The Top 40 Songs for Halloween Parties

40 Top Pop Hit Songs for Your Next Halloween or Costume Party

Here are some of the best pop songs for Halloween. Top 40 songs about ghosts, witches, monsters and scarey people. You'll need music to go along with your Halloween Party. Create a mix tape, um... I mean Mix CD for your party guests to enjoy. Add some dry ice (fog), black lights, carved jack-o-lanterns, and lots of candy. Don't forget to serve a brew of bloody mary's, black cat tea, and green goo juice. Crank up the tunes and boogie, man. (bad pun intended)

1 Strange Brew by Cream. Eric Clapton penned this trippy hit in 1967.

2 Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group. The coolest instrumental of all time....

3 Pet Sematary by The Ramones, written for the Stephen King movie; very cool song. I don't wanna be buried... in a Pet Sematary...

4 He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) by Alice Cooper, written for Friday the 13th Part 6, and a great song for any occasion.

5 Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

6 Witch's Promise by Jethro Tull

7 The Ghost in You by The Psychedelic Furs, one of the best 80s songs.

8 Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Picket, always a Halloween music favorite.

9 Over at the Frankenstein Place from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Richard O'Brien) The most surreal track from the great sci-fi horror musical featuring Riff Raff and Frank; The Time Warp is also very appropriate for a party.

10 The Raven by Alan Parson's Project, a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe

11 Evil Woman by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)

12 Devil Woman by Cliff Richard

13 Dark Lady by Cher

14 Black Magic Woman by Santana

15 Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

16 Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac. This song is about an old Welsh witch.
She is like a cat in the dark and then
She is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark and when
The sky is starless

17 Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (Werewolf maybe?)

18 I Put a Spell on You by Screamin Jay Hawkins

19 Old Ghosts by Jethro Tull (Beastie and Sweet Dream by Tull would also work here)

20 Teenage Frankenstein by Alice Cooper

21 Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. This was the theme music to the Exorcist.

22 The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein by Blue Oyster Cult

23 Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne

24 Spirits in the Night as performed by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, this version has the right spooky sound for Halloween.

25 Witchy Woman by the Eagles

26 I'm your Boogeymen by KC & the Sunshine Band (You laugh, but know you love it)

27 Super Freak by Rick James

28 Dream Warriors by Dokken, theme from Nightmare on Elm Street III

29 Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band

30 Magic Man by Heart

31 Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival

32 Hell's Bells by AC/DC

33 People are Strange by the Doors

34 Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley

35 Crystal Ball by Styx

36 Cat People by David Bowie

37 Bloodletting (the Vampire Song) by Concrete Blonde

38 The Mask by Roger Glover, the bassist for Deep Purple

39 Love Bites by Def Leppard

40 Spiders and Snakes by Jim Stafford

In addition to pop and rock songs, check out the soundtrack to Creepshow, especially the track called "The Crate." It's an excellent Halloween party music arrangement. For a list of the best Halloween horror movies, visit the Horror Film Trailers website. Now go plan your mix tape and: Trick or Treat !

See Also: Best Halloween TV Show Episodes

Top 10 Horror Movie Soundtracks of All Time

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  • Tracy Y 10/22/2013

    Why isn't thriller on here????

  • italia 8/30/2013

    Awesome list of songs! Check out http://hallowmix.com - the site has a ton of other songs too for Halloween

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