You may be surprised by some of the entries on this list of all-time scariest songs.
Pandora used its Music Genome Project to analyze the most terrifying, bone-chilling and absolutely Halloween-appropriate songs in history. Its findings include more conventional names like Corn and Nine Inch Nails, but also unexpected groups like Nirvana and Pixies.
“Scary songs use key, tempo, and timbre to create tension and manipulate the way the listener interacts with sound,” said Steve Hogan, Pandora’s Director of Music Analysis – per Entertainment Weekly. “This includes the use of what scientists call ‘non-linear’ sound.”
“Non-linear sounds are generally scratchy, disorganized, and chaotic, like the sound of vocal cords vibrating violently during a blood-curdling scream,” he continued. “Humans (and many other species) are hard-wired to perceive such sounds as life-threatening.”
Listen to the entire list below:
1. Nine Inch Nails, “The Becoming”
2. Pixies, “The Happening”
3. Bauhaus, “Dark Entries”
4. Joy Division, “Transmission”
5. Lamb of God, “Contractor”
6. Tool, “Aenima”
7. Nirvana, “Heart-Shaped Box”
8. Korn, “Bottled Up Inside”
9. A Perfect Circle, “Thinking Of You”
10. Whitechapel, “Eternal Refuge”