Macabre & Mysterious Music: Free, old-timey songs from the early 1900s. (Think steampunk.)

When I was searching for weird and interesting music with a creepy feel, I came across a new feature at The Library of Congress: The National Jukebox.

Edison Victrola

Description from the Library of Congress:

About the National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

How to play with the National Jukebox:

Once at the site, you can browse  and search through a wide variety of music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You can make a playlist as you go, then email the link to yourself. There’s no registration required.

I spent a lovely hour or two there, sampling music and recordings. Eventually I found seven recordings that suit my spooky tastes particularly well.

To hear the playlist I created:

  1. Click:
  2. On the right of the page that opens, locate & click the text link that says ‘View Playlist’ next to the blue button.
  3. A new window will open with a small player.
  4. Click the play button and enjoy.

To hear any individual song from my playlist, click on the link below and press play.


11 Comments on “Macabre & Mysterious Music: Free, old-timey songs from the early 1900s. (Think steampunk.)”

  1. I wanted to thank you for pointing out the recordings, in one word I must say fascinating.
    Thank you.

  2. Tim Prasil says:

    Neat! You might also do a few searches for, say, “ghost” or “haunted” or even “vampire” at Classic Jazz Online:

  3. I love a good fiddle ‘n washboard combo. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Patrick says:

    I’ve spent some time here myself to get trigger music for paranormal investigations! But I sometimes forget it is there. And I certainly never thought of searching for spooky music. Can’t wait to listen! Like Like Like!!!

  5. Patrick says:

    And actually, I think I just found my Halloween day activity for my students! I sometimes play spooky stories “on tape”.

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