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Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs

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Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.

10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"

Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.

9. Cradle of Filth - "The Twisted Nails of Faith"

When you think Halloween, you can't forget about the Vampires. From the album "Cruelty and the Beast", this Cradle track represents the bands haunting sound which transports us to an early blood soaked Transylvania. With lyrics written in vocalist Dani Filth's traditional "Old English" style, and ear piercing Orchestra Strings clawing down your back, "The Twisted Nails of Faith" will definitely quench your thirst for bloody Gothic metal.

8. The Misfits - "Halloween"

Fittingly released on October 31st, 1981, The Misfits submitted their contribution to a pool of several songs out there named after the horrific holiday. It was also the 5th and final single from the band to feature guitarist Bobby Steele.

7. Alice Cooper - "Feed My Frankenstein"

We all remember this track being one of the prominent songs from 1992's "Wayne's World", but we simply can't deny one of the original masters of horror a spot on this list. Many are unaware to the fact that so many hard rock giants appeared on this song including Nikki Sixx, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derick Sherinian.

6. The Ramones - "Pet Semetery"

Yes that is the correct spelling, and yes I did say The Ramones. While they may not be the most "metal" band here on our list, their title track for the Stephen King film happens to be a very solid hard rock song in the spirit of morbidness. Its also one of the bands darker sonic contributions, a direct contrast from their more familiar sound.

5. Helloween - "Halloween"

Obviously we have to mention the German Power Metalers who named themselves after the ghoulish holiday. While you can name pretty much any Helloween song here, why not go for the most obvious of all? Upon the bands 25th anniversary, a song titled "Keepers Medley" was recorded with a 70 piece Orchestra that features various Helloween classics, including the track "Halloween".

4. King Diamond - "Halloween"

Another quintessential aspect of the devils holiday, is hearing screeching Banshee vocals cut through the fog like a rusted knife through flesh. What better representation of that than the master himself, King Diamond. Taken from the 1986 debut album "Fatal Portrait", the song remains one of Diamond's haunting holiday classics.

3. Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark"

With Bruce Dickenson acting almost as a spooky storyteller on this track, "Fear of the Dark" reminds us of our childhood fears of what lurks in the darkness as we lay to sleep bathed in fear. While several Maiden tracks belong on this list, "Fear of the Dark" stands out for its creepy narration and pure invocation of fear.

2. Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"

Its rare to have three notes that can creep down your spine and chill you to the bone as effective as Black Sabbath have done with their self-titled track. The controversial "tritone" used in the song was believed to be "the devils notes" by sceptics, and still resonates fear in the minds of religious fanatics. The song was also covered by Brooklyn's finest Type O Negative, and features a haunting difference from the original. The drab four decided to cover the song from Satan's perspective, giving it a much darker and sinister atmosphere (as if the already demonic song could get any more demonic).

1. Type O Negative - "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"

Nobody fits the top spot of this list better than the four jerks from Brooklyn who have set out to sarcastically scare the pants off their fans, and the panties off Goth girls across the globe. Almost any song from their catalogue can be showcased here, but the most recognizable sing-a-long classic "Black No. 1" happens to be the most universal.

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1. The_Avant_Garde writes:

the fact GWAR didnt make it on this list saddens me deeply, c'mon....no one can ever beat those costumes....and The Misfits werent higher up?? :(:(

time for me to go and pig out on halloween candy to dull the pain! :P

nice article

# Oct 28, 2010 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Cynic writes:

Well thought out list, good stuff. Wish we celebrated Halloween here!

# Oct 28, 2010 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. KORNDOGG writes:

No Zombie???

# Oct 28, 2010 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RTB writes:

Good list..agreed. .Forgot about the ramones. .Good one as well

# Oct 28, 2010 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. crystal writes:

Great post
Love most of them of course
Hail the King on Halloween..perfect Rocktober METAL!!!!!
Cheers

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 1:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. adace1 writes:

Thing that Shouldn't Be is a pretty darn scary song. In fact, I'd say that one riff is scarier than anything on this list. Also, Nile is positively frightening if just for their sheer brutality. Listen to Von unaussprechlichen kulten to see what I'm talking about.

