MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness is a sorting algorithm of, well, musical hardness; however, due to LyricalDissonance, mere musical sound is not always enough to determine the actual hardness of a song.

This trope ranks songs (and to a lesser extent, albums, artists and bands in general) by the hardness/darkness/heaviness of their lyrics.

The name has a certain [[JustForPun punny quality]] to it. After all, this is Mohs' '''Scale''' of Lyrical Hardness. [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it? Because of the musical scale?]]

!!The Scale:
# The song is an instrumental with no subtext, therefore having no message.
# Is completely harmless, light and upbeat, and if anything, aims for an uplifting effect. It consists of sunshine and sugar. Life is beautiful and everyone's happy.
# Is silly at most, but all in good spirit. No one can be offended.
# Can poke fun at something. Friendly kisses is pretty much the limit of sexuality that can be included.
# Is where optimism starts to noticeably fade. Life may be not all that great and fun, but it isn't still too bad either. If sex gets mentioned, it's in a side role as part of a romantic relationship, expressed in [[UnusualEuphemism poetic metaphors]] and gets about as raunchy as "we were lost in the waves of night".
# Is about the level of what an average adult experiences in their everyday life. There can be slight {{angst}} or sadness, or a little cussing on [[GoshDarnItToHeck the milder side]].
# Gets a bit heavier; angst is still light, and the song is more sad than angsty. Cussing stays at a moderate level. Violence can be alluded to or mentioned, but this level leaves out the details; [[IntercourseWithYou direct mentions of sex]], unless [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar cleverly hidden]], usually get a song at least this high on the list. Implied use of soft drugs, such as tobacco, caffeine and marijuana usually begins at this level.
# Can include straight out angst and/or heavy sadness. Swearing can get more frequent or heavy. Violence or self-harm might be mentioned in some detail; pretty typical for political and protest songs. Sex is often completely devoid of romance or love at this level. Implied use of mid-level drugs, such as alcohol, LSD and magic mushrooms, also usually begins at this level.
# Is likely war-themed. There is heavy angst, references to death, and heartbreaking sadness, but usually avoids direct mentions of suicide. Swearing starts to get explicit and very frequent. Violence and self-harm can get mentioned with some detail, but typically not overtly glorified. Described sex acts are demeaning to one or more of the participants; may involve prostitution or rape. Implied use of hard drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin usually begins at this level, while mention of soft and mid-level drug use becomes more common.
# Is where the song less tells about things and more immerses the listener in a dark world of hopelessness and cruelty. Rap songs of this level tend to describe and perhaps glorify crime (see GangstaRap). Angst gets jarring, sadness is likely on guaranteed TearJerker level. Swearing is frequent, if not constant, and heavy. Violence gets into the realm of gore. Mention of drug use, especially harder drugs, is common. Self-harm or suicide might get romanticised, or the lyrics might express a serious wish to die.
# Is really ugly stuff. This is the level where the lyrics often carry UnfortunateImplications for listeners. Hate messages are made very explicit at this point. Angst approaches psychotic levels, and abuse of hard drugs is outright glorified. Language can be filthy; violence gets very detailed and/or gets specific on the pleasure of hurting others or oneself. Might include straight-played romantic depiction of self-harm or suicide.
# Is almost sure to be StealthParody or lyrical MindScrew. At this point, the lyrics do everything they ever can to make the listener feel shocked, offended and disgusted, to the point where it's impossible to take seriously and is blatantly created for the purposes of satire.
%% extreme crazy angst // consists of nothing but foul obscenities // highly detailed {{gorn}}, glorified murder or rape // "suicide is the best thing ever"

Just as people provide Website/YouTube links for examples of the aforementioned sister trope, for this trope people ought to provide examples of lyrics from the songs in question which illustrate the tone of the lyrics.

The Mohs scales for musical hardness and lyrical hardness could be cross-referenced for extra value and impact.

Note, of course, that lower levels of hardness are not necessarily bad. Playing songs with a lot of violence and swears is downright inappropriate in many settings. Higher levels [[ItsNotPornItsArt aren't necessarily bad either]], especially [[CrossesTheLineTwice since there is potential for satire]] and lower levels are TastesLikeDiabetes to some.

Also note that this scale applies to lyrical content, and not the content of a music video.

!!!Suggestion for parental guidance level comparability:
* G: 1-3
* PG: 4-5
* [=PG13=]: 6-7
* R: 8-9
* [=NC17=]: 10-11



[[folder:Level 1]]
* Pharrell's hit single "Happy" is an upbeat song about never giving up with being happy, and nothing can knock you down.
* Music/KoolAndTheGang's "Celebration" Is meant to be a happy song, since it's about celebrations.
* There is not a hint of depression or anger in Music/NewEdition's "Candy Girl", a happy, JacksonFive-styled song about finding love and comparing a girl to a sweet treat.
* "Hocus Pocus" by Dutch prog rockers Focus although the same song is a level 6 on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness
* Almost any lullaby will rank 1-2 to get both the luller and the lullee in the proper mindset. [[LyricalDissonance But there are exceptions...]]
%%BTW: One can't say that children's lullabies are typically on any side, because we don't have a big list of every lullaby ever to sift through. But "Rockabye Baby" is about a baby falling to (probable) death. (''TheSimpsons'', in their Tracy Ullman days, had a scene where Marge sings it to Maggie, who imagines falling to her death and can't sleep.) And "The Kanteletar" is a collection of Finnish poems -- including children's lullabies. One, ([[ "Tutti Tutti Tumaistani"]]) is a children's lullaby about a dead child.
* Music/TheBeatles' "Good Day Sunshine" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' is almost absurdly cheery.
* The Hamster Dance.
* Rebecca Black's "Friday".
* "Simple Gifts" by Aaron Copland.
* Most Christmas carols.
* "Party in the USA" by Music/MileyCyrus.
* Sitcom and children's show themes, usually.
* "Close To You" by The Carpenters.
* Essentially all of ''Franchise/PrettyCure'''s songs that have lyrics. The {{Image Song|}}s from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' stand out in this regard.
** [[ Miyuki Hoshizora[=/=]Cure Happy]] ([[ Lyrics here]]) [[note]] Notice the second lyric in the first stanza, "Even hateful things, if I eat it in one gulp, surely it'll be delicious and give me energy!". That alone [[TastesLikeDiabetes may induce insulin shock]]. [[/note]]
** [[ Akane Hino[=/=]Cure Sunny]] ([[! Lyrics here]])
** [[ Yayoi Kise[=/=]Cure Peace]] ([[ Lyrics here]]) [[note]] "There is nothing I’m afraid of, even monsters can be my friends." Enough said about how optimisitc this song is! [[/note]]
** [[ Nao Midorikawa[=/=]Cure March]] ([[ Lyrics here]])
** [[ Reika Aoki[=/=]Cure Beauty]] ([[ Lyrics here]])
* The only lyrics to "Cliffs of Dover", if we call them lyrics, are the singer shouting stuff like "Yeah!"
* Music/LindseyStirling sits solidly at Level 0 most of the time due to being an instrumental artist, but ''We Are Giants'', one of her only two lyrical songs, goes no higher than Level 1. It's an upbeat, pick-me-up song with not much variance in lyrics - [[AwesomeMusic which isn't necessarily a bad thing]].
* "Bailando" by Paradisio is all about a fun night of clubbing in the beach paradise of Ibiza.
* "Buenos Días señor Sol" by Mexican singer Juan Gabriel is a song about how awesome it is to wake up to the morning sunshine. The fact that it was written, of all people, by a Mexican from Ciudad Juárez, a place with so much goddamn sun that people there actually think gray, rainy and cold days are awesome, makes it even more idealistic.
* [[ "Sun Is Shining"]] by Axwell /\ Ingrosso. Things might have been slightly difficult recently, but the sun is shining and so are you!

