Halloween playlist: 23 songs to celebrate the enigma

Olivia Fletcher 29 October 2015

The 23 enigma is the belief, held most famously by William S. Burroughs, that most incidents and events are directly related to the number 23 – a number considered lucky, unlucky, sinister and strange. It seems fitting, therefore, that we provide 23 songs with which to bewilder and delight your guests come Halloween, or simply as a soundtrack to which to shiver in fearful solitude as the whisper of 23 echoes throughout Cambridge’s cobbled streets… 

1. Trick or Treat – Otis Redding

2. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra

3. Season of the Witch – Donovan

4. Spooks –  Louis Armstrong, Gordon Jenkins

5. Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley

Soph, killin' it on the D-floor Photo Credit: YouTube

6. The Blob – The Five Blobs

7. Skeleton in the Closet – Louis Armstrong

8. (You’re the) Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley

9. Evil – Howlin’ Wolf

10. Haunted Blues – Memphis Minnie 

11. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band 

12. I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 

"EY?!" Photo Credit: YouTube

13. Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac 

14. Curse of Millhaven – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 

"Fish are friends." Photo Credit: Vasilija Ristojevic via Flickr 

15. Murder on the Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis Bextor 

16. Le Freak – CHIC 

17. Spooky – Dusty Springfield 

18. (Ghost Riders) in the Sky – Johnny Cash 

Do you dance with the devil? Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr

19. Ghosts – Laura Marling 

20. The Ghost of Tom Jones – Bruce Springsteen 

21. Lullaby – The Cure

22. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps – David Bowie 

23. Boris the Spider – The Who