It's a Thriller Night With These Groovy Halloween Songs at the Party

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Halloween is a holiday that takes over the month of October. Yes, that certainly includes music, too. All of your favorite Halloween movies more than likely have a scene or two made even spookier because of the music playing in the background. Plus, those famous monster mashes that you love attending year after year would not be nearly as fun without a playlist of groovy fall songs. (Besides, what else are you going to play while you're busy making your costume or in the kitchen baking yummy Halloween treats?) All this to say, you might be looking for some iconically ghoulish tracks. If that's you, you're in luck: we have a list of the best Halloween songs.

You'll definitely recognize some of songs on this list, while others may come as spine-chilling surprises. Either way, their eerie lyrics can double as fun Halloween quotes or Halloween Instagram captions. (Hint: Just about every line in "This Is Halloween" will work.) You'll also find dance-pop hits like "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and "Monster" by Lady Gaga, as well as tracks from rock bands like The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Once you've queued up this Halloween playlist on Spotify, all you'll need is a big bowl of sweets and some Halloween drinks, and you'll be ready for October 31.

Halloween fun for everyone:

"The Killing Moon" by Echo & The Bunnymen

Sometimes, a song has a haunting sound. This one by '80s English rock band Echo & The Bunnymen is just that. Add in some ominous lyrics about the moon and you've got yourself a perfect Halloween hit.

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"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

You'd never want to come across a wolf with an appetite—or, more fittingly, a werewolf—on Halloween. Though, listening to a song about such an experience can do no harm... right?

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"Monster Mash" by Kelly Clarkson during 'Kellyoke'

There's the original classic "Monster Mash" (which is obviously included later in this list), and then there's the cover by Kelly Clarkson. Honestly, the way the American Idol winner is able to make any song her own is scary good.

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"Maneater" by Nelly Furtado

Beware of the Maneaters! They'll "come out at night" and make sure to pounce while you're not looking. They may be scary, but this early 2000s song made for one mega hit.

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"Black Magic" by Little Mix

Nothing wrong with a little black magic... depending on who you ask. If it's Little Mix, they'll tell you they're pretty fond of it after all.

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"Sally's Song" by Catherine O'Hara

One of the sleeper songs from the film, A Nightmare Before Christmas, it's hard to tell whether or not Catherine O'Hara's voice is inviting or eerie. Maybe that's the point?

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"E.T." by Katy Perry

This popular song by Katy Perry will have you feeling out of this world. This one is especially a good choice if you're going for a more extraterrestrial theme for your Halloween party this year.

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"Howlin' for You" by The Black Keys

If you're howlin' for a groovy night, then you've got to add this one to your playlist. This one by The Black Keys never gets old, no matter how much time as passed.

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"Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?" by Taylor Swift

If you really think about it, the lyrics to Taylor Swift's song off her new TTPD album describes any enigmatic figure on Halloween: "So I leap from the gallows and I levitate down your street / Crash the party like a record scratch as I scream: "Who's afraid of little old me?"

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"Something in My House" by Dead Or Alive

If someone tells you that there's "something" in their house, the last thing you'll want to do is go over there for a party. Though, if they're referring to this '80s hit, that's a different story.

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"Halloween Theme" by John Carpenter

This track might be instrumental, but that sinister melody is instantly recognizable! Don't worry, playing it won't summon Michael Myers at your doorstep.

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"Heffalumps and Woozles" by The Disney Studio Chorus

Hosting kids at your Halloween party? This song from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is a perfect choice to add in! Even adults will find the song pretty catchy.

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"Witchy Woman" by the Eagles

Looking to feel spellbound? This '70s song will do just the trick! You'll find it hard not to tap your feet at this groovy tune.

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"Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne's entire style of music encompasses all things Halloween, especially this eerie hit. With that in mind, anyone choosing a werewolf as their costume?

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"Friends on the Other Side" by Randy Newman

If someone tells you that they have friends on the other side, it's probably best to leave them alone. This soulful melody from The Princess and the Frog is always a good choice.

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"Zombie" by The Cranberries

Did you know that this classic has over 1 billion views on YouTube? Throwing this on at your monster mash will have just about anyone singing along.

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"Spooky" by the Classics IV

It's all in the title: The lyrics to this one are rather lovey-dovey, so if anyone loves Halloween and plans on proposing on October 31—this is a perfect song.

