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->"''I'm the Devil, '''I Love METAL!!!'''''"
-->-- '''{{Satan}}''', ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''

The Devil is involved directly in rock and roll, whether it be grabbing a guitar, or giving a musician [[DealWithTheDevil some form of supernatural assistance]].

After all, if [[TheNewRockAndRoll Rock and Roll]] is [[NewMediaAreEvil a message from Satan]], then Satan should [[ThePowerOfRock rock out harder than anyone else]]. Ties in to the [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll moral panic surrounding rock and roll]] when it first came on the scene -- many self-proclaimed moral guardians criticized it as "the Devil's music."

The trope name is a pun on the song "RockMeAmadeus" by the late Falco, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asmodeus Asmodeus]] being a Talmudic demon king, though likely better known nowadays from TableTopGames/DungeonsAndDragons.

Compare VillainSong, HeavyMithril.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Inverted in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', where [[spoiler:Mara]]'s weakness is that rock and roll forces her to dance as long as she listens to it.
* ''ShugoChara'': As Guardian Charas of a J-pop Idol, Angel El and Devil Il (and their Chara Naris) both have a musical trait. El's is a calm and tender singing voice, while Il's is... an electric-guitar. Which made it even more awesome when Amu transformed with her. ''DEVIL'S TUNE! HA!''
* As makes sense, since it's about Robert Johnson (see below), ''MeAndTheDevilBlues'' definitely has this. Johnson somewhat unknowingly makes a DealWithTheDevil for musical talent (which is gained by the devil showing the person how to play, granting them amazing musical abilities the next time they touch a guitar). Johnson is soon afterward joined in his musical travels by a man named Ike who he [[LouisCypher suspects is the Devil in disguise]], who is also a good musician.
* DeadmanWonderland has [[EvilRedHead Genkaku]] who plays a v-guitar that doubles as a two machine guns. He even gets this line in the English dub. "DEATH IS ROCK AND ROLL!"
* In ''YondemasuYoAzazelSan'' playing the guitar is Lucifer's favorite ability.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp This]] ComicBook/ChickTract alleges that all rock music, including Christian Rock, is controlled by a certain [[LouisCypher Lewis Siffer]]. The sad part is, you're [[PoesLaw supposed to take it seriously]].
* In an arc of ''[[HackSlash Hack/Slash]]'' Cassie and Vlad run across a band that had entered a pact with an EldritchAbomination for fame in exchange for VirginSacrifice to carry their vessel into the world. When Vlad messes up their plans [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong they find a new vessel]] in the [[MisterSeahorse (male) lead singer]].
* There's a comic called "The Devil's Trumpet" about a legendary jazz trumpet said to have been won off the devil and able to call him up with its music. A young musician kills its aged owner and steals it. He doesn't call up the Devil when he plays it, but he gets the next thing - the freaking Franchise/{{Batman}} comes crashing through his window.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* A variation in Fanfic/ParadiseThwarted, sequel to Fanfic/ManchesterLost, a Literature/GoodOmens fic. When the archangels "form a band," or rather just take over Foreigner, Lucifer ends up as the manager. Michael is the lead singer, Raphael is the electric guitarist, Gabriel is on the keyboard and Uriel plays the drums. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* Eridan and Sollux in ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'' have [[TransplantedCharacterFic inexplicably become demons]] and compete in a {{Narm}}fully-described musician's duel.
* Beelzebub from ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' to the max. He is the one who originally invented both the guitar and rock n' roll [[NoodleIncident (by accident, during the mother of all drug binges)]]. His guitar, ''Fuckslayer'', is the very first guitar ever made and [[ThePowerOfRock is so strong it can obliterate warships]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}''.
--> "Rock me! Rock me! Rock me, Sexy Jeeesus!"
* ''Trick or Treat'' is a film that plays straight a lot of the "evil rock and roll" myths with a musician who does...something vague with his soul before suiciding in a fire. He is resurrected and summoned by someone playing his record backwards, and then proceeds to terrorize.
* In ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'', the titular pick itself was crafted from one of the Devil's horn, and was owned by some of the most famous guitar players in history. And then there's the movie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTYp1tvd3Q&fmt=18 final song]], a rock-off against Music/DaveGrohl as the Devil, who really does [[SatanPlaysLeadGuitar play lead guitar]] and drums.
