feature image: “The Witch’s Dance In, Tam-O’Shanter” by J.M. Wright
We’ve always been big fans of witches (and many of us are witches ourselves), but now that we’ve been named as an instigator of the Modern Witch movement by The Guardian, we figured that we should step up our witch game. I mean, our personal witch games are strong as ever, but as a site we could always use some more witchiness, you know?
With that mission in mind, here’s a playlist full of songs for all you brujas, witches, sea hags and fortune tellers. These songs are prefect for all the times when you may be mixing potions in your kitchen, preparing to perform dark rituals with friends or just lounging around your house with your favorite black cat. Some of these songs are on the nose and are explicitly about witches or witchcraft, others are sung by witches, others just give off a good witch vibe, some fall into all of those categories.
Spellbound – Siouxsie and the Banshees
La Llorona – Chavela Vargas
Beez in the Trap – Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz (or Nicki’s verse on Monster or My Chick Bad)
Philosophy of the World – The Shaggs
Werewolf – CocoRosie
Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby – Alison Krauss
Bad Girls – M.I.A.
I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone
Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
The Initiation – Mykki Blanco
Cosmic Love – Florence + The Machine
House of the Rising Sun – Lauren O’Connell
Poor Unfortunate Souls – Pat Carroll
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Ann Peebles
Creep – Brandi Carlile
O Death – Bessie Jones
La Bruja – Salma Hayek and Los Vega
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Defying Gravity – Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel
Witch – the bird and the bee
Siren Song – Bat for Lashes
Heavy Metal and Reflective – Azealia Bank
Supreme – Angel Haze
Fire Leap – Magnet (From The Wicker Man Soundtrack)
Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Stef up and someone on the team might make it for you.
100% here for this.
so far i’m three songs deep and this playlist is just so good! gracias, bruja ::witch hat tip off to you::
Thanks! witch hat tip right back atcha!
Great list, and if I may humbly suggest it: Joan Jett’s cover of Donovan’s Season of the Witch
!!! I didn’t know this existed! I’m so excited to check it out!
La Llorona may be my favorite song ever, all of its versions. One of my witchy songs is Witches by Switchblade Symphony.
No Eagles, Witchy woman or Black Magic woman(original Fleetwood Mac version if you want something more bluesy, or the version Santana made famous)?
No you don’t understand, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for like all week.
This made my day. Beez in the Trap being on the playlist made my day even more. It rotates as my favorite Nicki track.
this is magic.
how timely! I used up so much witchy energy yesterday getting my longboard back this is just what i need to recharge ~~~~
I’m so glad I could help!
Is it too terrible of a pun to say this playlist is wicked?
Ha! no, that’s wonderful!
this seems like a good place to post about this short film I want everyone I know to see
definitely some witch airs in this
I MEAN LOOK AT THESE STILLS
didn’t even know i needed this today, but oh did I ever.
This list makes me incoherently happy, like the other witch list you made. My brain is having a happy quit.
Bessie Jones and Chavela Vargas on the same playlist, I can’t even.
My face is broken. I look like the Joker, but it’s okay I look good in purple.
My brain came back from vacay to recommend a pagan rock band and their better than the original cover of Paint It Black.
They songs that are “witchy-er” but this song is perfection cubed.