Halloween is finally here! As everyone preps for a night of full-on terror (that includes binge-watching the entire “Halloween” series while giving out candy to ghouls and goblins), we took a look at some of the downright creepiest country songs ever.
However you decide to spend this holiday weekend, get in the mood by listening to 10 of the spookiest country tunes.
10 Spooky Country Music Songs:
A little girl is a afraid of the dark (is there anything worse?!?), but there appears to be no reason for it.
“Perhaps it was death she was afraid of?” Porter sing-speaks. “I think we always knew we’d never see [her] grown.”
There’s nothing spookier than death.
2. “Bang Bang” // Nancy Sinatra (from 1966’s How Does That Grab You?)
This could be classified as pop-country (by any metric, really), but with significant jazz and soul influences. While Nancy’s biggest crossover hit is “These Boots Were Made for Walking,” this haunting song is just as powerful.
3. “Ghost Riders in the Sky” // Johnny Cash (from 1979’s Silver)
As one of the best storytellers in all of music history, Johnny’s gritty voice drips down around a harrowing, powerful story of “horses snorting fire” in the sky as they race for life and death. We all need this lesson for Halloween, absolutely.
“Trying to catch the devil’s herd, across these endless skies,” he later laments to the heavens. Cre-epy.
4. “Lived & Died Alone” // Lindi Ortega (from 2013’s Tin Star)
This Canadian singer-songwriter knows exactly how to paint a depressing picture. Couple with deathly images of graves and hollow hearts and equally-chilling music, Lindi’s three-minute escape is one for the record books.
5. “Midnight in Montgomery” // Alan Jackson (from 1991’s Don’t Rock the Jukebox)
As an ode to Hank Williams, Alan stops by his gravestone to pay his respects when a shadowy figure says “Thank You” seemingly out of nowhere. Yea, we’re never sleeping again.
6. “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” // The Charlie Daniels Band (from 1980’s Full Moon)
“There are some things in this world you can’t explain” reads a line in the first verse, peppered with, well, swampy textures and a disturbing vocal. The story-song unravels like mystery novel, ultimately leading to death after death after death.
7. “Thunder Rolls” // Garth Brooks (from 1990’s No Fences)
8. “Up on the Ridge” // Dierks Bentley (from 2010’s Up on the Ridge)
The song isn’t innately scary by any means, but paired with a ghostly presence up on the ridge, well, it’s rather terrifying.
9. “Creepin'” // Eric Church (from 2011’s Chief)
Haunted by the memory of an ex-lover, Eric sinks into his sorrow and even starts hallucinating he can hear and see her. Spooky? Check. Insane? Check. Incredibly bone-rattling? Sounds about right.
10. “Sitting Up with the Dead” // Ray Stevens (1990)
A bit tongue-in-cheeky, this story-song is eerie, sinister and super campy. But it’s the music (with significant blues and gospel influence), however, that really drives home the darker message.
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