Taylor Swift trying to find her way “Out of the Woods” isn’t scary enough for you? Don’t worry. TIME has got you covered on spooky music for your Halloween bash — with a few liberties on the theme. Savor it with someone who frightens you.
This story was originally posted on Oct. 31, 2012.
Ministry, “Every Day Is Halloween”
Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party"
Harry Belafonte, “Jump in the Line”
Rocky Horror Cast, “Time Warp”
Donovan, “Season of the Witch”
The Fifth Estate, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”
More witch business, this one a bubblegum-pop revival of a Wizard of Oz slice of Munchkin mirth. Lest you think this is too lighthearted for a ghoulish playlist, note this old Rick Polito Oz film review: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.”
Nina Simone, “I Put a Spell on You”
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the primordial shock rocker, spawned this timeless tune — which somehow has never placed in the Top 40 in any of its versions — but to these ears, Nina Simone gives the most haunting, venomous reading. John Lennon once said that her inflections here inspired his and Paul McCartney’s vocal approach to “Michelle.”
Kim Carnes, “Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)”
A forgotten nugget of ’80s pop, “Crazy in the Night” reminded listeners that Kim Carnes had an eccentric side to her. (Anyone else remember 1981’s “Draw of the Cards” and its creepy-as-all-hell video?) And with this week’s storm activity, “hiding under the covers” seems a good idea for more than one reason.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, “A Nightmare on My Street”
Ronnie Aldrich and the London Festival Orchestra, “Quentin’s Theme”
Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
Johnny Cash, “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky”
Dusty Springfield, “Spooky”
Warren Zevon, “Werewolves of London”
The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein”
Rob Zombie, “Dragula”
David Bowie, “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps”
Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
Dead Kennedys, “Halloween”
Hardcore punk pioneers the Dead Kennedys used the Halloween holiday as symbolism in its final single, ragging on people who are only willing to repersonalize themselves one day out of the year, urging them to put social regulations in a very private place. Far more courageous to live every day as if it were Halloween, as Ministry suggested earlier.
Dead Man’s Bones, “My Body’s a Zombie for You”
Rather than trot out Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” our novelty entry in this list comes from Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, who recorded an album of ghost songs with a requisite children’s choir. Of the songs on their 2009 self-titled, we opt for this love song to the walking dead among us.