"Suicide Solution" by Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy was sued a couple of times back in the eighties by parents who blamed their kids committing suicide on this song (even though Ozzy's always insisted this is an "anti-suicide" song).
"Death By Misadventure" by Ted Nugent
This song is off Ted's classic album "Cat Scratch Fever" (which, of course, also contains his, uh-hum, classic tune "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang"!).
"Killed By Death" & "Dead Forever" by Motorhead
These are two of my favorite songs by legendary heavy metal group Motorhead whose frontman Lemmy passed away a few years back. (R.I.P., Lemmy!)
"Better By You Better Than Me" by Judas Priest
This isn't actually a "death" song but, like Ozzy, Judas Priest were once sued by parents who claimed this song of theirs contained "subliminal messages" that "forced" their kids to attempt suicide. (Judas Priest won, BTW.)
"The Sentinel" by Judas Priest
Unlike the aforementioned song, JP has put out a number of "death" songs. This one is one of their more interesting ones as the lyrics read like a "Mad Max" movie about a guy in a dystopian future who seeks bloody revenge on those who "wronged" him.
"Spill The Blood" & "Mandatory Suicide" by Slayer
Like their fellow heavy metal band Judas Priest, Slayer has done a number of "death" songs, undoubtedly more than JP has. (I mean, it's in their name!) These two songs are from my favorite album of theirs titled, appropriately enough, "South Of Heaven".
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
This song, unlike the others, was about a real incident that happened in Ireland known as Bloody Sunday where British troops shot & killed a number of unarmed protesters, including children.
"Cop Killer" by Ice T & Body Count
This song was controversial when it was released on the debut album by rapper Ice T's heavy metal band Body Count. The song was eventually taken off the album by the record company after police and other groups were threatening to take "action" against this song. (And now Ice T plays a cop on TV. Go figure!)
"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
Speaking of rapper Ice T, he once remarked how the line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die!" from this classic Johnny Cash song, as he put it, "sounds like something you'd hear on a Geto Boys record".
"Mind Of A Lunatic" by the Geto Boys
This is probably what Ice T was thinking about when he compared the Johnny Cash song with the songs of the controversial rap group the Geto Boys, including-and especially-this song about, well, a muderous lunatic (that was also covered by glam rocker Marilyn Manson).
"Delia's Gone" by Johnny Cash
Here's another song by the late country legend JC about a man who becomes so obsessed with a prostitute that he ties her to a chair and, as the song puts it, guns her down with a submachine gun. (Yep, this definitely sounds like a Geto Boys record as Ice T said!)
"If You Want Blood (You Got It)" by AC/DC
This song was on AC/DC's classic album "Highway To Hell" which was the last album recorded with lead singer Bon Scott who passed away after a night of heavy drinking. This was also the title of their live album (which didn't contain the song, BTW).
"Shoot 'Em Down" by Twister Sister
This controversial song by glam metal band Twisted Sister was repotedly one of the songs that "influenced" the PMRC in its "anti-rock" crusade of the 80s. It probably had something to do with lyrics like "Shoot them down with a fucking gun!" You think?
"You'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" by Hank Williams Sr.
This was eerily the last single put out by legendary country crooner Hank Williams before his passing. Hank Williams is, of course, the father of country singer Hank Williams Jr. (who himself nearly passed away after falling off a mountain).
"Kill You" by Eminem
Controversial white boy rapper Eminem almost always seems to escape controversy with his songs like this one where he raps about brutally raping AND killing a woman. (Maybe it's because he once "sang" with Elton John?)
And pretty much ANY song by heavy metal "singer" King Diamond (& his former band Mercyful Fate).
If you don't know who King Diamond is and have never heard any of his music, you can either Google KD or look him up on Spotify (along with the heavy metal band he used to be the frontman of Mercyful Fate).
If you DARE!