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15 Greatest Halloween Party Songs

Be in to win an iPod! – read the list for our competition details. In just a few days it will be Halloween! The night of trick or treating, costumes, candy, and all things spooky. In celebration I have put together a list of the 10 songs that absolutely must feature at your halloween party – or, failing that, songs you must load onto your iPod to help you get in the mood. I have tried very hard to provide you with the most diverse and interesting set of songs possible – so while you may not see all of your favorites, you should see at least one or two new ones to add to your collection. Be sure to tell us your own favorites in the comments.

15

Bark at the Moon
Ozzy Osbourne

A list like this would not be complete without the awesomeness which is Ozzy Osbourne! This track is from the Bark at the Moon Album recorded in 1983. Ozzy is, of course, most famous for being the lead singer of Black Sabbath and it would be seriously wrong not to include him on this list.

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14

Devil Went Down To Georgia
Charlie Daniels Band

We have two firsts on this list – things I never thought I would see! One is Marilyn Manson, and the other is country music! It isn’t my personal favorite, but this song definitely rates as a classic Halloween party song perfect to get people moving about and dancing. It contains brilliant violin playing by Charlie Daniels and even the most anti-country music people should enjoy it.

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13

The Raven
The Alan Parsons Project

Granted it isn’t the most horrifying song, but it is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and provides a nice alternative to some of the heavier music on this list. This is probably the best song to play as your party is nearing an end – when people are either too drunk to care what you play, or sober enough to appreciate the lyrics which are taken directly from the Poe poem of the same title.

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12

I’m Your Boogie Man
White Zombie

I have to be honest and admit that I had never heard this song before I started researching this list – but it is definitely going to rank high for those of our readers planning a more hardcore party than the others. Also, for those of you who are planning to spread humbug this Halloween, you can play this at a very loud volume and you will frighten all the kids and parents who are trick or treating – save on candy costs!

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11

Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is a great hit from the ’60s which went to number one in the UK. While it is not a particularly scary track, it is, for many people listening, likely to bring back many memories of Halloween parties of the past. This is one of my favorite songs on the list.

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10

Ghostbusters Theme

This song is a lighthearted song – most appropriate for the early stages of your Halloween party. This (and item 3 on the list) is perfect for playing as your guests are arriving and having their first drinks. It is also perfect for a kids Halloween party. And if you want some entertainment for the night, why not watch the film – you can buy it here.

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9

The Addams Family Theme

The Addams Family was a 1964 hit series based on cartoons by Charles Addams. The theme will be familiar to most people either through the original series of the much more recently made movie. This is a great quirky hit for your party – a definite must-play.

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8

Welcome to my Nightmare
Alice Cooper

This song is from the album of the same name by Alice Cooper. It is a concept album in which each track progressively details the passage of a nightmare. This is the opening track and what could be more perfect for a loud Halloween Party.

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7

This Is Halloween
Marilyn Manson

Rather than use the original soundtrack version of the song, I have chosen to use the Marilyn Manson version because I like it much more and think it has a better Halloween “feel” about it. I also love the Panic at the Disco version, but there is no doubt that the Manson version is the spookiest. The song is, of course, the title track of the brilliant Tim Burton film “The Nightmare before Christmas” which you can buy here.

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6

O Fortuna
Carl Orff

Everyone knows this song – it has been used in hundreds of horror movies. While the song sounds very eerie, the translation of the Latin original is not quite so spooky – it actually means “O Fortune, you wax and wane like the moon”. Hardly frightening stuff, but most people don’t know what it means and it will chill everyone that hears it to the bone! A definite must-have for Halloween. Oh – and it is from the cantata called Carmina Burana. I have picked an excellent version of it for you to buy:

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5

Tubular Bells

Anyone who has seen the Exorcist will appreciate the eeriness of this soundtrack. It plays at the start of the film as the main actress walks home from a day filming. The scene is full of moody shots of Washington in fall with children trick or treating. It lulls you in to a false sense of security before all hell breaks loose (literally) in the form of possessed girl Regan. This song will always be my favorite Halloween theme. Oh – and if you don’t already have a copy of the movie, you can get it here.

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4

Werewolves of London
Warren Zevon

This excellent track by Warren Zevon features drumming by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. It will be familiar to most people through its constant (over-)use in movies. Everyone will expect to hear this song at a party – don’t disappoint them.

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3

Monster Mash
Bobby Picket

If there is any one song on this list that people will be expecting to see – it is this. Monster Mash is a hilarious and fun song from 1962 sung by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. In a bizarre and rather lame attempt at a comeback, Picket released a spin-off of the song in 2005 called “Climate Mash”, a version with re-written lyrics about global warming and new vocals which was released on the Internet by the organization Clear the Air. Forget clearing the air for now – fill it with spooky mist and party!

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2

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
J S Bach

Of this most famous piece of classical music, Wikipedia says: The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music commonly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, composed sometime between 1703 and 1707. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, to video games, to rock music, to cellphone ringtones and used for the autumn holiday Halloween. I doubt a single person here will not know it. Props to Bach for writing music so cool that even non-classical lovers still listen to it – 300 years later!

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1

Thriller

Michael Jackson had to be number one. This track was damned scary when it came out, and it is still damned scary (though perhaps for different reasons now). I am sure that no one will dispute this item’s placement as number one greatest halloween party song. Allow me to finish with a little inappropriate humor: do you know why Michael Jackson loves Halloween? Free delivery right to his door.

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Notable Extras: Black Magic Woman (Santana), Psycho Killer (Talking Heads), The Stranger (Billy Joel), Legend of Wooley Swamp (Charles Daniels Band), Devil Woman (Cliff Richard), Frankenstein (Edgar Winter Group), Hells Bells (ACDC), Spooky (Steely Dan), Don’t Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult), Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley)

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  • Had a playlist with just about all of these at my last halloween party.

    Am I first to comment? pays to stay up all night writing essays

  • Swebby: you are indeed! And are now in to win (presuming you have registered as a user!)

  • Donna

    Yeah! Addams Family made the list! Thank-You! ;)

  • jfrater: I am indeed a registered user, albeit quite a new one. Love the site by the way, many a hour has been whiled away on it.

  • Also, im shocked that Screamin Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You didn’t even make the notable mentions.

  • PhantomBanker

    Love the inclusion of O Fortuna. Beautiful song, and the use of Latin makes all the more eerier.

  • faunadestia

    love #2 and #12

  • Anon E. Mouse

    Oooh! I love a good 90% plus of the songs on this list! Really interesting, and nice, that you used the Marilyn Manson version of ‘This Is Halloween’. I’m partial to that version as well. And the Addams Family… Just watched Addams Family Values the other day. It rekindled my love of Wednesday’s character.

    Gotta agree with Swebby though… Figured I’d see ‘I Put a Spell on You’ here. And I would have loved to see ‘Time Warp’ from Rocky Horror Picture Show make it. But I guess that might not be considered Halloween music.

  • Rina

    I always thought that song that the children sings in Nightmare on St Elim Street was a chiller.

  • dor

    Wow!! this marks my first year as a ListVerser!! I think the 1st list i ever read here was Top 10 Geek Halloween Costumes!!

    Speaking of Classics, Many a times I’ve heard people say that they find The Moonlight Sonata very creepy, but i don’t really think so, i find it very peaceful. i don’t know if anyone shares my view on it!! Also Bad Moon rising always makes me feel happy, not the lyrics part, just the music. And I’m glad to see that Hells Bells at least made it to notable mentions if not the actual list!!

    Also, I think the MJ picture as the list title, is scarier than the songs on this list!! ;)

  • Mickhead58

    I love thriller because Dave Chappelle loves it. Also every time I play charades I always do Ghostbusters

  • j_frater

    Thriller shouldnt be #1.Toccata and fugue in D minor should, But thats just my opinion.

  • astraya

    I immediately thought “Monster Mash”!
    13 – The Raven contains some words in addition to Poe, but it’s hard to tell. I set the whole poem to music about 5 years ago. I was reading about the APP album recently. I have another album of theirs and would like to explore more.
    6 – Being a classical muso, I don’t think of O Fortuna as a Halloween song. If anything, I associate it with the movie “Excalibur”.
    5 – I saw The Exorcist and didn’t understand any of it. I have the album, and know it too well in its own right. (“two slightly distorted guitars”) (There’s a story behind that voiceover, but I’ve forgotten what it is.)
    3 – Bobby “Boris” Pickett died a year or two ago.
    2- I know the organist!

  • astraya

    PS The Raven happens “in the deep December”.

  • zindsoros

    Ohhh, never heard the Marilyn Manson version of This is Halloween before, very cool.

  • disco.x

    sweet home alabama + werewolves of london = all summer long by kid rock.

    The man has no creativity :D

  • Peadaddy

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

    Need that, This is Halloween

    after all

  • lotte

    Yay!An ipod!
    Sadly,here in Singapore,we don’t celebrate halloween.We only celebrate big occasions like new year day…what a pity isn’t it?
    Yeah,so it’s pretty much boring all year round:(
    Ok,GREAT list anyway! =D

  • lotte

    P.S I’ve never heard of all of the songs here(except for the ghostbuster one maybe)

  • Ella

    Where’s The Cure???

  • solensdrottning

    Great list, thanks! I don’t think I would have been able to come up with even a quarter of these on my own.

  • Ren

    Good list. This is Halloween is one of my favorite songs right now. I just made a halloween playlist a few days ago and here are a few songs I put on it: This is Halloween, Dragula by Rob Zombie, Dig up her Bones by the Misfits, Monster Mash (the original and by the Misfits), Monsters by Matchbox Romance, One by Metallica, I’m your boogie man by White Zombie, Halloween by the Misfits, What’s this? Original from the Nightmare Before Christmas and the remake by Fall Out Boy, and themes from movies like Ghostbusters, Halloween and Jaws.

