Halloween Playlist: Ten Songs for When You Are in the Mood to be Spooked
Midterms will not be the only thing that scare you this Halloween
Nikki Chawla CONTRIBUTOR
“Dracula’s Wedding” by Andre ft. Kelis
The heavy synth layered over soft acoustic guitar sets up the song for the perfect starter to your Halloween mood. The lyrics are filled with enough spooky imagery to make even the bravest of Halloween fans feel a shiver run down their spines create the perfectly eerie-yet-chill song.
“Scary monsters (And Super Creeps)” by David Bowie
Can David Bowie ever be a bad choice? Definitely not when it comes to this song. The lyrics pack a punch, painting a world viewed through a veil of madness so that everyone is seen as a “super creep.” Let the perfect blend of heart-pumping rhythm and Bowie’s voice fill you with enjoyable dread.
“Has Ended” by Thom Yorke
If the fact that this song is featured on the soundtrack to Suspiria wasn’t enough, let the insistent drone of the organ-like sound surround you as singer Thom Yorke croons through the layered vocals, painting a picture of a world on fire.
“Monster” by Kanye West
Despite his monstrous behaviour this year, Kanye’s “Monster” is the perfect Halloween song. Enjoy the repetitive beat of the percussion while his genius shines through in his lyrics to create the perfect party-starting hit.
“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
Inspired by real life serial killer Norman Bates, this song is an easy pick for the catchy, infectious melody that is sure to get you in the right mood for Halloween.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Sure, a little cheesy. But, is it possible to have a Halloween playlist without the quintessential Halloween song? Michael Jackson’s song not only captures the spirit of Halloween with the howls of wolves sprinkled throughout the track but also creates a timeless classic that is sure to put a bounce in your step.
“Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Heavy synth? Good vocals? Appropriately morbid lyrics? “Heads Will Roll” offers a seductively frightening mix of dance music that blends a rave lifestyle with goth for a track that seems made specifically for a hellishly good time.
“Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” by Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliot
For an updated version of a classic, this song offers the instantly recognisable and well-loved melody from Ray Parker Jr’s classic in a more contemporary setting that brings together a harder style from Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot.
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
Appropriately inviting you to embrace the spirit of Halloween, Blue Oyster Cult’s addictive riff romanticizes the guy with the scythe with its transcendental lyrics about how death is only the beginning.
“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
With an undeniably funky sound, “Superstition” is the perfect song to end any Halloween party. Despite Stevie Wonder’s pleadings not to let superstition get the better of you, the track is perfect for Halloween and sure to make even a hater find themselves dancing along.