Are you tired of hearing the same five Halloween songs— “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” “Time Warp,” “Werewolves of London”—every single year? How unoriginal and stale… well, don’t fret. We hear you loud in clear. That is why Salute Magazine has put together a list of 25 seriously horrifying tracks that are certain to spice up your boring old Halloween playlist. We blended together our very own mix, from recent horror movie soundtracks to horrifying electronic, metal, and hip-hop tracks.
1. Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz – “Jason”
Yonkers rapper Jadakiss, real name “Jason Phillips,” wrote the single as a double entendre referring to Jason Vorhees, the hockey-mask-wearing, machete-wielding killer of Camp Crystal Lake, based on the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.
2. Lil Wop “Friday the 13th”
Lil Wop apparently has a taste for horror. His latest mixtape, Wopavelli 3, is the 22-year-old rapper’s first since signing with Gucci Mane‘s 1017 Eskimo Records and features several horror theme tracks, such as “Walking Dead,” “Soul Snatcher,” and “Friday the 13th.”
3. The AristoKrat – “Pazi Sta Radis”
Serbian rapper/producer Wikluh Sky [real-name Đorđe Miljenović] composed the electronic-heavy soundtrack for the controversial and disturbing horror movie, A Serbian Film. Following its release, in 2010, the film has been removed from Netflix and is currently banned in Spain, Germany, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and temporarily in Brazil. We don’t recommend anyone with a weak stomach to watch it… but the song is certainly scary, and it’s certainly badass.
4. ScHoolboy Q feat. Tyler the Creator, Kurupt – “The Purge”
ScHoolboy Q uses the 2013 dystopian horror movie franchise as the theme for his violent and high-octane shoot-em-up themed track, featuring Tyler the Creator and Kurupt.
5. “Stories of the Almost Dead” – Necro
Brooklyn “heavy metal” rapper Necro channels the feel of classic 1970’s grindhouse horror films on his most recent single, “Stories of the Almost Dead.”
6. “California Dreamin'”- The Belko Experiment
Spoiler Alert. The 2017 slaughter-fest The Belko Experiment may have been one of the more disturbing movies to come out this year. But you don’t need to have seen it to enjoy the soundtrack. Of course, one could surmise that the latin cover of The Mama’s and the Papa’s classic, “California Dreamin’,” comes at a very pinnacle and very shocking moment in the film.
7. “Monsta Flow” – Conway
Buffalo-native Conway spits fire over samples of the theme song to the TV classic, The Munsters. It’s no wonder Shady Records were so quick to sign him and his brother, Westside Gunn, to a distribution deal for upcoming LPs and a joint album currently in the works.
8. “Frankenstein” – DMX
The Mary Shelley-themed rap seemed appropriate… just picture DMX going around and scaring trick-or-treaters on Halloween like “AHHH! Run up on ya like I own ya life.”
9. “Monster” – Skillet
“Monster,” the 2x Platinum-certified single from the Christian rock group Skillet is also the bands highest charting, claiming the no. 4 spot on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock charts.
10. “Theme from the Walking Dead” – Bear McCreary The Walking Dead
The theme-song to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead might be exactly what you need to keep the party from looking like the zombie apocalypse.
11. “Reverse Bear Trap” – Figure feat. Effin
Every year, electronic producer Figure puts together a collection of remixes to classic horror films… everything from The Mummy and The Creature from the Black Lagoon to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Jigsaw.
12. “Scared of the Dark” – Jeezy
Always trust “The Snowman.” Jeezy raps about conquering the fear of failure on “Scared of the Dark,” from his 2015 album, Church in these Streets.
13. “Dr. Frankenstein” – Ice Cube
In case you were wondering, no, Ice Cube was not really born on Halloween, as the lyrics might suggest, but he certainly shows the holiday spirit on the track, “Dr. Frankenstein.”
14. “Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes” – TLC
André 3000 of Outkast joins T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli on the track from their 1994 studio album, CrazySexyCool.
15. “Scary” – Stormzy
UK grime rapper Stormzy shows us his “bad side” on the 2016 single, “Scary.”
16. “Murder Ink” – Dr. Dre feat. Hittman and Ms. Roq
Compton rapper/producer Dr. Dre samples the theme from John Carpenter’s classic horror film, Halloween (1978).
17. “Party Monster” – The Weeknd
Apart from the tripped-out psychedelic visuals and sweet Goosebumps style fonts in the music video, directed by BRTHR, the song itself is much more frightening than you would expect to hear from an artist like The Weeknd.
18. Twilight Zone” – Royce Da 5’9″
“You’re traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.” Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9″ plays the role of host Rod Serling as he takes us on a “journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop… The Twilight Zone.”
19. “Zombies” – Childish Gambino
This is what it must have felt like when “Rowdy” Rod Piper put on those sunglasses in the John Carpenter film, They Live (1988). Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, draws a comparison on how society today resembles life after the zombie apocalypse.
20. “Tourniquet” – Knife Party
Australian electronic production duo Knife Party prep for surgery on their 2011 track, “Tourniquet.”
21. “Long Hard Road Out of Hell” – Marilyn Manson feat. Sneaker Pimps
This track from the 1997 supernatural superhero film Spawn brought together industrial metal group Marilyn Manson and British vocalist Kelli Ali of the trip-hop group, Sneaker Pimps.
22. “Soldiers” – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things 2
No more spoilers, we promise! Whether or not you have caught up with the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, this track from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein will definitely have you checking your closet for any Demogorgon lurking about.
23. “Miss Murder” – AFI
Back before there was American Horror Story we had bands like AFI to tell us what it would be like to be trapped inside a haunted mansion with marble floors and cathedral ceilings.
24. “Zombies” – Lacuna Coil
Christina Scabbia, the lead singer of the Italian gothic metal group, Lacuna Coil, talks about the zombie apocalypse how you cannot curse the dead. She goes on, proclaiming “our lost souls will rise above as one.”
25. “Eyes on Fire” (Zeds Dead Remix) – Blue Foundation
The Danish dream-pop/shoegaze group gained mainstream recognition for this remix by Canadian electronic music duo, Zed’s Dead, who blend the haunting vocals of the former Blue Foundation lead-singer Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg with their own brand of dubstep.
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