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2013 Halloween Party Playlist

Updated on September 18, 2013

What would be a great Halloween party without great music? What music should you play at a Halloween party? There are many lists out there that focus on music for Halloween, but in making this list, I kept a few different things in mind. Firstly, it's 2013, so I tried to incorporate some modern beats into the mix, just so there's a bit of a fresh take on things. At the same time, I included a few older tracks, and mixed up the genres a bit so that the list doesn't get redundant. Most of the tracks are however, pop songs, so that everyone can dance and have an upbeat, fun time. Another thing I tried to do is not just focus on a scary theme, but really on the instruments in some of the songs as well. Some songs may not really be about anything related to horror, but the music just sends chills down your spine. For the most part, this list is pretty fresh as compared to others out there. As such, I did not include Thriller on the list. Everyone knows Thriller is the most typical, but straight up best Halloween party song ever. I don't need to repeat it on this list, it's already a fact. You can't have a Halloween party without playing Thriller, but here are just a few songs you can add to the mix:

Come One Baby
I Think I'm Paranoid
Pass That Dutch
Miss Elliott
In The Dark
Kid CuDi
Britney Spears
Wall To Wall
Chris Brown
Nelly Furtado
I Party
Far East Movement
Lady Gaga

The songs from 15 through 6 were all picked for various reasons. Come On Baby has a strong instrumental break after the chorus that really just sounds chaotic, not to mention the rough vocals. Pass That Dutch is about a party "epidemic," whereas Toxic just an eerie vibe throughout. I Party is probably the strangest song on the list has it really isn't Halloween music at all... but the background vocals really just get to you. It makes you want to dance, but the entire time you're left wondering what the strange voice in the background is even saying. I tried to include songs that were dancy and at the same time had a sort of dark theme. At the bottom I'll include some other songs that didn't make the cut for the list for various reasons, but are also good Halloween songs. Below we have the top 5:

Animal I Have Become
Three Days Grace

I almost forgot about this song when searching through my iTunes for Halloween songs, but this is definitely one of the better ones that people often miss for their lists. I'm not sure if it classifies as rock or pop-rock, but the point is it's dark

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West

A more recent song, and I know this song has been played the life out of on the radio and clubs but it's so fitting for Halloween! With the strange sci-fi vocals, lyrics, music, and video, I couldn't not include this! I'm not even a big fan of the song personally but it's creepy on all the right levels.

Pumped Up Kicks
Foster The People

I know I know, this is the furthest thing from a party song. Come on though, it's a song about a psychotic child shooting up his classmates, that's pretty messed up. It has great sing-along value for the chorus as well. The delivery of the verses is mysteriously mumbled in a way where you can just barely understand what the guy is saying in his soft temperate voice, which adds to the effect. All in all, for 2011 this is a great Halloween song.


And of course, Rihanna's version of thriller, with a little (a lot) more crazy. I don't even have to explain this, you can't have a Halloween party without this song. The Music Video makes it even more apparent. Great song to drink, dance, sing, and get crazy to!


Wait what Thriller isn't number one!? Like I said, I'm not including it on the list because it's beyond any ranking. But next to it, it doesn't get any better than this song. Cannibal is the hidden gem of dark, crazy, and straight-up grotesque Halloween tunes. I mean come on, it's a love song that really, really, pushes the boundaries. "I'll eat you up, breakfast and lunch, then when I'm thirsty I'll drink your blood." If that line doesn't sell you I don't know what will. This song was released on Ke$ha's EP of the same name a few months back and I can't believe she didn't release it as a single. This is by far her BEST song, better than Tik Tok, better than We R who we R. Not to mention, it's a truly fitting Halloween anthem for 2013. Raise the roof!

  • House is a Circus – Arctic Monkeys
  • Saga – Basement Jaxx ft. Santogold
  • Aerodynamic – Daft Punk
  • You Spin me Right Round – Dead or Alive
  • Halo – Depeche Mode
  • All She Wants is – Duran Duran
  • Chop Me Up – Justin Timberlake
  • Monster – Kanye West
  • Enter Galactic – Kid Cudi
  • Judas – Lady Gaga
  • mObscene – Marilyn Manson
  • Can’t Be Tamed – Miley Cyrus
  • Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliott
  • Sin – Nine Inch Nails
  • Break Me Shake Me – Savage Garden
  • Morning After Dark – Timbaland

To the right I've listed some songs that simply didn't make the cut for this list. Some of them were too old and didn't fit with the sound of the rest of the songs, even though the list itself is pretty diverse. If you liked the list and are looking for more songs to add to it, definitely check out the songs listed towards the right. They're a lot more diverse in terms of genre and theme. I left out the Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson but if you want a more rock-focused atmosphere for your party definitely add those songs. In fact, you can really play any Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson CD and it'll work perfectly. My person recommendation for that is the Pretty Hate Machine album by Nine Inch Nails. An honorable mention is Enter Galactic by Kid CuDi, it goes the sci-fi theme of E.T. if you want a more elaborate theme for your Halloween music.


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      Electric Blue 6 years ago

      *Black Cat - The Broken Hearts

      *Zombie - Natalia Kills

      *Birds Of Prey - Christina Aguilera

      *Draculas Wedding - Outkast & Kelis

      *I Want You Dead - Brooke Valentine

      *Halloween - Siouxsie & The Banshees

      *VooDoo Doll - Fergie

      *Scream - BoA

      *Terrorvision - The Fibonaccis

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is fantastic! Hahaa, the only Halloween party song I go with is 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' so these are far more legit. What a great listing of good contemporary songs to go with!

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      Custard 6 years ago

      How about adding "give me their brains" by Voltaire, its a really creepy song. xD

      Cannibal is a pretty good theme tho. :O

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      You might want to include "Monster Mash" by Bobby Picket. It is Halloween-themed. You can check it out on Youtube