  • ligeia

    Yay! I love the Monster Mash, didn’t know Marilyn MAnson did a version of This Is Halloween (though I’m not at all surprised) but then I did stop listening to them about 6 years ago. They lose their appeal very quickly. Glad to see White Zombie made it in, those guys are cool.

  • Ella

    Sorry, but you just can’t have a halloween part without this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYtYe9K6zv4

  • i’m so glad you made this list, my roommates and i are throwing a party, and didn’t even think of what music to play. this is great, and i’m sure to look at the suggestions the other commenters are making.

  • BagABones

    Needs more metal

    Laaz Rocket — Leatherface
    Motorhead —- Nightmare/The Dreamtime
    Judas Priest —- Nightcrawler
    Helloween —- Halloween
    Wrathchild America —- Smothered Life
    Armored Saint —- Human Vulture
    Voivod — Astronomy Domine

  • Tony

    Excellent, if cliche’d, list. For my $.02, Slipknot has some scary stuff too.

  • warningdontreadthis

    I loved the Adams family cartoons when I was a kid. I loved the little hand or what ever it was.

    Can’t argue with thriller, best song on the list, all though ghostbusters is a personal favorite. :)

  • ligeia

    Oh yeah, the soundtrack to Suspiria by Goblin, that scared me more than the actual film.

  • FilipinoKnight

    I’m really suprised to see Alan Parson’s Project on here thats a good album. I think Oingo Boingo’s Dead Mans Party should be listed.

  • png191

    on the note of Michael Jackson, guess who doesn’t need to buy a costume ever?

    I always thought the opening theme to Robot Chicken was kinda haunting, although with a lighter atmosphere.

  • jane

    I would suggest Super Freak by Rick James . . . if you want to have a rockin Halloween party, you have to include the original Freakman himself!!! Also, I totally agree that Thriller is #1 and agree with FilipinoKnight that Oingo Boingo’s Dead Man’s Party is a great choice!!! Their video of the song is great!!!

    Would love an IPod . . . hopefully in PINK (please?)

  • Garurublue

    “This Is Halloween” still gives me the creeps. You could proably include anything by Rammstein as well.

  • astraya

    The Simpsons did a wicked “Raven” as part of a treehouse of horror special. I haven’t been able to find a clip, though. I think Fox’s lawyers got there first.

  • onwisconsn

    How about John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme? That music still freaks me out! Talk about haunting!

  • jane

    I gotta ask . . . the picture icon for this category–do it remind anyone of Michael Jackson?!!!! That pic is scary in and of itself!!!

  • Bex

    I absolutely came into this thinking the monster mash would be the number one. Man, good times…Even thought we don’t celebrate halloween here, this list makes me wish we did.

  • Michael Jackson at number one!!!! WTF! come on…i think that “Hells Bells” should have made it on the list, not just honorable mention. And what about DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “Nightmare On My Street” or from the Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack – “The Time Warp” …both really good to liven up the party…and Rob Zombie – “Living Dead Girl” is really good for loud parties too.

    I think some of the Prodigy songs from Fat of the Land Album would fit in nice too….i guess it all depends on your tastes in music.

  • xo Holly Homicide xo

    I **KNEW** Monster Mash just had to be on here. But I’m truly surprised that more songs from Nightmare Before Christmas weren’t on here.

  • OrrIV

    I def thought you would have some Nightmare before christmas songs on there, for a bonus you should’ve put that new Sobe commercial on there where the lizards are doing the thriller dance

  • chundered

    ANother one that makes me think of Halloween is the Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt0aLZDiktE

  • Hill

    Agree with the picture being the scariest thing!

  • Sgt. Batguano

    Getting an Alan Parsons Project song on a Halloween list is pure genius.

    If it weren’t for the Exorcist I bet you could pass off Tubular Bells as a Christmas song.

    Its hard to believe the Thriller is only the second creepiest Micheal Jackson has ever been.

  • Scaramouche

    Fun list! I like seeing the Marilyn Manson cover on the Halloween song. That version is on another CD called Nightmare Revisited:

    http://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Revisited/dp/B001AUKV08

  • Slipstick

    Mein Gott! Someone actually thought it through and included a decent number of honorable mentions. The only way that it could’ve possibly been better is if “Halloween” by Stephen Lynch or “Fire” or “I Put A Spell On You” by Arthur Brown had made honorable mention. Other than my exceedingly high expectations, great job.

  • Millhilliana

    Can’t believe Bark Of The Moon didn’t make it further than 15 :(

    Nice to see Don’t Fear The Reaper got an honourable mention though :D

  • Jenny

    I am so glad to finally know the actual name of O Fortunata! Prior to this, I had no clue, though I loved the song.

    And when I started reading the list there was another song that I was hoping would be on there, but now I have totally forgotten, I am such a scatter brain this week. :)

  • Englandexpects

    had to be thriller at number one but i have now got monster mash stuck in my head

  • chershey

    I love Halloween!!!!

  • phunniemee

    The best is the dance that goes with the Monster Mash, the Frankie (short for our favorite monster dude, of course).

    This is how you do it:
    -Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms straight out in front of you.
    -Lift your right leg straight out in front of you and lift your right arm up.
    -Put them down.
    -Do the same with your left leg and arm.
    -Put them down.
    -Repeat.

    (Yes, this was actually a dance.)

  • Jenny

    It’s not the song that I was originally thinking, but it is one that at least the beginning should be included.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r32QPNdopVg

  • Jenny

    It’s not the song that I was originally thinking, but it is one that at least the beginning should be included.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r32QPNdopVg

    Beethoven’s Symphony #5 (movement 1)

  • corinthian0430

    one of my favourite lists

    but why is mitternacht not in the list?

  • miralea

    The fact that Thriller and the Manson version of This is Halloween made it onto the list makes me incredibly pleased. I love the Manson version of This is Halloween. And I distinctly remember my sister teaching me the dance moves to Thriller when I was a lot younger.

    I have to agree with some previous commenters. I Put A Spell on You should be on this list somewhere.

  • Dawn Bearer

    AVE SATANI!

  • stormy617

    This is a great list. I like most of the songs on here. I saw Alice Cooper in concert on halloween one year, devils night another year and once on a friday the 13th. He always used to play the cool dates in Detroit.

  • beyondinvisible

    I definitely agree with Thriller at number 1. The video totally puts you into Halloween spirit.

    Another thing I remember is that Carmina Burana is a very popular tune for other artists to sample. I vaguely recall hearing parts of it in an Old Spice commercial as well as a bunch of songs through the years.

  • Cedestra

    Well, I can say that some of these ( The Raven) are a little odd and unusual, but nice. I would add the following songs to my list:
    “Shadow of the Moon” by Blackmoore’s Night
    “Tooth & Claw” from the Killer Instinct soundtrack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HwsKxPq2xs)
    “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorsky.
    “Love Potion No. 9” by The Clovers
    I will think of some other later. Great list, Jamie!

  • Doc

    I do believe there would have been riots in the streets if Thriller wasn’t #1.

  • Cedestra

    Oh, I also second anything by Danny Elfman- Oingo Boingo’s Dead Man Party is a song I recently got excited about. I kept hearing it at Six Flags and wanted to know who did that.

  • Leinad

    im not sure if i understand what kind of criteria was used to select the songs, for they go from seriousley scary to all out fun, but still, i think they all might well be added to a halloween themed party, totally.

  • Randall

    Hey… great list… :-)

    Some additional suggestions:

    “Hillbillies in a Haunted House” by the Austin Lounge Lizards

    “Science Fiction Double Feature” (Opening Theme) and “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    “Munsters Theme”—a good, rollicking surf beat tune.

    “Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

    “Halloween” — theme music to the original film. Creepy as hell and instantly recognizable.

  • Callie

    Agree with Halloween theme and I Put a Spell on You, and I’d like to throw the Twilight Zone theme in the mix.

    I miss Michael Jackson so much. If he came back on the scene and was normal again and explained all this away with “sorry guys, I got abducted my aliens, but I’m better now” I would totally accept that just because I wanted to.

  • Jess

    The majority of these songs aren’t frightening, but then do make me feel like Halloween. Love this list!

  • Callie

    Also, does anyone do the 5 little pumpkins rhyme/song with their kids?

    The kids from the daycare I used to work at LOVED that song..we would sing it well into November, before we broke out the Christmas music.

  • AnotherEngine

    My two picks:

    Scary Monsters & Super Creeps – David Bowie

    Werewolf Bar Mitzvah – Tracy Jordan

  • perun99

    Add me as another one surprised that the Halloween movie theme didn’t make the cut.

    Two more for your list:

    Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

    Black No. 1 – Type O Negative

  • Thanks for the great list!! I’ve been looking for some Halloween music to play around the house (and hopefully scare the bejesus out of the hubby once he walks in the door). I think O Fortuna would be appropriate for that! LOL

  • #15 is one of the best songs ever. Did you leave off the contributors name, J? I can’t imagine you ever saying ‘the awesomeness which is Ozzy Osbourne’.

  • DiscHuker

    i really expected to see an entire list of thrash metal. good variety. i am glad that you didn’t include anything from rocky horror. i can’t stand that movie.

    maybe should have included the theme from halloween.

  • just keara

    Halloween for me always has to include The Misfits – Halloween

    And pretty much anything from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • tom

    glad to see charlie daniels on the list, but “the legend of woolly swamp” is more associated with Halloween than “devil went down to georgia”.

  • Sneakers O’ Toole

    Yay i wuv 15 14 10 9 7 3 1 i think i shall use them at my party

  • kbenjy

    I think I’ll hide a recording of #6 in my kids’ room and play it at about mdnght.

    I was hoping Thriller would be number 1!

  • Omegakain

    I’m kind of disappointed that “Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons wasn’t on this list. I consider it a halloween classic more than 11-15.