* "When heaven's in the music, hell is in control / The angels got the voices, but the Devil's got the rock 'n' roll" -- from "Look What I Did to My Id", a song from ''Film/ShockTreatment''.
* ''Franchise/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', in which Creator/JackNicholson's Devil and Susan Sarandon's repressed music teacher play a ''literally'' explosive duet for piano and cello. After this (and after a bout of wild sex), the music teacher finds herself in possession of supernatural musical talent.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Repossessed}}''. The devil ''hates'' rock music, and it is this that eventually drives him from his host.
* The 1986 film ''[=Crossroads=]'', starring Ralph Macchio, an [[MagicalNegro old black man]], and a hot chick, is built on the legend of Music/RobertJohnson. The old man sold his soul for the ability to play harmonica; to get him out of the deal, Macchio goes double-or-nothing in a guitar duel against the devil's champion (played by Music/SteveVai). Involves a lot of awesome music.
* In ''Film/TheApple'' the devil (by the name [[LouisCypher Mr. Boogalow]]) runs ''a disco music company'' by the name of BIM, which somehow manages to take over the world with its ridiculous music, even instituting a "National BIM Hour" where everyone has to dance to their music. It's not as dumb as it sounds, ''it's actually dumber''.
* In ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou?'', Tommy Johnson makes his famous claim to have sold his soul AtTheCrossroads for his guitar skill. [[LouisCypher Satan appears]] as a villain throughout the film, though he shows no interest in music. (related to Robert Johnson.)
* Azazel, titular entity in ''Film/{{Fallen}}'' possesses people just to do bad Mick Jagger impressions. And kill lots of people.
* Averted in ''Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell'', a short by Dave Willis and Dana Snyder of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' fame - after 100 million years of practicing (on a guitar made from the flesh and bones of virgins, no less), Satan still can't manage to play the EpicRiff from [[Music/NeilYoung "Cinnamon Girl"]] without screwing up.
* A variation in ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Lightning Thief]]''. Hades has the appearance and mannerisms of a Music/HeavyMetal star.
* Many Christian scare films have tried to paint rock and roll in this light. One of the more infamous is ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', which details the story of a Christian boy who is persuaded that rock and roll is Satan's influence on youth through references to drug use, the homosexual lifestyle of some of the artists, and songs like [[TheRollingStones "Dancing with Mr. D"]], [[TheEagles "One of These Nights"]], and even "You Need a Woman Tonight" by The Captain and Tennille. It got mocked on an [[http://www.thecinemasnob.com/dvd-r-hell/dvd-r-hell-rock-its-your-decision episode]] of ''WebVideo/DVDRHell''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Crowley points out to Aziraphale that Hell has almost all of the good musicians. Oddly, even classical musicians. Including ones, like Bach, who dedicated all their work to God. Heaven has ''only'' Elgar and Liszt.
* Inverted in Creator/CSLewis's ''The Screwtape Letters.'' Music is banned in Hell, as it gets on the devils' nerves. They prefer good old-fashioned ''noise.''
* Inverted in the first part of ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd,'' where the extra-dimensional demonic Wigmonsters are disgusted by music. When the group sings "Sweet Child O' Mine" to distract them, they turn around and walk away. Dave (the one singing) notes that one even spat on him.
* Asmodean, one of the Forsaken in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, was a child virtuoso on multiple instruments, although he never really fulfilled that early promise (and turned to the Dark One in hopes that he'd eventually manage it if he were immortal). After Rand captures him, he spends a lot of time pretending to be a traveling entertainer.
* Usually inverted in the Literature/SilverJohn stories by Creator/ManlyWadeWellman, where it's implied the protagonist received his skills and silver-stringed guitar from a holy source. Played straight, however, in "Nine Yards of Other Cloth", where he is pitted against a man with an ebony fiddle from a very different source...
* [[MoreInformationThanYouRequire John Hodgman]] notes that Steve Vai (in a reference to the "Crossroads" above) traded his soul to the devil for hot licks, then used aforementioned licks to try to kill Ralph Macchio, failing because his eyes were too doleful. It's that kind of book.
* Inverted in many of Creator/LordDunsany's stories, perhaps most poignantly (and hilariously) in [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Fifty-one_Tales#A_MORAL_LITTLE_TALE A Moral Little Tale]] (go read it; it's too short to be summarized).
* The witches' dance that the anti-hero of RobertBurns ''[[OlderThanSteam Tam O'Shanter]]'' spies on has Satan playing the bagpipes to provide music.
