With costumes on sale, pumpkins on porches and Spirit Halloweens filling up abandoned storefronts, Halloween is just around the corner. Here's a multi-genre playlist to make sure you have a scary good Halloween.
‘Thriller,’ Michael Jackson
Starting off with a classic, virtually everyone has heard this song at least once. If you haven't, check it out. If you have, listen to it again to ring in the season.
‘Dead Man’s Party,’ Oingo Boingo
With a groovy ska sound and playful death themed lyrics, this song balances spooky with upbeat perfectly.
‘Monster,” Kanye West feat. Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and JAY-Z
This dark, horror themed rap is atmospheric in just the right way for Halloween. Additionally, even if her knowledge on vaccines is flawed, Nicki Minaj's verse on this song is one of the best parts.
‘Ghosting,’ Mother Mother
This song may be a bit more emotional and pensive than others on this list, but it’s still a bop. That, along with the lyrics that namedrop halloween, allow this hauntingly emotional song to fit right in.
‘Somebody’s Watching Me,’ Rockwell
This one’s another classic, and though it isn’t exactly a unique choice for this playlist, it couldn’t be left off this playlist. This horror themed synth-funk song is just too quintessential to the season.
With a heavy electronic beat, striking pop vocals and particularly violent lyrics, this song invokes the kind of frightening, hyper violent femininity depicted in horror movies like “Jennifer’s Body” and “Ginger Snaps.” In short, it’s an absolute banger.
‘Calling All the Monsters,’ China Anne McClain
Look, I know that this one is from a Disney Channel show, but who doesn’t love a throwback? That doesn’t change the fact that it slaps, and is clearly themed around Halloween.
‘I Want Candy,’ Bow Wow Wow
Though we as college students may be past trick-or-treating age, Halloween can still get you into your candy cravings. Hopefully this energetic song, even if it’s not particularly scary, will keep you in check until Nov. 1 brings post-Halloween candy sales.
‘She Wolf,’ Shakira
This synthy werewolf-themed song embodies the more sultry side of Halloween, and in Spanish it’s title, “Loba,” even references a derogatory term for promiscuous women and uses it to be empowering. Definitely worth having on the soundtrack for your next costume party, but you don’t need to be out for the night to enjoy this bop.
‘Monster Mash,’ Bobby “Boris” Pickett feat. The Crypt-Kickers
No matter how many decades have passed since this song came out (nearly six, if you're counting), there's a reason why it's consistently featured as a song for the holiday. It's an oldie, but a goldie.
‘Dracula’s Wedding,’ Outkast feat. Kelis
Not only is this a fun, slightly eerie tune, it’s got a surprisingly charming love story going on within the lyrics. Whether spending Halloween alone or with your significant other, this is certainly fit for the season.
‘Highway to Hell,’’ AC/DC
Sure, this isn’t really a Halloween song, but the hard rock and Satanic lyrics provide a nice compliment to the more spooky songs on this list.
‘bury a friend,’ Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish maintains a soft, almost ghostly tone of voice throughout this creepy song, but the heavy beat and unique instrumentals make this song eerie without compromising its listenability. Definitely worth listening to, as it’s a somewhat underrated piece from a very mainstream artist.
‘Dragula,’ Rob Zombie
The harsh but energetic guitar and intense vocals make this song catchy and one worth listening to even if metal isn’t your thing. Despite being great at any time of the year, it especially suits the gruesome aesthetic of Halloween.
‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps),’ David Bowie
To finish off this playlist is a bop from the late, great David Bowie. The punky sound, though a departure from his other work, still is embodied well within this song and is appropriate for spooky season.
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