After a brief hiatus, I am bringing back Music Monday just in time to share some of my favorite Halloween songs. There’s no way a list this small can even come close to touching upon all the awesome music for this time of year, but I figured I’d share some of my current favorites anyway. What’s on your playlist this week?
This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson (2008)
It might be somewhat sacrilege to say this, but at the moment I am enjoying this cover a bit more than the original version from the Nightmare before Christmas movie. That feeling may in part be influenced by me wanting a reason to share this fan video someone made using scenes from the anime Soul Eater (the story was so-so, but I loved the artwork!).
Black No. 1 – Type O Negative (1993)
This song has been a Halloween staple for me ever since I learned of its existence back in the early 2000s (and shame on me for not uncovering it sooner). There’s no way you can hear or see this and not think of Halloween.
Hell – Squirrel Nut Zippers (1996)
A bit lighter than the previous two songs, this one came out during the brief swing music revival in the mid-to-late 90s. It’s a frolicking, fun trip into the darker side of the afterlife.
Curse of Millhaven – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1996)
A cheerful number about a teenage girl that makes sport of killing her fellow townsfolk. It has a manic, circus-like energy that just can’t help but hook in the listener.
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon (1978)
I wanted to include at least one “classic” on this list and I’ve been fond of this one ever since I was little. An irreverent, fun take on the famed creatures of the night.
And, because I couldn’t resist, here’s a bonus track. I’m not quite sure you’d call it a song, but it sure fits the mood perfectly:
What’s he Building in There – Tom Waits (1999)
A gritty, spoken word track told from the perspective of a man wondering what a seemingly eccentric neighbor is doing in their shed. It has a creepy paranoid energy that builds throughout, inciting your curiosity. That eerie feeling is then perhaps taken even higher when you stop to think that maybe it’s the speaker who is the crazy one.
Well, there’s my Halloween list. I hope you enjoyed listening along. Does anyone have any favorites that they’d like share? Feel free to leave a comment and look for my Halloween festivities to continue right on through the big day!
Special Note: Thank you to the YouTubers whose videos I linked to! I assume they are fair use, but if you prefer I take them down from here I will happily comply with your wishes.