  • Kittykat73

    Aww man, you gotta admit, Thriller rocks! I love that dance. :) I remember when it first came out. A load of neighbours came round ours to watch it (In the day!) and I was banished to the kitchen as my mum said it was scary and would give me nightmares.
    This is a great fun list, thanks. :0 Listened to number 2, The Addams Family and The Monster Mash. Great fun!
    Happy early Halloween everyone! :D

  • Great list. I remember hiding under my blanket the first time I saw the music video for Thriller. And Alice Cooper in general is scary.

  • Kristin

    What about that song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show….damn it whats the name of it!!! Lol!

  • Francisco

    Great List! I love Tubular Bells

  • Omegakain

    Why isn’t the theme from Halloween (Michael Myers) and Tubular Bells on the list? Are they not *party* oriented enough?

  • Papavitch

    Awesome list! Bark at the moon will always be the best guitar hero song ever in my mind ;).

    Also, I’d give my left leg to be able to play the fiddle like that Charlie Daniels guy.

  • MzFly

    I think it’s been said but I would include some songs from Rocky Horror and the original Halloween movie. That song always has the ability to creep me out and have me looking over my shoulder.

  • xKaylax

    Kristin: The Warp?

  • xKaylax

    Oh, and nice list :D
    I’m glad Manson is on here, though I probably wouldn’t have chosen This is Halloween. If I was Your Vampire is a lot more spooky in my opinion, but I love Manson so I’m a little biased. :p
    And I kind of figured Monster Mash would be included.

  • bigski

    I didn`t know White Zombie did a cover of Im Your Boogie Man,very cool indeed. Charlie Daniels is awesome on the fiddle also.Let`s leave the comedy to the pros. Ha Ha !

  • xKaylax

    Oh, and Omegakain… Tubular Bells IS on the list. It’s number five…

  • jamdead

    Been a lurker for quite a while, but this list got me off my butt to comment! One of my favorites would be “Hell” by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Just can’t sit still when it’s playing. I also agree with Dawn Bearer…Ave Satani!

  • What about “Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons (not to be confused with KISS’ Demon)? Or “Then She Bit Me” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?

  • stugy

    Great list, as usual. As soon as I finished reading it I wondered where Psycho Killer and Black Magic Woman were. First in omissions. Again it’s like this site read my mind. Happy Halloween

  • drgleockler

    Can’t forget Halloween and Halloween II by the Misfits, but you could probably just add their entire catalog.

  • Zri

    Finally decided to register and start commenting so as not to talk to my computer when I had an opinion on these lists. ^-^

    Sadly most of these don’t strike me as “Halloween” songs, but then again my idea of Halloween songs are the cover of This is Halloween and I’m Your Boogie Man, the only two current metal songs on here.

    Another song that should have been included, just for creepiness alone is the theme to Rosemary’s Baby.

  • Chris

    Thriller scared me every time it came on MTV when I was a kid!

  • Brickhouse

    Seriously great list! I hadn’t though of Bach, but it’s so true. I love Halloween and I’m sure I’ll use some of these myself… Maybe throw some on at work. :)

  • Brickhouse

    Chris: Thriller scared me on TV, too… And Vincent Price on it creeped me out.

  • Brickhouse

    Zri: You registered *just* to officially comment?? I’m sure the iPod had nothing to do with it… ;)

  • Elsa

    awesome list.I loved Alice Cooper’s concept album when it came out.It used to freak my sister out when it got to the “Steven” song……

    damn…..hadn’t thought about that album in years.Alice was light years ahead of his time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs9K49EhdS0

  • chemical_echo

    Definitely have to agree with Thriller. It’s so widely used and popular, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard the song, or doesn’t even know part of the dance.

  • Ernie The Wino

    Here’s my own Halloween Party List: (I work as wine director at a private Country Club, and it was my responsibility to create a playlist)

    1. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
    2. Grim Grinning Ghosts – Haunted Mansion Ride
    3. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave
    4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Grieg
    5. Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens
    6. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
    7. Scary Monsters – Bowie
    8. Season Of The Witch – Donovan
    9. Theme From The Munsters
    10. Hell – Squirrell Nut Zippers
    11. Trio In E-Flat – Schubert
    12. March Of The Gallows – Berlioz
    13. Chant Of The Paladin – Dead Can Dance
    14. Marian – Sisters Of Mercy
    15. Movement Of Fear – Tones On Tail
    16. I Put A Spell On You – Marilyn Manson

  • Elsa

    PS.none of the links are working for me…….

  • Elsa

    Brickhouse…….Alice (speaking of the devil) did the Vincent Price thing first..and better, if ya ask me.

  • marykerbie

    I wish they would do a remake of Thriller. With all the current special effects, they could make it awesomely scary!

    sorry if this gets posted more than once. I keep getting an error when I hit submit.

  • esotericstyle

    Hmm, third time trying to post this comment, maybe this time it will work.

    I highly reccomend the older albums of the band Dir En Grey for Halloween parties. They are a Japanese Visual Kei group, so haunting imagery is sort of expected. Their tracks “-Zan-” and “Mask” are great examples of lead vocalist Kyo’s brilliant cackling.

  • infallibleangel

    Here’s one that many of you probably never heard:

    “Shoes Upon the Table”, by Willy Russell, written for Blood Brothers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6-22iLcSGU

  • Elsa

    esotericstyle.having some troubles posting as well.

    *kicks her computer*

    Vincent was on his TV special back in the mid 70’s…unheard of programming for the time…

    Meant to add that but was busy re-visiting his music on youtube.

    Jamie.thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite albums from back in the day…….

  • S.D.Schaffer

    There are two songs off the eclectic album “Invisible Means” by the brilliant musicians French,Frith,Kaiser Thompson. Whose resumes include such diverse bands as Henry Cow, Captain Beefheart and Fairport Convention.

    “Now that I’m Dead” by John French, a scathing atack on the music industry’s penchant for making money off of dead artists, sung in the appropriate Bela Lugosi style.
    “Now that I’m dead, I’m finally making a living”

    Also Killing Jar written by Richard Thompson is a dark and murderous ditty appropriate for the holiday.

    How about An Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon? It may be an upbeat tune but don’t you folks listen to the lyrics? Pretty damn twisted, perfect for halloween. Enjoy.

  • tofingerpaintisnotasin

    I went to hershey park in the dark and heard just about every one of these songs.
    F-YES for halloween!!

  • Brickhouse

    Ernie the Wino: Interesting list! :) I’d throw MM’s “I’d Put a Spell on You” in the mix. Nice!

  • Brickhouse

    ** I agree with MM’s song on *your* list, that is… I realize that sounded odd. :S

  • caStroY

    Nice list… kinda knew Thriller was gonna be number 1…

    I would have liked to see the Halloween Song (from the movie), that one usually makes it on my lists… Theres so many remixes anyone can find one that suits them…

  • nygel

    yeah, the halloween theme song i hear quite a bit. I expected Monster Mash to be number 1, for some reason i completely forgot about the existence of thriller though.

  • pokeyjoe

    Monster Mash has to be number one. A must hear at every halloween party- or any party for that matter.

  • neathy

    No ‘Dead Mans Party’ by Oingo Boingo ?, no ‘Boris the Spider’by The Who ? no ‘Little Demon’ or ‘Frenzy’ by Screamin Jay ?, no ‘Fire’ by A. Brown ?

    And for ironys sake I would include Screamin’ Jays’ version of ‘You Made Me Love You’, an old love song in which SJH sounds like he’s killing someone or something. ( possibly the microphone ).

  • Bubina

    Some great ideas for the Hallowe’en Party! What about “Ghost Town” by the Specials? :)

  • Katie

    As I started reading this list I was wondering if you were going to include Monster Mash or Thriller and was pleased to see them at number 3 and number 1 respectively.

    A few of the other songs never struck me as Halloween songs but now that I think about it fits. Great list

  • Christine

    Wow, I’ve never heard of most of these songs. Cool list, good ones to add to my collection for Halloween.

    My fave is an oldie but a goldie – Monster Mash =). I was going to say Purple People Eater, but I notice it’s in the Notable Extras…

  • Christine

    I mean, I was going to say, “What about Purple People Eater?” but then I noticed it in the extras.

  • Niallags

    I’m glad to see Ghostbusters and The Addams Family – Two of the best themes ever, never mind the halloween stuff!

    Great list.

  • suintamo

    I agree, Screamin’ Jay Hawkings should definitely be on this list =D

  • Absolutely fabulous list, especially as I’ve been trying to find out the name of the piece, O Fortuna, for years! You’ve just handed me the answer to my quest.
    In all seriousness, this really is one of the best lists of late. I like the mix of music, classical to metal…a little something for everyone, and a taste of everything for those of us who might not have listened to some genre’s otherwise.
    Good thinking jfrater!

    Now, gotta check to see if I’m registered…

  • sidvish

    Monster Mash is more of a St. Valentine’s Day song to me… anyone else?

  • 8rustystaples

    Wow, no theme from “Halloween”? I thought it would surely make the list after seeing “Tubular Bells.”
    Maybe this should have been a top 20 list. Other notable absences:

    “I Put a Spell on You” by Screaming Jay Hawkins
    “Hey There Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
    “Halloween” by The Misfits (actually, most of their catalogue is appropriate
    “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
    “Cold Ethel” by Alice Cooper (again, most of his catalogue fits this category
    “Psycho Bitches Out of Hell” by HorrorPops
    “Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

    You know, this list could go on for days…

  • Spence425

    “devil went down to georgia” – not so much. love the song, but not as a halloween song.

    “monster mash” should be number one in my opinion. it’s the widest ranging halloween song…for kids and adults alike at numerous events.

  • ChuChu

    Love this version of Monster Mash by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPEzhhkgpn8

    During Halloween I’m also partial to Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo, The Munsters Theme and the soundtrack to the Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • HandyMandy

    I remember my sister and I having the record “Thriller”. I think I was five, yeah it was scary then. Scary now too, but as the list said for different reasons. I loooove Rob Zombie, I bet it’s Halloween at his house all the time! The notable mentions made me laugh. “Devil Woman”, my husband said all his friends would sing that to him when we started dating!! Everybody have a safe one!

