A problem I faced throwing a Halloween party a couple of years back was the kind of music I’d be playing. I feel as if the music during the spookiest time of the year isn’t always as talked about as the Christmas season. However, what I quickly discovered is that there are actually quite a few awesome Halloween songs out there.
So, here are my top seven picks for classic Halloween songs you must play this Oct. 31:
- “Monster Mash” – Bobby Pickett
Ah yes, the ultimate Halloween bop to surpass all Halloween bops (in my opinion). This song will get any party started due to the fact it is the Halloween song. It’s the “Jingle Bells” or the “All I Want for Christmas is You” of Halloween. This song has been played at almost every Halloween party I’ve been to in the last ten years and it brings back some iconic memories with my friends. Undoubtedly, this is a must-listen this Halloween.
- “I Put a Spell on You” – Bette Midler
There are so many versions of this song by so many famous artists: Nina Simone, Annie Lenox, Marilyn Manson– you name it. However, the one version that always gets me in the Halloween mood is Bette Midler’s cover from the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” I enjoy this one not only because it’s one of the best scenes in the movie but also because Midler brings her own spooky twist to this amazing song. Now, sadly this version isn’t on Spotify, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Midler’s iconic version.
- “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr.
I absolutely adore this song, mostly because I love the films, but also because it’s a fun song to play every Halloween. Originally debuting in 1984 along with the first film in the series, this is a classic. How can you not be a fan of this song? Especially with the iconic line “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” I am a huge fan of Ray Parker Jr’s version, but if you want one with a more modern flare try out the 2016 version by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot. An interesting combination, but nonetheless still a bop.
- “This is Halloween” – The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
This has to be the top pick from my childhood. It’s the most iconic song from the 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” It also has a Marylin Manson version which is super punk– if you want a more darker route. However, I’ve always preferred the original film version because it’s more whimsical and fun to listen to. Not to mention, it is a really awesome scene to watch every Halloween.
- “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
If you’ve ever watched a Party City commercial around this time, then you’ve definitely heard this song. Jackson’s 1983 sensation not only has one of the best music videos from the 1980s, but it also has some of the best choreography. I think almost everyone knows the “Thriller Dance,” so it’s definitely a must for a Halloween party with dancing.
- “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
Everytime I hear the beginning of this song I confuse it with “Sweet Home Alabama.” Despite that, it’s a chill song. It’s an upbeat classic that gives off old rock ‘n’ roll vibes. This 1978 hit is great recommendation for anyone who adores a good old fashioned rock song. As someone who’s a huge sucker for some 60s and 70s rock, I definitely recommend to add this to your Halloween playlist.
- “The Addams Family Groove” – MC Hammer
If you’ve not heard this banger yet, you’re missing out. Most of you are probably familiar with the original “Addams Family Theme Song;” however, this is much different than the classic. “The Addams Family Groove” was created for the 1991 film. It was performed by MC Hammer, so this song is peak early 1990s music. I think it’s something different to add into the mix and is oddly catchy. And, if you love this song, I highly recommend to check out “Addams Family Whoomp” by Tag Team from the 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values.”