Alternative Halloween Playlist


The spookiest night of the year is coming very soon, so I’ve decided to make a playlist for all you alt-procrastinators out there. There are, obviously, loads of articles listing music you could play at your party, but, to be honest, a lot of them are very… repetitive. And very mainstream. So here’s my alternative Halloween playlist, for all my alternative people. Every song is linked to either youtube or spotify, so you can give them a listen.

Alternative Halloween playlist pumpkin photo
Halloween pumpkin by Daniele Pellati, under CC0. From here

In no particular order, let’s begin:

    1. Goëtia by Peter Gundry This first one may be a bit strange for some of you. It’s an instrumental piece. I chose it because I think any party could do with good ambient music for the calmer, quieter moments. It’s also a good choice if you need something to set up a mysterious, eerie mood, and would be perfect for a get-together of a more witchy kind. It’s a wonderful, dark, haunting piece. I strongly suggest you check it out!
    2. Killers with the cross by Powerwolf For the time being, we’re leaving quiet instrumental pieces behind. If I was to describe this song in a one word, it’d be: fun. Catchy, with a pretty upbeat sound (and that’s despite the not so upbeat lyrics), good to dance (or jump) to.
    3. Dance with the dragon by Dark Sarah I can’t think of any song similar to this one. It combines tango(!) with symphonic metal, and is very… theatrical. The titular dragon is also the god of the underworld, and what better time to dance with Death, than Halloween? Give it a listen, I’m almost certain you’ll find yourself singing “Taaaake my aaaalll, I surrender, surrender” at the most random of times.
    4. A demon’s fate by Within Temptation From the somewhat controversial album The Unforgiving, it’s catchy, with a nice beat to it. To me, it has a bit of ’80s vibe, as does most of the album.
    5. Zombie by The Cranberries At this point, it’s basically a classic. A beautiful song about serious issues, sang by the iconic Dolores O’Riordan. You can also check out this cover by Bad Wolves, they did a really good job with it.
    6. Forsaken version by David Draiman Say what you will about Queen of the Damned, but the soundtrack was pretty good. Forsaken, especially when sang by David Draiman, is IMHO the best song from the film. And it’s a song about vampires, by a fictional vampire. Pretty good fit for Halloween, I’d say.
    7. The animal by Disturbed We’re staying with David Draiman’s voice for this one. A song about loosing control that’d be a good fit for all you werewolves out there.
    8. Chasing the dragon by Epica Sometimes you just need a slow number at your party. This one will do nicely for those times. It’s very melodic, and nice to sway to. It has a bit of change of pace towards the end with some growly bits, though.
    9. Dead man’s eyes by Apocalyptica Another slower one. Beautiful, powerful song from their first album with their own lead singer
    10. As we die by Charon Great, energetic song with a pretty catchy chorus. And JP’s voice is great (though you already know this, if you listened to Dance with the Dragon), so what’s not to like?
    11. Clovenhoof by Tiamat Really nice, melodic song. Not too fast, not too slow, not too heavy, and not too light. Pretty much squarely in the Goldilocks zone. It’s a kind of song easy to enjoy by a lot of people, no matter their particular tastes in music.
    12. Join me in death by HIM The song that made HIM famous. It’d be shame not to include it here.
    13. Zombies by Lacuna Coil A song with great energy. Makes you want to dance. And headbang.
    14. Black flame by Xandria Another energetic song that’s great for dancing, and also headbanging.
    15. Demons are a girl’s best friend by Powerwolf I’m not some diehard fan of Powerwolf (I know maybe 4 of their songs?), and I wasn’t going to repeat bands, but this one is too good to leave out. Again, catchy, with nice beat. It’s almost impossible not to get the chorus stuck in your head, so beware.
    16. Lilith by Therion How could I, a person who listens to loads of symphonic metal, not include one of the pioneers of the genre? This song’s in French, and has something theatrical, and a bit magical about it.
    17. Dreamless (Lucifer and Lilith) by Moonspell A slower offering from Moonspell. Melodic song, with clear vocals, and no growling. One of my personal favourites from the band.
    18. The evil lives in the shadows by Entwine Great song with upbeat sound. Alternates between lighter, and heavier parts. Chorus catchy as hell.
    19. Bring me to life by Evanescence Because, honestly, why not?
    20. Sweet curse by ReVamp Another a little bit slower song. But not slow-slow, if you know what I mean. It’d describe it’s sound as romantic. Great vocals.
    21. Salem’s secret by Peter Gundry I was going to list 20 songs, but I’ve decided that one more instrumental piece won’t hurt. So here’s another wonderful composition by Peter Gundry, for anyone who needs something witchy for their Halloween.

Do you like it?

Here’s good news for those of you who liked this selection: I’ve made a playlist on spotify, so you don’t have to. It doesn’t have Forsaken though, because it seems it’s not on spotify, so in it’s place I added the Bad Wolves “Zombie” cover. If you want it, here’s the alternative Halloween playlist, ready-made for you. Enjoy!

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