Blue Oyster Cult, "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" (1976)
"(Don't Fear) the Reaper" became Blue Oyster Cult's biggest hit, even though lyrics about the inevitability of death aren't usually Top 40 fare. Although their lead singer was Eric Bloom, "Don't Fear (the Reaper)" was written and sung by the band's lead guitarist Buck Dharma (a.k.a. Donald Roeser, who, years later, also wrote and sang the band's second-biggest hit, "Burnin' for You.") Recent research suggests, by the way, that the daily global death toll is close to 140,000 men and women, not 40,000.