This article contains the 57 best Halloween songs of all time!
There are a lot of things that contribute to a successful Halloween season. It’s not always about the decorations or throwing up a party; there’s also food and music to consider. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good Halloween.
Let’s get into the list of songs:
1. She Wolf – Shakira
It’s the howling for most people. Is it from an actual wolf? Now imagine playing it under the full blood moon. You will be scared to go out, especially if someone from outside joins in the howling. She Wolf is a great song that you can dance or howl along despite being scared to death. It took Shakira only 10 minutes to come up with it. If you are having a party and want your guests dancing, this song should be on top of your list.
2. Thriller – Michael Jackson
Thriller is one pop song with a unique twist of having a horror theme. When you watch it, you feel like it’s happening. You have to love the beats and the choreography. The King of Pop did an excellent job on this timeless hit. Thriller is one song that will be played for centuries to come and it’s ideal for a zombie-themed event. We ever consider this one of the best songs ever made!
3. There will be Blood – Kim Petras
She has continued to hold the title of the queen of Halloween with her spooky songs. If you want something that will get your spook on then, this is your song. The beats have an eerie effect that will have you jumping up in fright at the usual sounds. If you are going for a bloody theme, then this song will do you justice.
4. Scary Monsters – David Bowie
David Bowie had a talent for spreading profound messages through his songs. If you take the lyrics literally, you will only focus on the scary monsters that will keep you running as you try to find your way. It has excellent beats and will keep you on your toes. If you want some motivation while putting up the decorations, this song has your back.
5. Haunted – Beyoncé
It’s undeniably one of the best Halloween songs ever produced. Beyonce has turned it up to start slow before picking up the pace and unleashing all the monsters to come to haunt you. You can feel their pace quickening as you listen to the song. The beats are enough to motivate you to run as fast as you can so that you don’t get haunted.
6. Gods & Monsters – Lana Del Rey
When you listen to this song, one question comes to mind, has a spell been cast? Everything about the music is spooky, including the vocals. They leave you wondering whether Lana was singing or casting a spell. Does anyone know if she is a witch? The song is perfect for different Halloween themes and can give you a hard time settling for one. You can take time to double-check everything to ensure the setup is correct.
7. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
He made such an incredible arrangement – the layers are patiently added – four whole bars of just a simple but solid drumbeat. Afterward, there is the fantastic bass from the guitar. Stevie then starts singing, affecting completeness and an unsatisfiable hunger. With remarkable swiftness, the bass guitar changes into a jazz-fusion style not heard on the radio before. It is all about the chord and the way it’s being played that unleashes the spookiness.
8. Dracula’s Wedding – Outkast
This song is about the classic tale of Dracula, only this time there is love involved. It makes you have the terrifying thought of falling in love with a vampire who bites you. It unleashes some of your hidden fears when it comes to the unthinkable. If you are sending online invitations, you can use this song as the background to get your guests excited.
9. The Monster – Eminem ft Rihanna
If you have always been thinking about the monsters under your bed, then you have found the perfect song. It will have you checking under your bed to confirm there are no monsters under there. This song is an excellent addition to your list of your best Halloween songs.
10. Monster – Kanye, Jay Z, Nicky Minaj
The song is too noisy and fast-paced, but the lyrics are what many are after. When you listen to the music, it is full of angst, and there is no shortage of foul language. It talks about feeling betrayed and being misfits of society. However, it is interesting because of its rawness which conveys genuine emotion and sparks the season’s theme.
11. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Great video, lots of weird images in it. Having Michael Jackson sing back-up for you, especially during the height of his “Thriller” fame, can’t hurt your chances either. The music video is more like a short horror film.
12. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
Pickett and his friend were huge fans of horror movies and wrote this song together. They wanted it to be a hit that would start a monster dance craze. They did a good job, come to think of it. The dance style was among the popular moves of the ’60s.
