Most Haunting Songs

Those tunes that send shivers up and down your spine.

The Top Ten

1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho Lovers - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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

2 A Day In the Life - The Beatles A Day In the Life - The Beatles Cover Art

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

3 Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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 amazon.com on June 10. From her upcoming album "Awakening" due for release September 23rd.

4 Angel - Jackie Evancho Angel - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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.

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.

6 Whispering Wind - Moby Whispering Wind - Moby Cover Art
7 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

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

8 Burslem Normals - Robbie Williams Burslem Normals - Robbie Williams Cover Art
9 The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel Cover Art

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

Not haunting

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

10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Hotel California - The Eagles Hotel California - The Eagles Cover Art

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

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 Surf's Up - The Beach Boys Cover Art
14 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen Cover Art
15 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot Cover Art

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

16 Sleep Alone - Moby Sleep Alone - Moby Cover Art

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

17 Fallen - Electus

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

18 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art
19 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Cover Art
20 Time - Pink Floyd Time - Pink Floyd Cover Art
21 Child In Time - Deep Purple Child In Time - Deep Purple Cover Art

Epic anti-war song. Classic - Metal_Treasure

22 How the Gods Kill - Danzig How the Gods Kill - Danzig Cover Art

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

23 Angel - Sarah McLachlan Angel - Sarah McLachlan Cover Art
24 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles Cover Art

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

25 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

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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