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 3:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. NW_MetalHead writes:

Black Sabbath has to be the scariest song of all time, so simple yet so dark and intimidating. I pee a little everytime I hear it.

Also, I really like AFI's remake of the Misfits song Halloween.

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 4:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. spookiee writes:

i'd remove cradle of fags for Burzum's - Key to the Gate..the song gives you a gloomy, spooky feel of a haunted castle with a dark past..

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 6:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. metalrox555 writes:

Yeah I think Black Sabbath should have been number 1 although still a pretty good list!

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 6:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. SpiralJon writes:

Damn I love Halloween. And Metal. And this list for combining both. Thanks!

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 9:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BrunoHockalugie writes:

No SAMHAIN?!?!?!? Fail!

# Oct 29, 2010 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Trendkill91 writes:

I really liked this! Cheers for the article.
I'm with you Cynic, wish we celebrated Halloween also.

# Oct 30, 2010 @ 6:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Jesper writes:

Finally TON gets some of the recognition it deserves, RIP green man

# Oct 31, 2010 @ 11:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. METAL213 writes:

Black Sabbath is still the scariest song all time even 40 years after it's inception. Just shows how ahead of their time they were

# Oct 31, 2010 @ 1:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. FeVeRDrEaM620 writes:

ROB ZOMBIE DRAGULA SHULD BE NUMBER 1!?!

# Oct 31, 2010 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. TheIronMan writes:

What I hate about these lists is that (usually) people just about which song/artist should be on the list/higher/lower up/down. But this site is pretty good about it.

Well written!

# Oct 31, 2010 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. 6(sic)6 writes:

I think Black Sabbath and Black No. 1 should be tied. I haven't gone a Halloween without listening to both songs, aside from the random listens during the year.

Both just set the spooky mood for me, although if I want more of a sinister fix I'd go more for Black Sabbath.

Nice list, very well thought out.

# Nov 1, 2010 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. spiral_architect writes:

rob zombie "living dead girl" should have made this list.

# Nov 1, 2010 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Triforce writes:

f*** zombie this list is legit lol

# Nov 2, 2010 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. alberto montejo writes:

I would of played Mayhem's Anti or Key to the Storms

# Nov 2, 2010 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. PANDA writes:

I fvckin KNEW Type O Negative was gonna be number one lol. (: I'm also at the same time slightly surprised that Black Sabbath came in at number two... Totally a close call between both songs. I just had a stronger feeling about Type O Negative because the song has the whole "spooky" Halloween feel thingy going on.. Eh whuteva. I'm satisfied lol.

# Nov 3, 2010 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. cam666 writes:

I love the band's on this list. Type o Negative is perfect for number 1

# Nov 3, 2010 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. EsotericSurgery writes:

Maybe it's just me and my perception of what Halloween is all about...but seriously no black metal at all?? I was quite shocked that Cradle of Filth made the list and there was no Dimmu Borgir :S Commendable effort for the list though, it's obvious there was much thought and consideration put into this. And yes I'm aware that you can't possibly please everyone. ;)

# Nov 3, 2010 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. PANDA writes:

^^^^^ Agreed. (:

# Nov 4, 2010 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. grim_frost writes:

Black Sabbath and Type O Negative are perfct i think
thy are all time favorite

# Nov 5, 2010 @ 6:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Livingondeathrow writes:

what the f***, what the f***, WHAT THE f***!!!!

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Matthew Johnson writes:

I am suprised that Cannibal Corpse, Torture Killer, Six Feet Under, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie...WTF?

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 9:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. KORNAREDEAD(Matthew Johnson)... writes:

I mean...I am suprised that Cannibal Corpse, Torture Killer, Six Feet Under, Gwar, Mudvayne, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie...Where not at all on here....WTF?

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 10:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. O-Matron writes:

What about: Ozzy - bark at the moon, Halloween - don't metal with evil, Deceased - the silent creatures, Xentrix - ghostbusters, slayer - dead skin mask. Metal witch - the count has risen from the grave. Laazrockit - leatherface. Judas priest - nightcrawler. FKU-anything

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