This represents the culmination of my attempts to curate Halloween music and forge the perfect playlist over the last several years. It is also my last-ditch attempt to get into the spirit of the holiday this year, before I miss it completely.
The problem is everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “Halloween” song. For some people, it’s time-honored children’s songs like “Monster Mash” and “Flying Purple People Eater”. For others, it’s a collection of iconic orchestral scores from classic horror franchises. Some think the lyrics have to be macabre or related to the actual holiday in some way, but others just require the song to sound “dark” or “evil”—which occasionally includes what I would refer to more as “spooky audio” than actual music.
In the past I’ve tried to reconcile these viewpoints by categorizing every song recommendation I came across and juggling them in 5 different playlists. But this year, I just focused on making one playable playlist. I wanted something that I can just hit shuffle on and let play in the car, at a party, or just at home when I want to rock out.
You may notice the playlist borrows heavily from the Queen of the Damned soundtrack (terrible movie, amazing soundtrack), but I threw in a bunch of dark and/or macabre metal, alternative, and classic rock as well. And as always, this is a work in progress. I will likely continue to add to the playlist up until Halloween, and then pick it up again in September or October of next year (assuming I still use Spotify by then). You can send me suggestions if you have any, but don’t be offended if they fall short of my ill-defined and intuitively-driven criteria for the playlist.