I first thought about writing this list it was because YouTube recommended a song to me that is in my play list that I haven’t watched/listen to for a little while. It’s one of my favourite songs and the film clip is very apt to this time of year with its ghoulish and spooky theme. What’s the song? Oh you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom because I made it my number one on this list.
I started off by thinking of spooky songs or ones that you’d think of at this time of the year and when my list dried up around six or seven songs I went to old mate Google and asked for “Halloween Songs” and “Spooky Songs” and even “Scary Songs.” Google pretty much returned the same websites for each search and that was to be expected. Clicking on those sites however proved something that I was hoping to avoid; pretty much each site had the same songs whether it was “The Top Ten Halloween Songs,” or “The 20 Best Songs for Halloween” or whatever the list’s title was.
If the website was offering up the list of songs in a “Top Ten” or “Top 20” arrangement, it was fair to say that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came in at number one or thereabouts. Ray Parker Jnr’s “Ghostbusters” was on every list along with Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and of course Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash.” There were plenty of other songs that made every single list and as a result, I decided to stay away from all of those in an effort to remain original.
I am going to list them in reverse order from position ten down to one so that you have to wait until you get to the bottom of the page to find out which one I think it number one. I have also embedded each of them finding the best versions that I could on YouTube. I apologise in advance if any of them start with advertising in your region, but I guess it is only fair that free access website like YouTube make some money from advertising to keep the service free. Besides, YouTube has to pay the copyright owners royalties as I discussed in this article.
10. I Miss You – Blink 182
Even though this song is the only song that actually mentions Halloween out of all of those that I’ve chosen, it’s the spooky film clip that makes this a great Halloween inspired choice. I really like this song and think it’s one of Blink’s best songs, but I have put this in at number 10 just to get the ball rolling and so that my readers can start with a more familiar song than some I’m adding to this list.
“We’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends”
9. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco
I picked this song because of the film clip as well. Brendon Urie, the lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco is dressed up in a bowler hat that is reminiscent of the one Alex DeLarge wore in A Clockwork Orange. In fact, his whole look seems to be a very Kubrick-esque inspired one. Dressing up as Alex at Halloween has always been popular over the years and if you go to Google and enter “Alex DeLarge Halloween costume” you can see men, women and children all dressed up as the movie’s anti-hero.
8. Psychosocial- Slipknot
I will be honest with you. I am not a big fan of Slipknot actually preferring vocalist Corey Taylor’s other band Stone Sour, but I do occasionally make a Slipknot playlist on YouTube and listen to them while I’m working. But it would be remiss of me not to include this band on this list because Halloween is all about dressing up in scary masks as I suggested in my earlier post about Halloween called Halloween Costumes Are Meant to be Scary, Aren’t They? And Slipknot are known for their scary masks.
7. Hotel California – The Eagles
This song has always made me think of haunted houses, or haunted hotels to be more precise. The lyrics paint a great picture of a person stumbling upon a “hotel” where they can check in any time they like, but they can never leave. For some reason, I have always pictured the hotel to be Horrible Hall from the 1970’s cartoon called the Groovie Goolies. The song also makes me think of Stephen King’s The Shining.
6. The Kill (Bury Me) – 30 Seconds to Mars
Speaking of Stephen King’s The Shining, this film clip is directly inspired by that book/movie whereby the band stays in a wayward hotel to get away for a few days only to experience some random spooky occurrences including each member of the band running into their own doppelgänger.
5. The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
It seems that the “emo” period of music from the 2000s had many of the bands associated with the emo look and sound inspired to make spooky film clips or write spooky songs. My Chemical Romance were one of the archetypal emo bands of that period which included those post-goth, post-grunge, pop-punk bands. This film clip is also archetypal spooky, and I really like this song, so it had to make this list.
4. Lullaby – The Cure
Speaking of emo and post-goth, those bands from the 2000s who borrowed from the Gothic culture owe a lot to the original goths, The Cure. I loved this song and was always freaked out by the clip and the theme being somewhat of a arachnophobe and all. Still, that’s all the reason to add this song to the list.
3. Them Bones – Alice in Chains
When you think of Halloween you think of ghosts, monsters, mummies, vampires, witches and skeletons. Skeletons that come to life and chase you down and you can’t kill them because… they’re already dead. And in the end, we’re all gonna end up a big ol’ pile of them bones…
The other thing that you think about, and something that the stores are full of at the moment selling fake ones as decorations; tombstones. Although I have seen this clip a thousand times I didn’t notice this until now; Alice in Chains are actually playing inside a giant grave in this clip. Well, I guess that makes sense knowing the content of the lyrics…
2. Dance of Death – Iron Maiden
I love Iron Maiden. Their songs are more than just a throw away pop song that’s forgotten after they’ve become a hit. Iron Maiden songs are history lessons, lessons in art and literature, or lessons in life. Dance of Death is included in this. I borrowed this from Wikipedia;
Dance of Death, also variously called Danse Macabre (French), Danza Macabra (Italian), Dansul Morţii (Romanian), Danza de la Muerte (Spanish), Dansa de la Mort (Catalan), Dança Macabra (Portuguese language), Totentanz (German), Dodendans (Dutch), Surmatants (Estonian), is an artistic genre of late-medievalallegory on the universality of death: no matter one’s station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or personified Death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and labourer. They were produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life.
In the YouTube video I have embedded lead singer Bruce Dickinson dresses up in a mask and hooded cape that is very typical of the efforts he puts in to make every song stand out as its own mini production when they are performing. To me Iron Maiden are the perfect band to listen to at Halloween because of their often macabre themes and of course, their mascot Eddie or Ed the Head is a well known scary character that I’m sure many people have dressed up as for Halloween.
1. A Little Piece of Heaven – Avenged Sevenfold
The song that inspired me to write this had to be number one on this list. I love, love, love, love, love this song.
Entered without further comment other than this; please note this songs is NOT for children, it’s not for the faint-hearted, and the language warnings and content warnings should be taken note of if you are any way a bit squeamish. Other than that, enjoy the most perfect Halloween inspired film clip perfectly macabre and scary in its nature. Happy Halloween everyone.
Any songs that I have missed that you would recommend me watching or listening to?