Saving Country Music’s 2018 Halloween Playlist

On the dark side of country and roots lurks some the most creative and disturbing expressions and stories ever written into song. From murder ballads to ghost stories, to tales of struggle and lunacy, Gothic country and dark roots never get their full due, nor do the denizens of these art forms who help keep these traditions alive all year.

But come October, it’s the perfect time to focus in on the many bands, artists, and songs that specialize in the dark side of country, as well as some of the most iconic songs from country music’s haunted past. This year Saving Country Music has dramatically expanded the playlist to include 50 songs that will be perfect for October listening, or your Halloween party.

The Saving Country Music 2018 Halloween Playlist can be heard on Spotify (or below in the embedded player), as well as on Google Play, and on Apple Music thanks to Country Exclusive. You can also Follow Saving Country Music on Spotify.

For those who don’t stream music, you can find the entire playlist notated below.

  • Rattleshack – “Dead Man’s Creek (feat. Bob Wayne)”
  • Corb Lund – “Dig Gravedigger Dig”
  • Captain Clegg (Jesse Dayton) – Transylvania Terror Train
  • Johnny Cash – “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky”
  • Koffin Kats – “Witch in the Woods”
  • Hellbound Glory – “The Black Mass”
  • The Bloody Jug Band – “The Undertaker”
  • Steve Earle – “The Tennessee Kid”
  • Daryle Singletary – “Long Black Veil”
  • Eric Strickland – “Skeleton”
  • Chris LeDoux – “The Passenger”
  • Buck Owens – “(It’s A) Monster’s Holiday”
  • Little Lisa Dixie – “Devil’s Gate”
  • Johnny Paycheck – “(Pardon Me) I’ve Got Someone To Kill”
  • The .357 String Band – “Raise The Moon”
  • Rachel Brooke, Lonesome Wyatt – “Someday I’ll Fall”
  • Ralph Stanley – “O Death”
  • Black Eyed Vermillion – “Box of Pine”
  • The Blood Jug Band – “Roadkill Boys”
  • Lincoln Durham – “Grave”
  • Lindi Ortega – “Afraid of the Dark”
  • Colter Wall – “Kate McCannon”
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – “Honky Tonk Hell”
  • The Pine Box Boys – “Mr. Skeleton”
  • Eddie Noack – “Psycho”
  • Sons of Perdition – “The Shadow of the Undertaker”
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Lucifer and the Fallen Angels”
  • Robert Earl Keen – “The Armadillo Jackal”
  • Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks – “S-K-E-L-E-T-O-N”
  • Tom Waits – “Misery is the Rive of the World”
  • The Goddamn Gallows (& Jayke Orvis) – “Dreadful Sinner”
  • The Slow Poisoner – “Hypno – Hog’s Moonshine Monster Jamboree”
  • Captain Clegg (Jesse Dayton) – Honky Tonk Halloween
  • Danny Stitches – “Hell of a Ride”
  • Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks – “Halloween Is Here”
  • Ugly Valley Boys – “Hellmaker”
  • Izzy Cox – “Demons in My Head”
  • The Reverend Horton Heat – “Zombie Dumb”
  • Red Sovine – “Phantom 309”
  • Tom Waits – “What’s He Building?”
  • 16 Horsepower – “Black Soul Choir”
  • Munly and the Lupercalians – “Scarewulf”
  • Joe Buck Yourself – “When Evil Comes To Town”
  • Bob Wayne – “Reptile”
  • Heathen Apostles – “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
  • Legendary Shack Shakers – “Frankenstein’s Monster”
  • David Allan Coe – “The Ride”
  • Brown Bird – “Sickle and Hood”
  • Tom Petty – “Zombie Zoo”
  • The Louvin Brothers – “Satan Is Real”