When you think of love tracks, the metal genre is likely one of the last ones that come to mind. But despite it not being particularly known for heartfelt ballads, there are still plenty of incredible metal love songs out there to dedicate to the hardcore music lover in your life. In this article, we’ll go over the 31 best metal love songs of all time.
1. Love You To Death – Type O Negative
The poetic nature of Gothic metal tends to lend itself to poignant love songs, even if it typically ends up with more of a tortured emo vibe. In this case, the genre falls into the former category. Type O Negative released Love You To Death in 1996 on their album October Rust. It’s all about loving someone for the rest of your life and wanting to keep that relationship alive, but it also spends time praising the singer’s lover for how beautiful they are and how powerful the effects of their emotions can be.
2. This Love – Pantera
Most metal bands aren’t well-known for penning a lot of love tracks, but Pantera stands out in that regard, as they have more than a few love songs in their catalog that are truly great. This Love was released in 1992 on their album Vulgar Display Of Power. While most of their music uses distorted guitars, those sounds are pointedly absent from this track. Instead, they put metal vocal prowess on display with intense singing about new relationships and being young.
3. Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
Bring Me To Life is incredible in absolutely every way. It perfectly mixes nu-metal and rap, has one of the most stunning vocal performances you’ll ever hear, and has all the energy you expect from a great metal track, but it’s also one of the best love songs out there. The singer is quite literally paralyzed and dead without the person they love, with their partner breathing life into them to help them go on. It’s a beautiful depiction of love and the track that put Evanescence on many people’s radars.
4. Her Black Wings – Danzig
Danzig leaves little to the imagination with the song Her Black Wings. Overtly erotic, the track is unashamedly about the physical and psychological connection between the singer and their lover. He essentially puts her on a pedestal as an immortal figure, likening her to a succubus or another kind of demon in many ways. But their feelings are just as demonic, so if you’re in the mood for perhaps the best lustful metal love song out there, this is the one for you.
5. Prisoner of Your Eyes – Judas Priest
Judas Priest was around for a long time before giving us this gem of a metal love song, as they were founded in 1969, and it was 2001 when Prisoner Of Your Eyes came out. They brought down the tempo a bit for this one, favoring a moderate pace to back up lyrics about a dependent relationship. The narrator is entirely consumed by their significant other, saying they can’t be without them for any amount of time and that simply holding their gaze makes them feel stuck like a prisoner.
6. Sextape – Deftones
Despite the title, Sextape by Deftones is more of a beautiful song than an erotic one. It’s dominated by dreamy soundscapes and sensual lyrics that aren’t as overtly inappropriate as you might expect on this list. It was an utterly brilliant entry to their Diamond Eyes album and easily one of the best heavy love songs you’re going to hear anytime soon.
7. Love? – Strapping Young Lad
The metal genre tends to strip away the fluffy parts about love that other genres build up in their track, leaving mostly raw emotion that’s open to interpretation in metal love songs. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise when some artists aren’t completely sold on the idea of falling in love at all. That’s the basis for Love? by Strapping Young Lad, a track that questions whether love is even a worthy idea in the modern world.
8. Tears Don’t Fall – Bullet for My Valentine
Not every love song has to be a happy one. Imagine if you will, teardrops so large and numerous that they fall around you like rain. It’s the perfect way to depict extreme sadness at the loss of a lover. But the tears aren’t just falling, they crash to the ground with force. Bullet For My Valentine gave the phrase “Cry me a river” new meaning with this track, explaining just how distraught the singer is after failing to live up to their partner’s expectations and being abandoned by them.
9. More – The Sisters of Mercy
Most of the rock music in the 80s was built on machismo and confidence, but not every genre fell into that category, as the goth metal bands of the time ventured off into emotionally vulnerable territory. More was one of The Sisters Of Mercy’s signature songs, and the lyrics read as if they were a plea from one lover to another. It bounces between trying to clear up doubts about the relationship and plying the other person with assurances of their affection, mirroring the complexity of a real-life relationship.
10. A Little Piece of Heaven – Avenged Sevenfold
It would be a very odd choice to put a track about necrophilia into a list of love songs of any genre other than metal, but this one just happens to also be an eight-minute masterpiece. A Little Piece Of Heaven is all about loving someone so much that the narrator is unable to let them go after murdering them. I’ll leave out most of the details for how that actually plays out, but there’s a spark of madness that comes with the track that we can’t ignore and it seems to have a happy ending where the two are bonded forever.
