«(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 LucasMurray Krugman, and Sandy Pearlman. It is built around Dharma’s guitar riff that opens the song and repeats throughout. A cowbell is used in the background, although there are differing accounts as to who played it. 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.

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