Monday, October 31, 2016

Music Monday - 13 Great Halloween Songs That Aren't "Thriller" or "Monster Mash"

Throwing a Halloween party or looking for some fun music to listen to while handing out trick or treat candy?   I made a list of 13 of my favorite Halloween songs.  Although I like "Thriller" a lot, you won't find it here, and some of the songs you hear a lot like "Monster Mash" are missing too.  I went for songs you don't hear as often at Halloween, just to keep things interesting!  Just click on the song title link to hear each song at Youtube.
  1. "Spooky" - Dusty Springfield (1968).  The Classics IV version is best known, but I prefer Dusty's jazzy cover.
  2. "I Put a Spell On You" - Nina Simone (1965).  My favorite Halloween song, and Nina Simone's version is my favorite.
  3. "Voodoo" - Chris Isaak (1987).  I confess:  Chris Isaak is one of my secret celebrity boyfriends.  And I love this song! 
  4. "Dead Man's Party" - Oingo Boingo (1985).  THE Halloween song from my college years.
  5. "The Twilight Zone" - Manhattan Transfer (1979).  I love them - my favorite vocal jazz group.
  6. "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder (1972).  One of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs.
  7. "Evil Woman" - Electric Light Orchestra (1975).  Great 1970's retro song.
  8. "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969).  I think CCR deserves more oldies music love;  they're one of my favorite 1960's bands.
  9. "Season of the Witch" - Donovan (1966).  A 1960's hippie rock addition.
  10. "Hungry Like the Wolf" - Duran Duran (1982).  Some new wave dance fun!  Not a traditional Halloween song, but if you listen to the lyrics, it fits into this list. 
  11. "Witchcraft" - Frank Sinatra (1957).  A cool jazz addition to your Halloween playlist.  Love Sinatra.
  12. "Cat People" - David Bowie (1982).  One of my favorite Bowie songs, and also one of my favorites for Halloween.
  13. "Bewitched" - Peggy Lee (1965).  Yes, it's the TV theme with lyrics!
What are YOUR favorite Halloween songs?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

11 comments:

Me Imperturbe said...


GREAT post! Love the selections.

Jessica J said...

Such great picks! Witchcraft is my favorite!
xo Jessica
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Mistle Petrey said...

I have heard of a few of these songs but a lot I have not. Great picks!!!

Joann Downie said...

Excellent songs here's another for your list-Devil Woman by Cliff Richards!!
Happy Halloween!!

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Ali Arnone said...

these are great! i have the halloween party pandora station on today and even though a few are repeating - it's pretty creative/awesome! they played the song from beetlejuice (the one they all sing/perform at the table) which i thought was a good one :)

Fashionable Tigress said...

These songs are so great. I guess ice never thought about them being Halloween songs but I guess they really are. Great post 😊

Rachel Gault said...

So many good ones! I love I Put A Spell On You!

Kelsie Kleinmeyer said...

Oh how fun are these! I forget about all the fun Halloween songs!!

Allison said...

I love this! We had on Halloween music all day yesterday and we definitely could have added some of these!

Sarah | Loving Little Dixie said...

What a great list! These would be super fun for a Halloween party.

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks all! I enjoyed hearing about your favorites. Hope you had a fun Halloween!