• SumoMe

halloween playlistHalloween is arguably the most exciting time of the year. (No offense, Christmas). At no other time do we get to drop our inhibitions and embrace morbidity like we do on Halloween. If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be going to at least one Halloween party this year. Maybe you’ll even be hosting your own.  If so, don’t bore your guests with the usual Halloween tunes we hear every year. Sure, Monster Mash and Thriller are classics, but they’ve been played to death. (Ha!) Shake things up this year with this spooky playlist. Songs don’t have to be explicitly about Halloween to give off a dark and eerie vibe. This playlist is a bit heavier and moodier than most of the musical fare featured on Electrogent, but even gentlemen need to embrace their dark side once in a while.

1. Nick 13: Carry My Body Down

Tiger Army front man Nick 13 has some real winners on his self-titled solo album. This haunting rockabilly-influenced country ballad speaks of death and loneliness. After all, what’s scarier than the unknown?

2. Concrete Blonde- Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

This song is a throwback to the early-90s, but it’s possibly one of the coolest songs to put on your playlist this Halloween. Johnette Napolitano has a kick-ass voice- perfect for singing about vampires, zombies, New Orleans, blood and broken mirrors. You really couldn’t ask for anything more.

3. The 69 Eyes- Brandon Lee

Finnish rockers The 69 Eyes are a prime example of gothic dark rock. Honestly, you could probably put on any album by these “Helsinki Vampires” and have it serve as the soundtrack to your Halloween night. This ode to Brandon Lee, who met his untimely death while filming cult movie staple “The Crow” features brooding lyrics with a fast tempo to keep the party going.

4. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers- The Deadenin’

A great example of Swamp Blues, “The Deadenin’” is a gritty, dirty, heart-thumping song that makes you want to stomp your feet. Anyone who’s ever lived next to a bayou knows that some dark and mysterious things happen out in the swamps.

5. Eels- Fresh Blood

This smooth indie track sounds like it could be sung by a hipster Lestat. It’s the perfect mellow song to round out the Electrogent Halloween playlist. Fresh blood, indeed.

What are your favorite unexpected Halloween songs? Share your thoughts in the comments below.