Get yourself in the festive mood with a great Halloween playlist! Of course, we love classics like “Monster Mash” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” but did you know there are many other spooky tunes to check out? Take a look at this mix of artists and albums you need to listen to this season.
This guy’s music unites the worlds of goth and Halloween! Voltaire’s sound can best be described as dark cabaret and he spins fun tales with his lyrics. For an album, the whole family will enjoy, play Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids, which features the lively single “BRAINS!” from Cartoon Network’s The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
Calling all vampires! In 1990, alternative rock group Concrete Blonde released the track “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” and it is a great addition to any Halloween playlist. The words paint a romantic, gloomy atmosphere with a rock and roll twist. And, the mention of New Orleans will have you thinking of Anne Rice’s nocturnal creatures Lestat and Louis. Hear it with the volume turned up.
Who doesn’t think of Halloween and Tim Burton when hearing Danny Elfman’s music? The composer is the creative mind behind film soundtracks like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Sleepy Hollow, to name just a few. It doesn’t really feel like pumpkin season until you play “This Is Halloween” at least once. And, if you’re feeling extra spooky, put on Marilyn Manson’s version of the track.
It’s quite likely you’ve heard the haunting melodies this duo creates as their music has been played at some of the most hair-raising haunt events across the globe, including Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Members Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have produced more than a dozen albums. I recommend starting with Halloween Music Collection, which features selections of their best recordings over the last 20 years.
Many have Nina Simone’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” on repeat during this time of year. It oozes witchy vibes, and the singer enchants listeners with her magical voice. Enjoy it while brewing a delicious All Hallows’ Eve feast in your cauldron.
Nox Arcana was founded by Gothic fantasy artist Joseph Vargo, who’s collaborated with Midnight Syndicate in the past. The group’s name translates to “mysteries of the night,” and the music definitely transports you to dark realms. Vargo’s whole repertoire is perfect for Halloween listening, from The Haunted Symphony to Transylvania to House of Nightmares. Have fun selecting!
Peter Gundry is another artist who’s perfect if you’re searching for macabre, ambient sounds. Play his music in the background as you’re putting up Halloween décor around the house. It’s sure to inspire you. A few albums I suggest are The Witching Hour, The Shadow’s Bride, and The Edge of Darkness.
When your last name is Zombie, you’re definitely going to be associated with Halloween! Songs like “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl” are perfect for setting frightfully delightful vibes. Plus, let’s not forget that the rock star has made quite a name for himself in the horror film industry. Throw on soundtracks from movies he’s directed, such as House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween, and The Lords of Salem.
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Who’s heard the catchy single “Halloween” by Siouxsie and the Banshees? It’s creepy, haunting and will make you want to get up and dance! I’ll also add that anything by the goth rock band is great for listening during this time of year.
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