13 Potent Country Music Murder Songs

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Halloween is practically here. Folks have broken out their spooky decorations and a desire to be terrified. Thankfully, country music can help with that latter thrill. Historically, the murder tale has been as ingrained in country’s tapestry as much as heartache ballads and drinking tunes. As we here at Country Outfitter are gearing up for a rather ghoulish holiday week, let’s take a look at some of the bloodiest and downright chilling songs about, well, murder. The context is usually: he/she cheats; he/she kills. Quite simple

13 Potent Country Music Murder Songs:

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” // Vicki Lawrence (1973’s The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia)

“The Red Headed Stranger” // Willie Nelson (1975’s The Red Headed Stranger)

“Cold Hard Facts of Life” // Porter Wagoner (1966’s Cold Hard Facts of Life)

“Frankie & Johnny” // Jimmie Rodgers (1929)

“Two Black Cadillacs” // Carrie Underwood (2012’s Blown Away)

“Goodbye Earl” // Dixie Chicks (1999’s Fly)

“Murder of Crows” // Lindi Ortega (2013’s Cigarettes & Truckstops)

“Pretty Polly” // Dock Boggs (1927)

“Independence Day” // Martina McBride (1993’s The Way That I Am)

“Delia’s Gone” // Johnny Cash (recorded four times; music video for 1994 version stars Kate Moss, lifted from American Recordings album)


“Looking Back Now” // Maggie Rose (2013’s Cut to Impress)

“Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill” // Johnny Paycheck (1978’s Outlaw)

Papa Loved Mama” // Garth Brooks (1991’s Ropin’ the Wind)

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