  • orff

    My dad used to think they said “There’s a bathroom on the right,” not, “There’s a bad moon on the rise,” in the CCR song Bad Moon Rising.

    I always picture gladiators going to war, or something like that, when I hear Carmina Burana.

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  • Bob

    Most people read this site from work. Most people have YouTube blocked at work. Most people wish you’d stop with the video lists.

  • Sammaji

    Okay, how scary are those red eyes and teeth for #7? Definitely sent a tingle down my spine. EEK!

  • willbear

    I still love listening to Thriller. Interesting #6 and #2, I assumed that they were made specifically for horror movies or scary scenes. The Exorcist one still gives me the creeps!

  • Mom424

    Great list Jamie! The only disappointment, mentioned by a few other folks already, is the omission of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is played in countless theaters at midnight on Halloween. Tim Curry in drag is nothing but scary.

  • knight_forked

    Nice list! Well, numero uno came as no surprise :)

    By the way free delivery at doorsteps joke reminds me of the sign to be put at sex offenders’ doors “No candy at this residence,” I don’t think its really that great an idea why not also add something explicit and scary at the doors.

  • cwizz

    Monster mash is absolutely amazing.

    Very happy to see Nightmare Revisited song by Manson

  • Melody Kitn

    Definitely with everyone who’s mentioned “I Put A Spell On You”, except the rendition I remember the most is from watching Hocus Pocus (a favorite for a silly Halloween laugh).

    Loving the Addams family just because it’s such a catchy tune, and seeing Monster Mash because it always plays at least once in any small party.

    Ultimate favorite on the list, however has got to be Toccata And Fugue, Halloween or not.

  • My mom says that anything by Atreyu or my favorite band Cradle of Filth could be Halloween music.

  • toria_jean

    Thriller being number one was no suprise!
    I just knew it would be on here.

    great list btw!

  • PhantomBanker

    No-one so far has mentioned the Eagles’ “Witchy Woman”. Not sure if it should be listed, but perhaps an honorable?

    BTW: If I post these and then register later, would these posts be included in the drawing?

  • DiscHuker

    bob: most people don’t fit into your “most people” category. i don’t check the list from work. don’t have you tube blocked anyway. and i like the video lists.

    if you don’t like something, come out and express your opinion clearly. don’t try to hide behind the idea that you are doing the rest of us a favor.

  • YogiBarrister

    A good halloween video.

    http://tinyurl.com/3zytve

  • YogiBarrister

    Here’s a good one from Buck Naked and the Bare Bottom Boys, “Teenage Pussy fron Outer Space”.
    http://tinyurl.com/5utkfq

  • cuppycake7387

    Thriller will always be number once. I remember watching it as a kid and actually being scared to go outside…in the day light. lol the video still gives me the creeps

  • 127. Bob: I really find it unduly annoying when someone uses “Most people” when they mean “I” simply because there’s safety in numbers. Even artificial numbers.
    People with any intelligence at all, and with the capacity for delayed gratification, will wait until *after* work to play the videos. Has this not occurred to you?
    I am lucky, I don’t read LV from work, I love the videos. If, however, I were working, I would save LV for my afterwork treat, and do my work while at work.
    WOW! What a concept!

  • Ellycat

    I also like I put a Spell on You from Hocus Pocus. Werewolves of London is awesome! Now I have that song stuck in my head…”oooooooo werewolves of london!!”

  • Mike

    Great list – I’d like to add Modest Mussorsgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. We play it every Halloween! I’ve included a link to the clip from Disney’s original Fantasia, which scared me as a child and was definitely an unfair follow-up to a piece about dancing hippos and ostriches (Dance of the Hours).

    Happy Halloween all

  • Mike

    Ok, NOW I’ll include the link :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Ca_edg6RE

    Sorry about that.

  • YogiBarrister

    15 songs and you couldn’t list this one. I’ll take this video over THRILLER any old scary night of the week, but if you really want a fright, check out Courtney Love’s version of this Halloween classic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMlp_rU0kgs&feature=related

  • jhm27

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is the greatest song ever.

  • maximuz04

    Yeh I agree with thriller for #1, good list

  • logar

    Whoever said Werewolf Bar Mitzvah – Tracy Jordan, I’ll have to give a huge second (third, whatever) to-

    Boys becoming Men, Men becoming Wolves. It doesn’t get any better than that.

    Spooky-Scary!

  • segue: It is definitely the most diverse list I have ever written :)

  • DiscHuker

    i remember seeing the pemiere of “thriller” at the local roller rink when i was about 2nd grade. on that huge screen in the dark, when videos were still a new concept, scared the crap out of me. and vincent price in surround sound when there was all sorts of people i didn’t know skating around in the relative dark. *shiver*

  • littleboots

    Well, if its going to be a long party…must have more…Foo Fighters, maybe The Pretender. Also, any song by Leonard Cohen would be good, he can sing anything and make it kinda creepy…remember natural born killers? oh yeah!

  • macabresoren

    I love this list. Being a fan of all things dark and weird, I feel like I should have some big list of suggestions, but my head’s to icky and foggy with sick to think of it. I was gonna be very sad if #2 wasn’t on here. XD

  • jajdude

    Bent guns, g, but no black metal??? No Darkthrone, no Burzum, no Bathory?

  • Mom424

    Wow Segue, you’re deserving of the Nobel prize for economics. Work at work; wonder why no-one else ever thought of that? And likely the same folks who despair all the jobs that are now located in other countries are the ones to whom the concept is most foreign.

    Can’t watch videos at work Bob? Good!

  • Csimmons

    I have a little suspicion that this will be a big list….

  • Pura

    Nice list.
    I must say, I’m kinda disappointed creature Feature wasn’t on here…

  • midknight

    I really enjoyed the list. I love how their were classic music pieces from classic Halloween film were used.

  • logar

    I just thought of a couple- “Cry Little Sister” from Lost Boys always creeped me out, and would be thrown into the party for pure nostalgia (It’s not a great party/dance song).

    “Space Lord” by Monster Magnet- This is a good party song… Not very scary, but it has horror/sci-fi themes.

  • Kreachure

    Nice choices, but you totally missed Toccata and Fugue in D Minor!! Just the first 5 seconds are enough to scare you (and get you right into the spirit of Halloween)!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDC_oSAE1bU

    I would also recommend Night on Bald Mountain, which is sinister and scary (but bordering on the cartoony), although I don’t know how Halloween-ey that one is nowadays:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_0GekZl7YA

  • jane

    I’m telling you, that picture icon for this category is what Michael Jackson really looks like. Love “Thriller”, though.

    Pink IPod Jane the “Librarian”

  • 142. Ellycat: Two great songs. I Put A Spell On You was a good year ’round song, a sort of weird, sad love song.
    Werewolves of London is one of the primo Halloween songs.
    Aaaaaooooooooooooooo

  • 154. Mom424
    Wow Segue, you’re deserving of the Nobel prize for economics. Work at work; wonder why no-one else ever thought of that?
    ****
    Mom, I do what I can, where I can.

  • Jono

    One of my favourite Halloween themed songs is Monsters by Matchbook Romance.
    Astute Guitar Hero players will recognize the song as being from Guitar Hero 3.

    I didn’t see much organ music on the list though, organs are the scarest single instrument. The scariest organ I ever heard was in Bristol Cathedral when the organ player was practicing. The acoustics made it sound extremely creepy.

  • 149. jfrater
    segue: It is definitely the most diverse list I have ever written :-)
    ****
    You get my undying thanks for letting me know the name of one of my favorite pieces of music, O Fortuna.
    And I checked, I am, indeed, registered. I did it so long ago I had no recollection of it but it absolutely means I’m in the running for the prizes!
    TA-DA!

  • DK

    I’m so totally bummed right now! for absolutely no reason whatsoever…my computer is not playing thise videos! they each start to play & then stop 1 second in. When I go to youtube directly, I get no sound:(

  • tyler

    devil went down to georgia!

  • Meg

    Weeeee! Thriller! XD

  • infallibleangel

    Werewolf Bar Mitzvah – Tracy Jordan

    Definitely! Why didn’t I think of that one?

  • DiscHuker

    kreachure: did you read the list?

  • Great list. I try to listen to (even though some people think it odd) Thriller every so often, keep it fresh in my mind. I’m glad to see that one at number one! The video for the song is even very fun to watch to get ‘into the mood’ of things:) Scary stuff…

    There are some songs on the Queen of the Damned movie soundtrack that remind me of Halloween oh so much, as well. Different OVERALL theme (vampires and what not) but it still fits in with Halloween and the general theme of Halloween.

    Either way, great list!

  • Valencio

    Most of the songs on the list make remember me bunch of things. But Thriller! Oh God! It pass on TV on every Halloween so it remember me every single Halloween day I lived since I am 4 years old! I am glad that it is on first place!

    Also the bollywood version of Thriller is a good one! Haha!

  • McCarty293

    Awesome, awesome list, I’ll have to go about procuring some of these tracks in preparation for the big night.

  • raven

    nice list, get to do the thriller dance for a halftime show with my band

  • If you want to watch a movie which is scary through and through, and filled with a sound track which will send shivers down every nerve in your body, rent “The Hunger”…and don’t plan on sleeping that night.

  • As for #6, O Fortuna – Carl Orff, I never knew the name of this! Thanks for that, I’d like to listen to this while driving around town:)

    Also makes great background music for reading (any type of book in my case, but some people might be more prone to read one type or the other with certain musics being played.)

  • nexam

    I think the AFI version of Halloween by the Misfits is awesome

  • MPW

    Some very good songs! Thriller was a perfect choice for number 1. Honorable mention: The Monster Mash

  • Dan

    NEEDS some E Nomine on here!

