Our favorite spooky season is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Yes, making a good costume is on top of our list of priorities now, but what’s a gloomy, spooky season without a good Halloween songs playlist? If you are thinking of throwing a Halloween party, have all your Halloween decorations, snacks, and movies ready, but have no idea what songs to play, we got you covered!
Halloween Songs Playlist
When it comes to any season, having a themed playlist that can get you in the mood for it all is always the right thing to do. Over the decades, many artists made some great songs that perfectly fit the spooky season of Halloween. In this list, we’ve gathered some of the old, classic, and modern hits that can get you right in the mood for our favorite gloomy season. Put your witchy hats on and let’s dive into this list together!
30. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
What’s a Halloween party without werewolves? Howl at the moon with a classic rock jam, Werewolves of London, and add a bit of karaoke, too! Your friends will love you for it.
You hear him howling around your kitchen doorWarren Zevon – Werewolves of London Lyrics
You better not let him in.
29. Shakira – She Wolf
Let’s continue with the theme of wolves, but this time with a girl version. Shakira’s 2009 hit She Wolf, featuring some electro-pop and actual howling, is a perfect song for a good Halloween party where you can dance your heart out.
There’s a she wolf in the closetShakira – She Wolf Lyrics
Open up and set her free
28. Halsey – Ghost
The title of this 2014 song by Halsey fits our Halloween theme perfectly. Not only that, but the lyrics in which she talks to a ghost and the frigid beat in the background go hand in hand with our spooky season thematic.
My ghost / Where’d you go?Halsey – Ghost Lyrics
I can’t find you in the body sleeping next to me
My ghost / Where’d you go?
What happened to the soul you used to be?
27. Eminem ft. Rihanna – Monster
The title itself makes this a song with a well-deserved place in our Halloween list. The lyrics may not be creepy for some, but sometimes there’s nothing scarier than that voice in our heads Rihanna signs about.
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bedEminem ft. Rihanna – Monster Lyrics
Get along with the voices inside of my head
26. Little Mix – Black Magic
Every playlist needs some upbeat pop songs that will lift everyone’s spirits. Black Magic by our favorite British girl group mentions crystal balls, spells, and secret potions, earning them a place on our Halloween list.
Take a sip of my secret potionLittle Mix – Black Magic Lyrics
I’ll make you fall in love
For a spell that can’t be broken
One drop should be enough
25. Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora – Black Widow
If you listen closely, this catchy bop has some eerie clapping in the background, which could work really well for a spooky séance. Also, there’s nothing we love more than two female pop stars teaming up to carry out some revenge.
This is the web, the web that you weaveIggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora – Black Widow Lyrics
So baby now rest in peace.
24. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
What makes a song a good pick for a Halloween playlist if not Mick Jagger embodying the Devil himself? If you know how to appreciate classic rock, then we’ve got a treat for your playlist this year.
Just as every cop is a criminalThe Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil Lyrics
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails/Just call me Lucifer
‘Cause I’m in need of some restraint.
23. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) the Reaper
Another treat for classic rock fans! (Don’t Fear) the Reaper is all about not being scared of the inevitability of death. What else would you need for your Halloween playlist?
Come on, baby (don’t fear the reaper)Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) the Reaper Lyrics
Baby, take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
22. Rihanna – Disturbia
Hardly any good Halloween party can go without Rihanna’s Disturbia. Chilly bells and whistles in the song’s chorus send shivers down our spine and this song is straight to our Halloween playlist.
Your mind’s in disturbiaRihanna – Disturbia Lyrics
It’s like the darkness is the light
Am I scaring you tonight?
21. Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
Although it is a movie theme song, this catchy hit will get everyone singing. Get ready to have it stuck in your heart for the rest of the day, however.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhoodRay Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters Lyrics
Who you gonna call?
20. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Another hit that will be stuck in your head all night. This upbeat song has a funky sound to it, contrary to the dark lyrics representing the thoughts of a serial killer. Perfect for our horror month!
We are vain and we are blindTalking Heads – Psycho Killer Lyrics
I hate people when they’re not polite
Qu’est-ce que c’est
19. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver – Monster
A treat for our hip-hop enthusiasts. With such an amazing beat and masterful lyrics, while also being in the theme of our list, how could we resist Monster?
OK first things first I’ll eat your brainsKanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver – Monster Lyrics
Then I’mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs
Cause that’s what a mother f*cking monster do.
18. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
The song itself might not be considered a particularly scary one unless you’re one of Taylor Swift’s enemies. However, the music video for Look What You Made Me Do, in which Taylor Swift is dressed up as a literal zombie, makes this a good addition to your Halloween playlist.
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the timeTaylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do Lyrics
I got a list of names, and yours is in red, underlined
17. The Cranberrie – Zombie
There are many interpretations of this wonderful piece, but we can all agree on one thing – it is an angsty song, and it is perfect for late-night drives during the spooky season. Might get you thinking about some real-world issues, too.
Another head hangs lowlyThe Cranberrie – Zombie Lyrics
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?
16. Billie Eilish – Bury a Friend
Creepy songs and music videos are something we’re used to when it comes to the newest pop icon, Billie Eilish. Her 2019 hit, Bury a Friend, is no different. In one of her interviews, Billie said that the song was written from the perspective of the monster under her bed. Have you ever wondered what the monster under your bed is feeling?