13. I Put a Spell on You – Screamin Jay
What started as Jay lamenting the loss of his girlfriend quickly turned into a spooky tale after a few modifications. This is the reason it became a famous Halloween song. The producers of the piece wanted it to have weird sound recordings. They gave the musicians a lot of substances to achieve this. This is why it has an eerie rock and roll sound.
14. Monster – Lady Gaga
There is nothing more appropriate for Halloween than a monster that eats both your heart and brain. This hit expounds on this and hence becomes suitable for the season. It is a popular dance hit thanks to Gaga’s creative genes.
15. Toxic – Britney Spears
It’s hard to believe that this angel-faced lady could come up with something so creepy. The violin sounds are so scary and cold that they will end up sending a cold shiver down your spine. What an excellent way to start Halloween; now, you will be creeped out by everything.
16. Ghost Town – Adam Lambert
The tone and lyrics of the song are worlds apart. This has been attributed to the fact that most of those involved in the music were Lambert’s friends. The lyrics are dark and bear some form of sadness, making for a ghostly effect. His inspiration came from various Hollywood icons, including Elvis.
17. Demons – Hayley Kiyoko
No matter what your “demons” are, there is a way to escape them. The beats and the lyrics are significantly in sync and will lead your mood in a scary direction. You will finally get the feeling that the demons are all around you.
18. Coconut Dracula – Islander
The song is bit off because it portrays Dracula as being a goody-two-shoes and relinquishing his evil ways after discovering beautiful earthly things. Two-year-olds look great in Dracula’s costume, so this gives it the perfect theme. It is a happy song nevertheless that brings some light into the dark occasion.
19. Witchy Woman – The Eagles
The song sounds like a cheerleading song for witches as they go about their business. If you have a creative mind, you can easily picture what is happening in the music. It might also give you an idea of how to set up your place for a Halloween party. The lyrics will leave you spooked.
20. Spiderwebs – No Doubt
Gwen and her bandmate wrote this song, and it was about a girl frustrated by a stalker who keeps calling her. It is an excellent song with nice beats to it. Stalkers are creepy and terrifying, and the theme is highlighted perfectly in this song.
21. Killer Queen – Queen
It’s about the continuing rivalry of chess grandmasters of the USSR and other international teams and their effect during the cold war. In his middle game, Boris Spassky’s innovative and aggressive use of the Queen was widely known in chess circles as Spassky’s “killer queen offense.” Freddie was an uncommon fan of international chess tournaments following the action from China, Turkey, and the Middle East; Mercury lionized the Russian Masters’ unbeatable offense against all comers from all over the world. The song lyric metaphorically refers to events within particular tournaments and matches within Spassky’s career.
22. Bury a Friend – Billie Eilish
In the song, Billie is frustrated and curious as she demands to know what the monster wants from her. She admits that this song wouldn’t have come about if it weren’t for her sleep paralysis and nightmares. No wonder it is spooky; all boils down to the inspiration behind it. The dark lyrics top it all.
23. Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Peter was a great composer, and this hit is excellent if you want some dark magic feelings engulfing you. It is a soft song that sends shrieks all around you. It is perfect for a scary night.
24. Bring me to Life – Evanescence
This song is popularly known as the witches’ anthem because of the cold feeling it projects. The beats and the lyrics have no idea what warmth is, which makes it even spookier. You might not want to listen to it in the dark or alone.
25. Disturbia – Rihanna
The setup of the song portrays the perfect Halloween environment, and we are lucky it’s just a song and not a curse upon us. You will love the scary beats and chilly chorus. It’s no wonder the music has been a hit all through. It captures the perfect Halloween ambiance, maybe because it was written at a time of mental anguish. Who said nothing good came from her relationship with Chris Brown?
26. Men in Black – Will Smith
Maybe it’s the movie that brings out the spookiness of the song, but it’s worth listening to. The song was Will’s first solo hit and perfect for the season because of the movie and lyrics. It has excellent beats as well.
