1. “Destroy Everything You Touch” – Ladytron
Ladytron’s haunting electro melodies are perfect for Halloween. Their album Witching Hour, has been described on Amazon’s Review as “serenely beautiful at times, and noisy and disturing at others; like all the best records should be. Witching Hour is an album that’s warm and dense, there is a feeling of susceptible magic wrapped within its thirteen tracks.”
2. “Scarecrow” – Beck
This is a modern rock Halloween song. It’s even been on the popular TV series “The O.C.” You might end up with it stuck in your head, but that’s no matter. The lyrics are pretty cool, too. You can memorize them here.
3. “Famous Monsters” – David Sale
I found this song last Halloween, and it’s still great. It’s newer, and still a bit unknown, which makes it less cliche of course. His sound has even been compared to Beck, too! What a coincidence! Anyways, click here to go download it for free, and you can read the interview I had with him last year on Enterto.com’s entertainment section.
4. “The Killing Moon” – Echo and the Bunnymen
Definitely one of the band’s most popular songs, “The Killing Moon” has been used commercially all over the place since it came out 1984. Most notably, it was used in the movie Donnie Darko.
From Wikipedia: “According to the liner notes of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Crystal Days box set, Ian McCulloch woke up one morning with the phrase “fate up against your will” in mind. He wrote it down and the remainder of the song fell in place from there.”
5. “Burn” – The Cure
This track was written specifically for the movie The Crow. It’s the first song in the film, and is ultimately what turned a lot of people on to their music.
6. “I’m Your Boogieman” – White Zombie
Much darker than the original sung by KC and the Sunshine Band, White Zombie puts a scare into his remake. It was also featured in The Crow: City of Angels.
Mental note to self: The Crow movie soundtracks make for good Halloween sounds. (Extra: If you do end up getting some Crow soundtracks, take a listen to Nine Inch Nails’ song “Dead Souls”, a Joy Division cover.)
7. “Sleepy Hollow” – Korn and Marilyn Manson
Both Korn and Marilyn Manson do well enough for themselves as far as creepy music goes. So, imagine the two of them together! This track is unreleased but you can watch the video on YouTube.
8. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. If it’s too old school for you, try listening to the band Doves song “Hit the Ground Running”. According to Wikipedia, they reinterpreted the song back in 2002.
9. “Bad Things” – Jace Everett
This singer-songwriter scored with this song from his debut album. If you’re a fan of HBO’s True Blood, you’ll recognize this song from the opening credits of the series.
10. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
This is quite a common Halloween song, probably too common for this list. But, I don’t care! I never seem to tire of it. And here are some fun facts (from SongFacts.com) about it, too:
“This was rumored to be about suicide, but it actually deals with the inevitability of death and the belief that we should not fear it. When (Buck) Dharma wrote it, he was thinking about what would happen if he died at a young age and if he would be reunited with loved ones in the afterlife.”
“Because of the dark nature of this song, some people thought Blue Oyster Cult were a satanic band. Some even turned out to protest their concerts.”
“This (song) has been used in several horror movies, including Halloween, The Frighteners, and Scream.”