Halloween might lack the usual fun parties and parades this year, but you can still get in the spirit and enjoy some spooky tunes.
We’ve got a playlist of 12 new songs that are haunted either in lyrical content or sound, from Tenacious D’s star-studded take on “Time Warp” to The Kills’ newly-unearthed cover of “I Put a Spell On You,” and everything in between.
Scroll to the end for a Spotify playlist, and have a Happy Quaran-ween!
Ashnikko, “Halloweenie III: Seven Days”
While the blue-haired artist’s Demidevil mixtape won’t arrive until February 2021, Ashnikko has a macabre treat to hold you over until then. Check out the new video for “Halloweenie III: Seven Days,” her third Halloween-themed release, above.
Tenacious D, “Time Warp”
Tenacious D recruited Karen O, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Waters, Senator Elizabeth Warren and more to cover The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Time Warp” — and it’s all for a good cause. The cover benefits Rock the Vote, and there’s even an all-star visual (above).
Sad13, “Ghost (of a Good Time)”
Sadie Dupuis’s latest album as Sad13 is fittingly titled Haunted Painting, and it’s best enjoyed while strolling through your local cemetery. Also, the video for this track has sheet ghosts AND finger ghosts.
Wens, “Giant Bat”
If you find yourself missing someone this weekend, then alt-pop singer Wens’ latest is the perfect fit. “I’m so lonely without you here holding me/ If only happy didn’t have to be so hard,” she sings. In other words, it’s okay to bundle up like a sleeping bat and be sad on Halloween.
Maggie Lindemann, “Knife Under My Pillow”
Another grungy, blood-curdling slasher flick where the villain within proves even harder to vanquish than Michael Myers: “Staring at the window/ Knife under my pillow/ But it’s all inside my mind.”
Kiesza, “Sensuum Defectui”
Gothic horror hits the dancefloor in Kiesza’s latest, whose fog of evil doesn’t even much seem worth resisting: “Forgive me lord, for I love it,” the singer admits on the spoken-word breakdown.
Royal and the Serpent, “Overwhelmed”
An alt-pop horror movie where the call is coming from inside your own brain — you can run from anxiety, but you certainly can’t hide.
Halsey, “Experiment on Me”
Halsey’s contribution to Birds of Prey: The Album is an industrial rager as pulse-racing, gory and alluring as a Blade movie: “Try my blood, it’s just a starter/ No one tastes like me.”
Danny Elfman, “Happy”
Pharrell this ain’t. The spooky maestro behind many a Tim Burton score melds “This Is Halloween” vibes with ’90s Nine Inch Nails for “Happy,” the unsettling first single from his first solo album in 36 years.
The Kills, “I Put a Spell On You”
From their upcoming rarities LP Little Bastards, the Kills share a sinister, bare-bones cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put a Spell On You” that bewitches.
Faux Real, “Spooky Bois”
Brother band Faux Real deliver some campy chillwave with “Spooky Bois,” an irresistibly eerie and goofily Gothic bop.
Rising New Zealand pop artist Theia employs samples of cackling witches and slashing knives for “Freak,” and the accompanying spooky video was made by Russian artist Frenetique Stalker, who also did Grimes’ “Darkseid” video.