This selection of songs is not the musical equivalent of wearing a sexy cat costume for Halloween, but an assortment of truly spine-chilling and menacing songs perfect for raising hell this All Hallows’ Eve. (Please be wary, some of these videos contain flashing images.)
1. Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)
This song is a sultry, tongue-in-cheek ode to Goth girls, inspired by a vain ex-girlfriend of the vocalist Peter Steele. The doom and gloom of Black No. 1 is sure to possess you with the Halloween spirit.
2. Nine Inch Nails – Into The Void/Came Back Haunted
Though Trent Reznor may be singing about fighting his figurative demons, the dark groove of Into The Void makes it well suited to a Halloween playlist, plus it features briefly in the horror film Final Destination, as he literally says the words ‘final destination’, subtle. Alternatively, you could play Came Back Haunted after you return from Kelsey’s or whichever hellhole you venture to this Halloween.
3. The Cure – Lullaby
This lullaby is about a ‘Spiderman’, however it’s certainly not about Peter Parker, but a giant human-eating arachnid. Equal parts seductive and equal parts sinister, this is the ideal song to slow things down a little.
4. Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Owing half his name to cult leader Charles Manson, it’s no surprise that Marilyn Manson has made his way onto this list. Marilyn Manson has graced us with several creepy covers of songs such as Tainted Love and This Is Halloween, but seeing as Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams already should be a mainstay on any party playlist, one may as well Goth it up with this version.
5. The Misfits – Scream
A wealth of horror movies serves as the inspiration and subject of their music, making The Misfits apt for an All Hallows’ Eve party. You could easily pick any of their songs, but this one is, well, a scream. The music video was even directed by ‘Father of the Zombie Film’, George A. Romero himself.
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
There’s no better way to maintain the eerie atmosphere of Halloween than with Red Right Hand, a malicious tale of a mysterious figure of vengeance. Due to its creepiness, this song has been featured in each of the first three Scream movies, Hellboy and Dumb and Dumber.
7. Rob Zombie –Dragula/Living Dead Girl
If his name isn’t enough to convince you that he deserves a place on your Halloween playlist, perhaps his credentials as director of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and the 2007 remake of Halloween, will. It’s simply too difficult to choose between Rob Zombie’s Dragula and Living Dead Girl, so I won’t, both deliver vintage horror and heavy riffs.
8. Sharon Needles – Call Me On The Ouija Board
You may remember Sharon Needles as the winner of season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she has since gone on to create some spooktastic music. The infectious cheerfulness of Call Me On The Ouija Board is sure to liven up your party, whilst still being thematically creepy. Sharon Needles also has the perfect motto to live by this Halloween and always, ‘when in doubt, freak them out’.
9. Ghost – Monstrance Clock
Ghost consists of vocalist/anti-Pope Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls, who perform songs in praise of Satan and do so with a wicked sense of humour, so of course they should appear on a Halloween playlist. Since, in the words of Papa Emeritus it ‘is regarded as the craft of the devil’, Monstrance Clock ‘celebrates the female orgasm’. This song serves as the climax for their haunting live shows and ought to come in your playlist.
10. In This Moment – Oh Lord
After a night of doubtless drinking and depravity, I can’t recommend a better song with which to cast the devil away than with this killer track from In This Moment.
Have fun this Halloween, raise hell and ‘when in doubt freak them out’.
(I couldn’t resist another one, I have hordes of
zombies songs perfect for Halloween.)