'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

Sex, drugs and violence are fodder for all kinds of music, but there's a special class of artist that can wax poetic about the idea of corpse-fucking. From the Misfits to Tyler, the Creator, here are popular imagination's best musical translations of the ultra-taboo act.

10. The Misfits - "Last Caress"

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

If it weren't the Misfits, the lyrics "Well I got something to say/ I raped your mother today/ And it doesnt matter much to me/ As long as she spread" would be totally creepy. But because it's surrounded by the fuzz of three simple punk chords and a totally singable hook, it's forgivable and pretty awesome.

9. Slayer - "Necrophiliac"

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

Frontman Tom Araya always introduces this song live by saying: "How many of you out there love older woman?" It's understandable: when singing about "the growing need/ To fuck this sinful corpse" you need to have a sense of humor.

8. Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Night Shift"


The song is based on the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, better known as the "Yorkshire Ripper," who was convicted of murdering 13 women between 1975 and 1980. The creeping tones definitely make it the first song on a Halloween party playlist.

7. Alice Cooper - "I Love the Dead"


Cooper actually has more than a couple of songs about necrophilia, including "Blue Turk," "Refrigerator Heaven" and "Cold Ethyl." It's good to remember that before Cooper became a running gag for comedians, he was a serious creator of hackle-raising music.


6. T.S.O.L - "Code Blue"


Love how

OC Weekly coverboy and T.S.O.L. vocalist Jack Grisham

sings in this song that he wants to fuck the dead over girls at school, "with their morals and their rules." He yells in the chorus, "I like it better if she smells of formaldehyde!"


5. Avenged Sevenfold - "A Little Piece of Heaven"

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

Huntington Beach locals sing, "She was never this good in bed even when she was sleeping/now she's just so perfect I've never been so fucking deep in" about a man who kills his girlfriend when she laughs at his proposal. (Watch the video, which we can't embed, here.) Juxtaposed with the cartoon video, the story of a dual homicide and a couple who comes back from the grave to go on a murder spree is kind of, well, cute.


4. Dark Lotus - "We Danced"


Produced with the members of Insane Clown Posse, the song isn't just about necrophilia, it's about a necrophiliac orgy in a cemetery! WTF.

3. Tom Petty - "Mary Jane's Last Dance"


This song is on this list because it's probably the most mainstream portrayal of [possible] necrophilia ever. Petty played a mortician who takes home a corpse played by Kim Basinger. When he gets her home, he puts her in a wedding dress and dances with her. Then he puts her in a pickup truck and throws her into the ocean, and she opens her eyes as she sinks. It won Best Male Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

2. Gnarls Barkley - "Necromancer"

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia


Yeah, necrophilia is "naughty," but even if Barkley says "she was cool when I met her but I think I like her better dead," there's at least a wedding alluded to in the lyrics!


1. Tyler, The Creator - "Sarah"

'I Want to Hold Your (Dead) Hand'--10 Best Songs About Necrophilia

Tyler has sex with the corpse of a girl he kills after she who wouldn't go to prom with him. The fact that its delivery is so matter-of-fact, and so nonchalant--horrific. "Now you stuck up in my mothafucking basement all bloody/ And I'm fucking your dead body, your coochie all cummy/ Looking in your dead eyes, what the fuck you want from me?/ What did you want from me? What did you want from me?"

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