Witches are a big part of popular culture, especially around Halloween, so it’s no huge surprise that there are a ton of songs about witchcraft in music. So in this article, I’m going to provide you with my favorite songs dealing with this topic, and hopefully, you’ll find one or two tracks you really love, as well.
Songs About Witchcraft You’ll Really Love
Let’s begin with a Devon Cole song.
W.I.T.C.H by Devon Cole
Like many people, I first discovered Devon Cole on TikTok, where she’s had numerous videos go viral. The song instantly captivated me. It’s got beautiful allusions to witchcraft, painted in a positive light. However, most importantly is its unabashed feminism.
And she don’t wanna be anybody else
She’s a woman in total control of herself
It’s such a wonder to be under her spell
What a woman, in total control of herself
In many branches of witchcraft, I’ve found the feminine to be a crucial component. Not to say everyone who practices must identify as a woman, but witchcraft is a space where the usually brushed aside feminine qualities are honored. I thought this song did a great job exemplifying this idea.
Not to mention, it’s a bop that has been stuck in my head for weeks.
Crystals by Magic Wands
A typical entry point into witchcraft these days is crystals. I think anyone can see the beauty in this song and the romanticization of the natural world. The sun, the sea, moon, stars, and desert all find a place in the lyrics. Much like crystals, this is an excellent place to start if you want to dip your toes in and taste something magical.
Witch’s Rune by S. J. Tucker
With witches come spells. Spells are performed in countless ways; they are meant to tailor to your needs. Some witches even use music for their spells. “Witch’s Rune” could be considered a spell when used with intention.
With censor, candle, book and sword
And ringing of the altar bell
We tie a knot within our cord
To bind our magic in a spell
What is described in the lyrics here is a familiar ritual in witchcraft. In fact, cords and knots find a place in a variety of spells. And the censor, candle, book, sword, and altar bell are items found on many witches’ altars. The song describes other vital elements in witchcraft, like the moon, the elements, and gods and goddesses (though not every witch incorporates everything mentioned in the song into their practice).
Water Witch by The Secret Sisters
When I first listened to this song, I could instantly feel the heaviness and a mysterious power within it. When you look further into the music, it’s an ode to the “powerful, lonely women figures of myth –– women who are remembered as villains, outcasts, or irresponsible perpetrators.” It is a song about the power and mystique inside every woman.
Another peripheral reason I found this song interesting is that it makes the distinction of “water” witch. It made me think of the different categories of witches that exist. For example, kitchen witches or green witches. If you’re interested in learning more about witchcraft, a fun place to start is to look up the different varieties of witches (and no, you don’t have to fit neatly into any category).
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
“Rhiannon” is one of the more famous songs associated with witchcraft. Stevie Nicks was inspired to write this song when she was reading a book called “Triad: A Novel of the Supernatural” and surprisingly didn’t know of its mythological origins. However, the song is clearly about a being who is more than an average woman.
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen
Woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven?
Many aspects of this song draw people to it, but I think it lays most strongly in the natural elements, sense of mystery, and Celtic origins.
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Bells, Books and Candles by Graeme Revell
You’re unlikely to sing along to this song; I tried to keep more abstract pieces off this list, but I thought it important to include at least one. When it comes to witchcraft, you’re not always looking for a song that explicitly talks about spells or witches. Sometimes, you’re looking for a song to do magic to or to feel otherworldly or trancelike.
Fans of the movie “The Craft” will be familiar with this song. The film is about a group of four friends who dive into witchcraft together. Throughout the movie, we see how their impressively strong magic changes them, not necessarily for the better. It’s a good reminder to respect the world’s natural balance; it’s also a little frightening and incredibly enjoyable.
Aphrodite by Honey Gentry
I did not expect what I got from this song; it is much better than I could imagine. A fairly common, though not necessary, practice in witchcraft is deity worship. People find connections to a variety of different gods and goddesses, whether they be Greek, Norse, or other. And, I’ll be honest, most people I know who participate in deity worship have very different practices and mindsets than the main monotheistic world religions you’re probably familiar with.
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. I expected a song asking Aphrodite to help the singer find love, but what I got was a refreshing take. The singer wanted to find love, not “with a man of this world, but in love with life itself.” It’s a powerful sentiment, but even more powerful in this song is the idea of Aphrodite’s response, who implores, “Angel turn your eyes to the sea. Gaze upon such vast beauty,” then assures the singer that their prayers have been received.
I am blown away by the ethereal, sad hopefulness in this song. I could see people who worship Aphrodite using this prayer; I hope those in need are able to fall in love with life itself.
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Black Magic Woman by VCTRYS
This song has seen many iterations over the decades. However, VCTRYS’ version is featured on the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which is an adaptation of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” The show follows Sabrina Spellman and her challenges as a half mortal, half witch.
This song has a sexy, sultry sound to it. This version’s instrumental sections are powerful and contrast the lulling tune hinting at something beneath the surface.
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Witches’ Song by Marianne Faithfull
A recurring element in witchcraft is sisterhood. Many witches are a part of a “coven,” a group where they share many bonds. I think it would be remiss to write this article and not feature a song portraying this idea of sisterhood in witchcraft.
Shall I see you tonight, sister, bathed in magic greet?
Shall we meet on the hilltop where the two roads meet?
We will form the circle, hold out hands and chant
Let the great one know what it is we want
It’s a common practice for covens to perform rituals or hold celebrations together, and that’s something this song shows. However, not all covens do these things, but one thing all covens should focus on is the connection with each other which I think this song captures perfectly. It’s a family space, even when they’re not related by blood.
Wytches by Inkubus Sukkubus
This band was my favorite discovery while researching songs for this article. Inkubus Sukkubus is a pagan goth band from the United Kingdom. They’ve been pumping out music regularly since 1989.
The band members have spoken openly about their pagan practices. Lead singer Candia McKormack said in an interview with Peekabo Magazine that she doesn’t view her paganism as a religion, but spirituality. I was glad to read this; I’ve heard many people are afraid to put themselves in witchy/pagan spaces because they worry they need to participate in a structured religion when that’s not the case. I’ve found that when it comes to witchcraft, you’re free to do what you want as long as you’re not appropriating someone else’s culture.
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There is no correct way to be a witch; similarly, you don’t need to be a witch to enjoy these songs. Whether you were looking for pieces that fit a specific vibe or you were hoping to learn something, I hope you walked away with some songs that make you feel powerful. These songs about witchcraft should be enjoyed by all. Remember to respect the world around you and honor the beauty of nature.