A Spooktacular Playlist for Your Halloween!

A Spooktacular Playlist for Your Halloween!

It’s almost Halloween! Do you have your costume ready? Have enough candy for those trick-or-treaters and also for your secret stash? Wait! Do you have any music to celebrate the spooky occasion?

If you don’t have a music playlist for Halloween yet, don’t worry! I have complied a spooky playlist featuring spooktacular Halloween tunes! Perfect for that Halloween party or to get you in the Halloween mood at your house or office. You can find the playlist on Spotify or check it out here:

Now Featuring Halloween Songs

Like the Autumn playlist that I created last month, I will feature about five songs out of 50 in today’s post. I will not be able to feature all 50 songs sadly. Halloween season is coming to an end in three weeks! But, you are free to listen to all 50 songs in the playlist above any time you want, even after Halloween or next year!

Three of the songs featured in the playlist (Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own”, Tommy heavenly6’s “Lollipop Candy BAD girl”, and AKB48’s “Halloween Night”) have been mentioned before. Check out the respective posts to read my write-ups about each tune.

Let me know in the comments which song from the playlist is your favorite. Also, if you have a favorite Halloween song, let me know too! I love listening to new tunes!


Charlie Daniels Band – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" single cover

Though it isn’t a typical Halloween song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” should be on everyone’s Halloween playlist. This slick country classic is a staple for any music lover out there. The center of the song revolves around a fast-pace, riveting violin. This violin is not only the main instrument of the instrumentation but also the plot. If you never heard of the lyrics, the story of the song is that the Devil went down to Georgia, looking for a soul to steal. Lo and below, he found his victim, but he couldn’t do it easily: he had to take part in a fiddle battle. I won’t spoil the ending as you have to listen for that!

Of course, it shouldn’t be played just during Halloween, but all throughout the year. It is an entertaining song with its plot and blazing fiddle solo. What is favorite thing about “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”?

Did you know that this song had a sequel? Done by a different band but with the same premise.


Eason Chan – “萬聖節的一個傳說” (Wànshèngjié de Yīgè Chuánshuō; A Halloween Legend)

Eason Chan album cover

Hong Kong-native Eason Chan seems to be an established and popular artist around Asia, but I never heard of him before. When I was looking up Halloween songs in different languages, I stumbled across “Wànshèngjié de Yīgè Chuánshuō” from Chan’s 2011 album 準備中 (Zhǔnbèizhōng: Getting Ready).

A song that seems to divulged into a dark Halloween song, “Wànshèngjié de Yīgè Chuánshuō” is an interesting listen with its dark tones. It also makes use of the drums and electric guitars in a way like modern metal songs. This factor makes me love this Eason Chan song as I am a big fan of metal songs. Now I am curious about Chinese metal music, thanks to “Wànshèngjié de Yīgè Chuánshuō”.


Los Claxons – “Día De Muertos” (Day of Dead)

Los Claxons album cover

“Día De Muertos” is another song that you wouldn’t expect to be on a Halloween playlist as it is light and acoustic. Yet, as many countries celebrate the dark aspects of Halloween, there are some countries that celebrate death in a different way. The Mexican celebration El Dia de los Muertos is not a scary occasion, and not dark. Instead, it is a celebration of the life of loved ones that have passed on. And in that way, that is how Los Claxons composed the 2011 song “Día De Muertos”.

A song like “Día De Muertos” is much needed in a Halloween playlist as it brings a balance and a different viewpoint. If you find a translation of the lyrics, you can see that this Los Claxons song talks about the key to life is love. It is the most important thing in this world of people coming and going. These lyrics and the soothing acoustic setup is what makes “Día De Muertos” a song worth listening to.


Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Spellbound”

Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Juju" cover

From the 1981 album Juju, Siouxsie and the Banshees’s “Spellbound” casts a spell as it entrices it’s listeners with its mystical post-punk tone. According to an article on Louder, the album was “inspired by Hitchcock, horror and an African bust unearthed in Forest Hill”. Betty Page’s review in the rock magazine In Sounds details that “this is the soundtrack of the unknown, hinting darkly at black magic, witchery, murder, and death.”[1]  You can hear these influences within “Spellbound” in the dark tones and attractive melodies.

Many have exclaimed that Siouxsie and the Banshees were the first to incorporate the gothic sound into rock music with “Spellbound” and Juju. But, what do you think? Can you find any gothic, dark influences in “Spellbound”?


Concrete Blonde – “Bloodletting (the Vampire Song)”

Concrete Blonde's "Bloodletting" album cover

The reason why I chose Concrete Blonde`s “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” because it reminds me of the late 80s Red Hot Chili Peppers. Maybe it is in the chorus that draws some similarity to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ rendition of “Higher Ground”. Maybe it is the brazen electric guitar that plays a prominent role in the last half of the song.

Nevertheless, “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” is a great song for those who are craving for the darker side of Halloween. The song is dark with its gothic tones, lyrics that feature analogy some kind of passionate love with a vampire. Take a listen to the link below:


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A Spooktacular Playlist for Your Halloween!

References

[1] https://www.loudersound.com/features/siouxsie-and-the-banshees-how-we-made-juju

This Post Has 63 Comments

  1. Cool playlist! You are really bringing the spirit of Halloween.

  2. I love Halloween! This looks like a great playlist, I’ve heard some of these and others I’ve never even heard of so I will have to check them out. Thanks for putting this together and having it right here for us to listen to.

  3. If you’ve seen any of my recent posts, you’d know that I LOVE Halloween, especially Halloween music. These are some great songs to help spook up any Halloween party!

