39 Songs About Ghosts

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14. “The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells

Song Year: 2010

“The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells reflects on the life experience of one of the band member’s wives. The incident left her so shaken that she refused to enter the house for several days. She entered the basement, saw a shadow moving, and felt a presence.

This single is undoubtedly on the scarier side of the ghost songs on this list, but the horror of the music is what helps it stand out.

15. “Spirits In The Night” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Song Year: 1975

“Spirits In The Night” is a classic ghost song by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band; the single portrays spirits who cannot rest because their murderers still walk the streets. Instead, these ghosts haunt the living, taking out their frustration on those within their reach, yet unable to find any peace, forever haunting the Earth.

16. “Haunted” by Taylor Swift

Song Year: 2010

This heartwrenching breakup song by Taylor Swift is the perfect addition to any heartbreak playlist. It describes how haunted she feels after a bad breakup, like she’s being followed and seeing him everywhere.

17. “Ghost On The Shore” by Lord Huron

Song Year: 2012

“Ghost On The Shore” is a song about two lovers, one who drowned at sea and one who refuses to believe her lover is dead. They walk hand-in-hand along the shoreline, where they can always stay together. The Lord Huron single stems from the songwriter’s experience of mistaking the silhouettes of two lovers for his dead grandfather while walking along a foggy shore.

18. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot

Song Year: 1976

In 1975, the cargo ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom of Lake Superior in a fierce storm. Legends of a ghost ship bearing its name spread around, and in 1976, Gordon Lightfoot wrote a song about the spectral ship. The lyrics describe the ship’s final day at sea and how all ships would do well to heed the dangers of the water of the Great Lakes.

19. “Watching You Without Me” by Kate Bush

Song Year: 1985

“Watching You Without Me” by Kate Bush tells the tale of a shipwrecked woman who goes home and tries to speak to her loved ones. However, her cries fall on deaf ears, and she must watch them live on without her. It’s sorrowful to her that the woman grieves her own life and tries to find a way to move on, though it breaks her heart not to tell them goodbye.

20. “Midnight In Montgomery” by Alan Jackson

“Midnight In Montgomery” by Alan Jackson

Song Year: 1991

Alan Jackson’s single, “Midnight in Montgomery,” sings the story of Hank Williams Sr., a prominent country musician who passed away in 1953 in the back of his automobile.

This song was supposedly inspired by the singer’s experience, as he performed at a midnight gig in Montgomery when he spied Hank Williams in the crowd. Between the steel guitar and mournful voice, you can picture Hank Williams standing beside you as you listen to this song.

21. “Jenny of Oldstones” by Florence and the Machine

Song Year: 2019

This single by Florence and the Machine is one of the newer songs on our list, but it’s well-deserving of its position as HBO’s Game of Thrones featured the song. You’ll find one of the best modern ghost stories in song form between Florence's hauntingly gorgeous voice and the compelling lyrics.

22. “Pet Sematary” by Ramones

Song Year: 1989

One of the best horror movies of all time was Pet Sematary, and Ramones initially wrote this song for the movie, although the single stands perfectly well on its own. The creepy horror vibes of the ghosts of beloved pets make it stand out on this list.

23. “Ghosts” by Stevie Nicks

Song Year: 1989

This song is chill, more sentimental than horror or heartbreak-themed. It refers to ghosts of the past, of reflecting and reminiscing about old memories rather than actual ghosts, but it’s still an excellent ghost song.

24. “Ghost Towns” by Radical Face

Song Year: 2011

If you’re looking for a somber, emotional song about being unable to go home, then “Ghost Towns” by Radical Face is precisely what you’re looking for. This single is less about ghosts than being unable to return home and every town you go through feeling empty, but it’s haunting in a different way that keeps you up at night.

25. “Living In A Ghost Town” by The Rolling Stones

Song Year: 2019

Another newer song, “Living In A Ghost Town” is about a once lively and thriving town falling into ruin with only the singer left to enjoy the party. It sounds like a classic Rolling Stones single and is perfect for both rock and a melancholy message.

26. “Ghost” by Ella Henderson

Song Year: 2014

This upbeat, catchy tune by Ella Henderson is one of the most popular songs about ghosts. It’s about the singer struggling to give up a past love and unable to move forward. If you love pop, you’ve probably heard this song at least once, and it is heart-wrenching as you listen to the lyrics.

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