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"Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)," by David Bowie

Nothing is better than a creepy sounding song from the '80s, especially one that is from David Bowie. What else is spookier than some scary monsters and super creeps?

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"Bloody Mary," by Lady Gaga

From the melody, to the lyrics, to the electronic sounds—this one just screams Halloween. You'll need to immediately add this to your playlist this year.

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"All My Ghosts" by Lizzy McAlpine

This one is more on the angsty-romance side of things, but honestly, that can be just as frightening. We can already see this one in the background of any teen-horror flick.

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"Anthem" by Michael Abels

The creepy words sung by seemingly upset children gives us all the chills and thrills. It's no wonder why it was included in the horror-movie, Us.

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"Wolves" by Selena Gomez and Marshmello

Anything wolf or werewolf related screams "Halloween" to us. (Oh, and who remembers when Selena dated that werewolf on Wizards of Waverly Place? 😱

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"Halloween" by Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers makes enough spooky-styled music to fill an entire playlist, but this one does just the trick. It may not be spine chilling, but the lyrics are enough to set the vibe.

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"Stranger Things" Theme Song by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

Stranger Things as a whole is a spooky enough show to be watched during Halloween. Which is exactly why its theme song made the list.

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"Haunted" by Beyoncé

A haunted love is the scariest type of love, according to Beyoncé. We'd agree, especially since she sings about it in the eeriest way possible. This one belongs to her self-titled album, Beyoncé.

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"I Got 5 On It" by Luniz ft. Michael Marshall

The classic Luniz's '90s hit is transformed into something completely sinister in this reimagining of the tune. This is another from the movie Us, just proving why you should give it a watch if you haven't already.

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"Haunted" by Taylor Swift

Honestly, Taylor Swift writing a breakup song about you can already be daunting enough. But she took it to a whole new level with her song "Haunted," which sees the songtress compare a heartbreak to a scary story.

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"Midnight City" by M83

The music video is what really gives this song its' dark edge. Play this song at your Halloween party (bonus points if it's at midnight), and dance your skeleton legs off.

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"Thriller" by Michael Jackson

Including this hit by Michael Jackson did not take even a second thought. It's essentially the anthem of Halloween if it were to have one. Warning: You may or may not break out in dance once the chorus comes on.

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"This Is Halloween" from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Is it really Halloween if you haven't put this movie on display the entire month of October? Kids and adults alike will be able to jam out to this Halloween classic.

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"I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

This song was already famous in its' own right, but being included in the Hocus Pocus soundtrack really sold the deal for this Halloween hit. Jay Hawkins knew how to perfectly deliver this eerie tune with his intimidating yet captivating tone.

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"Monster Mash" by Bobby "Borris" Pickett

No Halloween party would be complete without you replaying this song at least a dozen times. If you know how to do the "Mash Potato"—that's even better.

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"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.

Who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters, of course. Not sure if there is a more memorable line from a Halloween song out there. It's groovy and upbeat, making you forget that this song is about getting rid of ghosts!

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"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

I don't know about you, but we feel pretty superstitious around Halloween time. Stevie Wonder gets the feeling of black magic and spooky tales just right with his timeless song.

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"I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves

While Bow Wow Wow and Aaron Carter have popular recordings of this candy-inspired tune, the original version actually came out in 1965.

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"Time Warp" from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

When "madness takes its toll" on October 31, it's time to do the Time Warp. Even if you've never done the dance before, the song lays the steps out clearly so any beginner (also known as a Rocky Horror "virgin") will catch on quick.

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"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell

The music video for this haunting song is like a mini horror movie, filled with ghoulish apparitions and zombies.

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"Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon

Whether you like it or not, this howling tune is insanely catchy. It was originally written as a joke but ended up being Warren Zevon's most popular song.

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"Heads Will Roll" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Looking for a dance track that's loaded with Halloween imagery? This Yeah Yeah Yeahs song, written from the point of view of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, is the perfect fit.

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"Monsters" by All Time Low ft. Demi Lovato and blackbear

Play this music video at your Halloween bash, too—it's full of zombies, vampires, and yes, monsters.

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"Overture" from 'The Phantom of the Opera'

It really doesn't get more ominous than the start of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. It sounds like you're entering a haunted mansion.

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"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This 1969 song tells of trouble on the way because of the "bad moon on the rise." That makes it an appropriate pick for Halloween night, don't you think?