* Although it was an UnbuiltTrope when ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' came out, the forces of Hell in that book are staunchly opposed to ''any'' music. Even the most raucous rock is joyous, and they have a strong immoral objection to joy in any form.
--> '''Screwtape:''' Music and Silence! How I hate them both.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/CHiPs}}'': The Season 6 episode "Rock Devil Rock," where a goth rock star named Moloch is being threatened when he begins hearing messages that "Moloch must die" (and they progressively become more ominous, including "Moloch WILL die!"). Although the moral rage aspect is briefly addressed, Moloch's alter-ego -- a 20-year-old man named Mickey Northagen -- and the officers realise [[SubliminalSeduction the messages being subliminal]] and understood when Moloch's album is played backwards. Eventually, the cops and Northagen figure out that Moloch's morally corrupt, money-hungry record producer is planning to kill him during the filming of a MusicVideo so -- as a result of what he figures will be a publicity stunt -- he can make a huge profit with the sale of unheard of numbers of Moloch's goth rock album, and that the "Moloch must/will die" messages were created, backmasked and edited into the Moloch songs, so that teens can spend all their time listening to the songs and figuring out what it all means.
* The short-lived series ''A Year At The Top'' with Greg Evigan and Paul Shaffer was about a band which had sold their souls to the son of the Devil for one year of superstardom. Sadly, it didn't last long enough for anyone to find out what would have happened had the series been renewed for a second year.
* In a ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch, a garage band kid battles Satan in a duel of rockers. Whereas the Devil is able to use six arms to play a ''blistering'' solo that would leave any guitar hero in tears, the hero is nonetheless able to blow his mind simply by playing the opening riff of [[Music/DeepPurple "Smoke on the Water"]]. Even though Satan is the frontman of Evil, Bobby had something Satan didn't have -- a Wah-Wah pedal!
** G - A - B / G - A - B - A / G - A - B - B - A
* Inverted in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, where Music/GarthBrooks sells his soul to the Devil (Will Ferrel) for a hit song, but it turns out the Devil's songs (and guitar skills) suck, coming up with such gems as "Fred's Got Slacks."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Mephistopheles rocks in the opera ''BeethovensLastNight''.
* Pre-rock example: Irving Berlin's song "Pack Up Your Sins" suggests that "all the nice people" are having AHellOfATime down there dancing to {{Satan}}'s music, i.e. {{jazz}}.
* Charlie Daniels' song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is one of the straightest examples, except that it's not rock guitar, but country fiddle playing.
** Remarkably, it nevertheless rocks, ''hard''.
** Expanded on in the sequel, "The Devil Comes Back to Georgia". Features more modern Country Rock from Travis Tritt, and "narration" by the late, great Johnny Cash, who was inherently hardcore. Actually fits the trope better than the original, where instead of it being clear the devil lost, the musical duel plays out the song with no resolution.
* The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion frequently point out that they are ''not'' in the service of the devil. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No one has ever accused them of such]], but [[RuleOfCool it sure makes for good lyrics]].
* Legends often circulate of blues musicians having sold their souls to the Devil to gain supernatural musical talent. This usually is said to have happened at a certain [[AtTheCrossroads crossroads]] in the Mississippi Delta, between Clarksdale and Yazoo City.
** Most notably Music/RobertJohnson, as several of his songs allegedly reference the Devil. This infernal bargain informs the plot of the mid-80s film ''Crossroads'' with Ralph Macchio.[[OlderThanTheyThink Robert got the idea from Tommy Johnson]].
* Nineteenth century violinist Niccolo Paganini was also accused of selling his soul to the Devil for his virtuoso skill. Mindful of good PR, Paganini insisted his mother received a message instead from the angel Gabriel while he was ''in utero''.
* Much has been made of Music/LedZeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's obsession with the works of British occultist Creator/AleisterCrowley. Crowley was not technically a Satanist, but did exploit Satanic imagery (calling himself "The Great Beast 666"), and Page was originally supposed to compose the score for the film ''Lucifer Rising'' directed by fellow Crowley devotee Kenneth Anger.
* ''Music/TenaciousD'''s song "Tribute" is a subversion, as they are able to drive away the Shining Demon by playing the best song in the world.
