Saturday, October 4, 2014

Top 13 Halloween Party Songs

Well, it's finally time for another top 13 list! I'm pleased to bring you my choices for the Top 13 Halloween Party Songs. These are basically upbeat songs that have either a Halloween theme or some kind of horror theme to them. So, let's get started!

#13 I Put A Spell On You - Bette Midler

I admit, I prefer Screamin' Jay Hawkins version of this song, but Bette Midler's is much more upbeat and would be funner in a party atmosphere. It's a short song but has great energy and is worthy of any Halloween party playlist.

#12 Pet Sematary - The Ramones

Quite possibly the most mismatched theme music to a movie (tempo wise, not lyric wise) in history, this song is catchy as hell and has a great beat. Even if you haven't seen the movie or read the book, the song stands on its own well.

#11 Halloween - Aqua

This song is a little obscure, but is the one with the most traditional "party" sound on this list. I love that it pays homage to old slasher movies.

#10 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.

As a child of the 80s, I had to include Ghostbusters! This song just makes me smile every time I hear it.

#9 Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

In my opinion, this is a classic Halloween song. Good, silly fun!

#8 (I Always Feel Like) Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

With backing vocals by Michael Jackson, who doesn't love this song? Great 80s nostalgia, creepy yet comical, catchy beat...this is one of my faves!
#7 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
There's a bad moon rising...let's dance!
#6 This Is Halloween (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Whether you prefer the original or Marilyn Manson's version, this song is a must-play at any Halloween party!
#5 Time Warp (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Rocky Horror has become a staple of Halloween, and Time Warp is arguably the most popular song from it...with good reason! It's a great song that's easy and fun to dance to. It's just a jump to the left...
#4  Halloween - The Misfits
Although perhaps not the most mainstream of songs (or bands), the Misfits' "Halloween" brings a different flavor to any Halloween party. If you're looking for music that is a little less "kid friendly", the Misfits has a great library of songs. I particularly like "Halloween" because it touches upon ancient rituals of the Druids and more of the "darker side" of the holiday.
#3  Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
A Halloween staple, pure and simple. Not much more I can say than that.
#2  Thriller - Michael Jackson
Even people who don't care for Michael Jackson, still seem to love Thriller. Thriller is one of the funnest songs to dance to, even if you don't know the official dance moves.
#1  Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett
You probably saw this one coming. Monster Mash might just be the most popular song associated with Halloween. It's fun, it's upbeat, and pays homage to classic horror monsters. What could be better?

So, that wraps it up! Do you agree with this list? What songs would you play at a Halloween party?

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