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Best 10 Halloween Songs - Go & Celebrate The Greatest Holiday!

Halloween is coming soon!!! Trick or Treat? Kids love candy. How about you? Gonna have a Halloween Party or just go ahead as normal? No matter which way you choose to celebrate the Halloween, come to some holiday music to enjoy the great halloween~

Besides a great costume and a queue of good horror movies, a playlist of the best Halloween songs is essential to the success of any Halloween celebration. That’s why we’ve scoured the catacombs of our favorite streamers and blown the cobwebs out of our jewelry cabinets to put together the ultimate Halloween soundtrack.

These songs are guaranteed to get you moving, whether you’re braving the terrors of an indoor event or gobbling down fun-sized candy in the comfort of your own home. We promise the list is all “Thriller” and no filler (not really… we didn’t just put “Thriller” on the list 30 times, though you could be forgiven for that). And for the younger crowd, there’s a list of Halloween songs for kids.

#1 Thriller By  Michael Jackson

‘I’m not like other guys,’ Michael tells his girl at the beginning of the greatest video ever made, from arguably the greatest album ever made. Did we realize how prescient that statement would be in 1982? So much of ‘Thriller’ shouldn’t work – MJ is a doll, 71-year-old Vincent Price raps, and it’s six minutes long. But together, it’s ballsy genius, riding on an insistent, funky Minimoog bass line. ‘I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult,’ Jackson wrote concerning the video. No, but the Elephant Man bones and chimp did.

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#2 This is Halloween by Danny Elfman

Elfman honed his signature horror-tinged musicality with Oingo Boingo, but unleashed it full force on this banger that leads off The Nightmare Before Christmas with jingle-jangle lunacy as a chorus of ghouls pulls a roll-call for the playful horrors to come. It’s a kids’ song full of bloodthirsty clowns and whispery vampires, all of whom come together for a chant of the song’s title, all but cementing it in the Halloween canon. 

#3 Season of the Witch by Donovan

Donovan never explains exactly what he means by a “season of the witch” in this five-minute excursion into the ominous psychedelia of Sunshine Superman, a 1966 album by the British singer-songwriter. But a touch of paranoia pervades the depiction of changing identities (“So many different people to be”) in a world turned upside down (“Beatniks are out to make it rich”), and the guitar part – played by a pre-Zeppelin Jimmy Page – adds welcome notes of acid.

#4 I Put a Spell On You (Remix) by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Arguably one of the original Halloween songs. Inarguably one of the greatest. Hawkins’s tune – which he claims to not remember recording – permanently added the Screamin’ to his God-given name. ‘Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins, (but) I found out I could do more destroying to a song by screaming it to death.’ He found out he could also do more if he appeared out of a coffin on stage in a black cape, tusks coming out of his nose, accompanied by a cigarette-smoking skull sidekick named Henry. A rare remix by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole.

#5 Surfin’ Dead by The Cramps

These rockabilly goths were always a B-movie for your ears, so it was inevitable that Lux Interior and Poison Ivy would end up on the soundtrack to a campy slasher flick. In 1985, Return of the Living Dead popularized the notion of zombies chomping brains. In the movie, a bunch of punks battles the undead—but the Cramps have a hard time choosing aside. When Interior sings ‘Run run run run!’ it sounds just like a chain saw itching to rip through necrobiotic flesh. But in the end, he makes it seem more fun to be one of the rotting.

#6 Ghost Town by The Specials

Okay, so technically this song is about unemployment, inner-city violence, and urban decay, not decaying flesh. But the 1981 hit, released at the height of the UK’s recession riots, still creeps us out in the very best way, with eerie flute solos, ominous lyrics, and maniacal, childlike la-la-las – plus some pretty spooky synth fades.

#7 Pet Sematary by The Ramones

Hard to believe the original Ramones are all dead. By 1989, the punks’ career was nearly six feet under. But this toe-tapping title track from a hit horror film, a bite-size Snickers with a metal shard inside, put the New Yawkers back on MTV, introducing a new generation to the leather-wrapped Phil Spector fanatics who looked like motorcycle zombies. If only Stephen King’s resurrecting graveyard were real – we miss these buffoons.

#8 Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

If Rockwell (real name Kenneth Gordy, son of Motown founder Berry) shivered at Big Brother’s glare in 1984, one can only imagine what he’d make of the Internet age, where the government, news media, and rogue hackers are all equally likely to be keeping tabs on you. The ‘Thriller’-Esque hook comes courtesy of Rockwell’s buddy Michael Jackson, a good dude to have on speed-dialed, though I’m not sure how much help he’d be if you’re looking for someone to check for monsters in the closet.

#9 Boris the Spider by The Who

On this deep cut from 1966’s A Quick One, John Entwhistle leads the bass-heavy charge in a song precision-calibrated to get under arachnophobes’ skins. Roger Daltrey performs some signature vocal acrobatics, too, growling the song’s title at the chorus before pulling off a manic falsetto to repeat the words ‘creepy-crawly” over and over again in a whirling dervish of playful menace… just in case the lyrics had somehow been construed as subtle.

#10 Supernature by Cerrone

French 1970s musical icon Marc Cerrone created this frightening (for then at least) vision of a not-too-distant sci-fi future where escaped mutant creatures created in a lab to end human starvation have rebelled against their makers to disastrous effect for all. Basically sci-fi disco for the Studio 54 set, this track is the greatest statement on that brief genre. Period. The video (and album artwork) are also stone-cold classics. Ask your parents.

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