The best Halloween playlist ever

Michael Jackson's Thriller

Halloween is my favorite time of year for lots and lots of reasons, including the costumes and the spooky atmosphere, but what is with the music? Despite Halloween’s macabre mood, especially in the movies, the playlists that celebrate Halloween are pretty cheesy, so I decided to try to put a moodier playlist together finally.

So what was I looking for? Absolutely no “Monster Mash”, “I Put a Spell on You”, and no theme songs from movies or TV shows. Instead, I wanted darker, moodier songs, plus a few classics, even if they were pop songs. Most of my top picks were also from Halloween movies–The Crow, Shaun of the Dead, Lost Boys, Ghostbusters, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. And, yes, what would a Halloween playlist be without Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”?

Here’s the full list of songs, in no particular order, plus you can listen to the playlist on Spotify below–if you’re not already a member you may have to sign up. Take a listen and then tell me what you thought, or share the playlist with your friends. Plus, if I can find any more great songs, I’ll add them, so tweet or comment with your favorites below.

Best Haloween Ever playlist:
“Thriller” Michael Jackson
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult
“Dead Souls” Nine Inch Nails
“I Put A Spell On You” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
“People Are Strange” Echo and the Bunnymen
“Ghost Town” The Specials
“Dragula” Rob Zombie
“Cry Little Sister” Gerard McMann
“My Body’s A Zombie For You” Dead Man’s Bones
“The Killing Moon” Echo and the Bunnymen
“Ghostbusters” Ray Parker, Jr.
“Little Drop of Poison” Tom Waits
“This Is Halloween” Marilyn Manson
“Paint It, Black” The Rolling Stones
“Burn” The Cure
“Time Warp” Rocky Horror Picture Show

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.