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The Rock Nation Expert Panel - The best Halloween Rock Songs - The Conclusion

by Lunchbox

We've put together 15 Rock Radio experts from across the country to form our Rock Nation Expert Panel. These select few will be tasked with putting together their rankings for various polls and concepts, all for your entertainment.

Recently we asked the Experts what songs should make our Halloween Mix-Tape? We wanted to find songs that don’t fit your standard mold for Halloween. Songs like “Boris the Spider” or “Monster Mash”. Songs that might be over-looked on a lot of Halloween Rock Song lists.

You can see Part 1 here 

Here come numbers 10-1: 

#10 - Tom Waits “What’s He Building In There?”

Even the most uptempo Tom Waits song is creepy. His early stuff is soft and more jazzy...but Tom Waits has been producing some creep-tastic music for the last two and a half decades. This is more of a spoken-word piece, but whatever you want to call it, I want it on my Halloween Mix-Tape

#9 - Rob Zombie "Dragula"

At this point, we’re getting to the point in the countdown where an argument can be made for all of these songs to be #1 on the countdown. Rob Zombie’s “Dragula” has EVERYTHING you’d ask for; horror content, an eerie sound, a menacing lead singer, crazy video...and the word ZOMBIE.

#8 - Iron Maiden “Fear of the Dark”

When someone says “Let’s do a list of the best Halloween Rock Songs” they could easily say “...like Iron Maiden’s ‘Fear of the Dark” and it should say everything. This song is PERFECT for this list, I can’t figure out why it’s here at #8 and not in the top 3…

#7 - Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”

I don’t know how to feel about this song. It’s like the quiet person at work; are they really just nice and shy, or planning to kill you? Is this song actually describing a sociopath, or just a comical stab. There’s enough of a question here to make it creepy...don’t get too comfortable with your opinion of it, could get you killed.

#6 - Marilyn Manson “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”

Just in case the original version by The Eurythmics wasn’t creepy enough, Marilyn Manson woke up one day and decided it was time to ratchet up the creep factor on “Sweet Dreams”...the result, one of the best covers of all time. And one of the best Halloween rock songs ever.

#5 - Type O Negative “Black No. 1”

The late Peter Steele’s voice has only one challenger for Best Halloween Vocals, and that’s Tom Waits. This song is so dark it makes you feel uneasy in a sun-filled office in the middle of the afternoon. It’s just...brooding, yeah! Good use of the word!  

#4 - Godsmack “Voodoo”

Seriously, if your song is released as a mainstream rock song, then is used as the theme song to one of the scariest shows ever, you get onto the list. Back in 2000, before any of the current paranormal investigation shows hit TV, MTV launched a show call FEAR. In the show, they took regular people, put them into some of the most haunted locations in the country, and asked them to investigate the area.

Godsmack’s “Voodoo” helped the show establish an uneasy feeling before the show even started. Still does it today…

#3 - Queens of the Stone Age “Burn the Witch”

Loud, concerning, and Homme...Josh Homme. The content lends itself to the Halloween theme, and the vocals by Mr. Homme are loose enough to be glossed with the term “ghostly”. Such a great Halloween treat

#2 - Rob Zombie “Living Dead Girl”

Again, everything we’ve said about the last 4 or 5 songs applies here. Rob Zombie’s second song on the list could also lead a list of JUST Rob Zombie Halloween songs. Rob Zombie is so good at putting together horror lyrics for songs, he stepped into the world or writing and directing horror movies...and has done a pretty bad ass job at that too.

#1 - Marilyn Manson “This is Halloween”

So Marilyn Manson has a second song on the list, tops the list, and actually does both with two cover songs. First “Sweet Dreams” hits the list, and now a cover of Danny Elfman’s “This is Halloween” from the Nightmare Before Christmas film. So the top song might not be the scariest on the list, but you can’t argue against it being the most Halloween’ish.