Spooky Tunes

Entertaining October 18th, 2011


The word bewitched has been around since the 13th century, but its effects have been felt since time began. Webster’s gives three definitions: to influence or affect, especially injuriously by witchcraft; to cast a spell over; to attract as if by the power of witchcraft. The following songs are about being bewitched in all its forms: by good spells and bad spells, evil women, spooky men (in Dusty Springfield’s excellent reverse gender version of “Spooky”), and that old devil called love. They will likely take you down some private memory lanes or motivate you to put the mojo on someone your ownself. And why not? Tis the season.


Witchy Woman, The Eagles, The Very Best of the Eagles

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook

Black Magic Woman, Santana, Santana’s Greatest Hits

Evil Ways, Santana, Santana’s Greatest Hits

Spooky, Dusty Springfield, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Music from the Motion Picture)

That Old Black Magic, Widespread Panic, Live Widespread Panic

Wicked Game, Chris Isaak, The Best of Chris Isaak

Evil Hearted You, The Yardbirds, Shapes of Things

Evil Woman, Electric Light Orchestra, Strange Magic, The Best of the Electric Light Orchestra

Strange Magic, Electric Light Orchestra, Strange Magic, The Best of the Electric Light Orchestra

I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone, The Best of Nina Simone

That Old Devil Called Love, Billie Holiday, Female Voices of Jazz

Witchcraft, Frank Sinatra, Classic Sinatra, His Great Performances, 1953-1960

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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