- In the Primus song "My Name Is Mud", it follows a guy who murdered someone because they were in an argument. The music video supplies a good amount of less than welcoming smiles.
- Several songs from the Hip-Hop group Gravediggaz are known for their lyrics describing people mentally unstable, or complete sociopathic murderers.
- P!nk, in her video of "Please Don't Leave Me" here goes "Misery" on her boyfriend, and then when he tries to get away chases him down with an ax and does the Jack Nicholson hatchet-job on the door, complete with menacing look through the opening.
- Eazy-E on the song "Sorry Louie". The song describes how he sadistically kills an enemy-castrating him and leaving him completely covered in blood, and then proceeds to kill the man's wife and son!
- Referenced in Pink Floyd's "One of My Turns" from The Wall. As Pink proceeds to demolish his apartment in front of a groupie, he screams the following:
"Run to the bedroom!
In the suitcase on the left
You'll find my favorite axe!"
- The lines have a double-meaning, since Pink is a guitarist and would under normal circumstances simply be referring to his guitar.
- Their early song "Careful With That Axe, Eugene".
- "One of These Days": "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces"
- The Villain Protagonist of the The Birthday Massacre song "Happy Birthday" murders a bunch of people at a birthday party.
I think my friend said "Stick it in the back of her head".
I think my friend said "Two of them are sisters".
"I'm a murder tramp, birthday boy", I think I said
"I'm gonna bash them in, bash them in", I think he said.
- Name a heavy metal band from the late 70s-early 80s, they have AT LEAST one song about someone being Ax Crazy.
- "Sweating Bullets" and "Black Friday" by Megadeth.
- "Axes of Evil" by 3 Inches of Blood.
- Metallica's (quite good actually) cover of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy". Also, "Battery", as in 'assault and'.
- X Japan's "ILLKILLYOU," "Kurenai," "Week End" (alongside a nightmarish and over the top PV) and "Rose of Pain." "Rose of Pain" is about Elizabeth Bathory, a Real Life Ax Crazy. (Okay, MAYBE not as much.)
- Jaguar actually has a song named "Axe Crazy".
- GWAR lives this trope.
- "Hey everybody, did the news get around/About a guy named Butcher Pete?"
- Julie Brown's The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun:
Debbie's smiling and waving her gun
Picking off cheerleaders one by one
Oh Buffie's pompom just blew to bits
Oh no, Mitzie's head just did the splits
- The narrator of Creature Feature's "Such Horrible Things" even admits that he deserves to rot in Hell.
- At least one character in every single song off Nick Cave's Murder Ballads, but especially notably Lottie in the Curse Of Millhaven
- In the video to Babes in Toyland's "He's My Thing," a Creepy Doll mutilates another Creepy Doll out of jealousy.
- Slim Shady, hands down. Here's the latest proof.
- In the first few lines of Cage's "Among the Sleep", he wakes up to find a dead prostitute with an ax in her back.
- Harry Chapin takes a turn in this direction with 'Sniper'. Take a guess as to what the song's about, given that title.
- The Writer from Coheed and Cambria's first Good Apollo album. By the end, he is definitely mentally unstable and has the ability to kill off any character he wants, since he wrote them into existence.
- Mr Psycho. He'll blow you away.
- The title character from The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", who goes around bashing people over the head with said hammer whenever something doesn't go his way. Or even when something does.
- Robert from Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks. All the other kids with the pumped up kicks... you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun...
- The Irish Ballad from Songs by Tom Lehrer is about a little girl who kills off her entire family one by one because they annoy her, or, in the case of the baby, just because she was bored.
- Emilie Autumn's I Know Where You Sleep. The title alone should tell you enough, but just take a look at the chorus:
You can lie to the papers.
you can hide from the press.
You can fake it on stage.
You can crawl from your cage.
You can search and destroy.
You can kill but depend on it.
I know your tainted flesh,
I know your filthy soul.
I know each trick you played,
whore you laid,
dream you stole.
I know the bed in the room in the wall in the house
where you got what you wanted and then ruined it all.
I know the secrets that you keep.
- Insane Clown Posse.
- The narrator of The Residents' cover of "Satisfaction".
- A large portion of Death Metal lyrics.
- Tails the Fox is turned into one in the Starbomb song "Sonic's Best Pal".
- YAPOOS' Nikya no Youni ("Like a butcher" in English). If the title didn't give it away:
One quick tug on the chainsaw starter
Oh please, wonít someone stop me
It reverberates in the bones
The feeling of ecstasy through my body, oh no
Light the boiler coke of my murderous intent
Oh, I canít hold out any longer
I thirst for trickling lifeblood
- Just about every protagonist on Dismember's first two albums.
- Implied in the video for Poets of the Fall's "Lift." Taken together, Mad Dreamer Mark smiling and manifesting Black Eyes of Evil when presented with an evidence bag containing a straight pin, a photo of a woman with moth wings that figures prominently in both his psych hearing and his Happy Place, and his fixation on pinned moths all suggest that Mark has done very, very bad things to end up in Poet County Jail and deemed a "menace to society."
- The title character in Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon.
- The protagonist from Pearl Jam's "Alive" has, by the time of "Once", turned into an out-of-control serial killer who kills more or less indiscriminately and is a slave to his homicidal urges.