By Lily Jervis
Spiderhead- Cage the Elephant
This song is a good one for dancing; it’s extremely fast paced and gets stuck in your head really easily. The piano at the beginning gives it a sort of 50’s sound, and when paired with the album art it makes the song a little darker.
Lost Girls- CocoRosie
This song isn’t much of a song at the start, rather, it’s essentially speaking, but it picks up towards the end and has a repetitive chorus that sticks with you.
Dearly Departed- Shakey Graves ft. Esmè Patterson
This song is all about becoming a ghost (hence the name), and the music video features a couple being consoled by a pair of ghosts after their breakup. Both the music video and the song are a bit melancholy, but all in all it’s a good song to sing along to.
Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
This song is extremely upbeat and fun, which is common of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. The song itself isn’t scary, but the “Bad Moon” creates a cool mental picture of a full moon.
Friend of the Devil- Grateful Dead
This song is very story-like and features characters like “the Devil” that are portrayed as very human. This is a very mellow song, like all other Grateful Dead songs, and it paints a picture of a lighter version of the Devil.
Werewolves of London- Warren Zevon
This song title is pretty self explanatory- it’s about werewolves- but what makes the song great is it tells the listener all about the odd, human things that these particular werewolves do. There’s just a general spooky feeling associated with this song, especially because the chorus starts out with howling.
Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
This song is very 70’s sounding and mellow, but also contains darker undertones about death. It was featured in an episode of Orange Is the New Black, but when you listen to it solo, it’s a little creepier than on the show.
Psycho Killer- Talking Heads
This song was a staple of my childhood, and it’s really upbeat, but the fact still remains that it’s called “Psycho Killer.” It reinforces the possibility that it may actually be about a killer when the chorus says to “run away.”
Witchy Woman- The Eagles
The Eagles are one of my favorite bands, so naturally their song about witches was perfect for this list. This song is a fun one to play during fall and Halloween because it sounds kind of spooky because of the “ooo”-ing in the chorus and the general tone of the song.
Maneater- Hall & Oates
I love Hall & Oates so much. While you may not think of Halloween when you hear this song, the title, “Maneater,” is still a little creepy even though the song itself is upbeat and fast paced. Maneater is a song to listen to on any occasion, but for fall and Halloween it seems to fit especially well.