Ghostly Tracks & the Origins Behind Them


It’s spooky season and hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a new batch of songs about ghosts to share. They’re joined by Sam Weller, author of many books on Ray Bradbury and the gothic short story collection Dark Black, to discuss spooky music. 

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Songs About Ghosts

Jim and Greg share some of their favorite ghost songs in honor of Halloween! Plus, they talk with author and professor Sam Weller about what makes a good ghost tune.

Listen to the full songs on our 2021 Halloween playlist.


  • Roky Erickson, "If You Have Ghosts (Then You Have Everything)"
  • Psychedelic Furs, "The Ghost in You"
  • Johnny Cash, "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
  • Robyn Hitchcock, "My Wife and My Dead Wife"
  • Mekons, "Ghosts of American Astronauts"
  • The Goldstars, "Stroll in Hell"


  • Joy Division, "Dead Souls"
  • Suicide, “Ghost Rider”
  • Caroline Herring, "Long Black Veil"
  • Raveonettes, “Apparitions”
  • Ladytron "Ghosts"
  • Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”

Sam Weller

  • Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights"
  • Scott Sorry, "Black Dog Dancers"

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