusting turn given the fact Rammstein sing about cannibal, Armin Meiwes. He killed and ate a man. Let that sink in. Even more screwed up is the fact that his victim agreed to be eaten and killed. One particular section of “Mein Teil” highlights the eating of, um, the penis.
“The blunt blade good and right / I’m bleeding hard and I’m sick / I also have to fight with the impotence / I continue eating cramps / Is so well seasoned / And so beautifully flamboyant / And so lovingly served on porcelain…”
Album: Early Works Compilation (2011)
Cult Leader Referenced: Jim Jones
On “Reverend,” Church of Misery speak as the voice of the insane, delusional cult leader Jim Jones. The record begins with spoken word excerpts that ultimately finds the parishioners addressing Jones as if he were God himself. In regards to singing, there are few lyrics. The featured lyrics ultimately focus on the demise of the people of Jonestown for no reason whatsoever.
“You die, don’t ask me way / Temple is the place where dead Angeles lies / Don’t pray for your tomorrow / Suicide is the way to escape from your pain / I’m your farther and lead you to death.”