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Halloween Rock Songs

Updated on May 17, 2020

Halloween Rock Music: Top Ten Songs

Halloween rock songs are becoming as much a part of the celebration of the witching season as traditional Halloween music and songs. They represent an alternative to the often heard standards, such as The Monster Mash or the old TV theme tunes to The Munsters or The Addams Family.

If you are planning a fun Halloween party with a rock music theme, then these ten pieces of suggested Halloween horror music should help it rock even more than you could have hoped.

Of course, ten Halloween rock songs will never be enough music to fill a whole evening, but these examples could be used to slot amongst your other chosen tracks...and possibly become a part of your own favourite Halloween rock Top 10.

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1. Marilyn Manson: This is Halloween

Marilyn Manson, who seems to wear his Halloween costume all year long, adds his theatrically goth-punk, yet twisted vocals to Danny Elfman's This Is Halloween from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.

Like Burton's collaborations with Johnny Depp, Manson hooking up with the master of the dark and quirky is a marriage made in heaven...or should that be hell?

2. Bow Wow Wow: I Want Candy

I Want Candy was originally an American hit by The Strangeloves back in 1965, but this is probably the version that most people in the UK are more familiar with.

Controversial band Bow Wow Wow put their own spin on the song in 1982, and it has since become something of a New Wave classic. The theme tune for trick or treaters at Halloween, the subject matter of the track may be about something altogether different!

3. The Stranglers: Waltzinblack

One of the UK's most successful and enduring New Wave and punk rock bands is The Stranglers - even their name evokes great Halloween branding.

They started out in my part of the UK - Guildford in Surrey - and soon found themselves on the UK charts with songs such as Peaches, Golden Brown and No More Heroes.

Now, have clowns ever spooked you out? Then you might not want to listen to Waltzinblack with the lights out. This distinctive instrumental with its progressively macabre overtones is an ideal Halloween filler, which The Stranglers use as an atmospheric overture to their live performances.

4. The Cure: Lullaby

From clowns to man's innate fear of spiders and Robert Smith's The Cure do it exceptionally well, with both the video to their hit song Lullaby and its lyrics.

Those haunting lyrics include lines like Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead, looking for the victim shivering in bed and For it's much too late to get away or turn on the light, the spiderman is having you for dinner tonight.

This is not the kind of lullaby you might be used to. Sleep tight!

5. Siouxsie & The Banshees: Halloween

Purveyors of a combination of art rock and punk rock Siouxsie and the Banshees became one of the most successful alternate British bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The track Halloween comes from their much lauded and typically brooding and darkly magical 1981 album, Juju - one which The Guardian newspaper recommends as one of their 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.

6. The Cramps: I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Never a mainstream band, The Cramps nevertheless built up a huge cult following for their fusion of rockabilly and punk rock.

Always with their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks, The Cramps obsession with 1950s-style horror and sci-fi B-movies produced titles like Bikini Girls With Machine Guns, The Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon, Big Black Witchcraft Rock, and this one, I Was A Teenage Werewolf.

7. Warren Zevon: Werewolves of London

Continuing with the werewolf theme, this is probably the most successful recording of Warren Zevon's career, reaching the US Top 30 in 1978 - Werewolves of London.

It tells the tale of a well-dressed werewolf who slaughters old ladies and who strolls with the Queen, all the while having a penchant for Chinese food. Bizarre, but you won't get its trademark Awoooo!! out of your head.

8. Blue Oyster Cult: Nosferatu

Blue Oyster Cult's guitar driven music has always been an obvious marriage with the theme of Halloween. Probably best known for their other much played song Don't Fear (the Reaper), this track continues the band's apparent liking for all things dark and macabre.

Nosferatu is included on their 1977 album Spectres, and the following video perfectly combines their music with the movie world's almost first appearance of the ghoulish vampire.

9. Meatloaf: Bat Out of Hell

Not really a Halloween song, but its title evokes the Halloween spirit - and almost everyone knows it.

Bat Out of Hell has often been compared to the musical styling of Bruce Springsteen, but Meatloaf has been quoted as saying it was inspired more by Hitchcock's Psycho..."[all the clients in the Bates Motel] wish they would have left like a bat out of hell... It had nothing to do, believe it or not, with Bruce Springsteen. It had to do with Alfred Hitchcock and Psycho." Source.

10. Redbone: Witch Queen of New Orleans

Let's finish this rock music Halloween party with some voodoo, zombies, magic and Marie the Witch Queen of New Orleans.

Redbone, a Native American rock band, brought this potent mixture to the music charts of 1971, when it hit the Number 2 spot in the UK. This was their only success there, but are probably better remembered in the States for another track, Come and Get Your Love.

About Your Author

With each article, Richard invites you to step into his world of music, television and entertainment. He will introduce you to British Glam Rock, share The 20 Scariest Film Scores Ever? and even give you an up close look at some classic actors such as Christopher Lee as Dracula.

