List: The 11 best Halloween horror songs

halloween nightIf you’re like me, you’re either attending or hosting a Halloween party this weekend. And if you’re also like me, you want some good tunes to play.

Now, you could legitimately creep everyone out by playing the staccato theme to “Halloween,” but I had something else in mind: Pop, rock, country and rap that’s got a horror theme.

I whipped up a playlist of the best songs to play at your Halloween party.

(Listen to the entire list plus a few of my other favorites below.)

“He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” by Alice Cooper

Everything about this tune creeps me out. Take the second verse where Alice sings about being out with your girl and basically being stalked and killed by a guy in a mask.

“Pet Sematary” by the Ramones

This song is actually kinda bad, but it reminds me of the film, which totally gives me the willies. (Though the scariest thing may be that it’s actually the Ramones’ biggest hit. Sad, right?)

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Yeah, the dance is fun and so is the video, but the eerie part is really the final two minutes. Vincent Price’s “Darkness falls across the land/the midnight hour is close at hand” speech and his final, cackling laugh is truly scary.

“A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Will Smith has another story he’d like to tell, and it’s not about Bel Air. Instead, he relays his own tale about Freddy Krueger.

“Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads

David Byrne said he wanted to write Alice Cooper lyrics in a Randy Newman song, and the result is a little off-putting.

“Last Caress” by The Misfits

In the second line, the song’s narrator confesses murder. Not the scariest song by the Misfits, but one of the best.

“The Ride” by David Allan Coe

It’s a tune about meeting your heroes (even if they’re dead and gone), but the ghost element still gives me the chills.

“Kim” by Eminem

A modern hip-hop take on the murder ballad, this is a violent and scary (and explicit) tune.

“Heat Miser” by Massive Attack

With a similar staccato piano rhythm to the “Halloween” theme and someone breathing heavily the entire time, this would be the perfect soundtrack to a slasher flick.

“John Wayne Gacy” by Sufjan Stevens

Is there anything scary about Sufjan Stevens? Not really, but a folk song about a known murderer dressing up in clown makeup is off-putting.

“Are you Ready for Freddy” by the Fat Boys

I’ll listen to anything by the Fat Boys. It’s another fun song about a movie I love, and nothing in this song is scary. Well, nothing except actor Robert Englund rapping as Freddy.



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5 Responses to List: The 11 best Halloween horror songs

  1. William says:

    What about Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus?

  2. Daniel says:

    Calling all the monsters – China Anne McClain

    That is a great fun, upbeat halloween party song!

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