* Music/TheRollingStones' trope-naming "Sympathy for the Devil":
-->" Please allow me to introduce myself, I am a ManOfWealthAndTaste, I've been around for many a long year, stole many a man's soul and faith"
** Mick Jagger himself was bemused at this trope noting how the song prefigured the Satanic imagery in heavy metal music. He noted that the song is not really about "the Devil" or the occult at all.
* Finnish heavy metal band ''{{Lordi}}'' have basically made a career out of this, with such songs as ''The Devil is a Loser'' and ''Hard Rock Hallelujah''.
** Or averted or even inverted it. Sure, Mr. Lordi looks demonic, but the actual devil is a loser (and his bitch).
* Orange Goblin has "You're Not The One (Who Can Save Rock & Roll)". A guitar player wants to save rock and roll, but the Devil tells him he can't because he doesn't have the blues. A decade later the guitar player's burned out and the Devil offers to give him the blues in exchange for his soul. He accepts, and becomes a rock and roll superstar, "singing the blues cos [he] ain't got no soul".
* Implied in Pentagram's "Relentless". "Do you know my name, I doubt if you do / But you'd be surprised if I told it to you / My looks are deceiving, I'm not what I seem / For I've got more power than you may believe!"
* Subverted by Music/JethroTull on their album ''A Passion Play'', at one point implying that the most devout of Christians are actually favored more by Satan than God.
--->Show me a good man, and I'll show you the door
--->The last hymn is sung, and the Devil cries more!
* Music/BlackSabbath's "N.I.B." is about Satan falling in love and actually becoming good, according to Geezer Butler.
* Pagan Altar, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5E-WDqU0KA The Black Mass]]": "This is the age, the age of Satan! / Now that the twilight is done! / Now that Satan has come!" Can't get much more blatant than that.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9R3_cS6jsk Pretty much]] any Music/{{Slayer}} song.
* the power metal band Domine offers us the [[HeavyMithril Elric version]], with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXFLb9XBVIQ Arioch the chaos star]], feeding on screams, smashing your dreams, casting your souls into the deepest hell...
* "I'm Talkin' 'bout Satan" by Sean Cullen, sang in the style of gospel music.
* While a lot of death and black metal include demonic references, ''Behemoth's'' song ''Be Without Fear'' contains the following lyric:
---> Heed my call, '''LEVIATHAN!'''
---> Bless my path, '''ASMODEUS!'''
---> Lift me up, '''BELIAL!'''
---> Through Thy wrath my will manifests!
* Larry Norman, one of the pioneers of ChristianRock, wrote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWh8-FPelHU "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"]].
* Norwegian BlackMetal band Gorgoroth may play this trope [[UpToEleven straighter than any other band before or since]]. Theguitarist and founder Infernus is a full-blown Theistic Satanist, and many of his lyrics (which have never been published and thus can only be inferred) glorify The Devil in all his dark glory.
* Music/TheGratefulDead's "Friend of the Devil."
* Fireaxe's 4 hour magnum opus FoodForTheGods has several songs featuring the devil, but ''Welcome to my Realm'' deserves special mention. It's a ReligionRantSong sung by the Big Man Downstairs himself to the new arrivals using the screams of the damned as the [[EtherealChoir choir]].
* Music/TheBand's "Daniel and the Sacred Harp" implies something along these lines.
* On the 1993 leg of Music/{{U2}}'s [=ZooTV=] Tour, Bono adapted the stage persona of [=Mr MacPhisto=] for the show's encores. He wore a gold suit, platform shoes, heavy makeup, and horns and often delivered speeches to the audience lampshading his demonic nature and made prank phone calls to celebrities and politicians, including one to the United Nations in an attempt to get God's attention.
* Music/{{KISS}}'s "Unholy":
-->"I was created by man\\
Yeah I'm the Lord of the Flies"
* The Music/KaizersOrchestra song "Begravelsespolka" (Burial Polka) is, according to AllThereInTheManual, sung by the devil. He is represented in the music video as a ManOfWealthAndTaste with a torch and bowler hat, played by the vocalist.
* Averted by:
** Music/SonicYouth's "Satan is Boring."
** Music/RunDMC's "King of Rock" via the line "And I even made the devil sell me his soul."
** [[Music/InsaneClownPosse The Insane Clown Posse]]'s "We Like It Like That," via the line "We so deep underground, the devil came around/But got his tail chopped off by Shaggy the clown"
*** Incidentally, ICP also released the song ''Echoside'' which contained a [[SubliminalSeduction backmasked]] message telling people NOT to worship satan
** The cover to Music/IronMaiden's ''The Number of the Beast'' album, which showed their mascot Eddie manipulating Satan as a marionette.
