Halloween songs

I started posting all these on facebook, but that’s probably annoying and you guys have a wider range than I do. What are you favorite Halloween songs?

Here are a few of mine:

Strangely, I listened to Sting more than I listened to the Police growing up. This is from when he was being deep, but it is an appropriately creepy song.

I couldn’t find my favorite version of this song, but this one will do. Poor, poor Dracula.

Three Jonathan Coulton songs. My favorite is the last. That said, I’m just scratching the surface of Jonathan Coulton Halloween songs.

I found this group via Pandora. I think they only came out with one album. But I do love this song.

Finally, two classics:

So, what would go on your Halloween playlist?


16 thoughts on “Halloween songs

  1. Fun, glad you did this. I thought about it but you beat me to it. 🙂

    Ministry is sort of a given:

    This one is fun:

    I think just about anything Dax Riggs does would qualify (he only writes about blood, death and love):

    Down by the ocean
    The frogmen are surfacing but,
    The beast beneath the skin has been
    Whispering, wondering
    Wondering, whispering

  2. Two for folks who are scared of clowns:

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

    The Sufjan Stevens song is as creepy sad as they come

  3. Ran a spooky corner of the ward party on Saturday. Here were songs I found on my iTunes to use as the background music.

    The Cramps “Human Fly”
    Siouxsie and the Banshees “Christine”
    Specials “Ghost Town”
    Dead Man’s Bones “My Body is a Zombie for You”
    Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”, “Ghost of Stephen Foster”Laurie Berkner “Monster Boogie”
    David Bowie “Scary Monsters”
    Johnny Cash, “Long Black Veil” “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
    Jonathan Richman “Party in the Woods”
    Michael Jackson “Thriller”
    Creedence “I Put a spell on you” “Bad Moon Rising”
    Doors “People are Strange”
    Bauhaus “Bela Legosi’s Dead” “She’s in parties”
    Nick Cave “Red Right Hand” “Where the wild roses grow”
    Sufjan Stevens “They are night zombies!!”
    Black Keys “Psychotic Girl”
    Gnarls Barkley, “Boogie Monster,”
    Elvis Costello “Psycho”
    Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy”
    Monster mash
    Screamin Jay Hawkins “I put a spell on you”

  4. To add to what has already been listed… here are songs in my collection I like to play this time of year:

    Rose and the Arrangement: “The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati”

    Alice Cooper: “The Ballad of Dwight Frye” (“Dead Babies” works here to… Hell, nearly ANYTHING by Alice works

    Kate Bush: “Hammer Horror”

    Tom Lehrer: “I Hold Your Hand in Mind” (look up the lyrics; you’ll see it’s appropriate)

    Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” and “Noone Lives Forever”

    Snakefarm: “The Banks of the Ohio”

    Tori Amos: “The Happy Phantom”

    Elvis Costello: “God’s Comic”

    Napoleon XIV: “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha!”

    Talking Heads: “Psycho Killer”

    Blue Oyster Cult: “Don’t Fear the Reaper”

    Warren Zevon: “Werewolves of London”

    They Might Be Giants: “Turn Around”

    Blotto: “My Baby’s the Star of a Driver’s Ed Movie”

    Grateful Dead: “Friend of the Devil”

    The Beatles: “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” and “Devil in Her Heart”

    The Police: “Every Breath You Take”

    MC 500 Ft Jesus: “The Killer Inside Me”

    The Eagles: “Witchy Woman”

    Mike Oldfield: “Tubular Bells, Part 1”

    Stan Ridgway: “Camouflage”

    As you can see, the list is somewhat heavy with novelty/humorous songs. But there are a few genuinely creepy songs mixed in. I set this as a playlist in my iTunes at parties and set it to shuffle…

  5. Oh, yeah! Forgot about Timothy, which was a big hit when I was in my early teens. We never bought the press story that Timothy was a mule…

  6. These are all good suggestions. Here are some more from my Halloween playlist:

    Gillian Welch: Caleb Meyer (about a woman who kills her would be rapist and is haunted by his ghost)
    Dave Matthews: Gravedigger
    Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark
    Ralph Stanley: O Death
    The Mars Volta: Miranda That Ghost…

    A bunch of Tom Waits, some Tool, some Metallica, and some Nine Inch Nails.

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