[[folder:Level 2]]
* Cameo's "Word Up" perfectly fits this level.
* Music/TheBeatles: "All My Loving" from ''Music/WithTheBeatles''.
* Music/PrimalScream: "Movin' On Up". Things were once bad, but the narrator has turned a new leaf and is now ecstatic about his life.
* Music/JeffersonAirplane: "How Do You Feel" is very sweet and naive, but it implies that the admirer is shy.
* Pre - "Pet Sounds" Music/TheBeachBoys, plus "Good Vibrations".
* Music/WallOfVoodoo's "Mexican Radio" is a silly song that the very PC might find culturally insensitive, but it harmless to most everyone.
* [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra ELO]]'s "Mr. Blue Sky" would probably be a Level-1 were it not for the lines that acknowledge that the sky is not ALWAYS blue...
-->In the city\\
on the streets where once was pity
** ...And this kinda out-of-nowhere bit:
--->But soon comes Mister Night\\
Creepin' over, now his hand is on your shoulder\\
Never mind
** But other than that, the song's so happy that [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul it will probably force you to be happy as well if you listen to it.]] Yes, it's that happy.
* "Rock Around the Clock" by Music/BillHaleyAndHisComets.
* "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Music/RickAstley.
* "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby [=McFerrin=] is a warm shot of encouragement, and quite a popular choice for SoundtrackDissonance.
** Until you actually listen to the lyrics and realize that McFerrin is consoling someone whose life is completely falling apart by telling him to stop whining. YMMV, indeed.
* "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" by Donna Fargo. The only thing stopping it from being a 1 is the fact the singer implies that she used to be depressed before the events in the song took place. Other than that, it's one of the most happy and innocent songs out there.
* "I Love My Life" by the Justice Crew is here (other than the references to drugs and alcohol which kept it from being a level 1).

[[folder:Level 3]]
* Most of Music/RickJames' music is classified as this.
* Music/{{ABBA}} (''Waterloo'')
* Music/TheBeatles: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''
* Music/TheDoors' "Hello, I Love You" is ever-so-slightly suggestive, but mostly harmless.
* Music/PinkFloyd's "See Emily Play" from ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn''.
* Lost Horizon's sophomore album "A Flame To The Ground Beneath" ranges between 3~5; all songs praise the power of the will of man, and encourages triumph over pain and hardship. The band isn't called Xanax for nothing.
* Music/TheCure's happy songs, such as "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm In Love".
* Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay's [[EarWorm opening]] [[ Aoi Shiori]] (Blue Bookmark). [[ Lyrics here]].
* "All Star" by Music/SmashMouth.
** Music/SmashMouth is this level, except for some of their songs on their debut album Fush Yu Mang ("Flo" and "Walking on the Sun" which are both at a 5, being surprisingly political songs for a band best known for making songs for Shrek.)
* "YMCA" by Music/TheVillagePeople would rank lower, if it wasn't for the third verse. (Though for anyone who understands the DoubleEntendre of the song being about seeking sex, it becomes around a 6.)
-->Young man, I was once in your shoes\\
I said I was, I was out with the blues\\
I felt no man cared if I were alive\\
I felt the whole world was so jive\\
That's when someone walked up to me\\
And said: "Young man, take a walk up the street.\\
There's a place there, called the YMCA\\
They can start you back on your way."
* "Shake It Off" by Music/TaylorSwift
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s first ending theme, [[ Life is Like a Boat]], by Music/RieFu. [[ Lyrics here]]. [[note]] The "don't give a damn" bit may be a bit strong, but it isn't reflected on at all and the song's message about finding TrueCompanions, [[{{Determinator}} determination]], [[WideEyedIdealist hope, and faith in the midst of hardship]] quickly and greatly outweigh it. [[/note]]
* Biz Markie's ''Just A Friend'' has something of a downer in the lyrics (being about unrequited love) but it's effectively a joke song where the lyrics are sung as [[LargeHam over-the-top]] and [[HollywoodToneDeaf tone-deaf]] as possible, putting it here.
* Allegaeon is an example of inverted lyrical dissonance due to the songs it has at around this level. Songs like "1.618", "All Hail Science" and "Gravimetric Time Dilation" wax poetic about science, mathematics and physics without a hint of lyrical darkness, all while pounding away with instrumentals at a 9 or a 10 on the Rock and Metal Hardness Scale.
* Music/TheBeastieBoys usually hover around this level, minus the odd bit of profanity. ''To the 5 Boroughs'' is a bit higher, due to overtly political lyrics.

[[folder:Level 4]]
* Music/EmilieAutumn's first album, mostly.
* Music/{{Kamelot}}: ''Serenade''
* Music/MyChemicalRomance: Their straighter love songs ('The Only Hope For Me Is You', 'Summertime') hover around this level.
* The songs on Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/PetSounds'' range from here through 5 for the most part. The whole album has a yearning quality to its lyrics.
* Music/DavidBowie, in his lighter moods, is usually at this level. Examples include "Let's Dance" and "Modern Love" from ''Music/LetsDance'', which were two of his biggest hits.
* Music/LindseyStirling's ''Shatter Me''. It's angsty, and was written about the darkest time in Stirling's life, but the lyrics are clean.
* Most of Music/TaylorSwift's discography, especially all the songs about love gone wrong.
* Music/{{Enya}} tends to hang around this level, given that most of her work is either uplifting or bittersweet, and often themed around love, loneliness, and wanderlust. She'd be even lower, but she tends to deal with these topics in relatively mature and realistic ways (which require acknowledging that life isn't always good), and isn't prone to poking fun at things. She's gotten all the way down to 1 or 2 ("Wild Child" is just a complete pep talk) and all the way up to around 9 ("I May Not Awaken" includes a thinly-veiled, but not at all romanticized, discussion of suicide), though.

[[folder:Level 5]]
* Music/{{Nightwish}} usually ranges from 3-6 with their romantic, more or less vaguely melancholic themes; when they top that it's due to hopeless themes.
* ''Liverpool Lullaby'' (or ''The Mucky Kid'') is 5-6, as it talks pretty straight about poverty, Dad's alcoholism and how the kid's going to "gerra belt from your Dad". [[ Lyrics]]
* ''Laula kukko'' ("Sing my rooster") is a Finnish children's song -- the narrator of the song asks farm animals to perform their duties, such as the rooster to sing, the hen to lay eggs, and the cow to yield milk. He also threats the animals with consequences if they don't; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the hen will be put in a hot oven, the rooster will lose his head, and the cow will lose her bell]].
* Music/BlackSabbath's "N.I.B." is a song about the Devil falling in love and giving up his evil ways. It'd be a few levels lower if not for the Devil part, which makes it somewhat controversial.
* "Cardboard Castles" by Watsky is difficult to place. Some could argue that the swearing would bring this up to a 6, but the edited version could very easily be a 4. The [[ video]], which is not always happy but ends on a ''very'' optimistic note, seems to support the lighter interpretation.
** The rest of the album seems to hover around the 3-6 range, although [[GriefSong "Dedicated to]] [[ Christina Li"]] is debatably higher.
* "How You Like Me Now?" by Music/TheHeavy talks about a man who was recently struck from a break-up and tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, who got recently engaged with another man.

