With Halloween just around the corner, I felt it appropriate to share with you some of the spookiest music I could dig up. This playlist should give you a little dose of just about every genre’s darker sides and serve as perfect music to bump while you are trick-or-treating or whatever you kids do these days. May your Halloween season be filled with candy and scary things. The whole playlist is at the bottom!
1. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
2. “Dear God 2.0” (Zeds Dead Remix) by The Roots & Monsters of Folk
Production duo, Zeds Dead, are some of the most innovative artists in the EDM scene, often adding their brand of bass and dubstep to many genres. This take on The Roots’ “Dear God” is hauntingly captivating with its heavy undertones.
3. “The Baddest Man Alive” by The Black Keys & RZA
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is teaming up with Quentin Tarantino for a movie called “The Man With Iron Fists.” This is the opening track from the stellar soundtrack, which was released on Monday. It is probably what I would listen to for motivation before a zombie apocalypse. Watch the awesome and ridiculous video above.
04 “Hail Mary” by Tupac
The spookiest posthumous release from one of the greatest to ever grace the mic. I hope hologram Tupac makes an appearance this halloween.
This track from Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP has the distinct feel of a horror film. With its creepy bassline and warped vocals, it provides a glimpse into Slim Shady’s more evil counterpart.
06 “Haunt You” by Flux Pavilion
Flux Pavilion are true dubstep pioneers and legends. This enormous track, with its eerie vocals, truly encapsules their stadium-worthy sound.
07 “Monster” (featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver) by Kanye West
I think the name pretty much captures it all on this one from Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Check the video above.
08 “Monster” (Camo & Krooked Remix) by Professor Green
This came out coincidentally close to the release of the previous song, and they were always played together. It’s an awesome injection of dubstep to complement your sugar high.
09 “Trap Sh*t 5” by UZ
UZ is another rising star in the emerging EDM Trap genre. This cut builds ominously utilizing bass and the 808 drum kit signature to the sub-genre.
10 “Take A Bow” by Muse
Alternative band Muse (pictured on the right) has been known to dabble into electronic and this is a great example of their usage. This one starts at an intoxicatingly slow pace and evolves into a dark and engaging masterpiece.
11 “Crying Lightning” by Arctic Monkeys
English rock group the Arctic Monkeys takes on a more sinister tone with this awesome track.
12 “Martians vs. Goblins” (featuring Tyler, the Creator) by Game
Standing tall at 6′ 5″, Compton’s Game is easily one of the most intimidating hip-hop artists out. On this playfully menacing single, he calls in fellow LA-native, Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator, for some entertaining bars. Check out the video above to see Game at his scariest.
13 “Omen” by DMX & Marilyn Manson
Just by the collaboration on “Omen,” it is pretty clear this is going to be extremely twisted. DMX tries to resist the evil temptings of his devilish new friend, and Marilyn Manson uses his spooky voice for a fitting chorus.
14 “Maniac” (featuring Cage) by Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi has been known to dabble in the theme of nightmares. “Maniac” encapsulates Cudder’s demons and Cage contributes perfectly to the feel. The sample from St. Vincent’s “The Strangers,” really sets the tone repeating, “paint the black hole blacker.”
15 “The Killing Joke” by Captain Murphy
Captain Murphy is a mysterious animated character who has started to pop up over the last few months. Rumored to consist of Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and super-producer Flying Lotus, Murphy’s deep vocals teamed with haunting vocal samples makes for a haunting, strangely relaxing, sound.