Heading to a Halloween party or throwing your own? Put on this playlist and have a scary good time. This playlist will keep the party rocking with songs that will have you dancing ’til you’re dead. Peppered with themes from scary movies and TV shows and even a medieval piece of music, this playlist does not only provide background music, it entertains. While I love every song included on this Halloween party playlist, let’s talk about a few that stand out from the crowd.
First on the list: “This is Halloween” performed by Marilyn Manson. This is the grown-up version of Danny Elfman’s “This is Halloween” from the cult-classic “Nightmare Before Christmas.” I picked this version over the version from the movie performed by The Citizens of Halloween because Marilyn Manson’s version is far more haunting. It conjures all the right spooky feels during the Halloween season.
Following the freaky “Bury Me feat. Maluca & Bricc Baby Shitro” by Brodinski, we have “VooDoo” by Godsmack. This song holds a special place in my heart because I once performed a Modern dance to it in High School. Besides making me feel nostalgic it’s the type of song that makes you want to put down your drink and perform a séance. The eerie nostalgia continues with songs like “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “Witchy Woman” by Eagles, and “Black Magic Woman” by Fleetwood Mac.
“Summer Overture” by Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet from “Requiem for a Dream” is an enchanting and powerful piece of music. I’ve placed this song on the playlist ahead of “Tear You Apart” by She Wants Revenge. While “Summer Overture” may cause you to stop what you’re doing and listen, “Tear You Apart” will reel you back in with its irresistibly dark, yet upbeat sound. You may recognize this selection from an infamous scene in American Horror Story: Hotel.
I once saw 30 Seconds to Mars use “O Fortuna” by Pavel Urbanek as their stage entrance song, this piece of music commands attention and 30 Seconds to Mars’ use of it was brilliant. This song ushers in some sinister fun with songs from AWOLNATION, Bastille, Panic! at the Disco, and Vampire Weekend. I simply couldn’t put together the Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist without Vampire Weekend, their band name is too perfect. It actually comes from a horror film project that the lead vocalist and guitarist, Ezra Koenig, worked on.
The very last song on the playlist is “We Have Candy” by Die Antwoord. This song is the ultimate culmination of all of the sounds heard on this playlist. It’s weird, creepy, demanding of your attention, and amusing. It’s eating your Halloween candy after a night of Trick-or-Treating.
In case you haven’t noticed, this playlist is NOT kid-friendly. To clean it up, open it up in Spotify and remove all of the EXPLICIT songs. This will leave you with plenty of creepy tunes that everyone can enjoy.
Enough talking, let’s listen…