[[folder:Level 6]]
* GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive's song "The Message" is well, a message about the realities of ghetto life, although no swearing is involved.
* Music/{{ABBA}} (''The Winner Takes It All'').
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre falls squarely in the 6-9 range. Their lighter songs are about loneliness and break ups.
* Music/TheBeatles: "Eleanor Rigby" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}''.
* Music/BlueOysterCult: "Don't Fear The Reaper" makes for a light 6.
* Music/FallOutBoy: Most of their discography, usually set to upbeat music.
* "Forever Young" by Alphaville. It contains no swearing or drug references, but violence is alluded to in the form of fears about a nuclear bombing and being okay with dying young. And it has an incredibly haunting tune.
-->Heaven can wait, we're only watching the skies\\
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst\\
Are you going to drop the bomb or not?\\
So let us die young, or let us live forever...
* Music/JoyDivision comes in between a 6-8. The lyrics are hardly ever profane and quite cryptic, but they are depressing, angsty, and very bleak. Some of their more uptempo (but not upbeat) songs like "Transmission" qualify as 6, while the dirges off ''Music/{{Closer}}'' are a solid 8 (the cryptic lyrics and lack of profanity keep their darker songs out of 9).
** Music/NewOrder fits here as well, in contrast to their uptempo sound, which hovers around a [[LyricalDissonance 3, and in some cases, a 4]] in the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness. "Blue Monday" is a great example, as in spite of its status as a classic dance track, the lyrics are indeed quite cryptic and bleak:
--->How does it feel to treat me like you do\\
When you've laid your hands upon me and told me who you are?
* Music/PinkFloyd: ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''. Same goes for ''Music/WishYouWereHere''.
* Music/{{Animals}}: "House of the Rising Sun". Dark story.
* Music/TheOffspring's "Gone Away" would be a high 6 or low 7--it's about grieving after a loved one's untimely death, but it leaves off the details.
** "The Kids Aren't Right" ranks on the same level. [[CreatorBreakdown Composed by Dexter Holland to cope with the shock of seeing his childhood friends having fallen into tragic fates]] such as car accidents or nervous breakdowns while he was riding the wave of academic and commercial success, the song tells the tragic story of four children who looked like shining promises of success but ended up unemployed, pregnant or dead from suicide or drug overdose.
* Music/TheDoors's lyrics average out at six, due to the angst and surrealism of their lyrics. For instance, "Break On Through" is an angsty, angry song that references drug use with "she gets high". But it's ultimately a song about breaking free of one's limitations and arriving at a better place.
* Most of Music/TheCure's and Music/TheSmiths' oeuvre stands here - or up to 8 (see their material in ''Pornography'').
* Hard-Fi's "Cash Machine" resides around this level, as it talks about frontman Richard Archer's broke life before hitting it big with his band. What prevents it from scoring higher is because the lyrics, despite being surely TearJerker, don't cross into straight-up {{Wangst}} territory. Oh, and [[LyricalDissonance the song scores a 3]] in the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness. This is the chorus:
-->I scratch a livin', it ain't easy, you know it's a drag\\
I'm always paying, never make it, but you can't look back\\
I wonder If I'll ever get to where I want to be\\
Better believe it, I'm working for a cash machine!
* Music/LordsOfAcid will mostly stay around this level, as their lyrics are of unabashed sex, although they definitely have some love trappings. They however can go UpToEleven in their {{squick}}ier material.
* Quite a bit of Music/ReginaSpektor 's work, with "Oedipus," "Braille," and "Long Brown Hair" coming to mind. The actual music is slightly cheerier, however.
* Weezer's "Say it Ain't So". It's about a kid who has to deal with his parents' divorce and alcoholism.
* Midnight Oil's "Forgotten Years"
* "Nemesis", by Arch Enemy, ranks very high on the rock and metal hardness scale (around a 9) but is ultimately a song about teaming up.
* "Bat Country" by Music/AvengedSevenfold
* Anberlin tends to average about a 6. They have everything from nice, upbeat 3's ("City Electric") to songs about sex without love in the 6-7 range ("Feel Good Drag" and "Self-Starter") to [[ Reclusion]], which is a solid 8 and would likely be higher had the band not avoided cursing.
* Music/DepecheMode averages at this level. While their lyrics are occasionally very bleak and some songs definitely reach a 7, or perhaps an 8 at the very highest (such as "Blasphemous Rumours" and "The Sweetest Perfection," which are fairly detailed in their depictions of suicide and drug abuse, respectively), there's actually not a whole lot of explicit content in their music aside from the air of hopelessness, love is a very common theme, and the worst vulgarity that comes to memory is a mention of "pissing out the wrong energy" in "Wrong." Indeed, their more recent albums (''Exciter'' and ''Delta Machine'' in particular) even have [[LighterAndSofter far more optimistic]] themes.

