Well, you’re costumed up, and ready to party. Now is the time for that most essential of jobs: planning the music! Putting together a suitable list of tunage is a task demanding military precision, and we’re here to help! Here are what we think to be ten killer (pun intended) tunes, perfect for the spookiest night of the year.
Before they became a label worn on t-shirts by people who don’t even really like rock music, The Ramones made their living writing perfect little punk nuggets like this. Written especially for the freaky film based on Stephen King’s most disturbing book (his words), ‘Pet Sematary’ has to be the best song ever written about a dead kid coming back to life and partially eating his mother. Not that there’s too much competition.
The most popular track from one of the most popular albums of all time, ‘Thriller’ is one of the King of Pop’s most brilliant moments, a masterpiece of creepy build up, atmospheric production and, of course, hooks so strong they could pull a blue whale to the surface of the ocean.
If you’re looking for a cosy little ballad that’s perfect for slow dancing, this is your new jam. No, not really. One of thrash metal’s best tunes, Raining Blood is a headbanger’s dream, combining evil sounding lead with evil sounding riffs and, yes, evil sounding vocals all about horrible things. The perfect Halloween track.
We challenge anybody to listen to this and not grin. Though it’s now been around for over 50 years, this classic track is almost impossible not to shake your gothic booty to. Altogether now: ‘he did the mash!’ ‘He did the moooooonster mash’.
Cowbell. You need more of it. A classic mellow rock track that’s apparently about eternal love, but sounds much creepier than that, ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ is eerie enough to have a place on more or less any playlist.
There was no way the Ozzman wasn’t going to make it onto this list, and this particularly wolfy tune is an absolute metal classic that combines Jake E Lee’s splendid riffing with that unmistakable vocal. Also, you’ll get to enjoy the fact that Ozzy is so high (on life!) he’s forgotten how to say ‘moon’. Altogether now: ‘BARK AT THE MOAN’.
It’s just a jump to the left! It’s a scientific fact that if you play the time warp to a room full of drunk people on Halloween, each and every single one of them will go completely mental. We defy you to not do the dance.
Possibly our favourite tune on this list, it’s impossible to not feel happy when listening to the lead tune from the 1984 smash hit. We’ve got nothing witty to add here: you know this song, and you love this song. If there’s something strange…
It might not get many people moving on the dancefloor, but if this creepy classic doesn’t make it onto your playlist you’re missing out. Known by many people as simply ‘The Exorcist’ theme, it remains as atmospheric and hair-raising as ever.
A glam-rock classic, Feed My Frankenstein received a ton of attention when Cooper performed the song live in a scene on Wayne’s World. (If you’ve not watched Wayne’s World, your first priority should be watching Wayne’s World). An absolute jam of a song, and perfect for the scariest night of the year.
For more Halloween soundtrack inspiration visit our guide to choosing the scariest Halloween party music.