Top 10 Songs About Witches
Don Jamieson is a guest contributor to Loudwire. He is the co-host of That Metal Show, which recently completed its 14th season on VH1 Classic. You can also catch Jamieson on the stand-up comedy circuit. Keep up with him at his official website or his Twitter page. Please note that Don Jamieson’s opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Loudwire. Check out his picks for the Top 10 Songs About Witches below:
There have been television shows, movies, video games and even ballets based on witches and witchcraft. But the best songs about witches are heavy metal songs. They go hand in hand like Lemmy and white boots.
One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Bewitched. Up until then, most witches were seen as ugly old hags with black hats and warts. But Elizabeth Montgomery was definitely the first witch to give me a broomstick in my pants.
But the witch that had the biggest effect on me was the one on the front cover of the very first Black Sabbath album. For some reason, she scared the crap out of me.
So grab an eye of newt and a toe of frog and join me in the magic circle while we check out these 10 coven classics:
Album: Here Waits Thy Doom
Witchy Words: “Deceit and murder tried to justify a stain that history cannot erase…”
The Salem Witch trials are indeed a stain that history cannot erase. Kind of like the Third Reich, Genghis Kahn and the Kardashians.
Witchy Words: “Witchfynder finder, witch hunter slayer, I will be the grim reminder of the lives he undid here…”
Listen to this Detroit-based band and it’s Halloween all
year around ... which is why I’m writing this article in my Huggable Bunny costume.
Album: Angel Witch
Witchy Words: “You’re an angel witch, you’re an angel witch, you’re an angel witch, you’re an angel witch…”
Did I mention Angel Witch?
Album: Welcome to Hell
Witchy Words: “Come hear, the moon is calling, the witching hour draws near…”
With all their songs about black magic and the occult, had they been around in the 1600s, Venom would’ve certainly been the house band for the Salem Witch trials.
Album: Burning the Witches
Witchy Words: “Outside she’s looking pretty, inside a beast of hell…”
A conjuring classic about the Salem Witch trials and a couple of my ex-girlfriends.
Album: Educated Horses
Witchy Words: “Body of a monkey and the feet of a cock, dragged from her home on the killing rock…”
PETA be damned! If I see something with the body of a monkey and the feet of a cock I’m killing it!
Witchy Words: “You're floating there, you're handing me a snake inside a jar. It's just too cool, I do believe, you're what you say you are…”
19 Witches? Snakes in a jar? You should never, ever do acid…unless you want to understand the lyrics of any Monster Magnet song. I’m not even sure if this is about witches but tie me to a stake and play it over and over again.
Witchy Words: “A window full of trauma stares you in the face / You know it’s time to scream now and leave this f--king place…”
A spell-casting song about the days when witches ruled the land. And my last experience at the DMV.
Album: Down IV Part 1 – The Purple EP
Witchy Words: “Satan, worm-carved rites, horrifies their spires…”
Phil Anselmo is as powerful a lyricist as we have in metal. Plus any dude with a pentagram painted on the bottom of his swimming pool can write a song about witches, the occult or black magic any time he wants.
Witchy Words: “I can see a fire burning, hooded shapes are all around. I can see a throne of sliver, thirteen we are in all …”
I was going to put King Diamond’s ‘Eye of the Witch’ on this list but realized I had already used it in Top 10 Songs About Body Parts. Luckily, he wrote an even cooler song about witches while in Mercyful Fate. “Hey Don what did you do last night?” “Oh not much. Me and King Diamond went dancing with some witches but they left early ‘cause they had an early sacrifice in the morning.”