MUSIC :: MY HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

As one might imagine… This time of year is “my jam.” Of course, I’m talking about Halloween season. Since a wee lad, I have just loved it, plain and simple. Though I do as much as I can to keep the spirit alive throughout the year, I’m totally “high on Halloween” for the entire month of October and every day, I try to celebrate the season in some way.

One small way I do that is through the power of music. Each year, I create a Halloween playlist that is in pretty darn solid rotation for the full month of October. From year to year, many of the same songs are carried forward. Some may fall off the list for a year or two. They’re not all “Halloween songs,” but they all have a tie, lyrically, stylistically or in name to the dark end of things.

I thought I would share this year’s playlist here at TSFP. Enjoy!

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I Have a Message for You ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Kingdom’s Coming ………. Bauhaus

This Is Halloween ………. The Citizens of Halloween

Be Comfortable, Creature ………. Explosions In The Sky

Hunting For Witches ………. Bloc Party

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper ………. Blue Öyster Cult

Game Of Death Theme Song ………. Buckethead

Monster Mash ………. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

Masked Ball (1999 Extended Mix) ………. Jocelyn Pook

The Ghost of Tom Joad ………. Bruce Springsteen

Zombie ………. The Cranberries

Sukie In the Graveyard ………. Belle & Sebastian

Godzilla ………. Blue Öyster Cult

Zed’s Dead, Baby [Dialogue] ………. Bruce Willis/Centurian/Maria De Medeiros

Prince of Darkness ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

Dracula From Houston ………. Butthole Surfers

Instrumental ………. Caitlin Moe

This Is Not a Dream ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Crossbones Style ………. Cat Power

Main Title (From “A Nightmare On Elm Street”) ………. Charles Bernstein

The Thing ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

Rock N’ Roll Murder ………. The Chesterfield Kings

Spider ………. Alain Johannes

Death Scene ………. Chuck Mangione

Reptile ………. The Church

The Exorcist – Tubular Bells ………. Crouch End Festival Chorus & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Werewolves of London ………. Warren Zevon

Danse macabre, symphonic poem in G minor, Op. 40 ………. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & Erich Kunzel

Straight To Hell ………. The Clash

Main Theme (From “Halloween II”) ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein’s Castle at Wwisseria ………. Blue Oyster Cult

Kiss Me Deadly ………. The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Theme from The Twilight Zone ………. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & Erich Kunzel

Darkness On The Edge Of Town ………. Bruce Springsteen

Nightmare On Elm Street – Main Theme ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

Divinity Theme ………. Craig Armstrong & AR Rahman

Psycho – Main Theme / the Murder / Finale (Short Suite) ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

Death Is A Star ………. The Clash

Ed Wood (Main Title) ………. City Of Prague Orchestra

Granite Mills ………. Cordelia’s Dad

New Twilight Zone Theme Closing ………. Bernard Herrmann

George Collins ………. Cordelia’s Dad

Spiritwalker ………. The Cult

Lullaby ………. The Cure

Organ Donor ………. DJ Shadow

One Foot In The Graveyard ………. The Chesterfield Kings

Cat People (Putting Out Fire) ………. David Bowie

Dr. Who on Holiday ………. Dean Gray

Spirit In The Sky ………. Doctor And The Medics

Main Title ………. Bernard Herrmann

Peace Frog ………. The Doors

Bodies ………. Drowning Pool

Bring Out the Gimp [Dialogue]/Comanche ………. Duane Whitaker/Peter Green/Revels

If I Had a Heart ………. Fever Ray

North By Northwest (Theme) ………. The Flemish Radio Orchestra

Tales from the Crypt Theme ………. Freeminstrel

The Carpet Crawlers 1999 ………. Genesis

Alfred Hitchcock Presents ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic

How To Be Eaten By A Woman ………. The Glitch Mob

Opening Credits ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Christine ………. John Carpenter & Splash Band

Twilight Zone ………. Golden Earring

Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol ………. Gomez

intro ………. gorillaz

Dig Your Grave ………. Modest Mouse

Sympathy for the Devil ………. Guns N’ Roses

Fur Elise – Beethoven Halloween Metal/Rock Guitar ………. The Halloween Machine

Grim, Grinning Ghosts ………. The Haunted Mansion

All You Zombies ………. The Hooters

A Message from the Future ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Creep (Live) ………. Ingrid Michaelson

