Sugary sweets, mystical drinks, creepy costumes, and haunting decorations deck the halls of nearly every graveyard smash, but celebrating the spookiest holiday of the year requires one ingredient in particular – some delectably creepy ear candy. There are hundreds of spooky jams that have the ability to keep the ghosts and goblins dancing at your graveyard smash, but don’t be caught… dead without these Top Ten Songs Of Halloween!
10. “Pet Sematary” – The Ramones
“Pet Sematary” was written for the Stephen King movie by the same name. Its haunting lyrics make it an excellent addition to your Halloween Party Playlist.
9. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon is a catchy rock song about, you guessed it, werewolves walking around London!
8. “Love Potion #9” – The Searchers
“Love Potion #9″ is a song written in 1959 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The song depicts a man seeking help in the realm of love. He talks with a gypsy who tells him all he needs is some love potion #9. This song’s references to all things mystical make it a necessity on every Halloween playlist.
7. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Parker recorded the song “Ghostbusters” as the theme song of the film of the same name in 1984. The song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks. Chasing ghosts and Halloween go hand-in-hand making this song a hit at Halloween parties everywhere.
6. “The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
“The Time Warp” is a song featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show. Like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” it has a choreographed dance that many people know, making it a hit at any party. The Rocky Horror Show in itself is based on horror, so this jam gets a Halloween vibe as well.
5. “This is Halloween” – The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack (Danny Elfman)
This 1993 song from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas is performed by the fictional residents of “Halloween Town” and captivates its listeners with its creepy reminders of the spooky side of Halloween.
4. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
“Superstition” was a world-wide hit in 1972 when it was released and even received recognition as recently as 2004 when Rolling Stone ranked the song at #74 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song mentions several popular superstitious fables in its lyrics, landing it on many Halloween Party Playlists.
3. “I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Jay Hawkins was one of the few early shock rockers. His song “I Put a Spell on You” was something he came up with while he was completely… toasted. The song was such a hit he had to re-learn the song from the recording. Perhaps his absent-mindedness while creating the song is what makes it so spooky!
2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
A perennial holiday favorite, the 1962 novelty song “Monster Mash” was released in August 1962 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 20th of that year – just in time for Halloween! Nearly 50 years later and you can’t miss hearing the song at least once on All Hallows Eve.
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
MTV’s first world premiere video, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is a thirteen minute music video depicting a scary scenario featuring all things Halloween (zombies and werewolves, oh my!) Maybe these Halloween features are what make “Thriller” the number one song to play – and to perform a choreographed dance to – at Halloween gatherings everywhere!
What’s your favorite song of Halloween? Let us know in the comment section below!
– Taylor Trembley, The New 103.7 Charlotte