Normally, Top 10 lists are fun to make, but my latest list wasn't such a blast to put together. Living through the death of a close friend or loved one is a painful experience, but because it's a subject that stirs up such passionate emotions, art can be a great way to express those difficult feelings. (Especially when you're a band like Alice in Chains, who lost lead singer Layne Staley.) With that in mind, I've compiled a list of 10 great rock songs that confront death -- whether it be from natural causes or suicide -- with blunt honesty and poignant sentiment. These can sometimes be hard songs to hear, but at certain times, they can be enormously comforting.
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