** Suicidal Tendencies' "I Shot the Devil"
** Music/{{GWAR}} "Anti-Antichrist" (as well as much of the ''Beyond Hell'' album)

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* An official series of campaigns (the Revelations Cycle) for Steve Jackson Games' TabletopGame/InNomine starts with this trope. Lucifer promotes a minor demon to "Demon Prince of Hardcore."
* DeltaGreen has Charnel Dreams, the house band for NYC's Club Apocalypse. The band's lead singer/guitarist is a sorcerer, assassin, and worshiper of Nyarlathotep. The rest of the band either also worships dark gods or is willing to go along for the fame.
* While he isn't the devil, Chaos God Slaanesh of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} fame granted his followers weaponised guitars, until those were changed into the sonic blasters of today. Why? SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll of course.
* ''{{Exalted}}'': Music is always being played in Malfeas, the Demon City, mostly as a matter of survival. [[GeniusLoci Malfeas]] loves music and dance, to the point where it's the only thing that can calm his UnstoppableRage, but it also has the benefit of warding away [[OmnicidalManiac Adorjan, the Silent Wind.]]
** Note, however, that Malfeas has very high standards, and anyone who performs poorly can expect to be [[DisproportionateRetribution crushed, incinerated, infected with a horrific illness, or]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill trapped in horrific agony for a thousand years.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The Spooky Mormon Hell Dream sequence in ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' includes the Devil playing a HeavyMetal guitar solo.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Emperor Doviculus from ''[[BrutalLegend Brütal Legend]]'' [[OurDemonsAreDifferent isn't quite Satan]], but he's [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils a good enough substitute]], and he rocks harder than anyone else with his [[AwesomeButImpractical quadruple-headed guitar]].
* The final stage of ''[[GuitarHero Guitar Hero 3]]'' is a rock-off against a demon who may or may not be ''the'' Devil [[spoiler:but is your manager, [[LouisCypher Lou]]]], with your band's souls on the line. Set to a rock cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", no less. (Charlie Daniels thinks this use of his song is a perversion of it, and finds ''Guitar Hero 3'''s content for Lou's Inferno to be shocking and inappropriate. [[http://kotaku.com/376713/charlie-daniels-+-guitar-hero-perverted-my-song No, really.]])
* The trailer for the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' mod ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n0vmCqv5yo Lute Hero]]'' is presented not by [[{{Satan}}the Lord of Darkness]] himself, but [[TheGrimReaper Death]] fills his role instead.
** In the sequence where the Lute Hero system was implemented in ''VideoGame/DarkWaters'', you do end up visiting Hell at one point, where you meet a character who claims to be Satan's prepubescent daughter and who is the only divine figure who doesn't complain about how horrible your music is.
* In the bonus ending of ''Warcraft III's'' expansion pack, The Frozen Throne, Arthas [[spoiler: the fallen prince and newly-crowned Lich King]] rocks out to [[Level80EliteTaurenChieftain L80ETC's]] 'Power of the Horde'.
* In the KingdomOfLoathing, an optional side quest involves finding appropriate music to perform before Satan. "Appropriate music" is, naturally, heavy metal.
-->"Oh, evil Satan\\
oscillate my metallic\\
sonatas live. Ho!"
** Not immediately obvious, but this is, in fact, palindrom haiku. Astounding.
*** Quickie: if you look better, you'll see that the middle words ("Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas"), when put together, give you the title of a Music/{{Soundgarden}} EP that was packaged with ''Badmotorfinger'' in its 1992 re-release.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' gives us Lord Raptor, a metal rocker who wrote occult text into his songs. At his final concert, he killed his audience and himself, and a demon lord was impressed enough to make him an undead.
* Played with in ''TheConduit'' by Fang Jorgenson, host of the "Fang Bang Metal" radio show. He starts off as a stereotypical heavy metal DJ, but as the game's AlienInvasion proceeds, he interprets it with unrestrained glee as a demonic uprising.
-->"So it comes down to this, the attacks are not done by terrorists after all. They are demons here to take the world for the Lightbringer! The Bug has plagued the masses. Demons are attackin' on our streets. Death seems to be at every turn. We may live to see the end of days!"
