Songs That Give You the Chills

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac. [sup]No!, Not Hole[/sup] Stevie’s best work. Rhiannon is a close second.
Oklahoma! - But only when played at Owen Field.
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky. Stirring.
Amazing Grace, particularly on the pipes.
Garry Owen This one kind of puzzles me, too.

It was written by Ewan MacColl who also wrote “Dirty Old Town”, which was covered by the Pogues. His daughter was Kirsty MacColl, who recorded “Fairytale Of New York” with the aforementioned Pogues.

I would also include “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel on this list and second “Senses Working Overtime”


The last verse of Steve Earle’s “Ellis Unit One.” (It helps if you know that the song’s narrator works as a guard on death row):

Last night I dreamed that I woke up with straps across my chest
And something cold and black was pulling through my lungs.
And even Jesus couldn’t save me though I know he did his best
But he don’t live on Eliis Unit One.

Likewise Earle’s lines from “Billy Austin”:

So when the preacher comes to get me and they shave off all my hair
Could you take that long walk with me knowing hell is waiting there?
Could you pull that switch yourself, sir, with a sure and steady hand
Could you then still tell yourself, sir, that you’re better than I am?

Several I was going to mention have already been listed, but allow me to add two, in part because of when I heard them:
Space Oddity by David Bowie (“Ground control to Major Thom …”) and
Rocket Man by Elton John (“She packed my bags last night pre-flight / Zero hour nine am”)

These are the first two songs the radio station I listen to played after the Challenger disaster. A classic-rock station, that doesn’t “do” news, had given extensive coverage, and played this pair of songs at the top of each hour - for the rest of the day if I remember correctly.


“Stella Blue” by the Grateful Dead, is one of the best examples of their works.

I know exactly what you mean.

other ‘chillers’ for me include:
"MMMM MMMM MMMM MMMM" - Crash test dummies
"Nothing ever happens" - Del Amitri
"Keeping the dream alive" - Freiheit
"Everbody hurts" - REM
"When she loved me" - Sarah McLachlan (from Toy Story 2)
"Days of our lives" - Queen

In terms of other music, Dvorak’s New World Symphony sends shivers down my spine and sends my senses soaring every time I hear it.

{staring with mouth open}

it can’t be, it just can’t be…
someone else who actually knows Non Nobis…

{/staring with mouth open}


chirp, chirp…

Well then I don’t care about the rest of you, because LNO understands me :smiley:
(btw LNO, we did Henery V as our marching band show my freshman year in HS - try to picture the sceen - end of a nine min show - very, very sollom, and deeply moving movement begining with a single trupet and slowling building into the entire band. Ahh, gotta go find the video now)

I definitely agree with More Than Words and To Be With You.

Also, The Way by Fastball. Always gives me the tingly spine.

And if I listen to the cast recording of Phantom of the Opera while trying to visualize the play…shivvvers…


Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana
Northern Lights by Hole
Me and a Gun by Tori Amos
Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

Another for More Than Words.

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
You’re Gone by Diamond Rio
When You Come Back Down by Nickel Creek
The Dance by Garth Brooks
Tonight, Tonight and/or Disarm by the Smashing Pumpkins

Everlong - Foo Fighters

Tom’s Diner - DNA (I hope someone out there remembers it…)

Scarborough Fair and nearly any other song by Simon and Garfunkel…(don’t berate me, please!!!)

Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins

aaaaaaand of course The Long and Winding Road and
Hey Jude

Whew…I think I am now addicted to this thread…:rolleyes:

Some of these have been said already and it’s pretty long so forgive me…

Digital bath
Knife Prty
Be Quiet and Drive

Track 1

Paddle Out

Smashing Pumpkins:
Tonight, Tonight

99 Red Balloons (covered)

No Leaf Clover
Fade To Black

Come As You Are

and there’s a whole bunch more, I just can’t think of them now…

Blaise Bailey Finnegan by Godspeed You Black Emperor
Kerosene by Big Black
Cluster Of Rainbows, For The Angel Who Announces The End Of Time by Olivier Messiaen
Adagio For Strings by Samuel Barber
Let Down by Radiohead
Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part
My Curse by Afghan Whigs
We Float by PJ Harvey

Mexico by Cake.

Oh and On My Own (I think that’s what it’s called) from Les Miserables. That is a pretty song.

Colors by Ice T
Kim by Eminem (whew!)

Vide Cor Meum by Hans Zimmer on the Hannibal soundtrack.

That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morissette - This one sums up my whole marriage to a girl with manic/depressive disorder.

Unravel by Bjork (although most of her songs cause good chills).

Call and Answer by Barenaked Ladies. The ending of this song is pure emotion for anyone who’s ever been fucked over in love and is thinking of giving that person a second chance.

Colorblind by Counting Crows. You can make sweet lovin to this song, but it also works during sad times.

Hurt by Nine Inch Nails.

Mississippi by Paula Cole on the Lilith Fair soundtrack. Oh buddy, you want pure talent - look no further.

And then there’s always Bone Flute Medley by Yer Mom, that one always brings a tear to my eye. :smiley:

The Ledge The Replacements. Particularly the scream that fades into the guitar solo shortly after the verse

Priest kneels silent, all is still
Policeman reaches from the sill
Watch him try, watch him try his best
There’ll be no medal pinned to his chest

By chills, I mean songs that are haunting.

“Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot
“Heaven and Hell” (Cosmos theme) by Vangelis
“Veni, Veni Emmanuel” by Mannheim Steamroller
“Father Figure” by George Michael
“In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley

Songs that gave me chills as a kid:

“Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players (urban legend attached)
Theme from “Ode to Billy Joe” (the day Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahachee Bridge) - some artist I can’t remember
“Night the Lights went out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

…in the early/mid 70’s, but I STILL get chills every time I think of it. I don’t know if this was a generally released piece, or just something some DJs put together, but one evening on the radio I heard What the World Needs Now (is Love, Sweet Love) and throughout the song, in the background, were news broadcasts of the JFK assaination. It was very powerful. Brought tears to my eyes, and I was only five back in '63.

Reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Silent Night/Seven O’Clock News” – another one that gives me chills, now that I think of it…