Halloween music is a bit of a nebulous thing. Obviously, there are things like “Monster Mash,” “Thriller” or “Ghostbusters,” the novelty hits that only apply to Halloween. But who actually wants to listen to “Monster Mash?”
This playlist opens up the criteria a bit. I have designed the playlist for an imagined Halloween party with a very open-minded audience. The songs either have imagery of death, darkness, ghosts, monsters or a certain Halloween vibe that you could imagine in a horror movie.
For instance, The Weeknd’s “Gasoline” is a Halloween song to me because he uses a weird voice that sounds like Dracula. That is the level of Halloween standards I am working with.
Starting off with a bang I have Vancouver, B.C. punks the Subhumans with “Death To The Sickoids,” which I imagine playing over a montage of zombies being killed. This leads into Nelly Furtado’s classic “Maneater,” which is followed by the clanging cannibalistic spoken word piece “Friends Laughed At Him” by unsung sound art pioneers Intersystems, a song that actually kind of scares me.
Some of the songs here are a bit scary, like Backxwash’s harrowing “WAIL OF THE BANSHEE” or Alex G’s whispery “Blessing,” but mostly this playlist is a raging good time.
Listen in a dark forest or while dancing costumed. Happy Halloween!
Death To The Sickoids — The Subhumans, Vancouver Complication
Maneater — Nelly Furtado, Loose
Friends Laughed At Him — Intersystems, Peachy
Heads Will Roll – A-Trak Remix Radio Edit — Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A-Trak
Gasoline — The Weeknd, Dawn FM
WAIL OF THE BANSHEE — Backxwash, SurgeryHead, I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
Yes Love, My Soul is Black — Venetian Snares, Winter in the Belly of a Snake
Vamp Anthem — Playboi Carti, Whole Lotta Red
Graveyard Chamber — Gravediggaz, 6 Feet Deep
Oblivion — Grimes, Visions
Far Too Frail — Skinny Puppy, Remission
Nicki Inside — Howard Shore, Videodrome (The Complete Restored Score)
Blessing — Alex G, God Save The Animals
Corpse Pose — Unwound, Repetition
Obedear — Purity Ring, Shrines
The Killing Moon — Echo & the Bunnymen, Ocean Rain
Hammer Horror — Kate Bush, Lionheart
The Mad Scientist — The Zanies, Make Mine Mondo!
666 — Anvil, Metal On Metal
Disturbia — Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
SCARED 2 DEATH — Black Dresses, Peaceful as Hell
Listen to ’Toban Tracks — Halloween Party on Spotify here: