Happy Halloween A Spooky Playlist
Are you ready for the spooky season?
If you already have your Halloween costumes, candy corns and Jack O’lanterns checked, it’s time to add some spooky music as a final touch! Here’s our selection of tunes that are perfect reminders of Halloween, from unsettling melodies that will send shivers right down your spine, to fantastical tracks that will transport you into mystery worlds of the unknown.
Danny Elfman – Main Titles (Corpse Bride)
Let’s start off with one from a Tim Burton film – this one tells the story of Victor Van Dot, who accidentally marries a deceased young lady. Animated in mostly grey tones and set in a Victorian town, Corpse Bride is the epitome of goth. The film opens with this main title to our main character Victor, and streets inhabited by soulless and grumpy men.
Chopin – Funeral March
As you might be able to guess from its title, this is a heavy and unsettling piece, though it all begins rather subtly. However, the beginning and ending sections where the main theme is heard are probably the only parts that bring this piece onto the list. The dark passages eventually transition into hopeful and bittersweet ones in the middle, making it a truly beautiful piece that will bring you on a little emotional ride.
Michael Jackson – Thriller
The King of Pop tastefully adds his own unique groove to the occult in this legendary music video that references scenes from various horror films. In fact, both the lyrics and disco-funk track display elements of horror films such as sounds of thunder, footsteps and wind. This is definitely the ultimate Halloween bop of the Pop music scene.
Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Speaking of horror films, we have one of Bach’s best-known works, featured in the classic horror film Dracula. This piece is so well-known that it has resulted in the association of the organ as a dark and sinister instrument. There is no better music for Halloween than this age-old masterpiece that still sends chills down the spines of many people centuries after it was written.
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Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre Op. 40
Danse Macabre translates to “Dance of Death”. This tone poem by Saint-Saëns was originally an art song sung with a text based on the old French superstition about Death appearing at midnight every Halloween. The vocal line was eventually replaced by a solo violin part which represents the fiddle that Death plays as he calls forth the dead from their graves to dance for him.
Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14: V. Songe d’une nuit du Sabbat
The title for this movement in Berlioz’s famous Symphonie Fantastique translates to “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath”, which instantly gives off an ominous note. In this grand piece, Berlioz uses various orchestral effects to create an imagery of the gathering of witches, such as funeral bells that toll at one point in the piece, and having string players use the back of their bows to create the sound effect of a bubbling cauldron on the strings.
John Williams – Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter)
This is the universally recognised opening title to the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter that is full of wonder and adventure (though the audience will soon realise that it is also full of mysteries and dangers). The celesta melody that opens the piece creates a chilling atmosphere with its mystical bell-like quality, perfectly capturing the essence of the fantasy world that J.K. Rowling has created.
The Cranberries – Zombie
One of the most popular tunes to learn in music schools! While the title of the song makes it a rather befitting pick for Halloween, the message behind the song runs on a much deeper and more serious note. Picking apart the lyrics, you will realise that it is actually a protest song sung by the Irish alternative rock band in memory of the two young victims killed in the 1993 Washington bombings.
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Overture (Phantom of the Opera)
The imposing organ intro in this instrumental opening to the famous musical is definitely not for the weak-hearted. Most would probably have heard this foreboding tune even without watching the musical or film, and those who have watched them would certainly agree that anything The Phantom of the Opera would be fit for an occasion like Halloween.
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Pat Carroll – Poor Unfortunate Souls (The Little Mermaid)
A much less popular track from the classic Disney production, Poor Unfortunate Souls is sung by the villain Ursula to Ariel as she tries to justify her cunning ways of luring her victims into sacrificing a part of themselves in exchange for something they desire. While the melody is nowhere near fear-inducing, the false empathy that is portrayed through the lyrics and singing creates a convincing yet refreshing depiction of evil.
Gounod – Funeral March of a Marionette
Last but not least is another piece with a ‘funeral’ as its subject, but this one evokes a vastly different mood from the Chopin work. While it is definitely sinister, it is also heavily mixed with a playful quality coming from bouncing melody lines. The storyline behind the piece comprises a funeral procession of a marionette who has died in a duel.
We hope these tunes were enough to bring out the creeps and set you in the right mood for Halloween!
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