Die ………. Iron & Wine

Organs On The Kitchen Floor ………. The Jealous Girlfriends

Eternal Life ………. Jeff Buckley

The Addams Family Theme ………. Freeminstrel

People Who Died ………. Jim Carroll

Ave Satani (From “The Omen”) ………. Jerry Goldsmith

In the Hall of the Mountain King (featured In Fritz Lang’s “M”) ………. Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Demon John ………. Jeff Buckley

The End (Assault On Precinct 13) [Pt. 1: Disco Version] ………. John Carpenter

O Fortuna ………. The City of Prague Philharmonic & Crouch End Festival Chorus

Ghost ………. Michael Jackson

Theme (From “Halloween”) ………. John Carpenter

Demon Prince ………. Kreator

The Fear ………. Lily Allen

Halloween Parade ………. Lou Reed

I’ve Committed Murder ………. Macy Gray

Dress Me Like A Clown ………. Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s

This Is Halloween ………. Marilyn Manson

Thriller ………. Michael Jackson

H3 – Season of the Witch (Re-Mastered) ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Every Day Is Halloween ………. Ministry

Satin In A Coffin ………. Modest Mouse

Spooky ………. Money Mark

First of the Gang to Die ………. Morrissey

God Bless the Children of the Beast ………. Mötley Crüe

Hedwig’s Lament ………. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Exquisite Corpse ………. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Black Magic Woman ………. Santana

Lunatic Fringe ………. Red Rider

Psycho Killer ………. Talking Heads

Hell ………. Squirrel Nut Zippers

Cemetry Gates ………. The Smiths

Shrinking Universe ………. Muse

Dark Entries ………. Bauhaus

Season of the Witch ………. Donovan

Ghost Riders in the Sky ………. The Outlaws

Transformers Theme ………. Mutemath

The Siege of Justiceville ………. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Two-Headed Boy ………. Neutral Milk Hotel

Dyin’ to Live ………. OutKast

A Night On Bald Mountain (Featured In “Fantasia”) ………. New Symphony Orchestra of London & Sir Adrian Boult

Matchstick Murder ………. Tristen

Evil Woman ………. Parthenon Huxley

Oblivion ………. Patrick Wolf

Eyes of a Stranger (Original Full Length Version) ………. Payolas

I See Monsters ………. Phil Roy

Bad Businessman ………. Squirrel Nut Zippers

Penelope ………. Pinback

Spirits In the Material World ………. The Police

Dark Angel ………. Public Enemy ft. MC Lyte

Hangin’ Tree ………. Queens Of The Stone Age

Ghostbusters ………. Ray Parker Jr

The Horror ………. RJD2

All Die Young ………. Smith Westerns

Road Zombie ………. Social Distortion

The Munsters (Theme from the Munsters) ………. Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra

They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh! ………. Sufjan Stevens

The Ghost Of You Lingers ………. Spoon

Ghost of Stephen Foster ………. Squirrel Nut Zippers

Abracadabra ………. Steve Miller Band

Under Cover of Darkness ………. The Strokes

O Death ………. Tim Eriksen

Demon Host ………. Timber Timbre

Paint It Black ………. W.A.S.P.

Slippin’ Into Darkness ………. War

Boris The Spider ………. The Who

Dead Man’s Party ………. Oingo Boingo

Bela Lugosi’s Dead ………. Bauhaus

Boom, Boom (Out Go The Lights) ………. Pat Travers Band

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Happy Halloween Season! Revel!

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Author: David Edward Johnson

A bit about me :: My name is David Johnson. I'm a senior creative with over 20 years of experience. I am currently serving as the Director of User Experience and Product Design at Inmar. Previously, I have served as the Global Digital Creative Director for Whole Foods Market, several agencies at the VP level and co-owned my own agency in New York for seven years. I love genre film, a full range of music, art, kung fu, TM, design, good food and a great joke. I'm based in Austin, Texas and addicted to BBQ.

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