To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

Pink Floyd "The Great Gig in the Sky" (1973)

Leave it up to Pink Floyd to write song about death with no words. According to Roger Waters, singer Clare Torry came into the studio to record vocals and the band told her, "There's no lyrics. It's about dying—have a bit of a sing on that, girl." It took her one take, and the band knew she nailed it. Building into an epic wailing session before fading to silence, "The Great Gig in the Sky" plays out like a series of steps leading up to death, with a final, calm acceptance finishing the track, and putting it in the canon of great songs about dying for eternity.

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