In between eating candy and watching “Halloween” for the 10th time, you might find yourself in need of some music for your All Hallows Eve celebration. Here are our picks to fill your playlist with monsters, witches and even a Wolfe.
“Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” — Arctic Monkeys
A strangely heavy song from the Arctic Monkeys transforms moving a piece of furniture into the scariest process ever.
“Something in the Way” — Nirvana
The unsettling yet beautiful song simultaneously sounds like a reverie and a nightmare. It is a testament to Kurt Cobain’s genius that the song is as enthralling as it is unnerving.
“Ballad of a Thin Man” — Bob Dylan
Dylan is at his creepiest as he leads his protagonist through a series of increasingly absurd and foreboding situations. He then proceeds to mock him with this lyrical gem: “Something is happening here/ But you don’t know what it is/ Do you, Mr. Jones?”
“Burn the Witch” — Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age deliver the perfect Halloween combination of a thunderous drumbeat and Josh Homme’s chilling falsetto and witches.
“Black River Killer” — Blitzen Tapper
It’s truly scary to dive into this tale about a murderer who won’t stop until “the keys to the kingdom are mine again.”
“I Cut Like a Buffalo” — The Dead Weather
Whatever “I Cut Like a Buffalo” actually means, it certainly sounds frightening. The eerie organ and Jack White’s choking noises only add to the song’s terrifying effect.
“Heathen Child” — Grinderman
If the devil exists, his singing voice probably sounds like Nick Cave’s vocals. His Grinderman project specializes in the demonic, and “Heathen Child” is a certainly a devilish tune.
“Demons” — Chelsea Wolfe
Wolfe has been classified as doom-folk, and she does not take the doom part lightly. As one might expect, “Demons” takes her genre classification quite seriously, and the result is beautifully terrifying.
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