How long has Halloween music been around? Well, my spooky friends, that all depends on what you consider Halloween music.
Most of the Halloween music you’re familiar with – Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbusters theme – is exclusively a product of the 20th and 21st centuries. Vintage Halloween songs these are not.
Sure, we can stretch back into music history to pick up classical pieces like “Tocata and Fugue in D Minor” – an arrangement that often finds its way onto Halloween playlists (including my own!) for its drama and darker notes – but this iconic Baroque song was never intended to celebrate Halloween.
In fact, most of the music featured in today’s playlist probably wasn’t either. I think that’s what makes all of these songs a fun and unexpected additions.
After doing a bit of research, I’ve dug up a collection of 40+ songs with spooky titles and lyrics from the 1900s – 1940s. Many are Big Band era tunes. Some are blues classics, and others are folk songs. A few are more modern recordings, but they all have a fantastic vintage vibe that will add a little something different to your Halloween playlist.
Vintage Halloween Songs:
We’re changing playlists up a bit! I’m using a new service called Soundsgood to create my playlists for you guys. (And no, they don’t pay me to say that.) It allows me to create the master playlist, then you can import it into whatever streaming service or tool you use!
You will need to be logged into your preferred streaming service account to listen, and not all songs are available across all platforms. (I find Spotify and YouTube are the two best options.)
Let me know how you guys like this! I’m interested to hear your feedback.
And just in case you’re old school and prefer a track list, I’ve got you covered:
Which songs will you add to your Halloween playlist?
Share them in the comments!
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