Lovers of tall tales will enter a magical world of fairytales and monsters today as they mark World Storytelling Day.

The event, which has its roots in Sweden, is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling and this year's theme is monsters and dragons.

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To help get you in the mood, here are 10 tracks inspired by monsters and dragons.

Monster Mash

Bobby 'Boris' Pickett

Released in 1962, this track was written after Pickett performed a cover of The Diamonds Little Darlin' while imitating Boris Karloff with his band The Cordials. The sound of the coffin opening on the record was created by pulling a nail out of a board.


Imagine Dragons

Appearing on the band's debut album Night Visions, this track was written by record producer Alex da Kid. The song became the band's second top 10 single, spending 12 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over 3 million copies.

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites


The lead single from the US electronic producers second EP, this track won Best Dance Recording at the 54th Grammy Awards. It was used in the 2012 film trailer for Spring Breakers and in video games MLB2K12 and Ridge Racer Unbounded.

The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Written by the band's bass player Steve Harris, this track was influenced by the film Damien: Omen II, about a 13-year-old Antichrist. Harris said: "Basically, this song is about a dream. It's not about devil worship."

Ogre Battle


Appearing on the band's second album Queen II, this track was written by Freddie Mercury and recorded at Trident Studios, London. The song was written in 1972 but the band wanted to perfect it and so decided against recording it for their debut album.

The Monster

Eminem featuring Rihanna

Taken from Eminem's eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, this track marks the fourth collaboration between the rapper and Rihanna. The lyrics discuss coming to grips with your inner demons and the negative effects of fame.

St George and the Dragon


This track appeared on the band's 1979 album Hydra. The album reached number 37 in the US Pop Album charts, however, most of its singles, with the exception of THX1138, failed to make any impact on the Billboard Hot 100.

Running Scared

Roy Orbison

Written by Orbison and Joe Melson, this track is famous for being a song without a chorus. The song's b-side was a hit for Orbison in Australia and became better known in 1975 when a cover by Nazareth achieved international success.

Feed My Frankenstein

Alice Cooper

Released as a single in 1992, this track is taken from Cooper's 19th solo album Hey Stoopid. Guest appearances on the song include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Nikki Sixx. Cooper also performed the track in the 1992 film Wayne's World.


Katy Perry

Taken from Perry's fourth album Prism, this track is about self-empowerment and standing up for yourself. It was nominated for Song of the Year and the Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Grammy Awards.