  4. oh i love the playlist, THANK YOU SO MUCH. This is perfect for my Halloween party, love it.

    1. Thanks for the music tips. I saw Aqua and my eyes lit up as i loved this band and yes theyre Halloween song is a fun track

  5. Ha! The perfect playlist for a Halloween party!

  6. I love listening to spooky music this time of year. My boyfriend has a playlist that he pretty much keeps on repeat. I need to add some of these songs to his list!

  7. Awesome playlist! I love having a good one for Trick or Treating but never know what songs to put together.

  8. Love some of your music taste. I am also a Jpop fan.🍻🔥

  9. I’ve barely heard ANY of these songs, but just reading their titles creeped me out! Especially “Somebody’s Watching You” – ahh! 😅🙈

  10. I can’t believe i have never thought of a Halloween playlist. I have playlists for all sorts of moods and situations. This list is great, I see many songs I like, I will check out the rest.

  11. So many spooky songs! Love a good themed playlist for any holiday!

    1. Great playlist idea!! I’ll use this! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I’m not doing Halloween, however, love many of these songs.

  13. I must admit the list is simply perfect for Halloween!!

  14. So many great tunes! The Marilyn Manson cover of This Is Halloween is so good, The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite movie ever.

  15. I LOVE THIS!! Usually when I think ‘Halloween Songs’ it’s usually think of the ‘Monster Mash’ song so I realize I need to broaden my selections to thanks for this!

  16. Wow, this is definitely a great list but the THRILLER by Michael Jackson is still the number one in my heart.

  17. Great collection here for my favorite time of the year. Love the Lady Gaga song, and of course always have to have the Ghostbusters theme song.

  18. These are so fun! I’m such a sucker for all things Halloween.

  19. This is so much fun! Such a great playlist for this month.

  20. This is a great playlist for us to use at our camping trip over Halloween weekend. It’s great for adults and kids.

  21. What a great idea! Definitely going to save this to play this year!

  22. Great list to celebrate Halloween with some music. My favorite is Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

  23. I think I’ve seen a couple of posts already about music for Halloween. Your playlist is good and I’d like to use them in our upcoming party. Thanks!

  24. Wow, you have a beautiful lists of songs on your playlist but Ghostbusters and Thriller are still number one for me.. LOL!

  25. Halloween is just starting to caught up in this part of the world PH. Thanks for the playlist, I will recommend to the store and laundry shop downstairs. 🙂

  26. For those really waiting for Halloween, here is a playlist fr them. The Vampire song-Bloodletting really sounds spooky enough for the season.

  27. Oooh… these song would be great for a Halloween party. I’m sure a ton of these have been in scary movies too.

  28. This is an awesome Halloween playlist! It would be ideal for a Halloween party or gathering. I would also add Rihanna’s Disturbia. I love that song.

  29. I think I recognize some of the songs listed above. I personally like Lady Gaga’s Monster and Michael Jackson’s Thirller – reminds me of childhood. Thanks for compiling all these!

  30. This is an amazing Halloween playlist. Saving this and sharing with friends

  31. Wow, cool playlist. You have uplifted my Halloween spirits for sure. And it’s a huge Halloween song collection. I am going to use it.
    Btw love vampire song.

    1. How spooky… but I enjoy the thrill!!! I have to take a closer look to these songs. Have a great day!

  32. I love this! I actually have a Halloween playlist too! But there are a few songs you have that I need to add to mine.

  33. omg!! I actually love the playlist, THANK YOU SO MUCH. This is gonna get me hyped this spooky season x

  34. All the songs are cool. I am sharing this post with my daughter. I know she will enjoy them.

  35. OH I have a Halloween party tomorrow so I am going to have to use this!

  36. I’m going to listen to these when I get back from my adventure tomorrow.

  37. This is awesome. I’ve been looking for more music, especially for this holiday season. Will have to check these out, thanks for sharing!

  38. What a great list for halloween I never realised there were so many halloween themed songs

  39. Its Halloween time again!! Awesome playlist, some of them are real fun.

  40. Wow! Such a great playlist to get me in the scary mood. I love it!

  41. The playlist is fab.The devil went to Georgia is my fav..Thanks for compiling this for us

  42. Thank you for getting us in the Halloween spirit. We always get all the neighbors together for “one stop Halloween shopping” — 8 baskets of candy at once while we sit out by a fire pit and listen to music. These are great recommendations.

  43. What an interesting playlist. Charlie Daniels Band is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this list.

  44. I am loving this … This looks like a better playlist then some of the ones I have seen on Spotify.

  45. This is such an amazing playlist! I recognise quite a few of the songs on it. My favorite has to be “Someone is watching me”, it’s such a good Halloween song.

  46. Oooh! I love these songs from your Halloween Playlist. Thriller is such a classic, especially with the music video. It is cool to see representation in the music industry. Thanks for sharing all of these tracks!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  47. Great compilation! I like how patient you are when it comes to researching songs.

  48. Love the songs in this collection. Just a beautiful audio track for Halloween. Keep these wonderful collections coming.

  49. This is awesome! I am totally behind Halloween preps and this is just a life-saver.

    Thank you for sharing your playlist. So happy that some of my favorites like I Put a Spell On You and Monster are included.

  50. This is awesome! We always leave the window open and put our speaker with a spooky playlist next to it for all the incoming treaters!

  51. Love this!! Perfect for a Halloween party. Will have to check out Dia de Muertos.

    -Jennifer

  52. bookmarking for sure. I need these this October

  53. wow! this is really a nice playlist. Thanks for sharing

  54. So many good songs here that would be perfect for a Halloween party or just to get into the festive moods.

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