Heathen Karaoke!

If there’s anything you need to know about having Loki around, it’s this: dude loves to dance. To say I’m not a dancer is a grave disservice to how unrhythmic I am; in situations where people are dancing, you can find me lurking in the darkest corner available, strong drink in hand, discouraging attention while trying hard not to look straight out hostile. But I can’t help but feel my hips and shoulders shimmy a bit while my feet get all prancy when I listen to my Loki playlist. There’s a LOT of music that reminds me of Himself, and I’ve cultivated a damn good collection over the years.

Damn him for tricking me into moving with the music. And curse him for inspiring me to sing, off key, loudly, lending my tone deaf donkey bray to the vocals of his songs.

While I fancy myself a bit of an old school metal head and connoisseur of older alt rock, my playlists are jarringly eclectic, as all good mixes are. In the interest of sharing some of the tracks on my Loki List and finding new songs to add, let’s talk music. A Lokean friend of mine were throwing songs back and forth the other night, and we seem to be in the early stages of inflicting heathen karaoke upon the world as there’s scads of songs that are so relatable to the gods and our experiences with them.

Some of my all time favorite Loki songs throughout the last 20 years (and some new ones added thanks to my friend) include:

“Loki” by Annbjorg Lein (starting this out with the mother of all shocks, I know. Do try to engage your suspension of disbelief and and just go with this)

“Behind Blue Eyes,” Limp Bizkit version (another painfully obvious one, and for some reason the cover screams “LOKI!!!” more than The Who’s recording)

“You May Be Right,” Billy Joel

“Standing Outside the Fire,” Garth Brooks

“The Wrong Side,” Abney Park

“Day and Night,” The Shroud

“Brenninsteinn,” Sigur Ros

“Baby Why Not,” Dwight Yoakum

“Gin Soaked Boy,” The Divine Comedy

“Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games,” Of Montreal

“Rebellion (Lies)”, Arcade Fire

“All the Fools Sailed Away,” Dio

“Forbidden Friendship,” John Powell (from How to Train Your Dragon!)

“Hope Song,” Rock Kills Kid

“Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett

“Komm zu Mir,” from the Run Lola Run soundtrack

“Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers

“Let’s Misbehave,” Irving Aaronson’s Commanders

“Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley

“Downtrodden,” Abney Park

“And Then,” The Shroud

“Mouthwash,” Kate Nash

“What a Difference a Day Makes,” Dinah Washington

“Fight Song,” Rachel Platten (recommended by my friend)

“The Unforgiven” and “The Unforgiven II,” Metallica

“The Man That You Fear,” Marilyn Manson

“Hail to the King,” Avenged Sevenfold

“And the Waltz Goes On,” composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins and conducted by Andre Rieu

… and many, many more.

What songs remind you of Loki? And what songs do you feel the gods grooving to? Tell me what makes Himself, the gods, and YOU dance!

2 thoughts on “Heathen Karaoke!

  1. I think in the past two decades there has been an upsurge of songs that could have been well inspired by Loki channeling himself through pissed off artists. Number one my list if Firestarter by Prodigy. Next in line anything by Eminem with Rap god topping his own list by virtue of sounding just like a modern re-write of the Lokasenna. Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood, Slipknot – Psychosocial, Rammstein – wut will nicht sterben, Kaizer Orchestra – Evig pint and when I listen to Blur’s Country House I just get this picture of Loki describing the vicissitudes of life in Asgard, while Dubioza Kollektiv – Balkan is a kind of a reminder that you can take a jotunn out of Jotunheim but you can’t take Jotunheim out of a jotunn.


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