DJ Carl Michael Presents: 10 Spooky Songs For Your Gay Halloween Shenanigans

For years, I have had the honor of DJing on Gay Christmas (aka Halloween, aka the holiday that gives masculine fellas the excuse to put on heels). The most fun part for me is bringing out some of my favorite classic spooky tunes to create the perfect soundtrack for the night of all nights.

Here are just a few of the songs to add to your Halloween party playlist, or to blare in the car on your way to your favorite nightclub or party. Merry Gay Christmas!

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

L7: “Pretend We’re Dead”

One of my favorites from 1992, when I was an angsty teen in high school. (Stop trying to calculate my age, please!) I love the heavy guitar-grunge thing here and L7’s deadpan delivery.

Concrete Blonde: “Bloodletting”

Darkness abounds on Concrete Blonde’s 1990 album Bloodletting, and this eponymous track is another one that my high school buddies and I used to blare driving around the New Hope area looking for ghosts. We were weird.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Heads Will Roll”

Dance, dance, dance till you’re dead! This is a perfect Halloween party anthem. Everyone knows and loves it. Check out the A-trak mix for a more floor-friendly version.

Lady Gaga: “Monster”

She gets lured into his bed by his charm, and then he eats her heart. Sound familiar? This is one of the best tracks from Fame Monster, and a perfect soundtrack to spooky season.

Chvrches: “We Sink”

“I’ll be a thorn in your side, till you die … ” Stalker-chic dark electronic music here from one of my favorite bands of the moment. Seriously, every song they make is amazing.

Ladytron: “Destroy Everything You Touch”

Eerie beats from the band made famous by their breakout hit “Seventeen,” adding more mystery to your Halloween soundtrack.

Harry Belafonte: “Jump In the Line”

One of the best movie scenes in history is when Lydia’s (played by Winona Rider) parents let her do the amazing levitating dance to this classic number in Beetlejuice.

Siouxsie & The Banshees: “Cities In Dust”

One of my favorite bands on the planet brings you this post-apocalyptic mayhem. Put it on your Halloween playlist and all the kids will ask you what it is.

Natalia Kills: “Mirrors”

Supplement your bondage costume with this 2010 anthem. Natalie Kills goes into full detail about leather, candles, and, of course, broken mirrors, which are baaaad luck for you.

Britney Spears: “Freakshow”

I had to include this one to pay homage to American Horror Story: Freak Show. The world is a freak show, let your flag fly! That’s what Halloween is all about!

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