[[folder:Level 7]]
* In general, ''any'' of the Visual Shock era (TheEighties to the middle of TheNineties) VisualKei bands, if they are not an 8, will land here lyrically, with only a few songs as exceptions. Music/XJapan is pretty much firmly here, though several of their songs ping higher (''Orgasm'' is either here or an 8, depending on how you interpret it, ''Stab Me In The Back'' is an 8, ''Standing Sex'' an 8/9, ''Sadistic Desire'' a 9) and two lower (''Endless Rain'' is a 4 solely for its "make love to you" line, and would be around a 1-2 otherwise, and ''Forever Love'' is a 2-3, somewhat sad but not really sexual or violent or upsetting without the subtext of it's having been played at a band member's funeral), as is Music/BuckTick (with its well-earned FanNickname of Fuck-Tick and its love for IntercourseWithYou)
* Music/{{Nightwish}}: ''Poet And The Pendulum'' is one of their darkest songs, a strong 7 if not an 8.
** Their second "long" song, ''Song of Myself'', sits comfortably here as well, although it's mostly the poem at the last third of the song that really does it.
* Music/SystemOfADown.
* Music/BlackSabbath: "War Pigs" from ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' and most of their more famous songs.
* "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' by Music/TheBeatles (creepy considering the melody which is more indicative of a 2 or 3 song)
* Music/GreenDay during their ''American Idiot'' and ''21st Century Breakdown'' eras.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance typically sticks to a 6-8 range in their first three albums, most lyrical content referencing death and violence, and arguably glorifying it according to their HateDumb. Some content may even warrant a 9, but the usual lack of language (minus the occasional PrecisionFStrike) knocks them down a peg. Their LighterAndSofter fourth album changes things.
* Music/{{Kamelot}} varies, but generally hovers around a 6 or 7.
* Music/VelvetUnderground's "Venus in Furs" from ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' presents S&M in a creepy, somewhat depressing light.
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine is typically at either 7 or 8 on the scale. May push higher during songs with more profanity.
* Music/PinkFloyd: Pretty much anything off ''Animals'', ''Music/TheWall'', or ''The Final Cut''. Depressing, highly cynical stuff.
* Music/{{Silverchair}}: Rarely includes bad language, but wrote a lot of songs about mental illness, unrequited love and extreme loneliness. The epitome of poignant.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel: Mostly sits around here. Lots of LyricalDissonance. Beautiful melodies and vocals. Exceedingly angsty / depressing lyrics.
* Music/{{Nirvana}} usually sits around here.
** As do most post-grunge bands (Music/{{Seether}}, Music/ThreeDaysGrace, Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, etc.).
* Music/TheNational lie somewhere between 5-9, but I'm just putting it here.
* Music/MarilynManson's ''Eat Me, Drink Me'' and ''Music/MechanicalAnimals'' albums sit here, giving them extremely large [[BrokenBase base-breaking]] reputations. Of course, for the rest of the fandom, everyone knows that the next album will piss off fans of the previously album. It's an acknowledged, intentional homage to Music/DavidBowie.
* Watsky's ''Sarajevo'' is about a real-life couple that died trying to escape the Christian-Muslim conflict in Bosnia. The song's a TearJerker, lamenting over how religion all too often turns people against each other rather than bringing them together, but ultimately it's all about ThePowerOfLove and how it's stronger than war and conflicting beliefs.
* "PDA" by Music/{{Interpol}} is here, being about a psychopathic hotel owner going to jail after murdering/raping one of his tenants. The only reason it's not higher is because it's hidden under ''thick'' WordSaladLyrics.
* Music/{{Garbage}} usually ranks about 6-8, depending on how much snark and\or SelfDeprecation are being employed. The peaks mostly concern {{Tsundere}}s with violent intentions ("Vow", "#1 Crush").
* Music/TheStrokes usually hovers around this level, especially when the song is about romance. Sex, prostitution references, politics, occasional f-bombs. The lyrics can get pretty nihilistic at times.
* Music/Meshuggah tends to fall towards the higher end of the scale; not as high as the similarly heavy bands who tend to write outright {{Gorn}}, but still fairly high. [[ New Millenium Cyanide Christ]] is an example of a song of theirs residing at this level due to it being a song about a man giving up his humanity to become a [[DarkMessiah messiah of sorts]], with the painful process of transformation being described in some detail.
* Music/NeutralMilkHotel's Music/InTheAeroplaneOverTheSea averages around here. There's no gory imagery or swearing, but the sexual imagery and themes of the holocaust push it up here.
** Some songs would be a 4, such as "King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1" or "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea" if the lyrics weren't so unsettling and strange.
* Music/LinkinPark's first two albums pretty solidly fit here.
* Boyinaband's "I'm not dead."
-->If what made me successful was an imposed sense of stress then\\
I am so so glad that [[ I hated myself.]]\\
I didn’t luck into this position. I struggle with decisions\\
I wouldn’t be my own friend, I’m too inconsistent\\
Without immense pressure nothing ever gets finished\\
If these words make it to your ears it’ll be a [[Main/PrecisionFStrike fucking]] miracle.

[[folder:Level 8]]
* Music/BillieHoliday's "Strange Fruit" is a dark and disturbing song about lynched, rotting dead bodies hanging from trees in the American South.
* Many songs by Music/Apulanta come off as vaguely to moderately angsty and somewhat confusing, around scale point 6 for most people. The band has a reputation of being the favourite of teenagers going through their dark phases. But if you have personal history with psychological problems, you start to understand. The rabbit hole goes to an easy 8 for those who both know what certain conditions feel like, and get the multitude of tangled metaphors.
* [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] is generally here. Almost all of his songs are angsty or ruminations on sadness and depression and suicide (the only thing keeping him from being a 9 on average ''and'' from people thinking his own suicide was intentional was that ''many'' of them turn around to TalkingDownTheSuicidal or to lashing out at the thing that is inducing DrivenToSuicide, or to BlackComedy - so while there is the subtext of suicide, it's also the subtext of "don't do it, it's not worth it") and the few that aren't are ProtestSong or IntercourseWithYou.
* [[ "Gloomy Sunday"]] a.k.a. the "Hungarian Suicide Song": angst 6-8 depending on translation, the original being on this level
* Music/EmilieAutumn straddles eight and nine (romanticising self-harm, angst songs about mental illness, rape, and death)
