Most Haunting Songs

Those tunes that send shivers up and down your spine.

The Top Ten

1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

Her singing goes right to your very soul.

See her PBS Great Performances Dream With Me In Concert presentation of this with traditional Chinese instruments including Taiko drums. Simply amazing!

This is from an older CD and it is amazing but if you want to hear something amazing, listen to her voice today.

Jackie has sung this at just about every concert for the past few years - and she tops herself every time. If you don't feel like you've been knocked out of your socks after hearing her perform Lovers, you'd better check your pulse. - BobG

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2 Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

Dark, melancholic, and beautiful - all at the same time

Just heard this,
This is one haunting and beautiful piece of work.

Hear it on Yahoo Music or YouTube. Download it on iTunes or on June 10. From her upcoming album "Awakening" due for release September 23rd.

3 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

John Lennon's vocal performance is just... ghostly. - PetSounds

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4 Angel - Jackie Evancho

This song came into my head today unexpected, the version sung on the Tonight show. Almost had me in tears. The way she sang it I will never forget.

The extraordinary voice of Jackie Evancho singing this haunting piece of music leaves me happy and sad at the same time.

This song definitely haunts me.
It's the way Jackie Evancho sings it.

How incredible, this girl can really sing!
Can't get it out of my mind.

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5 Moon Over the Ruined Castle - Jackie Evancho

Traditional folk song performed in Japanese, available only as a bonus track on the Japanese release.

On the Japanese release of "Songs from The Silver Screen", that is. - BobG

See the YouTube video.

Japanese have a special fine emotion of sadness. So I ordered my CD from Japan.

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7 One - Metallica

A soldier is severely wounded (blind and unable to move) and waits helplessly for his death. His only hope is to devise a way to communicate with the hospital staff.

The video's story is intercut with scenes taken from the 1971 anti-war film 'Johnny Got His Gun'. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Burslem Normals - Robbie Williams UListen to Sample
9 The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel

"I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains..." - Blue_Devereaux

That li-li-li chorus with the single drum... - PetSounds

Not haunting

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10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Hotel California - The Eagles

€�And still those voices are calling from far away..”

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12 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

Haunting all the way. This awesome ballad in based on real life events: the singer & lyricist saw two car accidents in one week (same place! ) and a boy and a girl were killed.
The singer & lyricist turned this tragedy into a sad but beautiful story:

Death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it, the reaper comes back to take the life of the girl, who his soulmate would have been in life. The reaper asks the girl: "Would you mind if take you?"

The singer uses several voice intonations to communicate the emotions - angelic, melancholy, innocent, ghostly, funeral, dramatic and harsh.
Also, the long scream at the end is insane - I think this scream represents the pain of the body when the soul leaves it. Then pain goes away.

Amazing vocals start to finish, hands down. This guy will leave you in awe. - Metal_Treasure

13 Surf's Up - The Beach Boys UListen to Sample
14 The Show Must Go On - Queen UListen to Sample
15 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

Eh Yeah! I loved poetry unit in school! - Curti2594

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16 Sleep Alone - Moby

This is indeed a unique song. Thanks to the cute Hawk who posted it.

Just listened, and I must agree, it is sad and haunting. - PetSounds

Hauntingly sad, I have to say. - PositronWildhawk

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17 Fallen - Electus

My brain goes into a lovely yet spooky state when I play this. - PositronWildhawk

18 Hurt - Johnny Cash UListen to Sample
19 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley UListen to Sample
20 Time - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
21 Child In Time - Deep Purple

Epic anti-war song. Classic - Metal_Treasure

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22 How the Gods Kill - Danzig

You wanna shivers up and down your spine? OK, get ready and watch the video. - Metal_Treasure

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23 Angel - Sarah McLachlan UListen to Sample
24 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

No, you're not. It is a bit spine-racking if you think as you listen. - PositronWildhawk

I agree with Positron Wildhawk; this song is a spiny shiver for me too. Basically, the Beatles are lamenting over how this world is turning for the worse, which is making their guitars weep. - Kiteretsunu

Am I the only one who finds this song haunting? - PetSounds

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25 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

A ballad about suicide and right to choose whether to live or die (if you feel you don't fit in). It's a controversial viewpoint but the song is awesome.

In the song, the character's life was saved once but he didn't want to be saved and he will try to kill himself again. He's maybe in coma and his thoughts come from this place between life and death. - Metal_Treasure

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27 A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes

Absolutely a masterpiece. Starts on a sad note then 2nd verse is a bit better, then 3rd verse comes around and is happier then the final part all wraps up everything in a most philosophical and poetic way. The acoustic rythym and roots version is my favorite but the original album piano version with the guitar solo is still equally amazing. Well worth the philosophical trip

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28 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Not sure how I forgot to include this one. But it's here now, at any rate. - PetSounds

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29 Hey You - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
30 Riders On the Storm - The Doors

Yes! As haunting as it gets! - PetSounds

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31 Breathe - Fred
32 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

One of the greatest vocal performances I've ever heard.

"These are my last words - I need to rest
In fear and anger, I'll lay down my head
A faithless spirit in a broken man
... The hope became another lie
Like the non-existing Father-God
I'll close my eyes, goodbye
Don't wait for me on the other side". - Metal_Treasure

33 Echoes - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
34 Ain't No Reason - Brett Dennen UListen to Sample
35 A Soldier's Silent Night - Father Ted
36 Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack UListen to Sample
37 Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton

This song puts you deep into your emotions and really has you take a look at life

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38 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This song is very spooky - ryanrimmel

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39 Cry - Brian Wilson UListen to Sample
40 Paradise Circus - Massive Attack UListen to Sample
41 Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

"In a world of broken dreams
Depressed and haunting me
No way out
So many times it's hopeless, dark and gray
No way out". - Metal_Treasure

42 Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - The Yardbirds

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page together in the same band, trying hard to outdo each other, resulting in guitar sounds that may never be equaled.

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43 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Well, I do occasionally time warp out of the '60s! Occasionally. - PetSounds

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44 Email from a Vampire - Robbie Williams UListen to Sample
45 Raise Your Weapon - Deadmau5 UListen to Sample
46 Thorn - Blind Guardian
47 I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After UListen to Sample
48 Monster - Meg & Dia UListen to Sample
49 Nightswimming - R.E.M. UListen to Sample
50 All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Angel - Jackie Evancho
2. Lovers - Jackie Evancho
3. Moon Over the Ruined Castle - Jackie Evancho
1. A Day In the Life - The Beatles
2. Time - Pink Floyd
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
1. One - Metallica
2. Hurt - Johnny Cash
3. Angel - Sarah McLachlan

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