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The Best Halloween Songs Ever: From ‘Monster Mash’ To ‘Thriller’

The best Halloween songs are frightfully good, horribly catchy, and a right old monster mash-up of floor-filling classics. Look… if you dare…

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The horror! The horror!… And we’re not talking about heavy metal mullets and Spandex leggings. All Hallows’ Eve is upon us once again, which makes us ask the question: does the Devil really have all the best tunes? Our run down of the the best Halloween songs of all time seems to confirm that he does…

Listen to the Best Halloween Songs Ever playlist right now, and scroll down to read our Top 10 best Halloween songs.

Mike Oldfield: ‘Tubular Bells Theme’

What better way is there to spend Halloween than with a classic horror movie such as 1973’s The Exorcist? This terrifying tale of demonic possession is still cited as one of the greatest examples of its genre, and it’s synonymous with Mike Oldfield’s eerie ‘Tubular Bells Theme’.

Bobby “Boris” Pickett: ‘Monster Mash’

Novelty songs don’t get any better than ‘Monster Mash’. With its rattling chains, bubbling cauldrons and Boris Karloff-mimicking vocal, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in time for 1962’s Halloween. A perennial favourite, ‘Monster Mash’ still persuades the dead to cut some rug.

The Rolling Stones: ‘Sympathy For The Devil’

The Rolling Stones’ legendary Beggars Banquet album is just turning 50, and its most imperious track famously bigs up Beelzebub himself. We defy you not to lift a cloven hoof and get down to this demonic rock classic.

Michael Jackson: ‘Thriller’

Creaking doors, footsteps and blood-curdling howls lead into one of the 80s’ truly great pop songs. Listen to it during the witching hour on Halloween and you might just turn into a pumpkin.

Rob Zombie: ‘Dragula’

Film buff Rob Zombie’s biggest hit is a mash-up of stomping beats, metal madness and horror movies. The song’s title is a derivation of the drag racer “DRAG-U-LA” from legendary horror sitcom The Munsters, and it’s introduced by the silver screen’s Prince Of Darkness, Christopher Lee. Monstrous fun all round.

Siouxsie And The Banshees: ‘Halloween’

Whether Siouxsie And The BansheesJuju invented goth or not, it’s a fabulous record full of sonic tricks and anthemic treats. One of its many highlights is the self-explanatory ‘Halloween’, which recreates an especially dark night of the soul.

Metallica: ‘Devil’s Dance’

A prowling, bass-heavy classic from 1997’s Reload, in which James Hetfield seemingly attempts to conjure the great beast himself. Then again, Old Nick always was a sucker for a monstrous downtuned guitar riff, so Metallica were always onto a winner with this one.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: ‘Bad Moon Rising’

John Fogerty comes on like a plaid-clad Nostramadus on CCR’s signature hit, ‘Bad Moon Rising’: a rockabilly-influenced end-of-days classic inspired by the suitably spooky 1941 noir-esque flick The Devil And Daniel Webster.

Stevie Wonder: ‘Superstition’

Who says ghosts’n’ghouls ain’t got the funk? This supernatural belter from Stevie Wonder topped the US charts in 1973 and remains a touchstone for those spooked by bad luck – or else no luck at all.

Derek And The Dominoes: ‘Crossroads’

Lucifer looms large over ‘Crossroads’: an ode to the place where blues legend Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to receive the devil’s best tunes and give us rock’n’roll. Eric Clapton reckoned Johnson got a bloody good deal and duly recorded this smokin’ blues with both Cream and Derek And The Dominoes.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. j

    November 1, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Can’t believe you omitted “Werewolf” by Five Man Electrical Band! It’s a spooky, eerie song that perfectly epitomizes the Halloween spirit. (pun intended)

    • Jason Draper

      October 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      It’s a great choice, but, sadly, not available on Spotify where we are!

  2. Rob Bancroft

    October 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Edgar Winter – Frankenstein.
    Bruce Springsteen – A night with the Jersey Devil

  3. Ken

    November 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Without Oingo Boingo, this Playlist is worthless.

    • OG DJ

      October 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Agreed!

  4. Chuck

    November 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    #1 is dead mans party by Oingo Boingo because it is fun and danceable

  5. Brian Mundy

    November 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Edgar Winter “Frankenstein”
    Blue Oyster Cult “Godzilla”,”Don’t Fear the Reaper'”

    • Darrencula

      October 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Yeah, excellent choices!

  6. Brian Mundy

    November 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Halloween by Dead Kennedys

  7. Arvid

    October 31, 2017 at 11:18 am

    i’m happy that you open with Queen. BUT (ofcourse) i’m missing “Halloween” from Helloween ( the band with the pumkinheads)

  8. Katarina

    October 31, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Roky Erickson – Night of the vampire

  9. The Undead

    October 31, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Pretty much anything by the Misfits and Samhain. Halloween by Siouxsie and the Banshees!

  10. Chris

    October 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    The Necromancer! Can Rush get some love?

  11. Len Eynon

    October 31, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Welcome to my nightmare. Alice Cooper, who or what else?

  12. TMC

    October 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I put together a whole playlist of Rolling Stones songs for Halloween – Dancing with Mr. D., Midnight Rambler, Dead Flowers, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow, Paint It Black. Gimme Shelter, Too Much Blood, and many others. The Stones recorded a lot of songs with dark subjects.

  13. Mad1

    October 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    King Diamond – Halloween

  14. Nak

    November 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

    David Bowie`s Scary monsters.

  15. ALBERTO

    November 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    What about “Halloween” by Rick Parfitt/Status Quo!!

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