    Mitternacht (Midnight) is an incredible one, so is Das Tier in Mir (the animal in me). Mixing pounding music with latin chorals and predominantly growled german lyrics, they’re a solid choice for any Halloween party.

    You could also probably toss in anything by the Cruxshadows,, or indeed their entire genre.

    I’m disappointed the musical scope of this list is so mainstream and narrow: face it, Halloween is the one night a non-goth can get away with listening to Darkwave.

  • Isaac

    yeaaa thriller :D

  • islanderbst

    more appreciation for the info, love that o fortuna but didnt know the name (like a lot of others i see :)

    but where is “Freaks come out at night” by whodini???

  • Lynn in Oregon

    Yay.. fun list Jamie!

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet (I didn’t see it anyway), but there is a great Halloween song that I used in a short film I made with some neighborhood kids.

    The song is called ‘No Costume No Candy’ and it’s by the Swingin’ Neckbreakers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKdCshNM0q0

    Happy Halloween Everyone! :)

  • Nicolelodeon

    Nice list. I definitely agree with #1!!

    CAUSE THIS IS THRILLER!…

  • Lynn in Oregon

    If this is a repeat… sorry, but my comment seems to have disappeared.

    This is a fun list Jamie, and I actually knew all the songs that made it :)

    Thanx!

    Another good Halloween song that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is called ‘No Costume No Candy’ and it’s by the Swingin’ Neckbreakers.. It’s a great one if you like Halloween and Rockabilly (and who doesn’t??!!) :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKdCshNM0q0

    Happy Halloween Everyone!

  • Kreachure

    DiscHuker: Indeed I didn’t. I just quickly browsed through it and the comments. I seriously didn’t see #2, and I blame ADD. (And work. I’m busy, dammit!) :(

  • MT

    Good list J. I’ve heard most of these songs but never knew who to attribute them to.

    I think Rockwell’s hit “Somebodys Watching Me” is a good Halloween themed song.

  • Ranger

    Where is “Halloween” By the misfits? i mean cmon… “Dead cats hangin’ on poles” where are there better lyrics?

  • ListReader

    I have more songs to add to my Halloween party playlist now, Great List…And what would a party be without Thriller?

  • sarahenity

    Oh I love Marilyn Manson’s cover of “This is Halloween”, I remember seeing it performed live on Jay Leno and it was awesome :D

    Anyway, this list just makes me wish halloween were a little bigger over here in Australia…

  • snackerjack

    Kid Rock totally killed that warewolves in london song.

  • snackerjack

    I meant werewolves (obv).

  • lizzypop82

    Great list…I was surprised to see the Halloween movie theme not on the list…I use it for a ringtone for my phone every October

  • Avi

    I love this List. i knew half of these would be on the list. Thanks also for adding Bach as #2. i have been dying to know what the name of that piece was.

  • trumpetmaster

    i played Thriller in a halloween parade with my marching band (WCUMB!!!) and i’m surprised that Superstition isn’t on this list, that’s another great halloween song, that WCUMB also played last year.

  • punk4life77

    love the songs
    especially manson and the exorcist song!

  • miralea

    Most of these songs have now wound up on the music playlist for the Halloween party we’re having here…Crazy fun.

  • great list
    i just love halloween. its my favorite holiday
    i like panic at the disco’s version of “this is halloween”. they also did a cool song called “its almost halloween” thats worth looking up.
    i like the michael jackson joke too. it gets a “lol”

  • mpdwag

    Wow, I’m glad that “The Raven” made the list. I had a 9th grade English Teacher who played the whole “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” album in class for us while we were studying Poe. I still love it!
    Great list.

  • 177. MPW: Some very good songs! Thriller was a perfect choice for number 1. Honorable mention: The Monster Mash
    ****
    Been missing you, buddy. You have to hang around more often, your wit is sorely missed.

  • ajensen87

    no Saint-Saens Danse Macabre? still a great list

  • 803cpkeenan

    Love this list. Good Job

  • 803cpkeenan

    The 14-minute video is regarded by many as the greatest music video of all-time, and the song itself is considered to be one of Jackson’s signature songs.

  • mbpanda

    I’ve always wanted to learn the dance to Thriller. :D
    It is a classic and defenitly deserves to be number 1.

  • 198. ajensen87: no Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?
    ****
    WOW! Did that ever do a number on my memory!
    When I was in grammar school through middle school (it was all one school), we had a weekly music/art session, with classical music being piped into the classroom while we all drew whatever images the music brought to mind.
    I can still remember the day Saint-Saens Danse Macabre was the piece of music (I had no idea what macabre meant, I was maybe 10), and my drawing had willow trees blowing wildly, and dark clouds overhead, with black horses running in the background.
    Kind of weird when you think about it, but accurate.
    That particular program, btw, was one of my favorite hours of the entire week for 8 solid years.
    I don’t think it’s done any longer.

  • Boston24

    What, no Nightmare On My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?

  • As for comment #190, by lizzypop82 – I’ve been waiting for someone to mention that! I was going to say something about it and then decided to see who would be the lucky person. You are!

    I have a tendancy to use that as a ringtone for the month of October as well. Very good I’m not alone:)

    The Halloween theme is certainly one that most people would pick up on (“Oh, I know that!” type).

    I think the list was good in a sense that not everyone knew ALL of these, so it worked out well:) Adding too many familiars might have thrown it off. Great mix up either way.

  • Boston24, posting # 203 – GREAT! I’d forgotten all about that! I don’t think it puts out that “Halloween” feeling that some of these other songs might, but it’s definitely a keeper:)

    Thank you for that, I’m going to have a listen or two.

  • astraya

    I heard the theme from Danse Macabre a few days ago on Korean tv, but I’ve completely forgotten the context (drama or advertisement). I learned it in first year high school. There is a pipe organ arrangement of it. I *had* a CD by an organist who conducted one of the choirs I was in, played on the same organ as clip number 2. I *had* it. Somewhere along the way I lost it. Most of my CDs are in cardboard boxes in Australia, anyway.

  • j.walk

    I agree that Thriller should be number one. :)

  • Aadilz

    Wow I agree almost 100% with this list.

    There have been two halloween parties at my school the last two weeks. The one last wednesday played everything on this list. The one tonight played everything but 14 and 15.

    Pretty interesting but I think this list, even though it’s one of those fun ones, pretty much nailed it.

  • Lammy

    No “Spooky” by Classics IV? That’s a great halloween party song!

  • alimf92

    I really enjoyed this playlist, Halloween being one of my favorite days. I totally agree that “Thriller” is #1. People may not respect Michael Jackson as a person, but he is sure one hell of an artist.

  • atulajith

    Im from India so we dont have Haloween. But here we just celebrated a national festival where Ram (hindu god) slays a demon and returns back to his native land. Guess holidays everywhere are at around the same time. [:)] btw.. Ghostbusters is an awesome movie and an even better song. Love the Be Kind, Rewind version of it too… rofl

  • davien

    Ok 3rd attempt: Apologies if this shows up multiple times!

    I would add a few more metal tunes. Metal is the perfect Halloween music.

    A few suggestions: Halloween by Helloween, Fear Of The Dark by Iron Maiden, Seasons In The Abyss or Dead Skin Mask by Slayer (Or just about anything by Slayer), Black Sabbath by Black sabbath, and The Ripper by Judas Priest.

  • trumpetmaster

    oh, i’d also add I Put a Spell on You, from Hocus Pocus. that’s a good one too.

  • cheryllyn

    Great list. I had forgotten how much I like “Werewolves of London.” And yeah, “Thriller” does belong at #1.

  • Panic

    Well, I kind of hate The Devil Went Down To Georgia.
    Also, it really isn’t scary at all, at least not in the way that’s being implied…
    And how is it even possible to choose Manson’s version of This Is Halloween over Panic at the Disco’s?
    I’m assuming by “spookier” you meant that his/her version was, in general, a worse song; so much worse that it would cause the listener to fear for music itself…
    Manson is a retarded musician, and I think he/she should just give it a rest…

  • Lizzie

    Great list. Although we don’t really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, it’s still fun to think what you might play if you had a party. :D

    I’d have included more AC/DC – Highway to Hell, Hells Bells, Back in Black; also a couple of Rocky Horror songs – Science Fiction, Time Warp; Black Magic Woman – Santana; more CCR – Midnight Special; Voodoo Child – Rogue Traders.

    Hmmm, maybe next year I’ll have a party anyway. ;)

  • Panic

    Also, I think “What’s This?” would have been a good addition, original or FOB version.
    I’m partial to the FOB version, myself.

  • toni-m

    hehe monster mash is the best :D

  • ChuChu

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor always conjures up images of Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera :O

  • stugy

    The most creepy music I have ever heard was listening to Pink Floyd in a dark room on a pair of really good headphones from vinyl. That can really freak someone out. Just try Dark Side of the Moon alone.

  • Angharad

    I’m glad Thriller is number 1. Old Michael Jackson (pre-super-insanity Michael Jackson) is good, but Thriller is great. It’s just fun!

    And as much as I adore Don’t Fear the Reaper, it’s not exactly a Halloween song, so it’s good that it’s not *actually* on the list. ;)

  • pinkdustcrisp

    music by boards of canada ought to be on this list… for a very psychedelic halloween

  • Hillery

    I am flabbergasted “Dead Man’s Party” isn’t on the list. Seriously. Not only is it always on the play list at every Halloween party I’ve ever been to (unlike some of the songs on this list…), but I genuinely love that song. Since it was written by the same author as, and is the predecessor to #7’s Danny Elfman, it really needs a place. I am officially submitting my disappointment.

    Furthermore, I can’t even win the prize, because I have never been able to fully register. It never sends me an email, though that’s never been a problem registering for any other site. Surely that’s enough to win me a nano? (My iPod recently broke… a month after the warranty expired… I’m really miserable here… )

  • “Cause this Is Thriller, Diller Night!”

  • munro

    don’t fear the reaper is a tight tune. i loved that it was on rockband!