* Music/VanderGraafGenerator is usually somewhere around here, occasionally sinking to a 6 or hard 5 and occassionally going up to a 9 (notably on 'A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers', where it's made quite clear that the protagonist goes insane and jumps off the lighthouse to drown himself).
* "The Real Slim Shady" by Music/{{Eminem}}, for the language
* Music/{{Sabaton}} usually ranks around this level.
* Music/{{Loudness}} was a 5-7 in its HairMetal days with the exceptions of ''Crazy Doctor,'' ''S.D.I.,'' and a few others, but after 1991 parked itself here with almost all of its songs being anti-war song, ProtestSong of other varieties, or IntercourseWithYou.
* Music/TheBeatles: "Happiness is a Warm Gun" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''. Arguably the darkest Beatles song, it's either about a man's obsession with shooting a gun, or a heroin addiction.
* "Manipulate" by Tribe 8
-->I just wanna slap around my girlfriend, I just wanna make her scream and yell\\
I just wanna tie her to the bedposts and call her nasty names like you evil bitch from hell\\
It's such a sin, I don't give a fuck what you think,\\
She loves me so when i do it, gets me high so I dont have to drink
* "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by the Decemberists
* "You Know You're Right" by Music/{{Nirvana}}. May also go as high as a 9 when you consider that this was the last song the band recorded before the lead singer AteHisGun.
-->Things have never been so swell\\
I have never failed to fail\\
* The Music/TwoLiveCrew often resides here, due to its extremely heavy sexual imagery. Their album ''As Nasty As They Wanna Be'', however, sometimes climbs [[UpToEleven up to 11]] as it takes their explicitness and ''RUNS'' with it.
* "X.Y.U." and "Tales of a Scorched Earth" by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins. "X.Y.U." has been speculated to be about a number of things, including an abusive relationship, forced abortion, rape and murder. "Tales of a Scorched Earth" has a lot of swears and is outright nihilistic.
* "Bodies" by Music/TheSexPistols from ''Music/NevermindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'' deals with a highly illegal and messy abortion. Alternately harsh and desperate. The point of view seems to switch around.
* Due to extremely high amounts of despair and an obvious--if not explicit--suicide theme, Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Fade To Black" belongs here. Same goes for "One".
* Music/PearlJam: "Jeremy" from ''{{Music/Ten}}'' is about a boy who shoots himself in front of his classroom, "Alive" is about a mother trying to seduce her son so she can vicariously make love to her dead husband, and "Once" is about a damaged guy who shoots people with a 16 gauge for no apparent reason.
* Music/IronMaiden and Music/{{Metallica}} are usually here (even down to the war-themed songs mentioned atop the page).
* Music/{{Keane}}'s [[ "Black Rain"]] easily reaches this level, with a heavy war theme and wall-to-wall desolate, grim imagery. [[LyricalDissonance The soft, ambient tone and piano and string accompaniment]] and the [[MoodWhiplash lyrical softness of every other track on the album]] make it seem even harsher.
-->''Red sky turning 'round, black rain falling down\\
If you've got love, you better hope that that's enough\\
Sandstorm cuts your skin, black kites circling\\
If you've got love, you better hope that that's enough''
* Music/SteelyDan's [[ Do It Again]]. The lyrics are in the video's description. [[note]] This is a classic example of LyricalDissonance at work. Because this song registers so high on this scale, it stands to reason that this song is at Level 3 on MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness when it otherwise would have been at Level 1. [[/note]]
* "Such A Shame" by Black Stone Cherry, with its lyrics about a young girl becoming a prostitute leading to her death.
-->She takes off her clothes, And closes her eyes\\
Tears start to fall as she looks at her life.\\
It wasn't her fault, That you weren't around\\
To keep her away from the things that she found\\
God only knows, what else could go wrong\\
Somebody come take this little girl home\\
They found her body face down dead in the rain. Such a shame.
* Music/FosterThePeople's "Pumped Up Kicks" ranks around here, being a UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}-inspired song about kids shooting other kids, although [[LyricalDissonance it's an easy 2 or 3 on the]] [[MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness musical hardness scale]]. While the violence itself isn't graphically described, the narrator's also implied to be mentally ill, [[AbusiveParents parentally abused]], [[ParentalNeglect entirely neglected]], or some combination thereof.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Janie's Got A Gun", about a girl who decides to [[RapeAndRevenge kill her father for abusing her]].
* Music/DavidBowie's darkest work is here, namely ''1. Outside'' (and these lyrics don't even touch on the gruesome world-building in the accompanying short story/liner notes, which is even worse) and several tracks on ''The Next Day'', such as the title track and "Valentine's Day". Sure, that last one sounds sweet, but it's about a possibly-underaged mass murderer. The Tin Machine track "Shopping for Girls" (about sex tourism/child prostitution) also qualifies.
* Most music by Music/BulletForMyValentine ranks here, especially "Scream Aim Fire".
* [[ "Nothing to Fear (But Fear Itself)"]] by Music/OingoBoingo is either this or a hard 7.
* Being a band frequently delving into themes of HorribleHistoryMetal, AdultFear and being DrivenToSuicide most of the lyrics of Music/{{Cormorant}} tends to veer around this area, sometimes even going higher. Very few songs go lower than 7.
* Music/TheOffspring's "Bad Habit", about a crazy driver about to go AxCrazy.
* Most Music/{{Soundgarden}} songs, as demonstrated by titles such as "Rusty Cage", "Fell on Black Days" and "Worse Dreams".
* Melanie Martinez's album Crybaby is usually in the 7-9 area, depending on the song and how it affects you. It has numerous references to alcohol abuse, lots of swearing, and just generally high levels of depressing. A few songs, most notably Training Wheels, are exceptions to this (Training Wheels is a 3 or a 4 thematically but has quite a bit of language).
* Old school ''narcocorridos'', Mexican folk songs that tell stories of drug smuggling and organized crime life, usually rank around this level of hardness: while they tend to merely stick to the facts with a small bit of romanticism, these facts also usually involve gun fights, passional crimes, lots of drugs, and organized crime being portrayed in a neutral or positive light. They have since mutated into even harder songs -- the ''corridos alterados'' subgenre actually ranks at level 11 and beyond.
* Music/JohnnyCash wrote some shockingly dark songs. For example, "25 Minutes To Go" is sung in the first person by a man counting down the minutes until he's hanged.
--> Well they're building a gallows outside my cell I've got 25 minutes to go\\
And the whole town's waitin' just to hear me yell I've got 24 minutes to go\\
Well they gave me some beans for my last meal I've got 23 minutes to go\\
But nobody asked me how I feel I've got 22 minutes to go

