With Halloween fast approaching, “scary” songs are becoming ubiquitous on the radio, in stores, and on TV. However, while holiday themed songs like “Monster Mash,” are fun, they aren’t exactly scary. On the contrary, for this feature we asked seven contributors to name the songs that they actually found frightening to listen to. Here are their answers. (Check out Part I here)
Maybe not the “scariest” song in the world sure, but certainly an incredibly creepy first person song about the singer going mad after his wife leaves him and preparing to be taken away to the insane asylum.
This one is probably pretty obvious and cliche since Nick Cave is the master of the macabre, but it’s one of the first Nick Cave songs I ever heard and the vibe + lyrics of it have always made me feel a bit creeped out.
While this song might have been most famous by Nine Inch Nails cover version that appeared on the soundtrack to The Crow in 1994, the original version definitely outcreeps Mr. Reznor’s angsty take on the song.
Again, another one that might be obvious based on the title alone, but CCR’s cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic just screams Halloween to me and it definitely doesn’t seem like the love song it was originally intended as.
Like a few other artists on this list, Mark Lanegan just seems like a scary dude. He may be the picture of domestic bliss and raise bunny rabbits, but his baritone yelp mixed with heavy, charging music on “Dawn of the Dead” makes it a little easier to imagine something much more sinister.
I remember listening to this song in my headphones and actually being creeped out. Just a haunting song, from the hollow drums to the buzzing soundscape to Thom Yorke’s demented, nightmare inducing lyrics and vocals.
When Nick Cave sings about all the people and things in your life (Husband, Wife, Government) that you look to for support and then systematically tells you “they won’t protect you” in his Satan on four packs a day growl, you kind of believe him. Probably could have picked about 3/4 of Nick Cave’s catalog, but picked one of his newest songs since, well, I listened to it yesterday and it kind of scared me.
Somehow Fever Ray, a side group for half of the already creepy Sweedish group The Knife, was even creepier than her original band. The whole album had the feel of a slasher flick, with each song soaked in impending doom that around each corner was something dark, fucked up and nothing you had any desire to see. If the songs somehow aren’t sufficiently spooky, dim the lights and go to Youtube to watch the videos for each track.
For a clear eyed pop band, “When the Lights Went Dim” is a pretty bleak, spooky song. It combines the fear of a scary event with the not cool circumstance that you made it safely and your lover did not.
Of all the songs on this list, this passes the “driving on a gravel road in the country at night” test with the flyingest of colors. Some of the sharpest doom vision they ever reached, and never tried to do anything else.
This was the first Nine Inch Nails song I ever heard and it scared me away for a few months before I went back for a second listen. The infamous video probably played a huge part in my fear of this track.
For me, Springsteen’s always been a songwriter par excellence in terms of inserting dread into what are otherwise “normal” songs. As early as “Lost in the Flood,” he was creating these great mood pieces, but “Nebraska” has always been the pinnacle of his dark songwriting.
While this is theoretically a love song, it never fails to make me uneasy. Is it the droning? The creepy mantras? Angus Andrew’s intensity? I don’t know, but it works.
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The scariest song??
There’s scary an then theres honest to God Reallife scary!
One song fits that bill.
:Strange Fruit” my favorite is with Nina Simone
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