Why aren’t you scared of me? Why do you care for me?Billie Eilish – Bury a Friend Lyrics
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?
15. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Although most of us know this song from the BBC’s hit show Peaky Blinders, Red Right Hand, with its threatening allure and Cave’s ominous voice, is a great addition to everyone’s Halloween music list this year.
On a gathering storm comesNick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand Lyrics
A tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat
With a red right hand
14. Imagine Dragons – Demons
Another song that makes you think and maybe realize that sometimes the scariest monsters are not under our beds, but within ourselves.
When you feel my heatImagine Dragons – Demons Lyrics
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide.
13. Michael Andrews and Gary Jules – Mad World
This one might not be the best pick for a party since it’s a slow, piano ballad. However, Mad World has been used in the horror movie industry quite a lot, so its place on our list is a well-deserved one.
And I find it kind of funnyMichael Andrews and Gary Jules – Mad World Lyrics
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.
12. Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Another spot for Billie Eilish, are we surprised? Bad Guy, with its creepy undertones and muffled vocals, is something you don’t want to miss on your playlist this Halloween.
Sleeping, you’re on your tippy toesBillie Eilish – Bad Guy Lyrics
Creeping around like no one knows
Think you’re so criminal
11. The Eagles – Witchy Woman
It doesn’t get much better than Witchy Woman if you’re a fan of classic Halloween songs. This timeless hit is not something you want to miss this season.
Raven hair and ruby lips,The Eagles – Witchy Woman Lyrics
Sparks fly from her fingertips.
Echoed voices in the night
She’s restless spirit on an endless flight
10. Taylor Swift – no body, no crime
Taylor Swift went back to her country roots while singing about her take on a crime story. What makes this song even better is the fact that it might be based on a real crime story from 1938. Spooky enough for us!
No, no body, no crimeTaylor Swift – no body, no crime Lyrics
I wasn’t lettin’ up until the day he died
9. Dorothy – Raise Hell
The song that makes you want to rebel, break the reigns of society and be free, while also singing about raising hell and selling your soul? Count us in!
Baby, drop them bonesDorothy – Raise Hell Lyrics
Baby, sell that soul
Heaven, fare thee well
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
8. Katy Perry – E.T
Katy Perry’s 2010 hit, E.T., is a perfect addition to your Halloween playlist. With its robotic chorus and chilling lyrics, this bop is one of the darkest songs on Perry’s Teenage Dream album, and a must-have on every Halloween playlist.
You’re from a whole ‘nother worldKaty Perry – E.T Lyrics
A different dimension
You open my eyes
And I’m ready to go
Lead me into the light
7. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
With several horror films listed in the lyrics of the song, Lady Gaga’s 2009 smashing hit, Bad Romance, could easily be considered a Halloween anthem. Not only does Gaga name several Alfred Hitchc*** films, but she also shows how scary someone’s obsession with another person can be, sending them into madness.
I want your psycho, your vertigo schtick (Schtick, hey!)Lady Gaga – Bad Romance Lyrics
Want you in my rear window, baby, you’re sick
6. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
There should be no Halloween playlist without our favorite witch in it – Stevie Nicks. Rhiannon was inspired by a supernatural horror novel, Triad by Mary Leader, and it most definitely deserves a place on our list.
Once in a million years a lady like her risesFleetwood Mac – Rhiannon Lyrics
Oh no, Rhiannon, you cry, but she’s gone
5. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
A little something for fans of older hits, that are no less deserving of their place on our list. Superstition by Steve Wonder was released a week before Halloween of 1972, and since then it’s been a must-have for all Halloween parties – or at least the good ones!
The devil’s on his way,Stevie Wonder – Superstition Lyrics
Thirteen month old baby,
Broke the lookin’ glass,
Seven years of bad luck,
Good things in your past
4. Evanescence – Bring Me to Life
How could we ever forget about the classic spooky pop song we all know and love? Although most of us know it as an emo kid anthem, its cold lyrics and vocals make Bring Me to Life another must-have for a Halloween party.
Leading you down into my coreEvanescence – Bring Me to Life Lyrics
Where I’ve become so numb
Without a soul
My spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
3. The Eagles – Hotel California
We all know it as one of the most mysterious and widely discussed songs in the rock industry. Although it deals with the excess of American culture, the ominous music and mysterious vibe of the song make it a good pick for a Halloween playlist.
And still those voices are calling from far awayThe Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say
”Welcome to the Hotel California”
2. Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman
If anyone deserves at least two spots in a Halloween playlist, it’s Fleetwood Mac. Their song Black Magic Woman was inspired by a horror play and the song is full of such imagery. How could we resist?
Yes, I got a black magic womanFleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman Lyrics
She’s got me so blind I can’t see
But she’s a black magic woman
And she’s trying to make a Devil out of me
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
This one might be pretty self-explanatory. Michael Jackson’s hit, Thriller, is hands down one of the most known horror songs and music videos that a lot of us still have nightmares about.
Cause this is thriller, thriller nightMichael Jackson – Thriller Lyrics
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike