10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween

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Halloween music sucks. We can all agree on that, right? Every year at every party, it's the same crap: "Thriller," "Monster Mash" and the "Ghostbusters" theme. Actually, that last one is pretty great, but you get the point: people blast tunes in October that they'd rather deafen themselves with cannon fire than listen to in September.

Worst of all, the wack Halloween songs that get played every year aren't even scary! Consider that proof positive that folks simply ain't even trying when they're putting that party playlist together. It's really as if they don't even care so deeply about popular music and the personal identity that it confers so much that it's impossible to stop obsessing over it long enough to microwave a corndog.

Well screw 'em. We here at Rocks Off do care that much. Because the Misfits' "Halloween" does not a playlist make, here are ten actually spooky, creepy, eerie and downright disconcerting songs that are practically too petrifying for Halloween, let alone the rest of the dumb year.

Some creep and crawl, some scream bloody gore and others simply lurk in the night, ready to cut your fingers off while you sleep. If you absolutely must listen to them alone, make sure to leave plenty of lights on.

10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Red Right Hand"
A song doesn't necessarily need a lot of screaming and wailing to make the hair on your arms stand up. Good ol' Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds proved that all too conclusively with "Red Right Hand," their spooky 1994 single that just so happened to make its way on to the Scream soundtrack. The lugubrious track's lyrics describe a malevolent phantom stranger with whom we hope never to cross paths.

Despite the song's indisputable eeriness, it's also just plain great -- one of Cave's most beloved.


9. UNKLE, "Rabbit in Your Headlights"
There's a terribly haunting quality to Thom Yorke's voice that's been played up considerably in much of Radiohead's 21st-century output. The singer never sounded more ghastly in the '90s, though, than on the lead single from UNKLE's 1998 album Psyence Fiction. The sample-heavy track, written by Yorke and Josh Davis, was inspired by a quote sampled from the film Jacob's Ladder, but managed to produce a bit of film even more spine-tingling: The music video directed by Jonathan Glazer.


8. Tool, "Die Eir Von Satan"
Tool's 1996 hard-rock masterpiece Aenima contains a terribly potent batch of dark grooves and heavy-metal wailing, but it takes a truly demented sort to rock out to "Die Eir Von Satan," one of the album's strangest and most memorable tracks. As martial, industrial drums and crunchy, downtuned guitars pound away at the listener, a spoken-word piece in German grows increasingly agitated, much to approval of a massive, roaring crowd. If you can get through it without seeing terrifying visions of Nuremburg, you really ought to watch more History Channel.

In Tool's typically winking fashion, the unsettling track becomes a tad less frightful once you Google the lyrics. Nevertheless, it remains one of the strangest and most teeth-rattling diversions in the band's mercurial career.


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14 comments
1111
1111

Sprinkle in some Prurient and Pharmakon.  

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

Dr. octagon "Blue Flowers". My go-to handing out candy song for years.

Death
Death

Haha not even this is the scariest one on da' real

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

Or you can just drop the needle on the The Angel and The Dark River by My Dying Bride and see if you can make it to the Sexuality of Bereavement without killing yourself or others. Nearly freaked my friends in New Orleans out when we played it at a party overlooking the Lafayette No. 1 cemetery...

Dumb_Rich_White_Kid
Dumb_Rich_White_Kid

Maybe to obvious but Type O Negative doesn't make the list? Black No. 1 is probably one of the best Halloween songs of all time!

Tillis
Tillis

Radiohead's The Gloaming, We Suck Young Blood, and Climbing Up the Walls

ducttaperoses
ducttaperoses

Uh . . . Hollis Brown?  As tired as everyone is of Bob Dylan, "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" is still a masterpiece of suspense and easily as disturbing as "Country Death Song" and "Frankie Teardrop".  (It also borrows its tune from "Pretty Polly", which is another cruel, blood-soaked, song that kind of blows up the image of old-timey music as all twee rhymes about sweethearts and grandma and ramblin'.)

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Jimi Austin Which Type O song frightens you, Jimi?

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Death That's certainly pretty spooky. Is it really a song, though? I'm not sure. Gorgoroth's live show is awfully frightening, though.

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Dumb_Rich_White_Kid I love Type O. I mean, LOVE 'em. Never thought of their music as particularly frightening, but if I hear 'em at a Halloween party, I'm finding the host/DJ and making friends.

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