If You’re Feeling Sinister: Songs That Sound Like Impending Doom


Of all the qualities of music, the most indescribable is mood. Whether it be due to tonal structure, lyrical content, or just ambiance, the mood of a song is something often not constructed, but something that occurs naturally. Certain songs just have that “something is about to happen, and it’s not gonna be good” feeling to them. Here are seven of those. Note: I had written a narrative with each song setting a scene in chronological order. When I finished, I realized it sucks so I took it out. Maybe after some more editing I’ll add it back in.

Interpol – Leif Erikson

Violent Femmes – Add It Up

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan

The Antlers – Kettering

Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)

Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

Leadbelly – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

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4 Comments on “If You’re Feeling Sinister: Songs That Sound Like Impending Doom”

  1. 07.25.11 at 12:00 PM #

    “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” the oldest song played on college radio, haha. “What’s with all this… doom and gloom…”

  2. 07.28.11 at 8:37 PM #

    I’m drinking wine and listening to all of these songs, is this a good idea?

  3. recklessradio
    08.11.11 at 1:21 PM #

    What about ‘She’s Lost Control’ by Joy Division?

  4. 05.30.12 at 11:05 PM #

    The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins :]

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