27. Freaks come out at Night – Whodini
This song is perfect for kick-starting your Halloween night. That’s the only time most people dress up as freaks with no judgment. It has an ideal theme to it and is great to sing along with. The beats will help revive your energy levels.
28. Voodoo – Nick Jonas
Love is a strange thing, no matter how you look at it. Nick seems to equate his feelings to being charmed. Who can blame him? Most people wish they knew how to cast charms, and rumor has it a lot of charms are launched during Halloween. You can listen to this song while reading your spellbook. Maybe it will inspire you.
29. Ghost – Halsey
Don’t look behind you literally. This song will help keep your eyes forward without finding out what is going on behind you. It is the perfect song to play when someone is after you. Who knows, they might send their ghost after you. You will instantly get a chilling effect.
30. This Is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
The song has been featured in several spooky films because of the bizarre scene it instantly projects. The beats and the lyrics are something to think about. Remember, Halloween is only Halloween after you have watched The Night Before Christmas.
31. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker
The song performed well on the Billboard by clutching the top spot for three consecutive weeks. If the lost souls come calling, you will know who to reach out to. The track was written as a theme song for a movie. Being caught up in the excitement, people in a lot of the cars started yelling ghostbusters. It wasn’t long before tons of people were yelling ghostbusters every time Ray asked, “Who you gonna call?”
32. Wolves – Selena Gomez
The beats of the song are what make it eerie. As Selena gives her relationship experience, it leaves you wondering what kind of heartbreak she must have undergone. It doesn’t matter; it makes for a great Halloween song when we take the words literally.
33. Halloween Theme – John Carpenter
The song was first released in Japan before being released in the US. As its title suggests, it mainly focuses on Halloween. John did justice with the lyrics and matching them with the perfect beats.
34. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
Bruce was in charge of coming up with lyrics for the band. Many times the songs he came up with were based on fantasy. They write when they are in that genre. You will agree that the thoughts he expressed are interesting. There have been rumors of supernatural events taking place when you play the song.
35. Lullaby – The Cure
The Cure frequently played the Lullaby in the ’90s during the band’s tours. Plant often felt that they were underrated and were surpassing expectations with their songs and performances.” The Page/Plant touring band included ex-Cure guitarist Porl Thompson who played the familiar opening notes to this song.
36. Mirror’s Image – The Horror
The Gothic theme will make you listen and be glued to your screen. The band did a fantastic job in ensuring they were all in sync. It is a classic, that’s for sure.
37. Nightmare – Halsey
The song is about a woman warning her man that she is ready to embrace her dark side. The lyrics get darker and bolder and give out a chilling effect. Halsey went all out with the instruments.
38. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillez
Did you know that mosquitoes don’t feed when this song is playing? If that isn’t spooky to you, then we don’t know what is. This song makes you feel like you are in a haunted house, and your chances of survival are slim. No wonder it affects the breeding pattern of mosquitos, according to a recent study. Now, this should be perfect for a blood-chilling Halloween event.
39. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
What started as a joke ended up being his most famous song. The song is one of the better novelty songs. The tune is nicely minimalist, reminiscent of a variety of older songs taking you into a spooky trip down memory lane. It is hard to ignore the howling music.
40. Phantom of the Opera – Cast of Phantom of the Opera
It is an excellent musical, with classical music. There are so many time changes, but it doesn’t get boring. The song is almost instrumental as it has only around a minute of vocals at the beginning and end. It’s like you are being welcomed into a haunted mansion.
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41. Spooky Scary Skeletons – Andrew Gold
Spooky Scary Skeletons is a children’s song from 1996 that recently resurfaced. It’s Halloween themed hence became an instant hit. It is popular at Halloween carnivals.
42. Illuminati – Madonna
Who knew Madonna’s response to those accusing her of being in the Illuminati would have such a chilling effect? Not sure what her intention was, but it makes for a great Halloween song. The song is strange and eerie, which makes it a top Halloween song.
