Spooky Soundtracks

By Leong Qi Tyng – Contributing Writer

When I was nine years old, my class teacher at the time loved telling ghost stories before school ended. It was late in the evening so by the time I got home, the skies already darkened and my imagination went wild. It was also the first time I was taught a Malay song named Ulik Mayang which spooked me, so it did not make things any better! It wasn’t a scary song but somehow the tune haunted me. Asian ghost stories are just spookier for me. I recently read more about Ulik Mayang for this article and it seemed like I wasn’t the only person spooked by it, so… creepiness aside…

With Halloween coming up, I turn to livelier songs now. Problem solved! The two songs I like are Thriller by Michael Jackson and Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Some may disagree with me, but Glee had a mash up of both songs which I thought was catchy. Two other catchy songs are I’m In Love With A Monster by Fifth Harmony and In The Dark of the Night, from the film Anastasia. If I Had a Heart by Fever Ray and Once Upon a December (also from Anastasia) have a nice haunting sound to it as well.

In the spirit of Halloween, I asked students around campus which song they find spooky or if they couldn’t think of any spooky ones, which is their Halloween song. Thinking of an eerie song was a challenge for some but being good sports, they tried anyway!

Spooky Feel

  1. Pulangkan by Misha Omar, soundtrack from Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam (Arina Dalila, BA Mass Communications)
  2. Suspiria theme by Goblin (Liz Stebbing, BA English Literature with Film and Creative Writing)
  3. 3. The X-Files theme by Mark Snow (Anonymous, MSc Management)
  4. Wo Deng Zhe Ni Hui Lai (Waiting for You) by Bai Guang (Anonymous)
  5. Blackstar by David Bowie (Mamta Thaker, LLB (Hons))
  6. Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden (Mamta Thaker)
  7. One Missed Call, Japanese version (Eva Bong, BA Mass Communications)
  8. Stay by Shakespeare’s Sisters (Millie Cooper, BA English Literature and Creative Writing)

Halloween Picks

  1. Fire Coming Out of a Monkey’s Head by Gorillaz (Joshua Luke Dunk, BA Music Composition and Technology)
  2. Duel of the Fate by John Williams, soundtrack from Star Wars (Lau Hau Ying Natalie, BA Mass Communications)
  3. Halloween by The Misfits (Aalekh Wagh, LLB (Hons))
  4. Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne (Aalekh)
  5. This Is Halloween, soundtrack from Nightmare Before Christmas (Anonymous)
  6. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence (Hannah Reading, BA IT Management for Business)
  7. They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! by Napoleon XIV (Liz Stebbing)
  8. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell (Liz Stebbing)
  9. I Put a Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Brittney Meads, BA Fashion Design and Business)
  10. Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (Marionne Guerra, BA Biomedical Science)
  11. Buttons by Sia (Lim Pei Xi, BA Mass Communications)

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Spooky Soundtracks