The Zombie Pub Crawl 2012 playlist

Who wants to party with these brain-eaters?
Who wants to party with these brain-eaters?
Photo by B Fresh Photography; more from ZPC 2011 here.

Yes boys and girls, Saturday is that magical time of the year when zombies take to the West Bank's local watering holes and now Midway Stadium to get intoxicated with Brain Belt. The Zombie Pub Crawl is upon us, and with zombie-mania more in the media than ever, this year's should be the biggest yet. That in mind, we've compiled a playlist of certified zombie hits to get those undead toes a'tapping. Here's our top 10 songs about zombies.

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10. Adrian Bond - "Redneck Zombie" (Main Theme) 1987

Starting things off on the country-fried brains side of things is the love theme from the 1987 Troma classic Redneck Zombies. This famed horror-comedy has already turned our Netflix streaming service into a screaming service, so why not let the down-home kinfolk march their way into your heart as you pillage the pubs?

9. µ-Ziq - "Zombies" 1994

Here's the frenetic sounds of British IDM pioneer Mike Paradinas at work. Bonus, we have the video featuring footage from the classic arcade game "Beast Busters."

8. The Cranberries - "Zombie" 1994

Just because a zombie isn't capable reason or rational thought, doesn't mean it can't enjoy a good protest song? While lead singer Dolores O'Riordan's vocal performance is truly haunting, you could also achieve the same startling results by substituting this song with the group's other big hit "Linger."

7. White Zombie - "More Human Than Human" 1995

There was a time in the late-'90s when every single action and horror film's television spot was to be accompanied by the memorably badass riff from White Zombie's "More Human Than Human." Lucky for us, the riff's truly stood the test of time and to-this-day makes any and all activities automatically awesome. By adding zombies and pubs into the mix, you're looking at a foolproof plan for an amazing time.

6. Sufjan Stevens - "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhhh!" 2005

Is there anything that the title does not express here?


5. The Zombies - "A Rose for Emily" 1969

You didn't think we'd make a playlist without including these dainty orchestral pop purveyors (and Wes Anderson faves) with the ultimate name. For a full-on effect, substitute every flower reference in the track for a piece of human innards. Suddenly, Emily's one of the most guts-hungry zombies around.

4. E-40 f/ Tech N9ne & Brotha Lynch Hung- "Zombie" 2012

E-40's as innovative as hip-hop artists come. Tech N9ne has one of the most vast style arsenals in the genre. Brotha Lynch Hung is one of the creepiest, most sinister presences to ever lace a rap record. Together, they form a frighteningly unstoppable trio whose collaboration "Zombie" brings the streets to the undead and the undead into the streets.

3. Dead Man's Bones - "My Body's a Zombie for You" 2009

Dead Man's Bones - My Body's a Zombie For You from DandyJon on Vimeo.

Actor and swoon magnet Ryan "Baby Goose" Gosling and a band that basically just wallows in graveyards for inspiration finally created the love song the undead never had. Extra creep/cute factor courtesy of the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir.

2. Fela Kuti - "Zombie" 1977

From the album of the same name, "Zombie" is one of the most hypnotic, ruthless songs ever written. Outspoken political critic Fela Kuti was actually trying to make us lose our minds in this pioneering Afrobeat-funk fusion melody while coming to our senses.  

1. Michael Jackson - "Thriller" 1982

Come to think of it, Michael Jackson might have been the original Zombie Pub Crawler. This is how zombies have danced in the streets for three decades now.

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