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The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

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20. "Spill Your Blood" by Mr. Hyde.

Opening with a quote from the movie American Psycho, Mr. Hyde shamelessly raps about extreme violence and vulgarity. The chorus alone is brutal: "Spill your blood on the concrete / Split your mug and let you leak."

19. "South of Heaven" by Slayer.

"Bastard sons begat your cunting daughters. Promiscuous mothers with incestuous fathers. Ingrate souls condemned for all eternity." Not an ideal family. The song, like the chorus states, is "chaos rampant."

18. "Ever So Clear" by Bushwick Bill.

Scary movies love to add 'based on a true story' to add to their credibility even there's even an ounce of truth to the story. But when I say "Ever So Clear" is based on a true story, I mean it's a nonfiction account of how little person and member of the Geto Boys got shot in the eye after threatening his girlfriend and their child. The Geto Boys even used a picture from the hospital as the album cover for We Can't Be Stopped. The song's title is a play on Everclear, which Bushwick Bill had been drinking at the time, and the message of the song's last line: "It's fucked up I had to lose an eye to see shit clearly."

17. "Fuckin Wit Dis Click" by Three 6 Mafia.

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."

16. "Date Rape" by Sublime.

As the title suggests, the song is about date rape. That's pretty clear. "Come on babe it's your lucky day. Shut your mouth, we're gonna do it my way. Come on baby, don't be afraid. If it wasn't for date rape I'd never get laid." However, the rapist is caught and sent to prison... where "he was butt-raped by a large inmate." Poetic justice, I guess? Here's the video, which features porn star Ron Jeremy:

15. "Remember the Times" by Nas.

The rap legend is known as Nasty Nas for a reason. Remembering the times when he "hung with the dimes," Nas describes some of his old ladies. Some such hookups include "twin sisters, cousins, mothers and daughters," as well as "wheelchair girls and midgets." In the first verse he recalls one rather... uh... freaky chick who "used to try to eat my excrement." We're not sure if she tried that before or after he "stuck a Heineken bottle up in the ass." Luckily, nobody dies in this song. That counts for something, right?

14. "I Cum Blood" by Cannibal Corpse.

The song is gross. Like, disgustingly gross. Fortunately, you can't really understand a word he's saying unless you look up the lyrics. We don't recommend it.

13. "Stan" by Eminem featuring Dido.

"Stan" is an intense story of an overly obsessed and unhinged fan who eventually drunkenly kills himself along with his pregnant wife. Despite being disturbing, or perhaps because it's disturbing, the song is nothing less than a masterpiece. Rolling Stone ranked it the 296th greatest song of all time and VH1 named it the 15th greatest hip-hop song of all time.

12. "A Psychopath" by Lisa Germano.

The lyrics in and of themselves are pretty creepy: "I hear a scream. I see me scream. Is it from memory? Am I awake? Am I alone? When is it sunrise?" But far more than the lyrics, Germano's voice over the soft music gives us chills. Oh, and the song's use of actual audio from a 911 call by a woman being attacked by an intruder is pretty scary too.

11. "Nine Dead Bodies" by Esham.

The 37 year-old Detroit rapper offers quite a few disturbing songs to choose from. "Nine Dead Bodies" is Esham's account of how he took nine lives. For example, his seventh and eighth victims "came like a double date. I stabbed 'em both in the heart with a wooden stake like the bitches was fuckin' vampires, lit the fuse and set they souls on fire."

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Mac McCann is a writer from Dallas. His work, covering a variety of topics, has been published in more than a dozen publications around the country, including The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Charlotte Observer, The Austin American-Statesman, Complex, Reason, Austin Chronicle, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, OC Weekly, Phoenix New Times and more.
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