I love Halloween music. My obsession with building the perfect playlist for my parties was what got the ball rolling when it came to starting a Halloween blog, actually. I used to run a little music blog for fun, and come October I LIVED for sharing killer Halloween songs.
My readers were less than enthused, however…clearly, they were not Halloween lovers, like me.
So when I started Spooky Little Halloween, I knew I wanted to share a TON of playlists. What can I say? Halloween music is my jam!
Over the years, I’ve shared themed playlists, like songs about vampires and zombies. I’ve also put together Halloween playlists for OTHER holidays, like my Halloween love songs for Valentine’s Day and last year’s Krampus playlist for Christmas.
I’ve dug up vintage Halloween tunes, which is easily THE most popular playlist on the blog. Then there was that one time I listened to 50+ versions on “Monster Mash” to create an epic playlist for you guys.
I’ve even written a blog post giving you my best tips for creating your own killer Halloween playlist.
Today, I’m sharing a handful of songs I believe should be Halloween classics.
What’s a Halloween classic?
They’re those songs you hear and KNOW it’s Halloween season. (And yeah, they’re typically the handful that get overplayed by non-Halloween lovers because they simply don’t know any better…)
I’m talking songs like “This is Halloween”, “Monster Mash” and “Thriller”.
All three are great…but they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Halloween music. My own ultimate Halloween playlist (which I only share with my Killer Halloween Party School students…) now boasts more than 380 songs and runs 22.5 hours. Every single song was handpicked by me, and I can’t wait until I have a full day’s worth of favorite Halloween tunes.
Within that collection, I have some favorites – the songs that have turned into my must-hears during Halloween season, and the ones I’m sharing with you today!
14 songs that should be Halloween classics:
1. “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” by Alice Cooper
If Spooky Little Halloween had an anthem…this would be it. Alice Cooper has tons of great songs perfect for creeping out your friends, but none of them are as fun as this 2009 release.
2. “I Put A Spell On You” by Alice Smith
I’ve never heard a more hauntingly beautiful cover of this song than Alice Smith’s. If you’re going to go with a more modern version, this is the one to pick.
3. “Witch” by the bird and the bee
The dreamy, melodic quality of this song weaves a little magic every time I hear it.
4. “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys
This song has been everywhere, but I never get tired of hearing it at Halloween.
5. “Hunting For Witches” by Bloc Party
Bloc Party is a recent add to my ultimate Halloween playlist. Upbeat songs are my favorite for Halloween because they keep the energy going.
6. “Devil Town” by Bright Eyes
If you’re a fan of “Friday Night Lights” (#TexasForever), you’ve heard this song before. I love their tongue-in-cheek use of it…but I also love it for a Halloween playlist because it’s sure, sweet and beautiful.
7. “My Body’s a Zombie For You” by Dead Man’s Bones
When I added Dead Man’s Bones songs to my Halloween playlist several years ago…I had zero clue the one and only Ryan Gosling was in the band. They included a children’s choir on the album which adds a fantastic spooky quality to a lot of the songs.
8. “Graveyard” by The Devil Makes Three
Pete Bernhard’s voice is perfect for Halloween tunes – gruff and haunting…the kind of voice that sticks in your head. “Graveyard” also has a catchy chorus I can’t stop singing for hours after I hear it.
9. “Halloween” by The Gaslight Anthem
It’s hard to stump me when it comes to Halloween music – I feel like I’ve heard nearly every song out there, but when my friend Krissie (jrzygyrl.com) suggested this tune by one of her faves, The Gaslight Anthem, I was shocked I hadn’t run across it in my many searches!
10. “Thriller/Heads Will Roll” by Glee Cast
LOOK…before you judge me for this pick, sometimes you need a fun, mindless pop song on your Halloween playlist, okay? This is #1 on my list. (Followed closely by “I’m in Love with a Monster” by Fifth Harmony…)
11. “Season of the Witch” by Karen Elson
Donovan’s tune “Season of the Witch” is one of my favorite Halloween songs ever, and the phenomenal Karen Elson does right by the original with her cover. She also has a killer song called “The Ghost Who Walks” that’s worth a listen.
12. “Black Magic” by Magic Wands
I am newly obsessed with Magic Wands and have been playing their records way too frequently lately. Nothing, however, is more fun to listen to than “Black Magic” off their first record. Definitely a must-have for your Halloween playlist.
13. “Horror Queen” by Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard
Wait, what? You don’t know Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard? Then you are missing out, my spooky little friend! Check out their Q&A with me, then listen to “Horror Queen”. “Dead Boyfriend” is another fave.
14. “Monster Mask” by Pomplamoose
What would you do in a monster mask? I adore Nataly Dawn’s voice, and this song is always an unexpected surprise for a Halloween playlist.
Bonus Track: “The Halloween Song” by Evangelicals
This one’s JUST for my readers! When I first heard this song on Dead Air, I was immediately obsessed. The ghostly warble at the beginning sucked me in, and the song’s vibe is the perfect encapsulation of what I love about Halloween – a little spooky, peppy and dreamy. (Listen to more songs from Dead Air that I love.)
Follow this playlist on Spotify:
And just in case Spotify is not your preferred method for streaming music, here is the complete playlist so you can create it yourself:
What is your new Halloween classic?
Share a modern Halloween tune in the comments, then be sure to check out my playlist archives for even more spooky music.
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