Top Five Vampire Songs

Published on September 29th, 2009 in: Halloween, Horror, Issues, Listicles, Music, Staff Picks, Top Five Lists |

By Lisa Anderson

As Halloween approaches, we start hearing certain seasonal songs like “Monster Mash” and “Spooky”; we may also dust off our copies of albums by supernaturally-themed acts like Rob Zombie. However, I would like to share my list of the top five vampire songs that aren’t really about vampires.

Some of these are from my vamp-loving early adolescence, but they all taught me that a song can be about more than one thing. They may be heard at any time of year, but scratch the surface, and they still remind me of everyone’s favorite children of the night. (The last one? Is just for fun.)

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5. Heart, “The Night”

Deep in the darkness slumber, endless sleep
Nothing moves inside my funeral suite.
I feel the sun slip down as hunger strikes
Waking like being born
Here comes the night

My best friend and I always had a theory that this song was about a prostitute. Or a vampire. Or both! Interesting possibilities, non? Either way, this is not the only song on the list that connects vampire imagery with sexual themes.

4. Joan Osborne, “Dracula Moon”

Where are the bones on that one
What if the cure is worse than the disease
Serve me up some pretty, pretty people
Serve me up somebody I can believe

This is another song that might, at first, appear just to be about sex. In a bluesy drawl, Osborne sings as someone who’s just out looking for some sexual relief. It’s the first verse that puts it in vampire territory. Well, that and the title.

3. Bad English, “Forget Me Not”

A thousand lifetimes long ago
We made a promise we would not let go.
And so I come for you tonight
And we live again before we lose each other

I will be your keeper
You possess the key
Forget me not
Forget me not

Once again, it is one verse that sells this as a possible vampire song. The whole song, though, as well as the delivery, bespeaks a vampire’s powerful hold over a mortal. “Forget me not, forget me not, for you belong to me. . . ”

2. Alice Cooper, “Poison”

I want to love you, but I better not touch
I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stop
I want to kiss you but I want it too much
I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison

While this song never explicitly mentions vampires or the supernatural, it take the obsession factor à la “Forget me Not” and reverses it. The singer may still be male, but this time he’s the one caught in a mysterious thrall.

1. Voltaire, “The Vampire Club”

Fangs were flying, capes were torn
Hell hath no fury like a Vampire scorned
Number one rule in this game:
Never call one by his real name

Visual artist and musician Voltaire, whose music is perhaps best described as gothic satire folk, has many supernatural themes in his songs. This one, however, is about things that turn out to be mundane. It’s his humorous take on youthful, faux-vampire goth culture, complete with intrusion by pirates and ravers.

6 Responses to “Top Five Vampire Songs”

  1. noreen:
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting list, but I would definitely include Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus.

  2. Popshifter:
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I think Lisa was going for the “vampire songs that aren’t really about vampires,” though.


  3. Rev. Syung Myung Me:
    September 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    What about “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde? Though that one kinda still is about vampires. Kinda. But it’s AWESOME.

  4. Popshifter:
    September 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Okay, here’s the part where I confess that I made this cheesy mix tape in 1992 that combined vampire-esque songs and the music from the soundtrack to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here’s the track list so you can all laugh at me!

    SIDE A:
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Dracula: The Beginning
    Depeche Mode – Waiting For The Night
    Enya – Evening Falls
    Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
    King Crimson – Sleepless
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – The Hunt Builds
    The Fixx – Running
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Lucy’s Party
    Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Vampire Hunters
    Tones on Tail – Burning Skies

    SIDE B:
    Japan – Fall In Love With Me
    Duran Duran – Love Voodoo
    Wang Chung – Even If You Dream
    The Psychedelic Furs – My Time
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Love Remembered
    Bauhaus – The Three Shadows, Pt. 1
    New Order – This Time Of Night
    Wojciech Kilar/Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Mina/Dracula
    Tones on Tail – You, The Night & The Music
    New Order – Sunrise


  5. Christian:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting is an homage to Anne Rice’s vampires, too! I always thought “Possum Kingdom” by the Toadies was about a vampire, but it’s just a dumb serial killer.

  6. noreen:
    October 5th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry I missed the concept. I forgot about Moon Over Bourbon Street, which I liked. I love Bloodletting – that was Rice inspred as well. nd Less Lee I am not laughing at you. I was a dork too. Well, I still am. I admit I haven’t heard the Wang Chung. Love Voodoo and Vampires, hmm, never would have thought of it. I love reading about other people’s perspectives.

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