Pink Floyd, ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ vs. Blue Oyster Cult, ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper': Rock’s Scariest Song Battle
In honor of Halloween, we've chosen 16 of rock's scariest songs. The field will be sliced, diced and chopped in half every week based on your votes, until only the most terrifying song in rock history remains alive.
Pink Floyd's 1968 slow-building instrumental pretty much sliced and diced its competition, Donovan's "Season of the Witch," carving up more than 70 percent of the votes in round one. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" originally showed up on the B-side of the single "Point Me to the Sky," but grew in prominence over the years via live versions, like the one found on the 1969 LP Ummagumma.
Likewise, Blue Oyster Cult's 1976 classic had no problem beating its competition, the Doors' "People Are Strange." "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" managed to scare up more than 73 percent of the votes in the first round. And even though the reaper is one scary dude to come face to face with, the song itself is more inviting of his presence, shrugging off death as one of life's inevitable stops.
You can listen to both songs below so you can make an informed choice. You can vote once per hour in each of the second round Rock's Scariest Song battles until polls close on Oct. 19 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for Rock's Scariest Song of all time will be revealed on Nov. 1, 2015.
Listen to Blue Oyster Cult's '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'
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