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"Spooky Scary Skeletons" by Andrew Gold

This children's song from 1996 resurfaced a few years ago and became a huge Halloween hit. The video alone has over 5 million views.

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"Eyes With No Face" by Billy Idol

Inspired by the French horror film of the same name, this Billy Idol song is a Halloween no-brainer.

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"There Will Be Blood" by Kim Petras

All of the lyrics in this Kim Petras track sound like a scary movie, especially the chorus.

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"Love Song for a Vampire" by Annie Lennox

Recorded for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, this song is mournful and haunting.

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"Get Out of My House" by Kate Bush

Kate Bush has said she was influenced by The Shining and Alien when writing this song about shutting one's self away—sounds pretty eerie to us.

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"A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

For a tune that is pure Halloween, this hip hop track from Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff is just what you need. It tells the story of Freddy Krueger, referred to as "Fred" in the song.

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"Over at the Frankenstein Place" from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

To be fair, you could just listen to the entire Rocky Horror soundtrack on Halloween. But this song by Brad, Janet, and Riff Raff is extra fitting thanks to the Frankenstein mention.

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"Jeepers Creepers" by Louis Armstrong

This was written for the 1938 movie Going Places. Even though the song itself isn't about Halloween, with a title like "Jeepers Creepers" it works.

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"Poor Unfortunate Souls" from 'The Little Mermaid'

There are several villainous Disney songs that could work for Halloween, but Ursula's ballad is just downright wicked.

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"Do You Believe in Magic?" by The Lovin' Spoonful

You've probably heard this '60s song countless times. It's all about magic—the magic of love, naturally.

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"Funhouse" by P!nk

A funhouse? Evil clowns? Sounds pretty creepy! The music video also features masked people and a burning house for an extra spooky feel.

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"Witchcraft" by Frank Sinatra

Of course, Frank Sinatra is crooning about the bewitching qualities of falling in love. But we think it works for Halloween too.

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"The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing" from 'Beetlejuice the Musical'

Broadway fans will recognize this show tune from the musical version of Beetlejuice. It's all about, you know, being dead.

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"Dracula's Wedding" by OutKast feat. Kelis

What's more terrifying than being bitten by a vampire? Falling in love, of course!

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"I'm in Love With a Monster" by Fifth Harmony

Give this upbeat song that was written for the Hotel Transylvania 2 a listen on All Hallows' Eve. This monster-packed music video will get you in the Halloween mood.

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"Season of the Witch" by Donovan

Get a dose of some groovy '60s sounds this Halloween with this witchy song by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. Lana Del Rey covered it for the movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

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"Pet Sematary" by Ramones

While this song was written for the horror film Pet Sematary, it ended up becoming one of the Ramones' biggest radio hits. Get an extra dose of Halloween by watching the music video that was filmed at the Sleepy Hollow cemetery in New York.

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"The Monster" by Eminem ft. Rihanna

A song about the monster under your bed? Check! This pop hit by Eminem and Rihanna is a must-have for any All Hallows' Eve playlist.

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"Runnin' With the Devil" by Van Halen

You'll feel extra devilish this Halloween listening to this 1978 Van Halen rock hit.

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"Highway to Hell" by AC/DC

This 1979 banger reflects life on the road for a touring band. Its chorus makes it a Halloween hit too, as the narrator's on a "highway to hell."

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"Disturbia" by Rihanna

The creepy, other-worldly music video for this classic Rihanna track should be essential Halloween viewing.

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"Monster" by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga sings about a "monster" who ate her heart and then ate her brain in this dance hit. Appropriate!

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"The Addams Family" Theme by Vic Mizzy

A harpsichord and finger snaps make up the main melody for America's most mysterious and altogether ooky family.

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"Remains of the Day" from 'Corpse Bride'

Tim Burton's quirky movie is about a man who accidentally marries an undead bride and visits the underworld. This chilling, yet catchy, song tells the story of the Corpse Bride.

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"Bury a Friend" by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish says this song is told from the perspective of the monster under your bed—hence its dark lyrics. Give the music video a watch, it's like a mini horror movie in itself.

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"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" by Elvis Presley

Queue this Elvis classic up for a guaranteed Halloween jam. It's all about someone who looks, walks, and talks like an angel but...well you know the rest.

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"Creep" by Radiohead

Relish in the creepiest night of the year by listening to this iconic Radiohead song.

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