* [[LeagueOfLegends Mordekaiser]] ain't the devil, but he certainly [[PlagueMaster isn't a good guy either]] and has a lot of elements of the Devil himself (including passion for other people's suffering, or his Ultimate marking enemy champion to be enslaved by him post-death). He likes his weapons how he likes his music (Heavy and '''METAL'''). He is also a founding member of the band Pentakill, he plays his mace/axe as his guitar.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* He's not the Devil herself, but [[http://devoto.smackjeeves.com Devoto: Music in Hell]] revolves around a pianist's DealWithTheDevil.
* Inverted and taken UpToEleven by [[http://www.metalstorm.ee/comics/view_all.php?series_id=1 Headbanged]], where Jesus plays the drums, is a huge fan of black metal, and is apparently friends with Gaahl, an (in)famous black metal musician. Satan, however, hates metal and prefers easy listening - pop at the heaviest.
* Similarly, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' has established that Jesus is "fucking metal".
** It should be noted that the awesomeness of Rock (and Metal) is pretty much the only point that Jesus and Satan agree on.
* In ''Webcomic/DevilBear'', Bearalzebub does this when challenged to a music duel (by some souls trying to get out of their DealWithTheDevil).
* In ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', the electric guitar is the instrument of "dark musical arts". Villain The Axe plays it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' ends with a guy proving he went to hell because he came back with a guitar with a goat skull on it.
* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' explored that concept: When Dethklok are forced to sell their souls to the Blues Devil for blues fame, they end up [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu negotiating the contract]] so that he would get only a $5 gift certificate for Hot Topic. They end up destroying his car during a performance (having summoned a tornado with their music)...
* ''ReBoot'': In the episode "Talent Night", Megabyte rocks the hell out, and then has a guitar duel with Bob. This scene wouldn't look too out of place in ''GuitarHero''--and keep in mind, [[OlderThanTheyThink this show predates]] ''GuitarHero'' [[OlderThanTheyThink by about a decade]].
* Robot Devil in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' loves music of all kinds.
* The ''{{Squidbillies}}'' episode "[[DealWithTheDevil Mephistopheles]] Traveled Below To A Southern State Whose Motto is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation" features the Squid Devil teaching Rusty how to play guitar, and this version of Beelzebub can rock pretty hard. He plays a song called "Hoofprints," which features the following line: "[[ToThePain As I ram your carcass through an impossibly small hole into a sea of flaming hot human feces, when you can't draw a breath, yet your lungs are filled '''with that same flaming hot human feces'''.]]"
** Rusty and Early also gain incredible guitar playing abilities (Early plays so fast the strings turn white hot), at the cost of sucking the town into hell and both of them turning into horrific demons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In an episode of where Bart goes to hell in a near-death experience, the Devil amicably advises him, upon leaving, to "lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music!"
--->'''Bart:''' Everyone knows all the best bands are affiliated with Satan.
** The "Odyssey" segment of the "overdue library book" episode uses this for an atrocious yet hilarious punchline. In it, Odysseus (Homer) learns that he and his crew must cross the river Styx. They get there and find the hordes of the undead writhing and rocking to (what else!) Music/{{Styx}}'s "Lady." Odysseus moans:
--->'''Homer:''' Oh, no, this really ''is'' Hell!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Three Little Bops," the trumpet-playing Big Bad Wolf finally find his place in Hell, and the Aesop is pronounced: "You gotta get hot to play real cool."
* Despite being the AntiAntiChrist, Beezy on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' is apparently quite good at playing an ''invisible'' rock guitar.
* In GodTheDevilAndBob, the Devil is asked about this, and says he's more of a Burt Bacharach type.
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[[folder:Other]]
* [[http://www.jinx.com/content/prod/1265p_0c_1b.jpg This]] shirt.
* Subverted by an old ''WeeklyWorldNews'' article, which claimed that the Devil has switched to GangstaRap as his personal genre because he felt that rock music nowadays was for pussies.
* There was a documentary about "the evils of rock and roll" called ''Hell's Bells'', which claimed that rock musicians are possessed by the Devil when they write and/or perform their songs. There was a sequel, released in 2001, titled ''Hell's Bells 2'', which suggested that many rock bands promoted [=LaVeyan=] Satanism through their general attitude, even though most of the bands they described probably had little to no actual knowledge of [=LaVey=].
* Creator/BillHicks had a routine on this trope, called "play from your heart". Basically he claimed that if the choice was between rock and the Devil and going to Heaven and listening to Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, he'd pick the Devil.
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