43. Hide and Seek – Imagen Heap
If you want to know what a ghost town sounds like, this is the song for you. It has the weirdest hollow vocals with eerie silence to top it up. The end is a haunting atmosphere, and that’s what Halloween is all about.
44. Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
The song has muffled vocals that make it sound like the singer is being suffocated and gasping for air. The creepy undertones only work to fuel the scary feeling it projects. Bad Guy is one song that will make young kids believe the bad guy is out there during Halloween.
45. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
It’s high energy and mixture of styles will keep you listening to the song in detail. It will take you on a journey and is a great Halloween song.
46. Vampires – The Midnight
Since its release, the song has continued to be a big hit, with many people constantly wondering whether vampires are real or not. This song will leave them with more questions in mind.
47. End of the End – Cathy Davey
The song’s lyrics seem to talk about a spirit that is nearing and going to take over. The beats of the songs are the ones that have a chilling effect as Cathy continuously takes the notes through highs and lows.
48. Zombie – The Cranberries
Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan claimed that “Zombie” speaks about “the Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever.” The lyrics even say, “It’s the same old theme since 1916.” The Cranberries claim they wrote “Zombie” to be a “song for peace, peace among England and Ireland.”
49. Boogieman – Childish Gambino
In this song, the boogie man is turned into a friendly character, more like a savior. He’s been called upon to save those who are in danger. This is a different twist from what many people are used to.
50. Hunting for Witches – Bloc Party
The song is about the mindless killings of the Salem witches. It discusses how things are usually blown out of proportion without thinking of the consequences. The backup tunes and vocals make it a perfect Halloween song.
51. Witches Rave – Jeff Buckley
What would you do if you found yourself surrounded by witches and they were casting all sorts of spells around you and on you. This is what the song is about, and Jeff continues to give you the intimate details of the event taking place. You will love it if your Halloween party is witch-themed.
52. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
The song is psycho, literally. The song was in an episode of The Simpsons where an agency hired Homer to kill celebrities to use their now-Public Domain identities for advertising their products. It has the perfect idea of the season at hand.
53. Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot
There’s something weird about old buildings and the effect that they give. Most times, they look like they are haunted. Missy Elliott got her freak on while swinging from a chandelier; creepy is the word.
54. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
It’s deep, but not dull, reflection on the lifestyle of Bon, which is similar to other millions, lived down the road. It is perfect in terms of composition: the intro, a kick in the behind, coincides with the verse formed by incisive guitar riffs of Angus and following the drum, a pre-chorus crescendo preparing a chorus that they can sing together. It is a great sing-along for the season.
55. Remains of the Day – Danny Elfman
If you keep wondering why Danny has to remind you that you will remain one day, you are not alone. The words of the song are spooky, scary, and eerie. They speak volumes about death which is a conversation not many people are ready to hold.
56. Sicko Mode – Travis Scott ft Drake
The song features other people as it goes along. The beats are what give it an eerie projection. It is an excellent way for you to get into the Halloween mood. Its central theme is a tribute to different artists.
57. Zombie – Day 6
The song has great energy and somberness, which creates an ideal mood for Halloween. You will not get tired of listening to it over and over again, and you can sing along. The band did justice to the song with their superb recording.
You can decide to chill and relax at your home as you wait for the kids to pass by and hand them candies. You only need to have the best Halloween songs playlist, and you will not realize how fast time flies. There are so many songs around you, but you need the ones with the perfect theme.
It will be weird if you are found playing happy songs during Halloween. So you have to make sure that you blend in with everyone else. Blending in will ensure that you are not seen as the freak of the season.
By knowing this, you’ll be sure to choose the perfect songs for you. The above playlist will be an excellent addition to your spooky night. Allow yourself time to relax and enjoy yourself with this killer playlist. This is the perfect opportunity to do something you want, whether it’s a party or some alone time.
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