[[folder:Level 9]]
* Music/ChildrenOfBodom comes to 8 or 9 with its murder promises, raining gore and general angry swearing -- it isn't nearly detailed enough to score 10 in any case.
* "Ilona" by Apulanta, if you get the suicide theme. In any case, it remains in the metaphor level.
* Music/XJapan 's theme for ''Anime/SaintSeiya: Legend Of Sanctuary,'' "Hero," actually lands here, despite being a 3 on the hardness scale in the Music/VioletUK / Yoshiki solo version, and ''barely'' a 6 on the hardness scale in the Music/XJapan band version, due to an explicit, almost ''indulgent'' focus on SelfHarm that would put ''anything'' by Music/MyChemicalRomance or any other "emo" band to shame, though the song has AnAesop of finding one's strength within to overcome...
-->I was such a mess the other day I hurt myself to see\\
Ahhh, if you care, if you bleed\\
Like cracks in the mirror\\
Ahhh, I slit my skin, 'Till I felt something real\\
'Cause I was losing, losing my reflection
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre. We have songs about extreme alienation and despair ("Broken", "Play Dead"), meaningless sex ("Promise Me", "Video Kid"), dysfunctional and possibly abusive relationships ("Falling Down", "Violet", "Two Hearts"), psychotic obsession ("Midnight", "Blue"), suicide and self-harm ("Under The Stairs") and outright murder ("Lover's End" and, of course "Happy Birthday", which is where their name comes from).
* Music/{{Kamelot}}: the Elizabeth trilogy, sometimes
* The Music/BlueOysterCult[='=]s ''Golden Age of Leather'' uses Music/TheBeachBoys style vocal harmonies and West Coast surfer rhythm (scale two or three for musical hardness? Evokes sunny California beach days where everyone has a good time and all re alive at sunset?) But its ''lyrics'' are about old Hell's Angels getting together for a last battle to the death, with a bit of gang-rape thrown in as an appetizer. The dissonance between the two creates something entirely other and shocking...
* Music/{{Laibach}} (the musical wing of a Slovene art collective which appropriates totalitarian imagery and themes for artistic purposes) appears not to be a 7, but to range from 8 to 11.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance have some songs around this level...[[LyricalDissonance often set to a rather happy tune.]]
Stand up fuckin' tall, don't let them see your back!\\
And take my fuckin' hand, and never be afraid again. (This is the CHORUS.)\\
Well, let's go back to the middle of the day that started it all,\\
I can't begin to let you know just what I'm feeling,\\
And now the red ones make me fly, and the blue ones make me fall,\\
And I think I'll blow my brains against the ceiling.\\
Na na na na na na na, you run the company,\\
Na na na na na na na, fuck like a [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Kennedy,]]\\
Na na na na na na na, I think we'd rather be\\
Burning your information.
* ''The Holy Bible'' by Music/ManicStreetPreachers. Lyrical content includes prostitution, a cynical view of American Politics, the Holocaust and references to SelfHarm. But that's just the beginning. The album contains songs that glorify Anorexia Nervosa, Suicide, and jokes that atrocities are okay as long as everything is politically correct. A prime example of CreatorBreakdown.
* "Teenage Whore" by Music/{{Hole}}
* Liz Phair's "Flower" isn't hateful, but it's pretty deliberately sexually explicit and not at all romantic. In it, she expresses her desire to "fuck you 'till your dick is blue." Ouch.
* The infamous "Frankie Teardrop" by Suicide. It's a straightforward tale about a young man who murders his wife and baby before committing suicide. Also, bloodcurdling screams. Set to minimalist, oppressive electronic music.
* Speaking of multiple murder, how about Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska"?
-->From the town of Lincoln, Nebraska with a sawed-off .410 on my lap\\
Through the badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path\\
I can't say that I'm sorry for the things that we done\\
At least for a little while sir me and her we had us some fun
* "Klapp Klapp" by Little Dragon resides at this level, as the lyrics depict suicide, though in a rather ambiguous manner. [[LyricalDissonance This becomes especially jarring if you consider that it's a quite bouncy trip-hop song.]]
-->Somebody found us dancing\\
You can turn off and feel better\\
When everything’s clear like cold weather\\
Go feel better, feel better\\\
Somebody from my heart sang\\
I could turn off and never wake up\\
And everything’s clear, my breath made like-steam fake\\
Feel better
* "Monochromatic Stains" by Music/DarkTranquillity. Depicts scene of murder, denial of murder, and [[UnreliableNarrator possible psychosis]].
-->This pile of ashes of a soul\\
Informant pokes abound\\
These sickly little fingers\\
Get away from me\\\
Tread not the path of least restraint\\
Each piece of evidence a lie, a lie\\
The body, the face all items in place\\
I don't remember a thing
* Music/SoundHorizon's ''Elysion'' album, [[LyricalDissonance in stark contrast to the light tone of the music itself]]. Subjects include decapitation, revenge killings, murder and implied suicide, incest, crucifixion, rape, {{yandere}}s, opening the gates of Abyss, waking up in Abyss, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a creepy masked man]].
* Music/AliceInChains often gets up here on sheer hopelessness. Take the song [[ Am I Inside]]. Its a clear 1 on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness , and yet the lyrics are so self hating and dark that it makes it up to a borderline 9. Most songs on ''Dirt'' and ''Alice In Chains'' are at this level.
* "Teen Idle" by Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds :
-->Yeah I wish I'd been, wish I'd been a teen, teen idle\\
Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title\\
Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible\\
Feeling super-super-super-suicidal...\\
The wasted years, the wasted youth\\
The pretty lies, the ugly truth\\
The day has come where I have died...\\
Only to find I've come alive!
* "Rapp Dirty" by Blowfly. The only reason it's not higher is it's [[RefugeInAudacity extreme vulgarity]] is [[PlayedForLaughs played entirely for comedy.]] For example:
-->While I was going around the corner, doing about 80\\
Looking between the thighs of some big pussy lady\\
While checking out the thighs of this fine ho\\
I could tell she had a lotta ass below\\
But stopped up ahead for a bite to eat\\
I said, "Hey bitch, give me some of this fine meat"\\
She said, "I got it here, so come on with it\\
But just make sure you got enough meat to get it"\\
I said, "My hands are large, and my prick is bigger\\
Just open up your eyes while I pull my trigger, yeah"\\
I grabbed the bitch by the hair and then headed for the room\\
She had a fine body, but a face like a coon\\
She sat on the bed and pulled off her clothes\\
As the funk from her pussy started fuckin' with my nose\\
Suddenly I find that it all was a waste\\
[[UnsettlingGenderReveal Cause there was a big prick staring me in the face]]
I kicked it with my feet and hit it with my hand
What I thought was a bitch was nothing but a man
* [[HardcoreTechno Nu-style gabber techno]] usually ranks around this level. One of the most famous songs of this genre, "[[ You're a Hardcore Hooligan]]" by DJ Paul Elstak, talks precisely about bare-fisted street brawls between football hooligans, with some phrases about hooliganism being better than "sitting on your armchair wanking to pop idols". Then there's "[[ Don't Fuck with Me]]" by Angerfist, which instead of lyrics has samples from ''{{Scarface}}''.
* Music/LaDispute is here. While not particularly vulgar, the sheer emotion put into the lyrics arranged in the way they are makes their songs possibly the saddest songs in this part of the scale.
* Daddy by Korn is about the lead singer of the band being raped as a young child by a family friend, and borders on a 10 due to how graphic and vulgar it gets at some points. Faget isn't as lyrically heavy, but involves quite a lot of profanity and revolves around the lead singer being physically harassed and called homophobic slurs for his interests during high school.