  • sharlu

    we had to sing o fortuna for choir . . it did sound quite eerie! . . and the monster mash ahaha as i was reading i new it was going to come up . . we did the mash!

  • strych9

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

    Ho god. I’ve had that ringtone on my mobile for AGES (used for family members who call, hehe) and I STILL jump at the striking half trill of the intro when my phone rings. Now THAT’s what I call a horror song.

    BTW, was kinda expecting Chopin’s “Funeral March” here.

  • Rusty

    The soundtrack to Eraserhead could be playing in the background under every other song – and then there is the vain hope of “in heaven everything is fine”…

  • Anon E. Mouse

    Panic: That’s YOUR opinion. I’m quite inclined to think that FOB and Panic! At the Disco are a bunch of tired, overrated, overused emo rags. But that’s MY opinion, which I won’t shove on anyone. Eh… And Manson is male.

    My thinking for why the Manson version was included is because it has a harsher, grinding tone, which is regarded by most as scarier. This is in contrast to (no offense meant) Panic!’s tendency to sing higher and slightly… I guess lighter.

    There are a few Tool songs that are downright creepy that could mesh well on the list… Just can’t remember the names of them right now.

  • Maelstorm

    That Rob Zombie songs is one of his worst

    you should have done either Living Dead Girl or Dragula

    but i was quite delighted none the less to see him in this list

  • JwJwBean

    Never heard some of these songs. Others I suggested for a friends Halloween party mix a few years ago. I think I also suggested Tool – Sober.

  • PunkPenguin5

    Well I must say that I am impressed with the diversity of this list….We have metal, goth, classical, country, 60’s, pop, theme songs…..seriously very well done. Maybe one of the most diverse and well put together list on here…I am very proud (not that you need my approval). I am a huge fan of listverse (IMO) greatest site ever. I was excited to see Marilyn Manson (His music has something a little creepy about it and he him self has a great sense of costuming)also CCR although I am realatively young I am a big fan of CCR. Although thriller may not be the creepest Halloween song Michael Jackson might have the creepest Halloween costume. I have heard most of these songs and again I must say very impressive list.

  • PunkPenguin5

    216 Panic: Wow I am kind of irritated about the whole Manson thing….A. he has been around way longer than your main stream happy ‘Panic At The Disco’ band (not that I don’t like them because I do)B. The man is brilliant. Have you ever seen his interviews? Have you ever read any of his stuff? Seen his art work? He is probably one of the most intelligent musicians of his time IMO. C. No one does a cover like Manson (sweet dreams, tainted love, personal jesu, etc….)He is a born performer…He knows how to sell himself and does it well. Okay well I will stop ranting now just came across your comment and had to post.

  • ocelot67

    You’re nowhere without Ministry’s Everyday Is Halloween and the Apotheosis version of Carl Orff’s O Fortuna.

  • blacksunshine

    I’m a little worried about the fact that I have most of these songs on my playlist all year long. And as has been said before it makes me sad that Rocky Horror Picture Show had not even a mention. :( But good list overall.

  • Bwkee

    Number 2 is perfect for atmosphere….I am trying to find a good CD of Funeral Dirges and similar organ music….

  • Jennie

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is absolutely mesmerising.

  • Heroajax

    Awesome job on this list. Finally I have found the names of two songs that have been driving me crazy for years. O Fortuna and Toccata and Fugue. FINALLY!!!!! Thanks so much. :-)

    Although how does Time Warp not make the list? That was kind of a big oversight. Great list though.

  • lnehansen

    Thriller is definitely #1, but I think the video adds a lot to making it scary. I still have nightmares when I see that video. Also, I think “Don’t Fear the Reaper” should be on the list (even though it is notable extra) because that song is pretty awesome. Also, whether you like the song or not, that Fall Out Boy video with all the vampires is pretty good for Halloween theme.

  • At least “Purple People Eater” was in the “Notable Extras” portion. Not only an awesome song, but an awesome movie. Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Screech . . . a dream cast.

  • DRay

    Monsters’ Holiday!

  • mournblade

    Bauhaus: “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
    The Cramps: “Voodoo Idol”

    Well, pretty much anything from the two above-mentioned bands.

  • THEKID

    Time Warp? Time Warp anyone?

  • bigski

    I didn`t know Halloween wasn`t celebrated in Aussie Land ! It`s lotsa fun.

  • beyondinvisible

    I like CCR’s ‘Bad moon rising’ but it just doesn’t give me the shivers. Now, ‘don’t fear the reaper’ is definitely scarier.

  • Seanithan

    Shweet list good sir.

  • Bettty

    What a fun list. Thiller used to give me nightmares. And nice to see the Marilyn version of This is Halloween.

  • Cedestra

    127. Bob: Most people wished you’d shut the f up, get back to work, and watch the videos at home. “Most people” was created by you to make you feel like your voice was speaking for someone else, when it isn’t.
    119. segue: If you enjoy O Fortuna, Enigma did an entire album experimenting with that song called The Screen Behind the Mirror. The song “Gravity of Love” heavily samples it- that was the major single off the album.
    174. segue: Faces of Death is pretty creepy, too.
    221. stugy: Interesting. Maybe my time when I was heavily into that was different then yours: I remember listening to it while reading Stephen Kings “Eye of the Dragon” and pining away for my boyfriend while I was on vacation. It’s a lot sunnier in my mind.
    223. pinkdustcrisp: Oh, do I love Boards of Canada. ROYGBIV is my favorite, but not as creepy as pyschadelic.
    226. munro: Good call.

  • NinjaBoy

    Kind of an odd one:

    The Greenskeepers – Lotion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ToNZHG5KHw

    Taking lyrics from the script of Silence of the Lambs…

  • Kreachure

    220. ChuChu: You read my mind! He was so scary, especially when they take his mask off, eep!

    244. THEKID: Finally! I hoped someone would mention it! I thought I was the only one who considered Time Warp at least a little Halloween-ey!

  • Kreachure

    Ugh, I forgot to say: that tiny Michael Jackson pic is giving me the CREEPS! :P

  • copperdragon

    Dead Mans Party
    Funeral March of the Marionettes (Hitchcock’s theme)
    Witchcraft
    I cast a Spell on You
    Hell’s Bells
    Don’t fear the Reaper
    Ghostbusters (and Ray Jr’s other hit – Somebody’s watching me)
    Monster Mash
    Werewolves of London
    Thriller
    Tocatta and Fugue (is the very definition of Halloween music!!)

  • copperdragon

    Is that really how MJ looks now? Yikes!

  • lsicoli

    …agree with a few others – definitely need more cowbell to this list….Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult…

  • copperdragon

    oops – i guess that’s Rockwell’s “Somebody’s watching me”.

    also, how about “People are Strange” or the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”. not scary really, but they fit the Halloween theme

  • 249. Cedestra: Thanks for the musical tips, and thank you also for adding your voice to the Bob problem.

  • IcedEarth

    I really have to agree with the people saying metal is the perfect Halloween music. My Halloween nights are never complete without Helloween.

  • derekouyang

    Thriller is definitely the number one pick. Personally i don’t think metal is the perfect Halloween music… if it were, you’d have metal in ever scary movie, but instead you have the mysterious piano melody with discordant string chords. That’s truly scary.

  • Maxx the Slash

    I recommend the TSOL song “Code Blue” but only for grown-up parties and/or fans of violent, offensive old-school punk songs. WARNING: This song “glorifies” necrophelia. As I said, it’s offensive and only for fans of hardcore punk music.

  • plasticcoatedman

    This is great! I’m going to go home tonight and make a playlist for my party tomorrow. Mostly as an excuse to make people listen to old Alice Cooper :)

    My addition? Nick Cave – Tupelo. Not exactly halloweeny, but really creepy with the thunder and epic-sounding music.

  • jane

    Hey Kreachure . . . I told everyone THAT was Michael Jackson’s real face yesterday, and could you imagine THAT coming to your house asking for candy?!!! Although, I personally think the nose was airbrushed!!!

    HAPPY SPOOKING TO YOU ALL

    You rock, ListVerse (and no, I’m not just saying that to get an IPOD).

  • kat

    very cool list! too bad I’m not having a party. and until I began studying classical music, I always thought that O Fortuna had been written for the Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet movie, since it was the first time I heard it. haha.

  • jane

    Hey, isn’t “Monster Mash” represented by the movie Arsenic and Old Lace?

    Just wondering . . .

    Jane the Librarian

  • pinkdustcrisp

    ok I thought of another good one… Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 from aphex twin. some truely bizzare, creepy atmospheric stuff

  • scrumpy

    Thanks jane. I was just about to ask what the Cary Grant film in the Monster Mash clip was.

    Saved me the effort. erm………..sort of. :)

  • As for post #231 by Maelstorm, good call on the Living Dead Girl. I am not a huge fan of Rob Zombie or anything, but it was good. The first time I heard it was from that Chucky movie that it was featured in (not sure how long it had been out before then) – but it definitely gave the parts of the movie a bit of ambiance that it needed.

  • scrumpy

    Ghost Town by the Specials?

  • esotericstyle

    O Fortuna has always been a horrific song for me. I didn’t realize that it’s name was so unknown. Ever since a nightmarish experience in 5th grade drama club, that song has been cursed. I hear it everytime something bad is about to happen. It will inevitably either play on a website, on the radio, on PBS; it’s somewhat erie. Wonder if I have a family history with it?
    Anyway, I avoided clicking on the YouTube link as a result of above mentioned curse.

  • karolina-di

    Omg! the Monster Mash, scary movies and candy are the reasons that make Halloween soooo much fun. Well worth the wait of a year to hear the Monster Mash….no matter what costume I wear to the parties I can still dance to it..lol

  • Joe

    Tubular Bells is an amazing album. Its kind of sad that thats the only song people know about.