11. Closer – Nine Inch Nails
Love and lust are two things that make people feel alive, and while many confuse the two in their own lives, they can both exist simultaneously. Animalistic lust can take over your mind, which is what seems to be happening in Nine Inch Nails’ song Closer. It was released in 1994 and became an instant party anthem around the world. In the track, the singer can’t get close enough to the person they love, but like a lot of songs on the list, a parental advisory should probably be in effect for this one.
12. With Her I Die – Poisonblack
There is no greater expression of love than to lay down your life for someone. That sentiment is at least hinted at in Poisonblack’s song With Her I Die, though they’ve become addicted to the enjoyable pain associated with this particular lover. The trust it takes to allow someone to inflict that pain is a pure expression of love that the track delves into, and whether or not it’s something that everyone will be into, there’s a certain beauty to it that is undeniable when it’s worded so eloquently.
13. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love is one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous songs, and that’s saying a whole lotta things. It’s one of their heavier tracks as well, full of great guitar riffs that perfectly back the visceral and powerful feelings involved in the lyrics. The singer assures his woman about how much love he has to give, and it’s backed up by plenty of sexual vocalizations in the background. He has a whole lotta love to give, and most of it appears to be coming in a physical form.
14. Right Here In My Arms – HIM
HIM is well-known for lyrics about unrequited love and misery, but it’s important to remember that all those negative feelings came from something that was once a positive turning sour. Right Here In My Arms is the track that explains a lot of it, but as a standalone single, this one is the perfect metal love song to throw on during Valentine’s Day or a heavy metal date night.
Even in the midst of something so happy, there’s a sadness there for the loss of the chaos though, which is something a lot of people experience after going through tough times and finally finding peace.
15. I Get Off – Halestorm
A loving relationship can be a bit rocky at times, but something always brings you back together and helps you reaffirm your feelings. For Lizzy Hale in Halestorm’s track I Get Off, it’s the physical encounters that keep the relationship on steady ground. This one is a direct voyeuristic love song about a relationship, with the pair getting off by getting the other person off.
You could imply some metaphorical lines here and there like seeing the other person succeed is fulfilling, but that’s not what it’s actually trying to convey. Regardless, it’s one of the best metal love songs of the last couple of decades and was a huge success for them.
16. Bulletproof Love – Pierce The Veil
The intense obsession on display in Bulletproof Love is the perfect match for the harsh tunes of Pierce The Veil. This song was released in 2010 on their album Selfish Machines, a fitting title for a track like this. This is what you get when you mix distinctive metal vocals with peppy pop lines about love. And while you wouldn’t expect those things to work together, we are absolutely here for it. Love is a deep-rooted emotion, but the protagonist takes this a step further and crosses over into complete obsession.
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17. Let’s Pretend – Life of Agony
Let’s Pretend by Life Of Agony takes an entirely different approach to the subject of unrequited love. Rather than talking about a lover, it seems to focus on the singer’s mother instead. They wish to be able to be held, be loved, and even be remembered by the woman who abandoned them a long time ago, but it appears that this is no longer possible.
18. Solitude – Black Sabbath
It’s an impressive feat that even lifelong fans of Black Sabbath have a hard time believing it’s actually Ozzy Osbourne singing on Solitude. It’s such a shift from the man’s unique voice, moving into something beautiful and completely different. The song itself focuses on the tremendous loss of the singer, with the only thing that still makes them smile are the memories of a lover.
19. One Last Goodbye – Anathema
One Last Goodbye is another metal love song that tackles the topic of mothers, except this one is full of yearning for her to come back and praise for how strong a woman she was. It was written in honor of their member’s mother as a way to say goodbye and express their love for a woman who had always supported them and been taken far too soon.
20. I Got Mine – Motörhead
A love song was not something many expected from the likes of Motörhead, but we got one on their Another Perfect Day LP. There’s nothing complicated about this one, the singer has found their true love. It comes off so honest and earnest that the gentle vibe of the track will almost feel out of place when compared to any other Motörhead song. But frankly, the melodic guitar tunes in the track also make it one of their most beautiful productions, and for that, we should be grateful.
