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Top Eight Halloween Songs
Songs To Get Your Spook and Boogie On
Do you want to know what the top ten Halloween songs are? Then you're in luck! After an exhaustive search of popular songs to celebrate Halloween, I decided to create a poll to find out which ones were THE favorites of the season.
I will continue to update the results on this page as I get votes. So go vote already!
Recent Updates: Season of the Witch has rocketed even further up the charts! This Is Halloween and Ghostbusters never knew what hit them. Addams Family has also taken a rightful place in the top.
Vampire dance image by Josie Anderton.
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If your favorite Halloween song is not here, please mention it in the comments! We will add it to the poll, and it might make the top!
Which Is Your Favorite Halloween Song?
#8: Time Warp - from Rocky Horror Picture Show
The classic film has a number of amazing musical scores. The scene from the movie is what really makes this stand out as a song fit for the creepiest of Halloweens, starting with a skeleton locked in a grandfather clock and ending with a fantastic costume party.
#7: Addams Family
One of the funnest creepy Halloween-ish TV shows/movies of all time also has one of the best Halloween songs of all time! We love to watch - and sing along with - the family inexplicably filled with sinister (yet loving) strange beings. The ghoulish characters aren't called out by name, but at the very least we're guessing witch, Frankenstein monster, vampire...
Hope You're Enjoying These Halloween Songs!
#7: I Put a Spell On You - Performed by Bette Midler
There are many versions of this song. The version featured in Hocus Pocus, performed by a trio of witches come back to life on Halloween lead by the ineffable Bette Midler, was especially Halloween-y, though the Screamin' Jay Hawkins version is similarly spooky!
#6: Werewolves of London - by Warren Zevon
If you've never heard this song before, make sure you listen past the opening licks - the beginning sounds very familiar to anyone born before the 90's!
Possibly inspired by the 1930's film Werewolf of London, this song explores (mostly) playful takes on the werewolf theme.
#5: Ghostbusters - by Ray Parker Jr.
Ghosbusters is a terrific example of a non-horror ghost movie, although you might not want the kids to watch some of the more gruesome scenes.
This popular song transcended the movie, and is perhaps even better known. The way the cast from the movie and the artist come together is pure magic.
#4: This Is Halloween - from The Nightmare Before Christmas
The opening song from this classic Tim Burton Halloween Movie is about as Halloween-y as you can get, literally cataloging anything and everything that comes to mind when one thinks about the holiday. From pumpkins to ghosts, black cats to scarecrows, this song has it all.
Watch the scene to experience the best Halloween has to offer!
#3: Season of the Witch - by Donovan
Perhaps the fact that this song was inspired by the psychedelic drug culture contributes to its strong relationship with Halloween in people's minds. Or perhaps, as other say, it's not a song about drugs or witchcraft at all, but instead a veiled commentary on the social changes of the time.
This song also inspired a movie, but not one quite as cute as the Purple People Eater.
#2: Thriller - By Michael Jackson
Again, the music video of this song is what really makes it into a Halloween classic. Witness the zombie genius of Michael Jackson at his greatest, as he creates the dance that would inspire a million copy-cats.
And The #1 Halloween Song Is...
#1: Monster Mash - By Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Cryptkickers
This one is about as old-fashioned as Halloween songs come, but it still enjoys widespread popularity to this day. The creepy, old-timey voice, the monster theme, the long-buried mental associations with goblins and ghouls - there's no better way to get in the spirit of Halloween!