These songs will get you in the Halloween spirit
Halloween is a great time to throw a Halloween party, and for that party some good tunes are needed to keep the party in the right mood. Here are some classic tunes that fit right into your Halloween theme. No party would be complete without them. The songs are also great to create your own Halloween playlist for your ipod.
HOTEL CALIFORNIA- The Eagles released this song in 1977 and it is one of their most popular songs. The song is like a horror movie played out in song. A tired traveler stops at hotel and finds out that there are some strange things going on in the hotel. He soon discovers that you can check out, but you can never leave. That line will put a chill up your spine. Talk about a nightmare.
DEVIL WOMAN- This song was released by Cliff Richard in 1976 and it reached #6 on Billboard Charts. It became one of Cliff’s most successful songs. This song has all the elements of a great Halloween song. There is a black cat that appears on his door, a gypsy woman with a crystal ball, a curse, and the woman who is supposed to help him is really a devil woman with evil on her mind. Yikes hope he find a cure fast.
THE MONSTER MASH- This novelty song was released in 1962 by Bobby Pickett and reached number one just in time for Halloween. It has become a song that gets played every Halloween for good reason it is fun. You have the sound of something brewing in the lab. The singer sounds just like Boris Karloff (the original Frankenstein). This mad scientist creates a new dance called The Monster Mash. Who wouldn’t want to dance to this song? It is very catchy and has a great beat.
THRILLER- Michael Jackson released this song in 1984 and not only is the song memorable, the video that was made for it is too. The song has the night, the moonlight, sound effects ranging from closing doors, howling wolves, thunder, feet walking, wind blowing, and bringing on the horror is the voice of movie horror Vincent Price. You have all the elements of horror in a funky groove that pushes the song on. Michael created a classic song here.
PURPLE PEOPLE EATER- I think Halloween is a great time for novelty songs and we have another one here. This song was released in 1958 by Shep Wooley. It made it to number one on the Billboard charts. The song is about a strange creature who landed on earth. He loved to eat purple people luckily for us earthlings. His sole purpose for landing on earth was to get a job as a rock singer. It has that 50’s sound of soulful saxophone and electric guitar. A great song to twist by.
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON- This song was released by Warren Zevon in 1978. We have some werewolves on the loose in London. The song has a great piano accompaniment with a steady drum beat. Keep your doors locked and keep them locked, werewolves are on the prowl. This is a great song to dance to. The lyrics "Aahoo" drift though out the song and make the song even more catchy.
EVIL WOMAN- This song was released by ELO in 1975. This song could be played anytime of the year because there are probably more evil women than just at Halloween, but an evil woman fits into that Halloween theme perfectly. ELO with its lush orchestra sound created a great song that sounds so pretty in odds with the singer’s bad predicament caused by this evil woman.
TUBULAR BELLS- This song was released by Mike Oldfield in 1973. A beautiful song, but if you watched the movie The Exorcist you will never think of anything else but this movie when you hear it. Listen if you dare.
GHOST BUSTERS- This song was used in the soundtrack in the movie Ghost Buster released in 1984 by Ray Parker Jr. “Who you goin’ call Ghost Busters”, and ” I ain’t afraid of no ghosts”, pushed this song to number one for 3 weeks. It had the sound of the 80’s with the synthesizers, pop, and funk sound. It is a song that will stay in your head after you hear it. A fun song to dance to.
SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME- This song was released by Rockwell in 1984. The main reason for song’s success is the hook of Michael Jackson singing “I always feel like somebody’s watching me” he makes the song groove. The electric organ gives the song that scary feeling and paranoia reigns throughout the song . The song will have you moving.
A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET- This song was released by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince in 1988. Poor Fresh Prince has been watching too many Freddy Kruger movies and finds himself have his own Nightmare on Elm Street. This is one song you want to listen to see if our hero can escape Freddy’s clutches you will be dancing all the way through it too.
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU- This song was released by Screamin Jay Hawkins in 1956. It is a bluesy, strange song in which the singer thinks he has put a spell on his chosen one, but has he really? maybe in his dreams by the sound of the song.
BAD MOON RISING- This song was released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. It is a song of foreboding and bad times ahead. Even though it is song of bad things to come the song plays along happily as if the singer knows that soon good times will soon reappear. This song has been covered in a couple of horror type movies the song was in An American Werewolf In London, and Twilight Zone.
ABRACADABRA- This song was released by Steve Miller Band in 1982 and it was one of Steve’s biggest hits. This song is about the magic of a relationship it’s up’s and downs and how remarkable love can be. It is another tune that is very danceable.
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN- This song was released by Santana in 1970. It is a great song that mixes blues, Latin, and rock. This is a relationship that isn’t going so well for the singer, but for the listener it is perfection all the instruments blend to make for a magical song.
DARK LADY- This song was released by Cher in 1974. Cher decides to see a fortune teller and she doesn’t get any happy news. Her lover hasn’t been true and a person she is close to has betrayed her. Our singer recognizes the perfume of the fortune teller and her lover’s love are the same. Returning to the fortune teller she discovers the fortune teller and her lover are together, but not for long when Cher gets her revenge. This song is a Halloween soap opera and has a pretty good tune to it too.
FRANKENSTEIN- This song was released by The Edgar Winter Group in 1973 it is an instrumental the only thing making in a Halloween category is the title Frankenstein. The song is heavy and powerful, so it does fit in the Halloween theme. Frankenstein really moves it has the sounds of jazz, and rock, and your ears go on ride of emotions.
Hope these songs make your playlist for Halloween. They help to set a mood and create a party atmosphere. Have fun.
cfjots (author) from Conway, SC on September 16, 2012:
Thank you rcrumple. I will have look up the songs you suggested. I forgot about the Bobby Bare song, but I have not heard of the other tunes you mentioned. Thank you for your compliments.
Rich from Kentucky on September 16, 2012:
Nice selections. Witch Queen of New Orleans by Redbone and Marie Laveau by either Bobby Bare or Dr. Hook are another couple. More recently, Seven Mary Three also did an eerie one called Water's Edge that really spooked a lot of folks out! Great Hub! Up & Interesting & Useful