Not in the mood for a scary movie this Friday the 13th? Then why not try listening to one or more of these thirteen songs I’ve arraigned for your spooky pleasure.
We start with a classic, the song that kick-started the goth rock genre. You can’t go wrong with “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” after all.
And now a left turn for some human horror courtesy of the new wave band Talking Heads. Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Perhaps you’re more in the mood for some vampires. Don’t worry, I’ve got a song for you. After all, there’s a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed...
What a spooky song, right? Fun fact: the chords were based on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played backwards.
Are you dead or are you sleeping? That’s the question Modest Mouse wants to know.
Now here’s a weird creepy song. With a music video directed by Joaquin Phoenix.
Where would we be without David Bowie? This song is from the soundtrack to Lost Highway, a horror noir by David Lynch.
Speaking of David Lynch, why not listen to a cover he did of a murder ballad?
We’ve already had a vampire song, so why not a werewolf one? Plus, Florence Welch just fucking kills it with this song.
I’ll admit: I included this more for the music video than for the actual song. But still, what a weird and deranged music video. That someone involves creepy masked nuns, zombie children, and a husband with a light bulb for a head.
This one is a combination between the song and the music video. C’mon, you know those smiling people freak you the fuck out.
This song is the newest song on this lists, as it was just released last week. Still, it is one of Radiohead’s creepiest songs and music videos, including a stop motion wicker man. Let’s hope there wasn’t a tiny stop motion Nicolas Cage in there.
And now we return to Bauhaus for our final song, a nice little ditty about how the modern world is decadent, desolate, and decrepit.
Happy Friday the 13th everybody!