Kabann Recommends: 17 tracks to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Jack o LanternIt’s that time of the year again people, Halloween is nearly upon us. Even if Mauritians don’t go trick or treating or carving Jack-o’-lanterns, that’s no reason not to celebrate!
To help you plan the perfect playlist we’ve concocted a selection of the best Halloween tracks you can find. From the groovy to the downright spooky the following tunes are exactly what you need to create the mood for an evening of light-hearted horror and fright.

1. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

The most obvious choice so let’s get it out of the way. This timeless classic from the King of Pop is hands down THE best way to get your Halloween festivities started.

 

2. Ray Parker Jr – “Ghost Busters”

Yes, it’s cheesy and yes, if you’ve got anyone under the age of 20 at the party, chances are they’ve never heard of it. Nevertheless, nothing says Halloween quite like calling the Ghostbusters… (and it’s a catchy tune too)

 

3. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins -“I Put a Spell on You”

Although Nina Simone’s version brings the sexy to the party, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ haunting and guttural vocals are exactly the spells you need to set the tone for the evening.

 

4. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – “Here be dragons”

If you’re not going for an all out party vibe and are after something more atmospheric, the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble’s sophomore album, “Here be Dragons’”, eerie music and lyrics will fit the bill.

 

5. Rockwell- “Somebody’s watching me”

Paranoia never sounded so good. With its dark lyrics, classic 80’s dance beat and “Psycho” inspired clip, “Somebody’s watching me” is the perfect Halloween track and it’s even got Michael Jackson doing the vocals on the chorus, so what’s not to love?

 

6. Gorillaz – “Clint Eastwood”

This track’s spooky baseline would be the perfect theme tune for a zombie invasion, albeit of a cartoon variety. The opening “oh oh oh oh ohh” will set the tone for your Halloween bash.

 

7. Modern Witch – “Cinema”

Is there any genre more appropriate than Witch House for Halloween? Dark production, occult lyrical themes and band names that come straight from a horror novel, it’s the perfect fit for the night. Duo “Modern Witch” are one of the more recognizable names in the scene and the track “Cinema” reverberates with the kind of impending doom and tension you’re looking for in your Halloween set.

 

8. Kernkraft 400 – “Zombie Nation”

Zombie Nation, obviously. Any track that mentions the living dead deserves a spot on this list and it’s a club classic too.

 

9. Gorillaz – “Dracula”

Dub basslines heavier than pasta Carbonara and beer, sound clips of Dracula cackling, and vocalist Damon Albarn singing his adoration for Dracula like an incantation; perfect Halloween vibes.

 

10. Tyler the Creator – “Yonkers”

Yonkers is a psychotic episode put to music. The track’s claustrophobic beat, along with Tyler the Creator’s violent lyrics and raspy delivery are downright spine-tingling. Also, even though it’s not the kind of track you can dance to, it definitely sets the tone.

 

11. The Cure – “Lullaby”

This haunting tale of a boogeyman praying on children is one of the Cure’s best tracks.

 

12. Agar Agar – “I am that Guy”

French Electro-Pop duo Agar Agar is all the hype lately and based on the strength of their first single, Prettiest Virgin, it’s well deserved. But for Halloween, the seven minutes long “I am that guy” is exactly what you’re looking for thanks to vocalist Clara Cappagli’s deadpan delivery and haunting synths.

 

13. Johnny Hollow – “Devil’s Night”

A song about the Devil knocking on your window in the dead of night. Enough said.

 

14. Cabaret Nocturne – “Dance or Die”

There’s no lyrical reference whatsoever to ghosts, ghouls or goblins in Cabaret Nocturne’s music, yet this dark electro track’s inspiration speaks for itself.

 

15. She Wants Revenge – “Tear you apart”

This one is for the Rock fans. “Tear You Apart” made it on the hit TV show “American Horror Story’s” soundtrack, so it’s perfect for our list. Teenage lust never sounded so sinister.

 

16. Ghost Square – “Square Hammer”

Swedish band Ghost’s playful take on the occult and catchy tunes have made them one of the most recognizable metal acts in recent years. Their single, “Square Hammer,” proves that it is possible to dance to bone-crushing guitar riffs. Who would have thought?

 


 

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