21. Ich Will – Rammstein
Rammstein has ventured into the erotic on several occasions, but a true love song isn’t exactly something you’d expect them to produce. Ich Will is probably as close as we’re going to get and it is directly translated to “I Want” in English. The track mainly focuses on the singer wanting to become one with their desire for their romantic partner and control everything they can about them. But the possessiveness goes both ways, which I guess makes it a little bit more okay.
22. Dance D’Amour – The 69 Eyes
Love doesn’t have to be a long-term thing and fleeting romances can be just as beautiful and impactful as longer ones. The 69 Eyes captured the essence of a romantic one-night stand in their song Dance D’Amour, detailing the way the protagonist refuses to hold back any of their desires and wants to spend a single perfect night with their lover. They fully expect them to leave in the morning, but that changes nothing about what they want to happen before a cold dawn breaks the magic of the night.
23. When the Wild Wind Blows – Iron Maiden
There are few things out there as metal as a nuclear apocalypse, but this one has a romantic side to it that came as an unexpected surprise. Iron Maiden’s song When The Wild Wind Blows was released in 2013, but it was inspired by an animated film of the same name from 1986. The track follows the story of an elderly couple as they take shelter in a bunker during a nuclear war. It’s an ode to the love and long life shared by the pair, with both more than happy to continue loving each other even with war and death breathing down their necks.
24. Girl in the Slayer Jacket – Pig Destroyer
Girl In The Slayer Jacket is a track that starts out beautifully but quickly takes a turn for the worse. Pig Destroyer starts it off by telling the story of giving someone their first kiss in seventh grade, but the girl eventually commits suicide, and the band Slayer gets blamed by her boyfriend, her parents, and PCP. It’s a sad and sickening love song that just happens to be about a short and beautiful relationship, it just didn’t end up lasting for very long.
25. Close My Eyes Forever – Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford
Close My Eyes Forever is a stunning metal duet by Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford that appeared on her 1988 self-titled album. It was entirely an accident, as the two got drunk in a recording studio and wrote the song together in that inebriated state, but it gave her and Osbourne both their highest charting single ever—at least for his solo career.
26. Falling in Love – Scorpions
It’s no secret that successful bands meet their fair share of people who’ve fallen in love with one member or another. Tour stops can seem to run together with the mounds of fans professing their love, but it isn’t something that gets sung about often.
Scorpions did it on their single Falling In Love, a song that shows how wary they are about the infatuated fans who inevitably line up to tell them how much they love them. But cautious is a good approach, because they realize they could just be getting fooled, and it’ll be the same the next time they get off of the bus anyway.
27. The Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin
The Diary Of Jane was an instant hit single and a song that remains one of the best examples of early 2000s nu-metal. Breaking Benjamin released the track in 2006, and it discusses being desperate for the love of a girl, even if it only means being a footnote in her diary when it all comes crashing down. It eventually made it to number two on the mainstream rock charts and an acoustic version was quickly released to continue capitalizing on the song’s success.
28. Loverman – Metallica
Metallica released Loverman in 1998, and it was a departure from their intense grinding metal songs. The lyrics in the track mostly focus on how committed the singer is to his lover, willing to stick it out to the end of time and wanting to care for her until they’re both dead and buried. Rather than the intense bass and growling vocals featured in the band’s songs like Master Of Puppets, this one has a much slower tempo and uses vocals more reminiscent of country music.
29. Heavy Metal Love – Helix
Heavy Metal Love is a classic metal love song that embodies both old-school rock meditations on emotion and the traits of heavy metal itself. Helix released the track in 1983 to fan acclaim, producing one of the best metal love songs of all time. It spends most of the lyrics heaping praises onto the girl who is the object of the track, comparing her to metal music and singing about how much she reminds him of the genre.
30. Kiss – Korn
Unrequited love is a common staple of other genres, so it can’t be surprising when it rears its head in metal. Korn sings about this very topic in their 2008 song Kiss. The singer is desperately in love with someone and wants to be with them but is constantly pushed away. Rather than give up, they realize they still have feelings for the person and continue to pursue them. The pleading in the track comes off a bit desperate, but it’s meant to show the depth of emotion in the song.
31. Love Song – Alice in Chains
You can’t expect every love song to be a happy one, especially in the metal genre. So we’ll end off with one full of just as much hate as it has love. Alice In Chains released Love Song in 1992, and it focuses primarily on the aftermath of a messy breakup. The singer admits that they’re still in love with the other person but due to the situation also hates them passionately and is happy to no longer be under their thumb.
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