It’s that time of the year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to fall. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s never too early (or too late) to start planning your holiday festivities. And while you might have plenty of candy and a costume ready to go, you may not have given much thought to sound. But thankfully, we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of the 20 best Halloween songs of all-time. Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below.
Whether you blast these tunes in your car all October long, or use them in your next Halloween party playlist, these Halloween songs are sure to bring all the single zombies to the floor.
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The 20 Best Halloween Songs for Your Party Playlist
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
If you didn’t see this song coming, we’re not sure what over-sized pumpkin you’ve been living under.
2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
Well you know, when you see a monster you probably have to mash it. Or something like that.
3. “The Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley
We really need to know–is it purple and eats people, or does it eat purple people?
4. “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” – Larry Marks
When this song comes on, ask your date if they want to search the upstairs bedroom for clues.
5. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
We know Halloween is all about the spooky scary, but sometimes we need a reminder that we shouldn’t always be scared. Bonus points if you bring more cowbell to the party.
6. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
Maybe it’s a secret admirer, or maybe it’s a crazed stalker waiting for you to leave the party. Have fun with the added paranoia.
7. “This is Halloween” – The Citizens of Halloween Town
Christmas movie? Halloween movie? People have tried to debate this before, but we think it’s universally agreed upon that this song is at least about Halloween. It’s not “This is Christmas”, after all.
8. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
If your friends don’t immediately start singing along to this theme, you need new friends.
9. “Sympathy for the Devil” – The Rolling Stones
You probably shouldn’t sing this song or say the title in church? Maybe.
10. “Spooky Scary Skeletons” – Andrew Gold
Any song about spooky scary skeletons is going to be a little humerus. Just make sure you have enough guts to get out there and do the dance as well.
11. “Black Magic Woman” – Santana
This song first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single, but here’s a pro tip: if Santana covered it, go with that version (he made the song a hit in 1970).
12. “I Put a Spell on You” – Bette Midler
An old song that’s been covered many times, we suggest opting for the much spookier Bette Midler version from the film Hocus Pocus — 90s kids will know what’s up.
13. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
In the famous words of Michael Scott: “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.”
14. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
The fact that there is a “Highway to Hell” but only a “Stairway to Heaven” should tell you a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
15. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
Zevon on his song: “I don’t know why that became such a hit. We didn’t think it was suitable to be played on the radio.”
16. “She Wolf” – Shakira
If London has Werewolves, then Barranquilla has She Wolves–and they’re much more terrifying.
17. “The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna
This isn’t quite your granddaddy’s “Monster Mash”. Turn up the Eminem and Rihanna to bring your Halloween party back into the 21st century.
18. “Freaks Come Out at Night” – Whodini
Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” is another possibility. Or you could just watch the movie Freaks.
19. “Zombie” – The Cranberries
Protest songs rarely make for good Halloween party songs, but this is one of those rare times it kinda works.
20. “Nightmare on My Street” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Rappers in the 1980s went hard on Holiday songs. These youngsters need to take note! Get it? Because music has notes…
We’ll see ourselves out.
Sometimes music and costumes cross over, and people dress as musicians instead of the spooky scary. Take a look here.