Brian Baker

What to listen to this Halloween

Paranormal and pop culture go hand-in-hand. I’m often reminded of the “Supernatural” episode where the Winchester brothers battle a tulpa.

It’s a broken telephone episode that features people telling a ghost story, and altering it as the plot progresses. New tropes are added to snazz it up or to keep it going in perpetuity.

Often times, we’ll make movies about these supernatural happenings or creepypastas. Then the creature becomes a part of our folklore. The best example of this is Slender Man.

Even “The X-Files” got in on this idea of a tulpa in the episode “X-Cops” where the famous FBI duo were hunting down a creature that was changing its appearance based on what frightened its witnesses.

These are all visual examples, however, and they don’t highlight our original intentions: music. It is such a great facilitator and identifier of our folklore and past horrors. I’ve put together a list of 100 songs that are must-haves for any Halloween playlist that take into consideration The Superstitious Times’ subject matters: ghosts, cryptozoology and ufology.


“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

“Lucifer” by Alan Parsons Project

“Sign of the Gypsy Queen” by April Wine

“Spooky” by Atlanta Rhythm Section

“Is There A Ghost” by Band of Horses

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus

“Scarecrow” by Beck

“Haunted” by Beyoncé

“Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath

“Aliens Exist” by Blink-182

“Rapture” by Blondie

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult

“Godzilla” by Blue Öyster Cult

“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” by David Bowie

“The Flying Saucer” by Buchannan and Goodman

“Experiment IV” by Kate Bush

“Wild Man” by Kate Bush

“Mr. Spaceman” by the Byrds

“Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band

“Delirium Trigger” by Coheed and Cambria

“I Love the Dead” by Alice Cooper

“I Was A Teenage Werewolf” by the Cramps

“Zombie” by the Cranberries

“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Ghosts N Stuff” by Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire

“Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey

“A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

“Dream Warriors” by Dokken

“Riders on the Storm” by the Doors

“Witchy Woman” by the Eagles

“Fresh Blood” by the Eels

“Bury a Friend” by Billie Eilish

“Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott

“Werewolf” by Five Man Electrical Band

“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac

“Which Witch?” by Florence and the Machine

“Home by the Sea” by Genesis

“La Llorona” by Carmen Goett

“Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring

“Clap for the Wolfman” by the Guess Who

“Silver Lights” by Sammy Hagar

“Down by the Water” by PJ Harvey

“I Put A Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

“Demons” by Imagine Dragons

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

“I’ve Seen the Saucers” by Elton John

“Cross Road Blues” by Robert Johnson

“Dead Souls” by Joy Division

“Spaceship” by Kesha

“Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” by Klaatu

“Monster” by Lady Gaga

“If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot

“Antichrist Superstar” by Marilyn Manson

“Hangar 18” by Megadeth

“The Thing That Should Not Be” by Metallica

“I Turned into a Martian” by the Misfits

“Shout at the Devil” by Mötley Crüe

“Starlight” by Muse

“Spaceman” by Bif Naked

“We’re Not Alone” by Nas

“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo

“Dracula’s Wedding” by Outkast

“Bark at the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne

“Mr. Crowley” by Ozzy Osbourne

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.

“Mothership Connection” by Parliament

“E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West

“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett

“Let There Be More Light” by Pink Floyd

“Motorway to Roswell” by the Pixies

“Synchronicity II” by the Police

“Spaceship Superstar” by Prism

“Burn the Witch” by Queens of the Stone Age

“Creep” by Radiohead

“Zero Zero UFO” by the Ramones

“Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone

“Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard

“Disturbia” by Rihanna

“Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones

“Black Magic Woman” by Santana

“She Wolf” by Shakira

“Unmarked Helicopters” by Soul Coughing

“Night with the Jersey Devil” by Bruce Springsteen

“Come Sail Away” by Styx

“Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads

“Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” by Type-O Negative

“Running with the Devil” by Van Halen

“The Black Rider” by Tom Waits

“Little Ghost” by the White Stripes

“Freaks Come Out at Night” by Whodini

“Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

“Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

“Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Starship Trooper” by Yes

“After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young

“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

“Dragula” by Rob Zombie

“Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

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