Friday Playlist: Little Shop of Horrors

Songs that freaked us out when we were wee.

This week’s playlist is songs that may have been perfectly innocent but that held almost unbearable menace for us when we were children. (Though even when we listen to them now, as teens and adults, they really are creepy as hell!)

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.


  • reinedescoeurs August 23rd, 2013 11:21 PM

    I love that Imagine is the last song. I’m not sure if that freaked me out but Hotel California definitely did and I love that song now.

  • rottedteeth August 23rd, 2013 11:33 PM

    Nickelback used to scare me. Still does.
    (HA HA! Jokes.)

  • krissyb August 24th, 2013 12:20 AM

    What a great playlist!! One song that freaking terrified me as a kid was Don’t Pay The Ferryman by Chris De Burgh. The lyrics slay me even to this day.

  • Nadifa August 24th, 2013 12:58 AM

    Imagine can only be creepy if you watch the music video..

    • laughinguacamole August 24th, 2013 1:55 AM

      Haha, so true. So true.

  • emlyb August 24th, 2013 3:46 AM


  • xdogbaitx August 24th, 2013 4:38 AM

    I was scared of the levellers just the one when they played it on top of the pops. No clue why.

  • Bethany August 24th, 2013 4:59 AM

    Oh my gosh John Lennon ‘Imagine’, the ‘imagine there’s no heaven bit’ gave my sunday school going eight year old self an existential crisis!

    Also random but with submissions to Rookie do they always have to be completed pieces of work or can they be pitches/general ideas also? Just wondering!

    Thanks!! :)


    • Anaheed August 24th, 2013 5:45 AM

      They can be pitches/ideas, but we’d like to see a couple of examples of past work of yours too.

      • Bethany August 24th, 2013 9:49 AM

        Of course, that makes perfect sense. I’m sorry to say that I foolishly sent a pitch in a week or so ago without examples of my work! It was only this morning that it occured to me that was probably the wrong thing to do!

        Would it be possible to resend my work with examples of my writing? If so how many pieces would you like and how long would you like them to be?

        I’m so sorry for my sily mistake and for asking so many questions!

        Thank you for your time and your patience


        • Anaheed August 24th, 2013 6:35 PM

          Yes, you can re-send. Two or three pieces is fine, any length.

  • Ree August 24th, 2013 5:25 AM

    Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen, I literally cannot handle that song

  • TessAnnesley August 24th, 2013 7:28 AM

    aquarium scares the SHITTTT outta me – and i love it :D

  • filmfatale August 24th, 2013 7:53 AM

    “Time of the Season” by the Zombies freaked me right out when I was a wee bairn.

  • Moxx August 24th, 2013 9:35 AM

    oh man, I Want Your Sex freaked me out too when I was a kid!
    Ok it’s still kind of frightening

  • SouthWind August 24th, 2013 10:29 AM

    Who played Teenage Jesus & the Jerks to a little kid?? They’re terrifying!

  • Sophie ❤ August 24th, 2013 10:33 AM

    I am in love with these…
    I’m planning on sending in a few of my favorite songs for next months theme, too.

  • rubypowers August 24th, 2013 12:00 PM

    My Stage Crew/Play Production class is planning on putting on Little Shop of Horrors for the next musical! I’m totally playing these tracks during rehearsals.

  • thefondest August 24th, 2013 12:03 PM

    Music videos usually indicated whether or not I was terrified of a song. “White Wedding” scared me because of the music video and that part where Billy Idol cuts the girl’s finger with her wedding ring. Refused to listen to Gorillaz, especially “Clint Eastwood,” because their appearances creeped me out so much– not to mention the way Damon Albarn sings in that song is a little unsettling. I felt vindicated when I watched the whole video for the first time in high school and was like, “Welp, this is definitely still terrifying. Good judgement, tiny self.”

  • Erin. August 24th, 2013 1:16 PM

    Oh my god! “Have You Seen the Ghost of John?” is like the scariest song ever, after MJ’s “Thriller.” I can’t even think about it without being scared. It doesn’t help that my grandpa, who’s name was John, died when I was really little, so whenever I heard the song I thought his ghost would haunt me. >< Brings back memories of playing the tape on my little Fisher Price tape player to purposefully scare myself.

  • pasteeater6669 August 24th, 2013 1:59 PM

    elanor rigby by the beatles and time of the season by the zombies man!

  • taste test August 24th, 2013 2:06 PM

    omg someone else out there hates horse with no name! I always thought it was just my mom. she always goes on about how it’s such an awful song because the horse and the man are stuck in the desert with nothing to drink or eat and the guy is hallucinating and they’re both going to DIE. I’ll have to tell her she has some company in hating that song now.

    • Anaheed August 25th, 2013 4:04 AM

      Ask her if she was also freaked out by a song called “Wildfire,” about a GHOST HORSE.

  • Pondsfonds August 24th, 2013 3:33 PM

    Abba’s “Money” was the only Abba-song that could frighten me. But, wow this playlist.

  • Joyce August 24th, 2013 10:45 PM

    hotel california? whaaa

  • Rachael Hellest August 24th, 2013 11:07 PM

    HAH A Horse With No Name always seemed hilarious to me rather than scary. Many giggles to seeing that song on this list.

  • no_aloha August 25th, 2013 9:29 PM

    Wee Sing! LMAO!!

  • itsireepie August 27th, 2013 7:38 PM

    The song that scared me the most was that Geoffrey the Giraffe Alphabet Song. I owned the VHS, and that whole thing scared the shit outta me. I still get the creeps to be honest. No shame!

  • pizzaface August 29th, 2013 11:57 AM

    Hotel California? Hmm that one doesn’t really freak me out, I actually like it.
    The others do though, especially the first one!