[[folder:Level 10]]
* Almost the entire ''oevure'' of Music/DirEnGrey. They have a few songs that ping lower (e.g. their instrumentals at 0, ''Ain't Afraid To Die'' ''could'' be a 7 if the protagonist is just dying naturally as opposed to a suicide) but for the most part they are here or 11.
* Music/GGAllin, if not 11.
* Most of Music/JackOffJill's lyrics fit here, although it's difficutlt to tell what they're ''about''; unlike traditional {{Murder Ballad}}s, the lyrics of Jack Off Jill songs seem more like random assortments of violent imagery and profanity. "Boygrinder" is an example, but not even the most extreme case of JOJ's lyrical hardness:
-->We all…like it more…when we…get raped\\
Can't kill yourself when you whine about it\\
Can't kill yourself when you wanna fuck\\
Can't kill yourself when you're one of us\\
You can't kill your…\\
Put me in the corner, blot me in the powder\\
Take me like a poison, then kill your self\\
See yourself through my eyes, and you get fucked\\
Everybody's crazy, they're simply fucked
* The title song from Music/NineInchNails' ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' fits nicely here. It seems to present suicide as a reasonable solution, albeit with a hint of sarcasm. Still, it's troubling. "Burn" from the deluxe edition of the same album also paints quite a bleak picture.
-->Something inside of me, has opened up it's eyes\\
Why did you put it there? Did you not realize\\
This thing inside of me, it screams the loudest sound\\
Sometimes I think I could\\
I'm gonna burn this whole world down!
** "Closer" as well. It can be considered a straightforward ''lust'' song, with these infamous lines:
--->I wanna fuck you like an animal\\
I wanna feel you from the inside
* Music/MarilynManson's heavier songs typically hover here, especially on ''Music/AntichristSuperstar'' and ''Golden Age of Grotesque''. Some of ''Born Villain'', especially "Pistol Whipped" and "Overneath The Path of Misery". ''Holy Wood'', due to it's extremely sarcastic and parodic nature, hovers between this and 11, starting at 11, going to 10, and ending at 11. ''The High End of Low'' mostly sits here, with it being inspired by Manson's (first) breakup with Evan Rachel-Wood, which was followed by a downward spiral of drugs, absinthe and self-mutilation (all those wrinkles on his face are not wrinkles, they're scars). The album was written on the walls of his mansion. All of the walls. And the doors. Some of the next album, ''Born Villain'', even was taken from those writings. Manson was quoted as saying that he didn't even recognize the person who wrote it.
* Most of Music/{{NWA}}'s output is this, including ''Music/StraightOuttaCompton'', which lead to radio stations at the time outright refusing to play their songs due to how hard they are.
* Electric Wizard's "We Hate You". Told from the point of view of a youth who's off to murder as many people as he can find with his father's gun. Plenty of songs are about this sort of thing, but the thing about "We Hate You" is that it's never made all that clear if having homicidal hatred towards everyone is necessarily a bad thing.
* Music/{{Tool}}'s "Prison Sex" is about the child abuse cycle. [[ParentalIncest And we're not talking about verbal abuse, either...]]
-->I've come round full circle\\
My lamb and martyr, this will be over soon\\
You look so precious
** even more fucked up that the lyrics more than strongly imply that the narrator will continue the vicious abuse cycle
* Music/{{Slipknot}} has songs like "Iowa" (a SerialKiller's ode to his victim) and "Disasterpiece":
-->I wanna slit your throat and fuck the wound\\
I wanna push my face in and feel the swoon\\
I wanna dig inside, find a little bit of me\\
Cuz the line gets crossed when you don't come clean
* Though most of Music/TheOffspring's tracks don't score very high on this scale, "[[ Beheaded]]" is a high 10 or possibly a low 11, being a MurderBallad about an AxCrazy murderer who gleefully decapitates his victims:
-->Watch my girlfriend come to the door\\
Chop off her head, she falls to the floor\\
Watching my baby's jugular flow\\
Really makes my motor go
* Although the lyrical hardness of their latest album, ''Book Burner'', was a 7 or an 8, Music/PigDestroyer has a lot of songs with this level of lyrical hardness, mostly from their 2001 album "Prowler in the Yard". Special mention goes to "Jennifer":
-->Jennifer wrestled her friend playfully to the ground\\
in front of the snowcone stand\\
and began licking at the girl's eyeballs, as if they were sugar cubes.
* Music/LimpBizkit's "Hot Dog", with its legendary [[ClusterFBomb forty-eight uses of the word "fuck".]]
* Music/GunsNRoses lived here in their early days, from actual sex noises in "Rocket Queen" from ''Music/AppetiteForDestruction'', to naming an EP "Live Like a Suicide", to starting "My Michelle" with
-->Your daddy works in porno\\
Now that mommy's not around\\
She used to love her heroin\\
Now she's underground
* Rammstein is usually here, like "Spieluhr" which is about a childs apparent death which leads to it getting buried alive:
-->Bumpety bump, rider\\
And no angel descents\\
My heart does not beat anymore\\
Only the rain weeps at the grave\\
Bumpety bump, rider\\
A melody in the wind\\
My heart does not beat anymore\\
And from the ground the child sings

