If you’re looking for fun and festive Halloween songs for your party this year, you have come to the right place! There are plenty of great songs to choose from, and you may have even forgotten about some of the classics. This article will count down the top 10 greatest songs for your Halloween party and will have you putting together the perfect mix in no time. Whether you’re looking for fun songs to dance, spooky tunes to set the mood, or silly songs that everyone will love - we have all the top Halloween songs you need to get your party started!
They’re Coming to Take me Away – Napoleon XIV
If you’ve never heard of this song, it’s an absolute classic and makes for a very quirky addition to your mix of Halloween songs. The song was released back in 1966, so it’s definitely an older song, but it is certainly a catchy one! The toe tapping beat mixed with the delightfully repetitive lyrics will have everyone tapping their toes and singing along to the “crazy” lyrics. The song was actually quite popular back during its year of release and it actually peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. While it might not have been recorded for Halloween – it certainly has a spooky vibe.
Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
While you might not recognize the name of this song – you will certainly know it when you hear it. Halloween songs from famous scary movies are great to play at your party, and if you’ve ever seen “The Exorcist”, Tubular Bells will certainly bring back some particularly disturbing memories. This song acts as the theme to the movie and has a very creepy vibe in general. For any party-goer that was especially spooked by Linda Blair’s “head turning” performance – this song coming on will certainly stir up some scares!
The Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the CryptKickers
Who doesn’t love this absolutely classic song? Of all the Halloween songs, the Monster Mash is probably the most loved and the most popular. This is a great one for kids’ parties, as well, since its lyrics are family friendly and simply fun. Choosing Halloween songs that will get people laughing and dancing, like The Monster Mash, will be sure to liven up your party in no time! The Monster Mash is an absolute “no brainer” for a Halloween party mix.
Witchy Woman – The Eagles
What says Halloween more than a spooky witch? The song “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles is a great, rock sounding song that will appeal to folks of all ages. Halloween songs that sound “newer” are hard to come by, but this Eagles song puts a modern twist on the traditional spooky song. Even though it was released in 1972, the classic rock genre is one that everyone can enjoy and this particular selection is certain to be a hit.
I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
This song is such a classic! Screamin’ Jay Hawkins has such a unique and gravelly voice that you may just find yourself stopping to listen to this fantastic Halloween tune. Released in 1956, it certainly has that “classic” feel that most Halloween songs tend to have. A fun fact about this song is that Screamin’ Jay originally intended for the song to be a blues ballad, but after a few drinks – both Jay and the producers decided that the “strange version” was much more fun. Classic Halloween songs like this will definitely set the mood at your party.
This is Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas
While there are a few covers of this song (one by Marilyn Manson and one by Panic! At the Disco), the original is from the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. This is another selection on our “kid friend Halloween songs” list since it is from a children’s movie. The variety of voices and the fun, yet slightly spooky lyrics, will have everyone singing along and reminiscing about this classically fun Halloween flick. Or is it a Christmas flick? You decide. Either way, the Halloween songs from the film are impossible to deny – especially “This is Halloween!”
Halloween Theme Song – John Carpenter
As previously mentioned, Halloween songs from movies can be a big hit at parties. If you know who Michael Meyers is, you probably don’t even need to hear this song to know exactly what it sounds like. For those who are familiar with the gory classics, simply here this tune can invoke nightmares! While it is strictly instrumental, it certainly has an impact. Putting this one on might just have your guests looking over their shoulder every now and again… Don’t you love Halloween songs that invoke a little fear?
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Calling all ghouls and zombies, it’s time to get your groove on to this chart-topping classic! Thriller is one of the most beloved Halloween songs, performed by the king of pop Michael Jackson. The classic video was extremely innovative and cutting-edge when it premiered back in 1983 featuring a clan of dancing zombies. It has become an absolute staple for any Halloween party that features dancing, so if you plan on getting down – add this one to the playlist! It’s one of the only Halloween songs that will cause you to drop everything for a dance break!
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
If you’re looking for Halloween songs that have a little bit of a spookier “meaning” to them, Rockwell’s hit “Somebody’s Watching Me” is a great pick. While many people won’t hear it and immediately think of Halloween, a closer listen at the lyrics and it all comes together. Halloween songs like this can be great to throw in the mix to keep the music selections enjoyable for everyone. The song, which was released in 1984, has a great “pop” feel to it and is definitely one to sing along to. Plus, how can you beat those creepy lyrics around Halloween?
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.
To top off our list, the “Ghostbusters” theme song is another one of the many classic Halloween songs that will have everyone singing along and dancing. This is an especially festive song, focusing on one of Halloween’s creepiest characters, but who doesn’t love the Ghostbusters? Whether you’re a fan of the movie or not; this rock/pop tune will have you singing the chorus and proclaiming that you-aint afraid of no ghost. While this list only names ten popular Halloween songs, they are certainly must-haves on your mix!