  • chongsmoke

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor should be number one! Its funny because I only like underground rap and classical pieces like this. Keep up the good lists and I would like to see one like Top Ten Lost Palaces/Castles or maybe Top Ten Sharpest Man-made Objects, lol

  • swampsnake

    the entire welcome to my nightmare album was fantastic also glad some one else remembered …hey there little red riding …another good goofy greats type …i want my baby back

  • Michelle

    How about ‘The Time Warp’ from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.. I always watch that movie on Halloween!

  • Mariam67

    I have never heard that version of “This is Halloween”, I love it! Thanks for putting it up! I’ll have to find it somewhere because it is awesome! The other songs are all completely awesome as well, especially the classical bits.

  • Daisy Sowden

    These are good songs!

  • Daisy Sowden

    I use these on my radio station :)

  • riftrider

    I like the tubular bells but I really dont think it sounds that scary. Curse I havent seen the exorcist

  • With all of this talk about the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I just realized I’ve never fully seen it. I’ve seen bits and pieces, that’s about it. Where I live, in Ohio, there’s this local theater that used to ONLY feature that show. Then, the place was closed down and within the last couple of years, reopened as a movie theater, a bar, and now both. Wonder if they are thinking of putting that show back out for old time sake on Halloween? Only time can tell… I suppose it would be cool though, with all of you talking about it, I’d love to see it in all of its glory, at a theater, with the great picture and sound…and a cold beer.

  • karolina-di

    Ok…so I’ve just downloaded most of these songs plus some scary movies themes (Jeepers Creepers, Halloween, Freddyls song,etc) to my phone so i can hear while I take my nephews trick-or-treating…I guess I’ll be jumpy tomorrow if any kid says even a boo!

  • EBeezy

    Great list… I like all of these, but Toccata and Fugue in D Minor has got to be my favorite. It’s a classic.

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  • J

    fantomas’ directors cut is pretty halloween-ish throughout

  • k1w1taxi

    I second Excitable Boy.

    Also Swamp Witch.
    And just about anything from Rocky Horror or Little Shop of Horrors

    Also that song that starts
    Hey Children Whats That Sound
    Everybody Look Whats Going Round

    Cheers
    Lee

  • InfiniteJorge

    The two greatest song on the list our, without a doubt “Thriller” and the Ghostbusters theme. Thriller is timeless though, it was revolutionary when it came out and, like the post said it is still widely played today and generally one of the most well recognized songs.

    We actually just watched the video for Thriller in one of my classes the other day in Halloween spirit, so excellent choice!

    We should do a list of Halloween movies next :P

  • I agree with you, InfiniteJorge, except I’m not volunteering to write that list:)

    Perhaps the great Mr. Frater can take hold and do our bidding?

  • ChrisK74

    How about the Theme to Bram Stoker’s Dracula or the Poltergeist soundtrack

  • cheesedrummer

    This a great list.!!
    I think the only thing scarier than thriller, is possible that indian version internet meme that was around a while ago.
    haha.
    oh also, i love the bach piece.
    a lot of his fugues (with minor tonalities) have some really creepy melodies..

  • Peking P

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgux6aGzb3k

    this beats them all. Everyone sings on this track, everyone.

    Arcade Fire’s Win & Regine + Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald + Beck + R.E.M.’s + Joey Waronker + Buck 65 + Rilo Kiley’s Jenny & Black + David Cross + Roky Erickson + Devendra Banhart + Sloan’s Chris Murphy + Elvira, Mistress of the Dark + Smoosh’s Asya & Chloe + Feist + Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore + Gino Washington + Sparks’ Russel Mael + Les Savy Fav’s Syd Butler + Subtitle + Islands’ J’aime + Sum 41’s Stevo + Malcolm Mclaren + Tagaq + Peaches + That Dog’s Anna Waronker + Postal Service’s Jimmy Tamborello + Wolf Parade’s Dan & Spencer + Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O

    any hallowe’en song with a david cross cameo is a winner in my books…

  • eve

    great list I especially like Marilyn Manson’s version of This is Halloween mostly because I like Tim Burton’s strange sense of bipolar-ness he shows through his work,but what about witchy woman by the eagles, or black magic woman by santana or even stairway to heaven (backmasked)by led zeppelin? Great list!

  • Betsyville

    Monster Mash, of course, a classic.

    However, Thank you for getting Thiller stuck in my head.

  • Aadilz

    I have the ghostbusters theme stuck in my head, I recorded it off of youtube and put it in my iTunes and my iTunes seems to play it (on shuffle) every 2nd song.

  • laxplayer106

    I remember listening to the monster mash in elementary school i loved that song!

  • Taylor O

    You forgot somebody’s watching me by rockwell

  • Shadowski10

    AOOOO000oooooooo Werewolves of london! haha love that song, everytime I hear it the start reminds me of sweet home alabama. Did this song use lynard Skynards work for their song? Great list as always Jamie, new member, old reader. Keep up the good work. This list actually got me in the halloween spirit that I love, remeniscent of so many fall seasons of my youth…well earlier youth lol. Take it easy and enjoy the season big guy!

  • jake

    i gotta say JEEPERS CREEPERS like the old time version will freek you out if u here it and think about it

  • erc

    If you’re into exploring some new music, here’s a playlist of some great indie Halloween songs…
    http://www.youlicense.com/PlayLists/UserPlaylists.aspx?ID=ab0c860c-43d4-489c-bdc1-4df1c9f5890d

    Enjoy!

  • xdr

    Michael Jackson scary?! I had like 8 years when I saw this and didn’t get scared.
    Why didn’t you put Aphex Twin’s “come to daddy”? That freaks me out even now

  • Shadow

    Another good song for any day, but especially today is “Dead Souls” by ‘Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows’. The refrain, “Death and Decay with every spell/For us there’s neither heaven nor is there a Hell”, gives me gooseflesh every time I hear it, especially in the artist’s mournful voice. Here’s a link to the video and song on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IER0WL65VFA

    Enjoy!

  • A lot of Mahler’s later choral works, the things he wrote after losing his son, are full of minor tonalities and eerie overtones. So sad they make you cry while sending shivers down your spine!

  • trumpetmaster

    i also agree with infinitejorge, there definitely needs to be a halloween movie list.

  • izzy

    I really love when they had “monster mash” on the Simpsons valentines day episode

  • Blacknimbus

    “I saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vic’s; his hair was perfect”

  • JBrd328

    I agree that the Marilyn Manson version of “This is Halloween” is way creepier than the original; however, the original will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Oh, and hell yeah to Ghostbuster’s Theme, that funky beat gets me every time, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

  • Brickhouse

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! :D

    (Listening to them now…)

  • Thebrasspioneer

    Hi i’m new here. this is more an experimental post to anything but just to say hi and i would love to meet people here especially trumpet players (like me!! (-:

  • islanderbst

    Chillin’ to some halloween songs and eating my nieces trick r treating candy mmmm…

  • I hadn’t heard the Manson version of This is Halloween before, thanks!
    Nice list as usual :)

  • Brickhouse

    Okay, I just listened to the Marilyn Manson version of This is Halloween – and I don’t prefer it to the movie. It’s good, but I like the different voices throughout the original.

    Thanks for introducing me to that version! I like their version of I Put A Spell On You – which could’ve also made this list. :)

  • baba

    Purple people eater NEEDS to be on this list? How can you leave that song out?

  • ElenaSFA

    jfrater: Absolutly nobody is ever satisfied with your lists huh? Everybody thinks you should make your list based off of all their favorites. Reading a lot of these comments I have started to notice that it probably has to be the most annoying thing ever. I applaud you for not shutting down the site, because it seems to be the majority of your readers think they should be running the site themselves.

  • Brickhouse

    I just realized a glaring omit: Night on Bald Mountain! I love that song and it screams Halloween. That is a must have.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBj4cLqHt4

    baba: Purple People Eater is in the Notable Extras at the bottom.

  • bigski

    K1W1taxi the name of the song your talking about is For What It`s Worth. Performed by Buffalo Springfield. (written by Stephen Stills)

  • e_rika2228

    no time warp? *sad face*

  • Happy Halloween!

    Maybe everyone can travel to the Top 10 Incredible Recordings for tonight and listen to the exorcism or even The Sounds of Hell!!! Mwahha…a bit too much?

    Everyone have a fun night, enjoy the eerie sounds of everything.

  • MelClev

    The entire Nightmare Revisited album is KILLER! I love the Amy Lee version of Sally’s Song. :)

  • Kreachure

    Happy Halloween everyone!

    xdr: Hehe, I think you misunderstood some of the comments. Some of us were saying that a picture of him from nowadays (like the one appearing in this list’s link icon thingie) is pretty scary.

    MJ is far scarier with the way he looks today than when he played a zombie in the thriller video!! :D :D :D

  • MelClev

    I totally forgot to add (why isn’t there an edit comment button??) Sandy Claws!!!!!! The Korn version gets me everytime. I’ll be singing it for the rest of the day!

    Kidnap the Sandy Claws
    Put him in a box
    Burry him 100 years
    Then see if he talks

    :D

  • swampsnake

    when it comes to tubular bells not being scary. i finally got a copy on cd about 5 years ago and im not allowed to listen to it when the wife and daughter are home . it gives them both the hebbie gebbies and they dont even think about the exorcist connection ,the wife doesnt remember and the daughter never saw it. i still think it is one of the best pieces of misic i have ever heard.

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  • Vera Lynn

    Kreature (316)Happy Halloween back atcho.I can only imagine what you are for Halloween, your name being what it is. ;)

  • LOL LOL LOL
    I just came back from my monthly visit with my pain management doc.
    The receptionist was wearing a full kimono get-up. I stared at her for a moment then asked, quite seriously, why she was dressed like that. Everyone in the office turned to look at me simultaneously, at which nanosecond I realized what day it was!
    Happy Halloween all!

  • jhm27

    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is so awesome when you hear the whole thing.

  • jbjr

    Cliff Richard – Devil Woman

    The theme song from Sabrina the Teenage Witch (just kidding sounds just like all other 80’s-90’s sitcoms on abc).

