Spooky season is here. Check out these creepy songs to learn on guitar to get you in the Halloween spirit!
You can either learn the original 1962 version of this Halloween novelty song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, or The Misfits’ 1997 cover!
Radiohead’s debut single “Creep” – and one of their most successful songs – wasn’t supposed to be released at all. The band recorded the song at the request of their producers and released it as a single in 1992. It didn’t become a hit until it was re-released in 1993.
“Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon’s comedy rock hit “Werewolves of London” features some big names on the track – Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and John McVie played drums and bass on the song.
The creepy bell featured at the start of this 1980 track is an actual 2,000 lbs. bronze bell. It was recorded using a mobile studio inside of the bell’s foundry in England.
“Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne said their 1977 hit was written with the idea of “Alice Cooper writing a Randy Newman-type ballad”. Although the song’s inspiration was purely creative, it was released around the same time as the Son of Sam killings – an eerie coincidence.
Alice Cooper (aka Vincent Furnier’s) co-writer on “Poison”, Desmond Child, worked with another theatrical act. Child also produced Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell III”. “It’s a fine line between somebody telling the true story of their life in a song and also what their character type calls for,” Child told Songfacts.
It wouldn’t be right to make a list of Halloween songs and not include the “Prince of Darkness”! “Crazy Train” was Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne’s debut solo single. With a maniacal laugh at the start of the track, an iconic riff, and lyrics dealing with the fear of annihilation during the Cold War, it’s a great song to get you in the mood for Halloween.
“Them Bones”, off of Alice in Chains’ 1992 album “Dirt”, deals with themes of death and mortality. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who wrote the song, told R.I.P. Magazine in 1993, “Death freaks me out. I think it freaks a lot of people out. It’s the end of life, depending on your views. It’s a pretty scary thing. ‘Them Bones’ is trying to put that thought to rest. Use what you have left, and use it well.”
Metallica’ 1984 version of “Am I Evil” popularized the song, but it was originally released by British heavy metal band Diamond Head. The song evolved over the course of 18 months with different parts being added on, Diamond Head’s co-founder/ guitarist Brian Tatler told Louder.