Thursday, September 15, 2011

Haunting Harmonies

I love Halloween music. I love Halloween music so much that I have about four CDs of Halloween music that I play in my car all year long. It's always a joy to be driving around at night listening to song that remind you of a more spooky time of year. Here is a sampling of ten of my favorite Halloween songs.

Witches' Rave by Jeff Buckley - Most know Jeff Buckley from the song Hallelujah or his tragic personal life, but the song Witches' Rave is a classic. With a title like that, how can this not be one of the best Halloween songs?

Moondance by Van Morrison - Famously from An American Werewolf in London, this song is perfect. With the piano, vocals and the fantastic lyrics, it's a must listen around this time of year.

People Are Strange by Echo & The Bunnymen - A cover of a song by The Doors, this version is featured in the opening credits of one of my favorite films of all time, The Lost Boys. This song also hold the distinction of being the #1 song in my iTunes Top 25 with 208 plays. I highly, highly recommend it.

Goodnight Moon by Shivaree - Strolling through all the songs with "Moon" in the title a few years ago, I came across this song. I had never heard it, but it comes off the Kill Bill Volume 2 soundtrack. Not only do the lyrics have a spooky vibe, but the song has the sound of a mixture of Surf Rock and Alt Rock to form a perfect hybrid song that is featured on two of the Halloween CDs in my car. A must listen.

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Who isn't reminded of Halloween when they hear this song? Some of you might know various covers of this song better, but this is the original that started it all. A classic in every sense of the word. It deserves a place on your Halloween mix this year and every year to come.

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon - This is one of my favorite songs. Period. Just give it a listen and I'm sure you will feel the same way.

Halloween by Dave Matthews Band - This song always gets me into the Halloween spirit, but with a title like that, it's not surprising. Probably my favorite song from Dave Matthews Band, this song holds a place on my most played Halloween CD and hopefully it will be appearing on yours as well.

Don't Fear The Reaper by The Mutton Birds - Don't Fear The Reaper is a Halloween classic. The original appears on a couple of my CDs, but this cover from The Mutton Birds appears as well. I first hear this song in the end credits of The Frighteners, a favorite of mine, and I fell in love with it. It plays on the strengths of the original, but they give their own voice to it as well.

Bump in the Night by allSTARS* - From the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie, Bump in the Night is the first track on the original Halloween Mix. It's the perfect song to start it off right and it's an amazing song. If you are having a Halloween Party, don't forget to play this song.

Spooky by The Classics IV - A love song all about a spooky little girl. I always love hearing this song, as it has lyrics that are, well, spooky. From ghosts to Halloween, it really has it all. It might even become a song you dedicate to your other half (Yes, there is a version about a spooky little boy as well).

Hopefully these songs can help you feel the chill in the air and the chance in the season as we move swiftly towards our destination of October 31st. If not, I'm sure there will be more songs to get you there as the Halloween Treat continues.

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