  • Dyliio

    I think monster mash should be #1!

  • Just recently listened to Manson’s ‘This is Halloween’. I like it, pretty nice. I still prefer Mr. Elfman’s work on it, but I’m not downing Manson’s job.

    Either way, great stuff.

  • ERIC_WAX

    GHOSTBUSTERS

  • ERIC_WAX

    Great List

  • trumpetmaster

    dude, Thebrasspioneer, i am a fellow trumpet player!! i’m a trumpet major at West Chester University!! Yeah trumpet players!! happy halloween everyone!!

  • MackZ

    i remember playing monster mash in band 6th grade… i LOVED it!

  • MackZ

    Oh! and I was listening to part of Alice Coopers radio show tonight and he played a lot of really great halloween songs, it was a GREAT night of work :-D Happy Halloween to all of you especially you j_frater

  • esotericstyle

    I’m surprised so many people were unaware of Manson’s “This is Halloween.” I actually found it online on accident while looking for something else, but that was probably 3 years ago. Also, I would like to suggest “Eet the Children” by Otep. It has lots of loud guttural screaming, which is always a good thing.

  • YogiBarrister

    BOO! :) :( ;) ;( :)

  • astraya

    311 Brickhouse: Night on Bald/Bare Mountain is actually about the night of St John’s eve – June 23 – but the concept very easily fits onto Halloween.

  • And the winner is: Brickhouse (comment 108) – Congratulations! Please email me (jamie at frater dot com) with your choice of prizes! Happy Halloween!

  • I45 Start

    What about Beethoven’s 5th? Death knocking at the door? Wanted to have a post that related to the subject :)

  • I45 Start

    Wow, commented 44 minutes too late for the prize :(

  • Liz

    Good list but…

    Where’s witch doctor?

    and you prefer the manson version of this is halloween??
    CLASSIC Danny Elfman. Come on!

  • Lynn in Oregon

    Congratulations Brickhouse! :)

  • bigski

    Grudgingly, I also send my congratations to Brickhouse (I wish I won it) just kiddin.Have A happy November.

  • Gecko

    No suprise at numbers 10 and 3. It just wouldn’t be halloween without them, now would it?

  • Anne

    Why is the Time Warp not on this list????

  • astraya

    Just before, I heard the Danse Macabre coming from the television and raced to look, and it was Yuna Kim skating in last week’s Skate America.

  • Andy

    “Bad Moon Rising” was of course used on the soundtrack to the brilliant movie “An American Werewolf In London”

  • Cedestra

    343. keogh17: Gay? What, is that your mating call?

  • Child_Abuser

    black sabbath by black sabbath should be no.1!

  • Melina

    What about Boris the spider?? I was really expecting that to be first. Also the Exsorcist theme is good.

  • gorgon

    Yes, Melina, Boris the Spider by the Who is good. Daltrey’s vocals are definitely creepy on that track. Of course, I wouldn’t dance to that though. Maybe drink to it, though. Maybe not.

  • Angelique

    This is Halloween by Marylin M, it’s annoying, don’t like it.

  • Good Nads

    For Whom the Bell Tolls-Metallica
    Heaven and Hell-Black Sabbath
    Living after Midnight-Judas Priest
    Sober-Tool
    Frankie Teardrop-Suicide

    These are worth listening to, and I think they would go perfect with Halloween.

  • Georgia

    hahahaa number 6 is from the carlton draught add!
    its a big ad!

  • spike

    my current favorites are marilyn manson’s rendition of “this is halloween,” icp’s “halloween,” metallica’s “enter sandman,” modeste mussorgsky’s “a night on bald mountain,” and anything, ANYTHING by rob zombie. the man’s pores ooze halloween awesomeness.

  • JFrater, I have been checking out your site for about a month now and in this list you have helped me find several songs I have been looking for for some time. Awesome.

  • Delia

    You had every single song I would have put on there, including the MM This Is Halloween! Great list, great songs, definate Halloween feel to all of them!

  • live_obsessions

    Some of these songs reminded me of a song from Nightmare Before Christmas I’m surprised that was not one of them…Man I wish I could remember the name of the song though

  • wolvesofodin

    Where is Night on Bald Mountain? I remeber the first time I ever heard it was in Fantasia, and I thought it was the PERFECT Halloween song. Very ominous sound to it, I woiuld play it at any party I had.

  • Daisy

    Hi,

    These Halloween songs remind me of a dark night where its raining and ghosts are singing theses songs. i don’t have a collection of Halloween songs ,but will love to have one. Anybody who can suggest me.

  • Boo

    dude where’s the Rob Zombie stuff? preferably “Dragula”, “Living Dead Girl”, and “House of 100 Corpses” (yes, he made a song along with the movie. and it’s brutal.)

  • Dad

    Great list ofHalloween songs. I would like to see The number of the beast on the list.

  • Dad

    Great list of Halloween songs. I would like to see The number of the beast on the list.

  • calebm

    they should have Included Don’t fear the reaper in this list

  • calebm

    they also should have included bela lugosi’s dead

  • calebm

    The time warp would also have been good. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqHqFV22kNs&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]

  • calebm

    of course, no one could forget thriller
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kNP3jogfek&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]

  • calebm

    To answer your question,Daisy, you can find collections of halloween music just about anywhere. I’m sure there are a few good one.

  • calebm

    phantombanker was right. they should have included witchy woman

  • calebm

    there were also several songs at least worth a good honorable mention such as-
    Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
    Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf
    Super Freak – Rick James
    Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix

  • calebm

    this list should have had much more heavy metal in it.

  • calebm

    They probably also should have had the talking head’s Psycho Killer
    and the who’s Boris the spider

  • natapillar

    i never MM did a version of This Is Halloween. it is going on my WANTED list right now!!

  • william

    the video you have posted for the devil went down to georgia is actually marty stewert.

  • EverythingWorksIfYouLetIt

    No Quarter by Led Zeppelin should definitly be on this list!

  • Angelica

    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Voltaire! What about his brains song? Heck most of his songs!

  • lura

    i like your top list but you fail, man… big fail… halloween theme is a great song.. for everything, but specially, for halloween best song lists….

  • Marrs

    You forgot the theme song to Halloween. It scared the shit out of my party guests.

  • Ed

    Anything by Bauhaus!

  • Jon

    halloween- the misfits ?? come on

  • Jay Schwartz

    Season’s Greetings! Don’t forget ‘Halloween Hootenanny’ by the Jugmongers. :P

  • Ally

    I was hoping for some Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

    spooky scary
    boys becoming men
    men becoming wolves…

  • Allen Walker

    Here are some true monster and madmen halloween songs.

    Name of song—Artist—Who song is about.

    He’s back—Alice Cooper—Jason.

    Freddy Krueger—Stormtroopers Of Death—Freddy Krueger.

    Dead Skin Mask— Slayer—Ed Gein.

    Leatherface—Lääz Rockit—Leatherface.

    Hellraiser—Ozzy Osbourne —Pinhead.

    Jack the Ripper—Motorhead—Jack the Ripper.

    Scarecrow Man—The Misfits—Scarecrow Man.

    She’s Just Killing Me—Z Z Top—Female Vampire.

    Lycanthropy—Six Feet Under—Werewolf.

    The Beast—Twisted Sister—The Predator.

    The Man Comes Around—Johnny Cash—Death.

    Godzilla—Blue Oyster Cult—Godzilla.

    Black Sabbath—Black Sabbath—The Devil.

    Roses On White Lace—Alice Cooper—Man Slays Bride.

    Wind Up Toy—Alice Cooper—Steven (the insane).

    House of 1000 Corpses—Rob Zombie—The Firefly Family.

  • jw

    Roy Handy and the moonshot has a new Halloween Song and video for kids.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpcDJMZ1EuU&w=560&h=315%5D

  • Chelsea

    hey people i love these songs. im using them for my party this year so lets make sure my friend like them so please give the goodies and i will promise that i will always use your songs for eva and that is a promise and i never break promises.

  • Kooz

    Really good list–hard to argue with anything here. I think Zombie Zoo and Zombie Jamboree probably belong though. My top 5 here: http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2011/10/top-5-best-halloween-songs.html

  • Gene

    Try checking out some of the youtube videos on http://hallowmix.com – Also, the raven video on your page doesn’t work anymore

  • Niamh

    I needed some music for my halloween party which will be epic. Of course monster mash, Adams family and THRILLER where gonna be there :L :D

  • Steve

    There are some here for your Halloween party! Very spooky http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/night-fears-single/id464709764

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  • Dinz

    Anything by the Horrors’ Strange House album really, all nuts but pretty good. New stuff it even better just not so ‘halloweeny.’

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  • Max

    What aboot the misfits Halloween?!!??!?!?

  • Remoteviewing

    Rockwell- somebody’s watching me.

  • Matthew Zeller

    I have just released a new song for Halloween this year, “The 13 Tricks of Halloween”.

    http://vibedeck.com/thethirteentricksofhalloween/the-thirteen-tricks-of-halloween

    It is a very entertaining pop/rock duet between a cursed man and his wicked witch. The song loosely parodies The 12 Days of Christmas lyrically, for instance: “Oh, no! Nine Devils Delirious, Demons acting oh so furious, Laughs and flames surrounding me, you should have been barbecued crispy”

  • ?

    What a horrible list… this is a joke, right? Theme songs? Other than the Ghostbusters song, no.

  • Addi

    Monster Mash made it :) thanks guys :)

  • diane

    How about Dead Man’s Party, by Oingo Boingo????

  • Douglas in Denver

    How about something from THIS century? Lady Gaga’s “MONSTER”…

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  • Kiya Swan

    Love the collection! Don’t know a lot of the songs, but I agree with the ones you have that I do know. My one addition: Danse Macabre. I have a CD called “Classics from the Crypt” which I play every year. Indeed, I’ve worn it out! :)

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