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Blue Öyster Cult

(Don'T Fear) The Reaper

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“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is a song by the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult from their 1976 album, Agents of Fortune. It was written and sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and was produced by David Lucas, Murray Krugman, and Sandy Pearlman. It is built around Dharma’s guitar riff that opens the song and repeats throughout. The lyrics deal with eternal love and the inevitability of death. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself. The edited single version was Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest chart success, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1976. Critical reception was mainly positive. In 2004, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was listed at number 397 on the Rolling Stone list of the top 500 songs of... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ La, la, la, la, la ... Come on baby, don't fear the reaper ... Here but now they're gone

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This song is listed #397 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by Blue Öyster Cult (See Charts): She'S As Beautiful As A Foot, Celestial The Queen, The Red And The Black, Don'T Turn Your Back, Buck’s Boogie, The Revenge Of Vera Gemini, Career Of Evil, Hot Rails To Hell, Joan Crawford, and Monsters.

Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing'S Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


James B wrote on May, 20th 2016 at 4:19am:
Captures the essence of when music really was music. The era of this music lives on with those who listen.

Janne wrote on September, 5th 2015 at 3:53pm:
Melancolic and hopfull, just awsam.

Ryan wrote on July, 11th 2015 at 9:03pm:
This should say Metal song from 1976. Beautiful song, however.

#Rokon wrote on June, 25th 2015 at 8:00am:
This Is one of those great, well written songs that will always sound fresh and the content will always retain it's deep psychological message of love, life and death.

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