Like all good holidays, Halloween is rooted in a meaningful and noble tradition of belief, commemoration or tribute, and we’ve managed to re-purpose it completely as another excuse to throw a massive nationwide party. It was after all, originally meant as a time when loyal Christians would spend three days remembering the dead – now we just spend Halloween weekend attempting to remember the night before. Oh well – what’s done is done – let’s dress up, drink a couple of cocktails and listen to these tunes that we think’ll spook up your Halloween this year.
- Michael Jackson – Thriller
Let’s get this one out of the way. This is the ultimate Halloween anthem, complete with one of the scariest videos of all time. Graveyard? Tick. Dancing zombies? Tick. One of the most gruesome werewolf transformation sequences ever put to film? Oh yeah, this is the essential musical Halloween experience.
- Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Now here’s a video in which a heartbroken, slightly pale-looking Sinead O’Connor does nothing but stare directly at you whilst informing you that she’s been eating alone at restaurants and oversleeping specifically because you left her, before proceeding to cry on camera. It doesn’t get creepier than this really. And it’s a cover of a Prince song, who is arguably just as creepy.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Phantom of the Opera
Even if you’re not into musicals, you can’t deny the power of this track about a deformed man-ghoul’s obsession over his pretty young musical apprentice. Epic tune, creepy stalker vibes = classic Halloween anthem.
- Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
He works so hard to be a creep, it wouldn’t have been fair to leave Marilyn Manson off this list. Here you have him, dancing ghoulishly whilst singing with a voice like he’s just woken up after 3000 years of being dead. We’ve got to admit though – as weird as it is, this tune is a bit of a belter.
- Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
The moment the piano kicks in, anyone who’s endured watching The Exorcist will want to leave the room. This has without a doubt become the scariest movie score of all time, and it’s hard not to think of projectile vomit and rotating heads as soon as it starts.
- Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This song is one of the perfect Halloween party anthems – it’s creepy, fun and even has its own dance routine. Remember – if you do it ironically, it’s not lame (even though we know you just love doing the time warp).
- Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor
What on earth is Bach? Is it some kind of microbrewed wheat beer from Holland? No, he’s actually a classical composer from Germany, responsible for perhaps the most iconic scary piece of music ever. Seriously – give it a quick listen and you’ll instantly know what we mean.
- Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Time for an old skool Halloween banger all the way from the 80’s. This was used as the theme song to the John Hughes film ‘Weird Science’, about two horny high school dudes who use their computer to synthesize a real life pretty woman for a night of shenanigans. The track itself is awesome, and it’s sounds a bit like an alternative for when you’ve gotten bored of ‘Thriller’.
- Lady Gaga – Alejandro
If you’re looking for scares in Lady Gaga’s music video catalogue, you’re pretty much spoilt for choice. However, her video for ‘Alejandro’ clocks in at the creepiest/weirdest. Seriously Lady Gaga – we know you were ‘born this way’ and everything, but we think you might need to see a professional.
- Enya – Only Time
Sorry Enya – you seem lovely, but there’s no way around it – this track is creepy as anything. It’s like God asked her to write an national anthem for Heaven, but turned it down on the grounds of it being ‘a bit too much’. Check it out to see what we mean.
And that completes our spooky round up of tracks that should get you all creeped out this Halloween. Although, the best way of experiencing Halloween isn’t through your headphones – it’s at Revolution, where we’ll be hosting a hellraising Halloween party of ridiculous proportions. You know, to… er…commemorate the dead, and stuff.
Whatever your reason, book your table now to make sure you don’t miss out.