10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween


7. Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Murder Was the Case"
This anguished, wailing slab of G-funk from Snoop's immortal Doggystyle was harrowing enough already with its tale of the rapper being killed, going to hell and making a deal with the devil to return. But it took on a much heavier sense of menace a year after its release when Snoop and Dr. Dre produced an 18-minute cinematic version of the track while Snoop was actually facing murder charges. The film was explicitly inspired by the trial and trafficked heavily in the attendant street cred.

In addition to making a lyrical pact with the father of evil, Snoop Dogg was apparently laughing in the face of justice! It was frightening, controversial stuff way back when the Doggfather was one of white America's most feared gangsters, rather than one of its most beloved pimps.


6. Violent Femmes, "Country Death Song"
"Country Death Song" doesn't start off very frightening; it's just some simple guitar pickin' and brushwork on the drums with countrified crooning. But the lyrics get dark in a hurry, detailing a dirt farmer's murder of his daughter and then a good, old-fashioned suicide. Cheery stuff! Once the killing begins, the music gets frenetic and unhinged in a way not a lot of "country" songs I've ever heard have. It's about as spooky as a banjo gets, I reckon.


5. Pig Destroyer, "Jennifer/Cheerleader Corpses"
Grindcore can be many things. It can be snotty, disgusting, brutal or even funny -- often at the same time. On Pig Destroyer's 2001 opus Prowler in the Yard, however, the typically irreverent genre gets downright frightening, with the tone set by the ultra-creepy leadoff track "Jennifer." A featureless robot voice recounts the tale of a sexualized, cannabilistic teenage lesbian, or... something, before the band's razorblade guitars and ear-piercing shrieks make the horror real.


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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.

recklesslamb
recklesslamb

@NathanSmith None of the songs on the list are frightening anyways so its really a non issue. And that throbbing gristle is juts looped noise wow terrifying.

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