[[folder:Level 11]]
* N.W.A's "Appitite For Destruction" is a Horrorcore-esque song and can be considered a low 11.
** "The sound of the nine went bang, and all over the wall was his motherfuckin' brain."
** "I like it when the pussy goes snap, crackle, and pop."
* Most Horrorcore, Grindcore and Pornogrind Is at this level
* Music/AnalCunt's entire musical output. What else did you expect from a band with such [[AssShove a]] [[CountryMatters name]]; along with song titles such as I Lit Your Baby On Fire, Recycling Is Gay, and I Sent Concentration Camp Footage to America's Funniest Home Videos just to name a few.
* Similar to the above, this is pretty much the ''raison d'etre'' of [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]].
* Another similar case, all of the output by Music/CannibalCorpse. Their {{Gorn}} thematics are so nauseating, so line-crossing and so nightmare-inducing they couldn't be ranked any lower than a hard 11.
* [[ Agitated Screams of Maggots]] by Music/DirEnGrey, especially so with the [[MemeticMutation everlasting]] '''I'LL RAPE YOUR DAUGHTER!!!! ON YOUR GRAVE!!!!'''.[[note]]The song itself is a very hard 10 on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness; its "unplugged" version, though, despite hundred-percent ''acoustic'' instrumentation, is a '''''VERY HARD 11.'''''[[/note]]
** "Obscure" is also at this level; the lyrics are just plain wrong, and it gets worse -- the line "BLOODY BABY SACRIFICE!" is shouted repeatedly during the bridge of the song.
* Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence [[{{Understatement}} occasionally]] lapses into this territory, especially the song "Backmask Warning"
-->Hey! All the people you love\\
In a river of blood\\
And don't forget the guns!\\
(You're gonna need 'em to go kill yourself)
** Also, "Straight To Video".
--->All the problems make me wanna go\\
Like a bad girl straight to video\\
Little darling, welcome to the show\\
You're a failure played in stereo!!!
* Music/FrankZappa arguably ranks here - from the merry pornofests such as "Dinah-Moe Hum" (six minutes dedicated to squicky describing sex with a prostitute and her sister) from ''Music/OverNiteSensation'', "Stick it out" (guy begs a robot to fuck him really hard… in German, no less) from ''Music/JoesGarage'' or "Keep it Greasey" (well…) to the jolly squickfests of "Magdalena" (father very vividly drools over his teenage daughter's tits, dreams of smearing her with mayo and caopectate… includes such gems as "I thought - oh my God, I gave my sperm to this thing!") from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' or "Jewish Princess" ("who squeaks when she cums", among other things... and he demands her in a song stuffed with sounds that just might have been picked up from a Turkish porno) from ''Music/SheikYerbouti''. Even the parental guidance level comparability fits - nobody in his right mind would (or should) hand out albums like ''Music/JoesGarage'' or ''Music/SheikYerbouti'' to a minor. Actually, many (most?) of his songs indeed are humorous/satirical/PC-fighting in nature.
* Music/NineInchNails' "Big Man With a Gun" is a satirical ditty about how great it feels to be a well-endowed rapist: "Held against your forehead, I'll make ya suck it! Maybe I'll put a hole in your head, y'know, just for the fuck of it!" Trent Reznor meant it as a social critique of misogynist, dominant masculinity (and partly as a TakeThat towards GangstaRap, about which he said "I enjoy it, but I could do without the degree of misogyny and hatred of women and abuse." in a 1996 ''Spin'' interview), but he still got crap for it, even though it was satire.
** Interestingly, for all the controversy over ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'''s lyrics, it was a different song called "Just Do It" (a short song urging the listener to commit suicide, with the entire lyrics being "Just do it, nobody cares at all") that actually scared co-producer Mark "Flood" Ellis into demanding that it be removed from the album, even though on the surface its lyrics are nowhere near as [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] as "Big Man with a Gun".
* Music/MarilynManson's ''Music/HolyWoodInTheShadowOfTheValleyOfDeath'' album starts here, with songs like "The Fight Song" and "Disposable Teens" having a more sarcastic nature (especially the latter). It then slams into 10, only to make a return back here near the end, but no longer sarcastically, as the protagonist, Adam Kadmon, has given up all hope and is about to kill himself (and then does). This, [[SarcasmMode of course]], [[SincerityMode leads into the previous album]]. The "Cake and Sodomy" remix/cover by Tony [[MeaningfulName Wiggins]], known as "White Trash", flies so far up here that they were required to bleep parts of it, a feat later repeated in "Blank and White". Also, "Pretty As A Swastika" and "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon", also from ''The High End of Low''. ''Golden Age of Grotesque'' floats around here sometimes, especially "Para-noir"
-->Fuck you because I loved you\\
Fuck you for loving it too\\
I don't need a reason to hate you the way that I do
** Additionally, the Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids discography is here mostly for it's intentional over-the-topness, from sampling Charles Manson in "My Monkey" to "Red (In My) Head" being from the viewpoint of a child molester to "Son of Man"; a song about the Son of Sam set to "Iron Man". But, when one of your founding principles is to offend people, that's to be taken for granted.
* The early material of Australian {{deathcore}} band Thy Art Is Murder mostly resides at this level, as the lyrics seem to be from the point of view of rapacious, homicidal, woman-hating psychopath. Songs include "Whore to a Chainsaw" (serial murder), "I'll Show You God" (murder-rape) and "Infinite Death" (serial murder-rape)("Lock up your daughters! Lock up your sluts!"). They rival Anal Cunt in lyrical horribleness. And to think they're one of deathcore's biggest [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorses...]][[note]]And to even think that they also go up to 11 in the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness...[[/note]]
** Their later material drops down to a 10, as they shift away from outright misogynistic {{gorn}} to a more [[HumansAreBastards misanthropic]] POV, and horror stories, as their main lyrical themes.
* The British band Ingested. Their early stuff nearly breaks 11. All you really have to do to realize what I mean is take a look at some of the song titles, which includes "Anal Evisceration", "Pre-Released Foetal Mush", "Condemned To Rape", and many more. If you want to actually read the lyrics, [[SchmuckBait go ahead!]] Just make sure to prepare some BrainBleach.
* Anthems from UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution like "Ah Ça Ira" (below) or "La Marseillaise" (which calls for quenching the soil with blood). Basically death threats against counter-revolutionaries. Would have been a 10 if not sung by sans culotte that in many cases where armed.[[note]] ''La Marseillasise'' is currently the official french anthem, although only some verses were kept and in rewritten form[[/note]]
-->Ah! It'll be fine, It'll be fine, It'll be fine\\
aristocrats to the lamp-post\\
Ah! It'll be fine, It'll be fine, It'll be fine\\
the aristocrats, we'll hang them!\\
If we don't hang them\\
We'll break them\\
If we don't break them\\
We'll burn them\\
Ah! It'll be fine, It'll be fine, It'll be fine
* "All Pigs Must Die" by Music/DeathInJune has explicitly hateful, if cryptic, lyrics, [[LyricalDissonance despite]] having very soft and mellow instrumentation. Also true for many other {{Neofolk}} songs.
-->All pigs must die\\
This ain't August '69\\
All pigs must die\\
7 & 7 -- Sieg Heil -- sublime!
* Music/{{OFWGKTA}} frequently ranks here, especially their older material. Examples include the entirety of Earl Sweatshirt's mixtape ''Earl'' (which includes gratuitously articulate lyrics about murder, dismemberment, rape, necrophilia and blasphemy, along with homophobic slurs and references to Nazism and the KKK) and Tyler, the Creator songs like "French" and "Tron Cat" (which talk about sodomizing the Virgin Mary and raping a pregnant woman, respectively). Jasper Dolphin and Taco are also notable examples, who often rap about "punching bitches," kidnap, rape and treating girlfriends like sex slaves ("Real Bitch" and Tyler's "Bitch Suck Dick"). Thanks to Tyler you can add bestiality ("Tron Cat") and even implied pedophilia (the bridge section of "Fish") to Odd Future's arsenal of lyrical taboos.
* Music/PassengerOfShit pretty much ''lives'' here--one only needs to look so far as their track titles, which include "Nail My Dick To Your Face," "Staple Tapeworms On My Penis," and "Slicing Up Ya Prick."
* VisualKei artist Music/MariaCross is here, thanks to a combination of IntercourseWithYou and IndecipherableLyrics taken UpToEleven. Yes, really...check out the header quote on [[AmbiguousGender zis]] page.
* Music/LordsOfAcid, get up to this level in their more {{squick}}-driven songs, such as "Paranormal Energy" and "ABC's of Kinky Sex".
* Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Wiener Blut" talks about a [[NightmareFuel bone-chilling event]] [[TruthInTelevision that actually happened in real life]], that is, the [[ Fritzl case.]] Here are the first few lyrics translated in English.
-->Come with me, come into my castle\\
Fun waits for us in the basement there\\
Gentle, gentle we want to be\\
Liberate the moment from time\\
Yes, paradise lies under the house\\
The door falls closed, the lights go out\\
...Are you ready\\
...Are you ready to go?\\
Welcome... '''''TO THE DARKNESS!!!!!!'''''
* Lisa Gemano, "A Psychopath"
-->I hear a scream, I see me scream,\\
Is it from memory\\
Am I awake, am I alone,\\
When it is sunrise\\\
A baseball bat, a thing of mace\\
That thing of mace, the thing of mace,\\
Where did I leave it\\
A psychopath, a psychopath,\\\
He says he loves me\\
And I'm alone, and I am cold\\
And paralyzed,\\
I can't move
* Music/VelvetUnderground and their chief songwriter Creator/LouReed tell a [[BingeMontage madly narrated]] murder story during [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy an orgy]] [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll on drugs]] with [[DragQueen drag queens]] in their [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth demented]] 17-minutes-long "Sister Ray" from ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat''.
-->Don't you know, you'll stain the carpet?\\
Oh it, it just, just all over the floor, the floor\\
Too busy sucking on a [[MemeticMutation ding-dong]]
* Music/GetoBoys' infamous "Mind of a Lunatic", which more than lives up to its title, describing pretty much every major crime one could think of in graphic detail. The song's lyrics were so explicit, the distributor of their self-titled album placed two warning stickers on it.
* Music/ThrobbingGristle's Slug Bait, which is basically a home invasion nightmare that ends with a pregnant woman's child getting cut out and mutilated, among other things.
* Many songs in Music/{{Eminem}}'s discography easily fit in here. Songs such as "Kim", which describes him, in vivid detail, killing his ex-wife (The song's namesake, Kim). Another example would be "Guilty Conscience" which involves Eminem and Music/DrDre acting out as the conscience of various characters. The consciences argue over different things such as whether not characters should commit murder, rape, and other crimes.
* Aborted Hitler Cock. The name should be enough of a warning. Their lyrics, ([[IndecipherableLyrics if you can understand them]]), tend to be so obscene they become funny instead of offensive, depicting rape and murder in a positive light. For example, here are the lyrics from "Using Rapebabies as Riotshields"
-->Apocalyptic battlefield\\
Rapebabies as riotshields\\
From the gaping maw they bring\\
Makeshift weapons made from limbs\\
Pathology of human war\\
Now the streets are paved with gore\\
Skies turn black, seas turn red\\
Won't stop till every human's dead
* Everything by the British HarshNoise project Music/{{Whitehouse}}, amplified by their occupation of the 11th level on the Rock And Metal Hardness Scale as well. The opening lines to "Why You Never Became a Dancer" probably exhibit it the most.
-->Can I suggest you\\
Get [[PrecisionFStrike fucked]]\\
While you lie about [[CrossesTheLineTwice child-molesting gropes\\
And park bench flashers and pervert creeps]]\\
[[RefugeInAudacity And anal virginity and Polaroid snaps\\
And verbal abuse and bathroom rapes]]
* The so-called "unhinged corridos" ''(corridos alterados)'', a subgenre of the traditional Mexican narcocorridos, usually rank somewhere between 10 and 11, with the most extreme examples being basically songs about how awesome it is to behead random civilians and start random shootings in the busiest intersection during rush hour just for fun and without ever getting punished because your closest business partners are El Z-40 and the President.
* Moon Man's TTS rap songs. The lyrics are typically so racist and horrible that we don't want to transcribe them here. Potentially even worse since they might be semi-serious.