Radiohead’s ‘How To Disappear Completely’
We recently asked NME.com readers to tell us which songs give them goosebumps and we got some pretty spectacular replies. We’ve gathered the 50 most chilling tunes suggested by you and created an ultimate Spotify playlist for them, starting with Radiohead’s ‘How To Disappear Completely’.
Arcade Fire – ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’.
Arcade Fire – ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’. The song, written during a week-long power outage caused by an ice storm, features chilling lines like “the power’s out in the heart of man“, of which Win Butler said: “People turn into wolves also, but I think that’s happening already. It just kind of raises the stakes, I think. But it does kind of shake up the regular routines.”
Suede – ‘Still Life’.
Suede – ‘Still Life’. What’s one of the few things that that can make Suede even better? Throw in a 72-piece orchestra. Then again, the acoustic version is pretty magical, too.
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Jimi Hendrix – ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’.
Jimi Hendrix – ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’. This was the last song Hendrix ever played live – September 6, 1970, 12 days before his death – and what a way to leave his legacy. This list could easily be compiled purely of Hendrix records, but few things compare to ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ – especially this Woodstock version.
Interpol – ‘Leif Erikson’.
Interpol – ‘Leif Erikson’. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ came out, and we’ll soon be treated to a re-issue of the album, featuring stacks of ‘forgotten material’. That being said, this track was definitely the gem of the record.
The Animals – ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’.
The Animals – ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’. It’s sometimes easy to forget that this wasn’t an original composition from The Animals, but their cover of this traditional folk song has been recognised as one of the most important songs in rock and roll’s history – it’s even been featured as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll’.
The National – ‘Slow Show’.
The National – ‘Slow Show’. Lyrics so good they used them twice. Recycling lyrics from debut album track ’29 Years’, frontman Matt Berninger has said: “I thought it would be interesting to reuse a lyric from an earlier song to see how it could evolve in a new context. It also was just what ‘Slow Show’ needed. It’s about wanting to just go home to the one you love and stay there.”
Joy Division – ‘New Dawn Fades’.
Joy Division – ‘New Dawn Fades’. This list would surely be incomplete without some Joy Division. You can listen to all of these songs in a Spotify playlist by clicking here.
Alt-J – ‘Tessellate’.
Alt-J – ‘Tessellate’. This track from the Mercury Music Prize favourites has, as NME wrote, a “piano lollop… as pleasingly creepy as all their other stuff, helped by the superbly delivered line, “And all your friends come… (breathes in deeply and heavily through nose) …sniffing”.
Explosions In The Sky – ‘The Only Moment We Were Alone’.
Explosions In The Sky – ‘The Only Moment We Were Alone’. Fancy 10 minutes of goosebump-inducing instrumentals? You can listen to this track, along with the rest of these in a Spotify playlist, by clicking here.
Editors – ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’.
Editors – ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’. This song “rages and ravages quite brilliantly,” NME said. “Its pump-hammer beats and Christmas choir finale really do dredge serenity and salvation from lines like “Say goodbye to everyone you’ve ever known/You are never going to see them ever again”.
Prince – ‘Purple Rain’.
Prince – ‘Purple Rain’. NME recently included this track in its ’50 Greatest Guitar Solos’ list, calling the song his “defining anthem… The solo took him to a whole other audience, it was part Hendrix freakout and part country-rock jam. He wouldn’t be known as just ‘a pop star’ ever again.”
The Who – ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’.
The Who – ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’. We can’t think of a more applicable track from The Who to be featured in this list. Not only has it been referred to as an “antiwar anthem” that was played during the Concert for New York City following the World Trace Center attacks, but it was also the final song the band ever recorded with Keith Moon (for their ’79 film).
The Rolling Stones – ‘Gimme Shelter’.
The Rolling Stones – ‘Gimme Shelter’. “Released at the butt end of the 60s,” NME wrote, “Jagger and Richards captured the changing moods of the time, as race riots, Charles Manson and Vietnam had soured the hippie dream. A stabbing at their infamous Altamont gig added an extra dimension of bitter twang as the soulful crisis of the track signaled the end of an innocent era.”
Deadmau5 – ‘Strobe’.
Deadmau5 – ‘Strobe’. One for all the mau5 fans out there. Don’t forget that you can listen to all of these songs in a Spotify playlist by clicking here.
Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’.
Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’. The Ultimate Goosebump moment chosen by NME users comes in the song we named the best of 2010. If Yannis Philippakis’ tale of desolation and trauma doesn’t do the trick, then the glorious bridge surely will. You can listen to the 50 songs that give you goosebumps on Spotify, here.