For a complete list of Richard's articles, please visit Richard's profile.

© 2010 Richard

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    • alienbritt profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm surprised Thriller and House of 1000 Corpses did not make the list, but either way this is a great lens!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, Phantom should be in the list, but I love your list. Werewolves of London is my favorite of the ones you have here. Great Halloween lens idea....I can never come up with anything for this holiday!

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      7 years ago

      Good lens. âPhantom of the Operaâ (one of my favorite songs) should also be in the list.

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      7 years ago

      Oh my yes I am a fan of Halloween! My favorite rock song is "Bat Out of Hell." BOOyah my dear!

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      Nice lens, Richard. Haven't heard most of these so something new for Halloween for me! (Love that skeleton).

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nicely done Richard and congratulations on your Purple Star. Great song choices.

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      7 years ago

      Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

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      8 years ago

      great lens - wish I'd used some of these at my Halloween party - also glad to see Meat Loaf features in the list

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      Mickie Gee 

      8 years ago

      What an imaginative list. So glad to see Meat Loaf in a top ten of any kind.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. Halloween Night and me and some friends are listening to Werewolves of London from your article (which I found searching for a Halloween song). Nice job and proven utility.

    • Paul Ward profile image


      8 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Good - a bit of gloom and nastiness for Halloween :) Nice take on the theme, Angel Blessed.

    • jenniferteacher1 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is way more fun than Christmas music!

    • ZenandChic profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow! Great lens! So well done and great picks on songs! Love it, so perfect for Halloween! Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      Great fun lens! 'Lullaby' is one of my all time faves!

    • elliotaaron profile image


      8 years ago

      until I found this lens I didn't know there was Halloween rock

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love it! I always loved Don't Fear the Reaper, and Werewolves of London, and those are the songs I think of as Rock Halloween Songs:)

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      8 years ago

      Lots of great selections here. I love "Werewolves of London," and used that for my Halloween class when I was an aerobics instructor. Meatloaf is a favorite too ... will have to get that song. Happy Halloween!

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, what an excellent collection of Halloween rock songs AND a beautifully formatted lens! KUDOS to YOU!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful lens! I love Werewolves of London in particular. I also like Redbone's Witch Queen, but would love to have the Eagle's Witchey Woman on here too, but of course, that's because to me, no list of songs is ever complete without at least one Eagles song! Thanks for sharing.

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      Heather B 

      8 years ago

      By the way, you should check out Kristen Lawrence on YouTube. She does all sorts of original Halloween songs, and remakes too.

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      Heather B 

      8 years ago

      A very nice selection of songs. I've got to listen to "Bat out of hell" again!

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      8 years ago

      I didn't know any of them. Where have I been? Thanks for educating me.

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      8 years ago

      Great Top 10 list!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wow, these are Halloween rock songs. Well done!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent choices; I love Halloween!

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      8 years ago

      This is great. I've never heard most of these before.

    • TheLeftFitz profile image


      9 years ago

      Love your song choices! *Blessed*

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      9 years ago

      This lens is amazing! A lot of fun. Well done! Blessed.

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      EmmaCooper LM 

      9 years ago

      Scary stuff, thanks!

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      9 years ago

      btw, just lensrolled your lens on my lens on halloween music for rockers and ravers

    • cbessa profile image


      9 years ago

      Seems like we're headed in the same direction! :-)

      i will be hearing some of your suggestions, for sure!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Awesome Halloween songs!

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      9 years ago

      Ooh, great Halloween song choices! I really like this lens.

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Woo-Hoo! Love this lens. You have a lot of good Halloween songs listed. GOOD Job in putting this lens together!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      YES, I love Halloween's rock songs & I love this lens! Great job!

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      9 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea there were so many rockin' Halloween songs. Another great music lens, Rich. And thanks for stopping by and blessing my new Bobby Darin lens.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the great suggestions, I'm busily putting together a Halloween playlist now. I especially like the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees selections :)

    • KokoTravel profile image


      9 years ago

      Very fun lens... and informative... good to build my music repertoire for this Halloween.

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      Vicki Green 

      9 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Yes, I definitely enjoy Halloween Rock songs! Great selection.

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      9 years ago

      HELLO! Yes, indeedee I am a fan of Halloween rock songs -- I am a fan of ALL things Halloween ... you know? This would look spooktacular on that SquidBoo theme! Fun Fun Fun!!!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Lovely songs. I am glad I am now introduced to the Stranglers.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC


    • burgessvillian profile image


      9 years ago

      This Halloween lens Rocks! Great Picks for your songs.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Ooh! The clowns in Waltz in Black scared the crap outta me! Awesome, awesome choices Rich!

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      9 years ago

      Ah, if I would have got a cent each time I said a page would be great, I'd be rich now! Excellent selection of rock songs for Halloween!

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      Some fun Halloween rock suggestions here... I know where to come for my Halloween party!


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