I started doing a song playlist for Sabbats at Beltane last year and revisiting the old post made me realize that I needed to shake things up a bit. So here’s a few from the old list and a few new songs to to get you ready to leap bonfires!
I made a vow not to include Merry May Folk for once. Just because I’m obsessed with the song doesn’t mean everyone is. I was really tempted to include a Jonathan Coulton song (you know which one) but decided to keep it PG.
13. Madonna – Like A Prayer
No one exemplifies the intersection of sex and religion in mainstream music better than Madonna.
12. Spiral Rhythm – Freedom
This is such a powerful anthem. I love it.
11. The Wicker Man Soundtrack – Gently Johnny
This should always be performed with Lord Summerisle’s monologue in the midst of it.
10. Divinyls – I Touch Myself
Seriously, no other song reflects the irreverent innuendo of the Beltane season.
9. The Wicker Man Soundtrack – Fire Leap
This scene from the movie is one of my favorites, where Lord Summerisle is explaining the mythic worldview to Sgt. Howie.
8. Damh the Bard- The Worship of Trees
Not only is this a great song, it’s fun to see Damh rock out like this.
7. Emerald Rose – Red Haired Mary
I swore I wouldn’t use Merry May Folk, which is pretty much a perfect song for anything Pagan, so here is another ER song that captures the season.
6. The Wicker Man Soundtrack – Summerisle Song
They do love their divinity lessons.
5. Gaia Consort – Beltane Fires
How can you not want to dance to this?
4. Emerald Rose – Freya, Shakti
This was the first ER song I fell in love with, and it still speaks of the sacred to me.
3. Damh the Bard – Green and Grey
This is one of those songs I could put on repeat for an hour.
2. Green Crown – Witches Reel
The oldest known song associated with Witchcraft, this song was preserved in Scottish Witch trial records. I love Green Crown and hope they re-release their music sometime soon.
1. Loreena McKennit – The Mummer’s Dance (Ever After remix)
I think not absolutely adoring this song might be cause to get your Pagan card revoked.