So, it’s that ghoulish time of the year again – 31st October, a.k.a. All Hallow’s Eve (or Halloween) so we thought we’d compile a list of our top favourite 10 Halloween songs or songs that remind us of this fun annual event and are some of the most popular you’d hear at a Halloween party. Some of the songs are perhaps quite predictable (yet still classic!) but we’ve also included a few of them which you probably wouldn’t have thought of off the top of your heads. Check them out below and let us know what you think of our list:
10) “Better The Devil You Know” by Kylie Minogue
This is obviously not a Halloween song but we thought we’d add Kylie to this list as we’re sure the gay community will approve of this Queen of Pop being mentioned just for the song’s apt title!
9) “Voodoo People” by The Prodigy
The Prodigy were well-known for their crazy songs and videos that resembled “trippy” visions or even nightmares and “Voodoo People” is a great example of this and probably one of the lesser-known Halloween songs people could think of.
8) “Bat Out Of Hell” by Meat Loaf
“Bat Out Of Hell” may actually be a song about love but much of the lyrics, the composition of the song itself and the video are very much Halloween-themed.
7) “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC
Another song that isn’t related to Halloween – “Highway To Hell” apparently reflects AC/DC’s gruelling touring schedules – but the heavy rock genre sound and lyrics could resemble this annual festival.
6) “Monster Mash” by Bobby Boris Pickett
A firm holiday favourite that surely needs no more introduction as one of the most popular Halloween songs of all time?
5) “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
Taken from the blockbuster film of the same name, “Ghostbusters” is another of the most famous Halloween songs ever that we couldn’t not add to this list.
4) “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell/Beatfreakz
Originally released in early 1984, a couple of months after Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Thriller” (MJ also provides backing vocals on this song), “Somebody’s Watching Me” managed to cement itself as a timeless Halloween song. The Beatfreakz version – which samples the chorus – was also popular when released in 2006 and the video pays homage to Michael’s “Thriller”.
3) “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Show”
We don’t think this iconic Halloween-themed song from one of the most iconic Halloween films of all time needs more of a reason or description as to why we’ve added to our list, do you? Though, we wish we could have included more than just this one…
2) “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Perhaps one of the most well-known Michael Jackson and Halloween songs ever, “Thriller”‘s lyrics, composition and music video were like that of a short Halloween horror film and nearly always tops every list of top Halloween songs. However, while it’s great, we’ve put it at No.2 – just to be different…
1) “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins/Nina Simone/Bette Midler in “Hocus Pocus”
Originally written and performed by rhythm and blues musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956, “I Put A Spell On You” has been named one of the most iconic and inspirational songs to shape rock ‘n’ roll and soul music. It has since been covered by numerous other artists, most notably jazz legend Nina Simone in 1965 and Bette Midler’s comical yet equally brilliant version from the film “Hocus Pocus” in 1993.
Do you like or agree with our list? What songs do you think should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments section below!