- Jus Josh's rendition of Beyoncé's Halo is a pretty striking example, using holy imagery to describe a Bastard Boyfriend and how he doesn't deserve it. Pretty much the opposite of Beyoncé song, where the divine motifs are unironic.
- The lyrics of Linkin Park's "Iridescent" have this odd stanza:
"And in the burst of light that blinded every angel/
As if the sky had blown the heavens into stars/
You felt the gravity of temper grace falling into empty space/
No one there to catch you in their arms"
- Music of the Night in The Phantom of the Opera: "Turn your face away/from the garish light of day./Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light."
- Evil Angel by Breaking Benjamin.
- Evil Angel is also the name of a song by Rufus Wainwright.
- "Tornado of Souls" by Megadeth.
- Lady Gaga's video for "Bad Romance." White walls and furnishings, bright lighting, lots of white and/or sparkly costumes, and the plot (as far as the audience can tell) involves slavery and murder.
- "Alejandro" has her character as dressing white, saint like robes; depending on who you ask, she was meant to represent the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy (although, depending on how you feel about that, she might be your hero). And the infamous ending had her face melting away while her eyes and mouth were replaced by light; many will be glad to inform you of how terrifying that looked.
- "Lights will guide you home/And ignite your bones
- From, ironically enough, "In The Dark Of The Night" from Anastasia: "Let your evil shine!".
- Descent of the Archangel by Kamelot.
- Though it's hard to decipher the exact meaning, the narrator of Fleet Foxes' "The Shrine/An Argument" seems to have a strong aversion to sunlight.
- Pepe Deluxé's Queen of the Wave. It's spelled out in the liner notes: the song "A Night and a Day" is "a poetic synopsis of Mainin's (whose name means 'light') first steps to becoming a light adrift on the seas, a lure to death for all those who followed him."
- Rammsteins "Hier kommt die Sonne": "The sun is shining out of my hands/ Can burn, can blind you/ When it breaks out of [my] fist/ Lays itself hotly on [your] face" ("Die Snne scheint mire aus den Händen/ Kann verbrennen, kann euch blenden/ Wenn sie as den Fausten bricht/ Legt sich heiß auf das Gesicht")
- UNICORNS FROM HELL. Unicorns still have their "heavenly" look, but they're appearently nazis now.
- "Dark Light" from the Kiss album Music from "The Elder".
- The general message of Marilyn Manson is half this, half Dark Is Not Evil. Even the original Theme Naming was about this. The first half of the names was taken from a female sex symbol, and the second half from a convicted murderer. As Marilyn Manson himself said, Marilyn Monroe had bad qualities about her, and Charles Manson has good ones about him (environmentalism, for example). We see only the badness in people we're told are bad, and only the good in people we're told are good. Much of the band's songs and videos highlight these subjects, ranging from the video for Dope Hat's even darker take on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory's boat scene, to Coma White, a song about suicide by OD, to the entire character of Omega (pronounced oh-me-ga) from Mechanical Animals, who is completely white as paper besides for his hair and makeup (and sometimes even his hair is white), but is a dead inside rock star androgynous space alien. The Unseen, Alpha (also called Mar1lyn Man5on due to Manson's obsession with 15), meanwhile, is a hopeless romantic, who is the other protagonist of the album and sings the emotional songs on it. Manson himself, although dressing in all black most of the time, and covered in tattoos, is an intelligent, Deadpan Snarker who often shows that, despite his shocking image, is actually extremely laid back. His closest love in the world is his pet cat, Lily White, who he considers his child.
- Played with interestingly in the Iron Maiden song "Lord of Light." The Lord of Light in question is, of course, Lucifer, but there is room for doubt as to how evil he's meant to be (not helped by the fact that he's one of the narrators in the song, all of which are unreliable). Is he trying to tempt the character(s) he's speaking to into sin? Warn them away from the fate he's consigned himself to? Provide them with a suitable alternative to their own corrupt religion? It's impossible to say.
- The Spawn of Possession song "Apparition" has the titular angel who appears as a being of light, who convinces the father of a family to murder his wife and daughter. It later reveals itself to be a demon as it takes his son away.
- The Avantasia song "Wake Up To The Moon": The lines "Follow your heart and run/ Seek shelter from the day" and "Child of the ocean floor/ No need of daylight that deceives you" in particular.