The movies, the decorations, the food – it really is the most wonderful time of the year… I’m here with a selection of terrifying tunes to ensure you have a headbanging, monster-mashing night. Whether you’re having a party, going out or just having a chill night in, these songs will guarantee to get you in that Halloween mood.
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
Lets start with the classics. Thriller was first released in 1982 and is still an absolute banger. It’s most famous for its choreographed dance routine in the music video. This video arguably changed music videos forever as they were no longer just about creating a music promo, they were about creating art. Check out the full 13 minutes film here.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas – This is Halloween
This track is from one of Tim Burton’s most iconic films, which can be enjoyed in two different seasons. Danny Elfman’s score for this movie is pure genius. Not only did he write the musical score, he also performed Jack Skellington’s singing voice, as well as voicing naughty trick-or-treater Barrel and the clown with the tear-away face.
3. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Jumping into more recent times, check out this English rock duo. This track brings together a spooky mix of garage and blues rock – definitely one is for all the hard rocking skeletons out there! Their debut album managed to bag the pair a BRIT award for Best British Group in 2015, beating off the likes of Coldplay, One Direction, Alt-J and Clean Bandit.
4. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Carrying on from the rock genre, this post-punk band from New York are the definition of weird and wonderful. Formed in 1975, there are four band members – David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. This particular song has been said to be inspired by the character Norman Bates from the film Psycho. It features lyrics that double as useful advice if you ever are pursued by a psycho: RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN AWAAAAYYY!
5. Ray Parker – Ghostbusters
Its pretty obvious why this one needs to be on your playlist. This first film came out in 1984 and has been a favourite for years. It even made a come back in 2016 with an all-star, all-female cast. The song was close to winning an Oscar for Best Original Song but was beaten by Stevie Wonder’s “I just called to say I love you” which, TBF, is a brilliant song too just maybe not quite right for Halloween!
6. Rihanna – Disturbia
I couldn’t miss out the pop gems of the 2000’s. Starting with Rihanna’s upbeat thriller. The song is about your mind and body getting possessed by an evil in the night. The music video features a possessed Rihanna who glares at you through the camera with white, glazed over eyes – creepy!
7. Britney Spears – Toxic
It’s Britney B****! Even though Britney has had a bit of a rocky career, it’s hard not to give in to this song. Can you believe it is almost 15 years old! Released in 2003, Britney shows how irresistible she is and how it’s totally toxic. From a raunchy air hostess to a lethal killer, if you’re in need of any costume ideas, take note of how Britney does it. Red eyebrows all the way!
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Off with your head! You may know this one from the cast of ‘Glee’, but the original is made by an American rock band in 2009. Interestingly, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the first band to play at the top of the Empire State Building as their performance managed to meet the standards of the company that owns the building.
9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
Even if you haven’t watched the film, you will probably still know this one! This spooky musical is about a creepy mansion that is full of odd and wild characters. This song will get everyone up and thrusting their pelvis’s all over the place. That’s what Halloween is all about!
10. Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
Finally, if you’re looking for a song that’s super jazzy but also a bit creepy, look no further. Even though there are many covers of this song, this one is my favourite. This classic is also in the film Hocus Pocus, sung by Bette Midler. Apparently, the actor that played Billy Butcherson in the film had real moths fly out of his mouth instead of using special effects. Fair play, but I’ll pass…