05/22/2013 09:05 EDT

World Goth Day: 15 Songs For The Darkest Day Of The Year

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It's World Goth Day! The day when you don't need black hair or a melancholy disposition to celebrate your dark side.

What you do need, however, is a soundtrack.

Having literally written an encyclopedia about goth culture I know that goth music has many tentacles, from rock to metal to synth-pop and even folk and cabaret. But whatever the musical sub-genre there are certain elements that make a great goth music video. And you don't even need to be a goth band to have one.

Here then are 15 videos full of skulls and shadow to help you get your goth on.