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“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”

In 2012, as part of our Halloween celebration, I wrote a series of music related posts, digging up the best monster music available. Below is our master mix of Halloween music, perfect for your costume parties, sullen moping in your dorm room, or Unfucking of Your Habitat either after your party or while you’re moping in your room. The song lists are divided by subject matter and, as always, if you see something I’ve missed, please throw in your own suggestions in the comments.

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Because I love you all, all songs mentioned (plus some bonuses!) have been collated onto a Spotify playlist here.

Ghosts

  • “Beloved” – VNV Nation
  • “Dead Man’s Party” – Oingo Boingo
  • “Dead Souls” – Joy Division
  • “Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man” – Concrete Blonde
  • “Ghost Story” – John Cale
  • “Happy Phantom”- Tori Amos
  • “Haunted” – Poe
  • “Haunted”- The Pogues and Sinead O’Connor
  • “I am Stretched on Your Grave” – Dead Can Dance
  • “In the Room Where You Sleep” – Dead Man’s Bones
  • “Is There a Ghost” – Band of Horses
  • “Little Ghost” – The White Stripes
  • “Long Black Veil” – Johnny Cash
  • “Love Vigilante”- New Order
  • “Mischievous Ghost”- Elvis Costello
  • “My Wife and My Dead Wife”- Robyn Hitchcock
  • “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”- Nick Cave
  • “Skeleton in the Closet”- Louis Armstrong
  • “Suffer the Little Children” – The Smiths
  • “The 59 Sound” – Gaslight Anthem
  • “The Cool” – Lupe Fiasco
  • “The Ghost in You” – Psychedelic Furs
  • “The Ghost Inside” – Broken Bells
  • “The Haunted Man” – Bat for Lashes
  • “The Jezebel Spirit” – Brian Eno and David Bryne
  • “Turn Around” – They Might Be Giants
  • “Unvisible Zed” – Gogol Bordello
  • “Where the Wild Roses Grow” – Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue
  • “Wuthering Heights” – Kate Bush
  • “Yankee Bayonett” – The Decemberists
  • “Your Ghost” – Kristen Hersh

Monsters

  • “Bark at the Moon” – Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Brains!” – Voltaire
  • “Die, Die, Die My Darling” – The Misfits
  • “Eye of the Zombie” – John Fogerty
  • “Exo-Politics” – Muse
  • “Falling in Love with the Wolf Boy” – The Magnetic Fields
  • “Frankenstein” – The New York Dolls
  • “Funtime” – Iggy Pop
  • “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” – The Adverts
  • “Hammer Horror” – Kate Bush
  • “Her Black Wings” – Danzig
  • “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” – The Cramps
  • “I Was a Teenaged Zombie” – The Fleshtones
  • “I’m a Werewolf Baby” – The Tragically Hip
  • “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” – Sufjan Stevens
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie
  • “Lullaby” – The Cure
  • “My Body Is a Zombie for You” – Dead Man’s Bones
  • “Mother” – Danzig
  • “Nemisis” – Shriekback
  • “Now I’m Feeling Zombified” – Alien Sex Fiend
  • “Pet Cemetery” – The Ramones
  • “Psycho Killer” – The Talking Heads
  • “Put Your Lights On” – Santana
  • “Scary Monsters” – David Bowie
  • “She Said” – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • “The Curse of Milhaven” – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  • “The Thing That Should Not Be” – Metallica
  • “They Are Night Zombies” – Sufjian Stevens
  • “Walk Like a Zombie” – Horrorpops
  • “We Bite” – The Misfits
  • “Werewolf” – Cat Power
  • “Will the Wolf Survive” – Los Lobos
  • “Your Brains” – Jonathan Coulton
  • “Zombie Dance” – The Cramps
  • “Zombie Jamboree” – Harry Belafonte
  • “Zombie” – Fela Kuti

Vampires

  • “Bathory Aria” – Cradle of Filth
  • “Beauty through Order” – Slayer
  • “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus
  • “Black No. 1” – Type O Negative
  • “Bloodletting” – Concrete Blonde
  • “Change (In the House of Flies)” – Deftones
  • “Closer” – Kings of Leon
  • “Cry Little Sister” – Gerard McMann
  • “Dracula’s Wedding” – OutKast
  • “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
  • “Erszebet Bathory’s Song” – Forever Slave
  • “Forsaken” – Jonathan Davis
  • “Hemoglobin” – Placebo
  • “I Am a Vampire” – Ansty Pants
  • “Lost Boys” – 69 Eyes
  • “Love Song for a Vampire” – Annie Lennox
  • “Make Me Wanna Die” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “Moon over Bourbon Street” – Sting
  • “Possum Kingdom” – The Toadies (While I’m aware that The Toadies deny this is a song about vampires, trivia fans, I think the lyrics speak for themselves.)
  • “Release the Bats” – The Birthday Party
  • “So Cold” – Static X
  • “Taste of Blood” – Mazzy Star
  • “The Dog” – The Damned
  • “Vampira” – The Misfits
  • “Vampire Club” – Voltaire
  • “Vampire Heart” – H.I.M.
  • “Vampire Love” – Ash
  • “Vampire” – Bif Naked
  • “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” – My Chemical Romance
  • “Voodoo Voodoo” – Lavern Baker
  • “We Suck Young Blood” – Radiohead

Witches

  • “All Souls Night” – Loreena McKennitt
  • “Bell, Book, Candle” – Eddi Reader
  • “I Can Hardly Wait” – Placebo (PJ Harvey Cover)
  • “I Put a Spell on You” – Nina Simone
  • “I Was Made to Love Magic” – Nick Drake
  • “Fire Woman” – The Cult
  • “Magic Man” – Heart
  • “Marie Laveau” – Bobby Bare
  • “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osborne
  • “Season of the Witch” – Donovan (there are some really great covers of this one out there, but I think Donovan’s original just can’t be beat)
  • “She’s Got a New Spell” – Billy Bragg
  • “Spellbound” – Souxie and the Banshees
  • “Strange Brew” – Cream
  • “Sweetheart, You Are Badly Mistaken” – Alesana
  • “Teenage Witch” – Eels
  • “The Magician” – Kate Bush
  • “The Spell” – Black Heart Procession
  • “Voodoo Voodoo” – Lavern Baker
  • “Voodoo” – Godsmack
  • “Waking the Witch” – Kate Bush
  • “Walk on Gilded Splinters” – Dr. John
  • “Wicked Annabella” – The Kinks
  • “Witch” – Belly
  • “Witch” – The Cult

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