Creepy Music Collections: Songs to Match Your Favorite Horror Sub-Genre
When you’re awakened in the dead of night by a sound outside your door, what’s the first horrifying vision that floods your brain?
That’s the idea behind Shudder — think Netflix for horror films — with thoughtful curation and genius Collections that group films together by horror sub-genre. Are you in the mood to be spooked specifically by Psychos and Madmen, Haunted Habitations, or Alien Intruders? Shudder’s got you covered, though they can’t keep you safe.
Inspired by Shudder and everything that keeps us up at night, here are Collections of albums fitting various flavors of horror to put you in the Halloween spirit. Listen on and hope you make it out alive.
UPDATE: If you’re short on time, I’ve created a handy Halloween Spotify playlist with all the artists on this list in the order they’re presented. Share and enjoy, thank you for reading and listening!
HEX GIRLFRIEND: Witchy Women
Yeah, everyone you know is suddenly suuuper into crystals, nature’s divinity, energies, magick, and moon cycles within the past few months, but one friend in particular seems to be taking it a little more seriously… and spending much more time in the woods.
Coven, “Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls”
electric citizen, “Sateen”
EXTRA CREDIT: Acid Witch, “Witchtanic Hellucinations”
RAISING HELL: Deals with the Devil
The vintage ouija board you picked up from that eastern-European lady at the flea market was a hit at the Halloween party, but even though all your friends have left, something—or someone—dark has decided to stick around.
Ghost B.C., “Opus Eponymous”
Venom, “Welcome to Hell”
Electric Wizard, “Black Masses”
EXTRA CREDIT: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Fire”
AUTUMN WINDS BLOW: Fall Rituals
You can feel the changing of the seasons bringing new colors, feelings, energies, and rituals. Autumn’s entrance brings such beauty — but just like every autumn before it, it also brings cold, darkness, and death.
Earth, “Primitive and Deadly”
Demon Head, “Ride the Wilderness”
Wolves in the Throne Room, “Celestite”
MALT SHOP MURDERS: Vintage Americana Creep
You were supposed to have your old man’s car back an hour ago, but Lover’s Lookout with Betty from the cheer team has completely stolen your sense of time. Hearing the faint sound of metal scraping against the car between smooches, you suddenly remember the town curfew from after those bodies turned up.
Tiger Army, “II: Power of Moonlite”
Misfits, “Collection 2"
Vince Ray & the Boneshakers, “Boneshaker Baby”
STALKING THEIR PREY: Slashers in the Shadows
“I’ll be fiiine, I only live a couple blocks away” you tell your friends as you stumble out of the bar. Tonight’s darker and quieter than usual, making for a peaceful stroll. But is your boozy mind playing tricks on you, or are those shadows near the street light moving a little unnaturally?
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, “Blood Lust”
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, “The Night Creeper”
THEY CAME FROM WORLDS UNKNOWN: Horrors from the Outer Reaches
We all celebrated the historic news of true first contact with extraterrestrial life, but as their messages start to take a different tone and distant shapes get closer in the sky, you begin to wonder if we should have ever let them know we’re here.
The Faceless, “Planetary Duality”
Vektor, “Outer Isolation”
GORE GALORE: Brutal Body Horror
It started out as a pretty normal Craigslist meetup, but upon waking up hanging by chains on your feet, the cracking and chopping in the other room doesn’t seem too encouraging.
Carcass, “Surgical Steel”
The Black Dahlia Murder, “Unhallowed”
EXTRA CREDIT: Cattle Decapitation, “Forced Gender Reassignment” music video (NSFW, NSFL)
I won’t link it here, but if you feel like watching the shock-equivalent of 100 body-horror films condensed into five-and-a-half minutes, peep this music video on an empty stomach. I do not endorse or condone any of the contents of the video; it is presented solely as thematically relevant political art. On second thought, maybe don’t watch it.
THE END IS NIGH: Tales of the Apocalypse
We should have listened. We should have heeded the warnings, but now it’s too late. The thick air coats your lungs in soot. The contaminated water burns to drink. The scorched soil may never bear crops again. What have we done? And what do the remaining of us do now?
Cattle Decapitation, “The Anthropocene Extinction”
Anaal Nathrakh, “The Whole of the Law”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!”
HAUNTED & HARROWING: Ghostly Visitations
“Stop messing around,” she nervously laughs, “this place is scary enough without your creepy whispers on my neck.” As her boyfriend flushes the toilet down the hall, she feels the empty covers start to move beside her.
Zeal and Ardor, “Devil is Fine”
Ghost Bath, “Moonlover”
CREATURE FEATURE: Movie Soundtracks
It’s always scary to come back to an empty house after seeing a horror movie on the big screen; it’s even scarier when you’re not as alone as you think.