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    17 Musicians Who Would Probably Be Accused Of Witchcraft Back In The Day

    I worship at the altar of these witchy women (and men)!

    1. Patti Smith

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    For being a creative genius, a radical thinker, and always standing out, Patti would surely have been scorned by society as a witch. I mean, no one can work words like that without being a little bit magic.

    Witchiest song: "Ghost Dance".

    Witchiest moment: Every time she reads Virginia Woolf live.

    Witch rating: πŸ§™πŸ§™

    2. FKA Twigs

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    Queen of the surreal, FKA Twigs loves to play with our minds and disrupt our expectations – from her incredible fashion, to her intense and violent choreography and how her musical style swings from serrated to soft. She's even been accused of performing black magic on stage – what a hero!

    Witchiest song: "Mothercreep".

    Witchiest moment: Her bewitching performance at the MOBO Awards 2015.

    Witch rating: πŸ§™πŸ§™

    3. Zola Jesus

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    Zola Jesus – or Nicole Hummel's – plunging ghost-like vocals mix perfectly her long black hair and flow-ey garments to create one witchy lady! As an artist, she often appears as a corpse or a monster, favouring a dark and sinister aesthetic. Her music is also super funereal in the best possible way.

    Witchiest song: "Ixode".

    Witchiest moment: The album covers for Stridulum II and Conatus.

    Witch rating: πŸ§™πŸ§™πŸ§™

    4. Madonna

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    Always hoping to shock and inspire, Madonna's fierce independence and brazen approach to fashion and performance would definitely have had the witch-hunters heart racing back in the day – not to mention her penchant for casual blasphemy!

    Witchiest song: "Frozen"/ "Dark Ballet".

    Witchiest moment: Her entire love affair with various mystic religions.

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    5. Siouxsie Sioux

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    Siouxsie's uber goth image complete with pentagram is the perfect manifestation of the dark witch archetype; her music is also often dark, scary, and angry to boot! Siouxsie even affixed the term "banshees" to her stage name to form her band – such a witch move.

    Witchiest song: "Spellbound".

    Witchiest moment: Her vaguely problematic appearance as a witch in the music video for "Arabian Knights".

    Witch rating: πŸ§™πŸ§™πŸ§™

    6. First Aid Kit

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    Swedish sisters and multi-instrumentalists Johanna and Klara SΓΆderberg are known for their hauntingly melodic voices and incredible folk fashion. They also have a "coven" of fierce female inspirations who they regularly laud in their songs!

    Witchiest song: "Wolf".

    Witchiest moment: Aside from binging Charmed when they were younger and believing they were witches, this tour poster is witchy AF.

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    7. PJ Harvey

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    Much like her ex Nick Cave, Polly Jean's music often has a creepiness underlying it. She's also a versatile vocalist, often yelling and muttering incantation-like lyrics in her songs. Her bewitching looks range from straight-up punk to Victorian ruffles and statement hats.

    Witchiest song: "Down by the Water" / "Let It England Shake".

    Witchiest moment: Her 2011 Poe-esque Albert Hall performance look.

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    8. Bat For Lashes

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    Master of dream pop and the underrated instrument (tambourine, gong, zither), Natasha Khan serves total witch vibes, from her folk-gothic look to her female-focused discography. She's also in a band called Sexwitch – need I say more?

    Witchiest song: "The Wizard".

    Witchiest moment: When she chose the name BAT for lashes.

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    9. Alice Cooper

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    Alice is the Godfather of "shock rock", often creating a hellscape on stage using things like blood, snakes, and other elements of horror. Despite being a born again Christian, lots of witchy rumours have persisted about Alice including that his name came from a Ouija board and that he lost his virginity in a coffin!

    Witchiest song: "Poison".

    Witchiest moment: His real name is Vincent Damon Furnier, which is pretty witchy in itself.

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    10. Florence + the Machine

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    You can't tell me Florence Welch doesn't give you white witch of the forest vibes! Always twirling and jumping around on stage, Florence delivers powerful, ethereal lyrics that are often connected to nature, dreaming, and death.

    Witchiest song: "Which Witch".

    Witchiest moment: When she started her own witches coven at school to hex classmates.

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    11. Jimi Hendrix

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    Rock icon Jimi Hendrix was well known for his provocative performances, his raw sexuality, his outlandish fashion, and his insane guitar skills, including playing the instrument upside down – witch vibes, much?

    Witchiest song: "Voodoo Child".

    Witchiest moment: When he set his black Fender Stratocaster on fire at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival and worshipped at the flames.

    Witch rating: πŸ§™πŸ§™πŸ§™πŸ§™

    12. BjΓΆrk

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    While Icelandic songstress BjΓΆrk could be described as some sort of wailing ethereal alien of song, her flirtation with the occult goes much deeper than her performance style. BjΓΆrk is very interested in astrology and metaphysics, and was even in a band called "Kukl", meaning witchcraft in Icelandic!

    Witchiest song: "Pagan Poetry".

    Witchiest moment: Her appearance in The Juniper Tree, a 1990 Icelandic indie film about witches.

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    13. Stevie Nicks

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    How could I not include the legend that is Stevie Nicks in a round-up of witchy artists? Her looks have always had a witchy flavour and her spellbinding songwriting often reflects female power and experience.

    Witchiest song: "Sorcerer".

    Witchiest moment: Her appearances as a "white witch" in American Horror Story: Coven and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

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    14. Lorde

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    Lorde inspired everyone back in the early 2010s when she first mixed her Tumblr witch aesthetic with a quasi R&B sound. In a 2017 interview she admitted "I am basically a witch", and we got our life! Her penchant for black velvet dresses, veils, and dark lipstick were already a clue though.

    Witchiest song: β€œYellow Flicker Beat".

    Witchiest moment: Every time she pulls out those crazzzzy dance moves.

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    15. Kate Bush

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    OG ethereal goddess of rock, Kate, would definitely have been accused of witchcraft back in the 1600s – mostly for being a law unto herself! Kate is a musical genius who has experimented with her music, her performance, and her aesthetic in the most weird and wonderful ways!

    Witchiest song: "Waking the Witch"/ "Lily".

    Witchiest moment: When she inspired legions of fans to don red dresses and dance in nature with the "Wuthering Heights" music video.

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    16. Yoko Ono

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    For always wearing black or white, screaming bloody murder over her macabre records, and refusing to stick to the status quo, Yoko Ono reigns supreme among would-be celebrity witches!

    Witchiest song: "Yes, I am a Witch".

    Witchiest moment: When she didn't brush her hair for approximately four years.

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    17. Lana Del Rey

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    Between her hypnotising vocals, her dark-sided lyrics, and her ethereal looks, Lana was already on-brand for a witch. Add to that her repeated dabbling in hexes and you've got one bad ass witch for real tho.

    Witchiest song: "Once Upon a Dream"/ "Season of the Witch".

    Witchiest moment: When she banded together fans via Twitter for a mass hexing of Trump – ingredients can b found online 🍰.

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