Few days fill people with more dread than Friday The 13th. The date connotates bad luck, bad vibes, bad omens and people tread lightly until the strike of midnight signals the shift to the completely benign and innocuous Saturday The 14th. Its bad reputation comes from its association with the unlucky number 13 and, it’s said, being the day when in 1307 the King of France had the mystical, medieval order of The Knights Templar arrested. Musicians, of course, are scared of little besides a day job and they’ve been using the date and that most cryptic of numbers in song titles and lyrics since before Stevie Wonder sang “Superstitious.“ In fact, the mighty Black Sabbath even named their latest album 13 and it went straight to number 1 so maybe it’s not so unlucky after all. Regardless, in honor of today actually being Friday the 13th we’ve pulled together 13 spooky anthems that use the number in their names to help you get through the day which hopefully finds you happy, healthy and smart enough to know there’s no such thing as unlucky numbers and days. Or is there……
1. Glenn Danzig “Thirteen”
The king of horror punk penned this ominous and moody number for late, country great Johnny Cash but liked it enough to record it himself as well.
2. Pantera “13 Steps To Nowhere”
These Texas legends of bruising metal don’t seem like the type to scare easy.
3. Black Label Society “13 Years of Grief”
One would certainly be unlucky to find themselves on the wrong end of grizzled Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde’s good graces.
4. Suicidal Tendencies “Emotion No. 13”
We’re not exactly sure what the 13th emotion is but it’s certainly not “giddy” or “worried.”
5. Black Flag “Room 13”
What’s in room 13? We don’t know but it sounds like your luck’s run out if you find yourself there.
6. Mercyful Fate “Thirteen Invitations”
If you can’t accept after the first 12 invitations you may want to regretfully decline the 13th.
7. Venom “Thirteen”
The father’s of black metal are actually addressing how stupid the fear of the number 13 is in this song yet doing it in the most fearsome of manners.
8. Megadeth “13”
Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine knows a thing or two about bad luck having been kicked out of the biggest heavy metal band of all time.
9. Cradle of Filth “Thirteen Autumns and A Widow”
Widows are generally unlucky in love. Unless of course their husband was a real jerk.
10. The Cure “The 13th”
Does have a bad hair day count as unlucky? Someone should ask The Cure’s Robert Smith.
11. The Damned “13th Floor Vendetta”
You’re definitely unlucky if you’ve been damned especially if it’s because of a vendetta.
12. AFI “File 13”
These West Coasters were tempting fate when they switched from their early hardcore sound, as heard here, to their later goth-punk sound but they’ve had good luck with it.
13. Pixies “No. 13 Baby”
Okay, so you made it through this list, but would you go as far to tattoo the number 13 onto your body? Let’s consult the Pixies.
[Contributed by Andrea Wurzburger]
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