6 Spook-tacular Songs For The Scary Season
Amal Rehman, Grade 10
Bring out your jack-o-lanterns and witch hats B.R., because Halloween is almost here! Halloween is a holiday filled with horror stories, fantastic costumes, and lots of candy all in the name of good fun. What better way to celebrate the Halloween season with some awesome new music? In no particular order, here are 10 amazing songs that will be sure to spice up your Halloween playlists.
6. COP CAR - MITSKI
From the original soundtrack of 2020’s The Turning comes the eerie track Cop Car by the famous indie-rock musician, Mitski. Cop Car is a far cry from Mitski’s other work, but that is not a bad thing in the slightest. The messy guitars and slow tensity buildup matched with Mitski’s ghostly vocals make the song beautifully eerie and strangely powerful. Great track to set the spooky mood for the season.
5. WAKE THE DEAD - THE USED
Off of The Used’s sophomore album titled Lies for the Liars came the fast paced zombie-themed banger, appropriately titled Wake the Dead. The narrator describes the beginning of a zombie apocalypse in an exciting adrenaline-filled way as the fast paced guitars guide the listener through the track. It’s a fun song from start to finish, the entire experience being fantastic for anyone that’s a fan of darker pop-punk. This terrifying tune is perfect for any Halloween playlist that needs a bit more energy.
4. HOWL - FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Howl by Florence and the Machine is a powerfully haunting song extremely fitting for Halloween. The tune utilizes metaphors from gothic horror paired with gorgeously ghostly melodies to create an extremely powerful track. Howl is beautiful, exciting, and danceable making it great for any Halloween parties or night time drives this month.
3. AM I AWAKE? - THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Have you ever been unsure if you were dreaming or awake? In Am I Awake? by They Might be Giants, that exact phenomenon is described. The track is dark and uneasy as the narrator runs through his thoughts and questions his reality. Through the use of sounds such as a reversed marxophone, They Might be Giants are able to create a truly terrifying and atmospheric track.
2. FLIGHT OF CROWS - JHARIAH!
NYC based musician Jhariah Clare has created many theatrical and unique songs in the few years he’s been active. On his latest album A Beginner's Guide to Faking Your Death, the track Flight of Crows perfectly encapsulates everything amazing about Jhariah’s music. The track is a film noir come to life in song but in a modernly unique way. The powerful melodies and dark tone paired with amazingly catchy lyrics makes this track a must-listen, especially during October.
1. BABY YOU’RE A HAUNTED HOUSE - GERARD WAY
Finally on our list is “Baby You’re a Haunted House” by Gerard Way. The fuzzy guitars mixed with the lighthearted lyrics create an upbeat halloween song for any one wanting something to play this Halloween. The playful lyrics and innocent tune make this track a song the whole family can enjoy.