Top 10 Songs That Scream Halloween

Top 10 Songs That Scream Halloween

Halloween is a holiday unlike any other: trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns, costume parties, scary stories, eerie yard decorations, haunted attractions, and more! Needless to say, Halloween music is just as unique, with many of the top Halloween songs containing themes that celebrate this festive, yet spooky time of year. Although there are a lot of great songs that scream (pun intended) Halloween, we've done the difficult task of narrowing the list down to our top ten.

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Time Warp, Richard O'Brien

Featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show and its 1975 film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this song by Richard O'Brien is an ironic parody of the dance song genre. Whether you're attending a live performance or playing this at your own Halloween bash, audience participation is highly encouraged.

The Addams Family Theme, Vic Mizzy

Written and arranged by longtime Hollywood film and television composer Vic Mizzy, this TV theme song features the plucking sound of a harpsichord and finger-snaps as percussive accompaniment. Don't know how to snap? Fake it—your secret is safe with us.

Somebody's Watching Me, Rockwell

Released by American singer Rockwell (aka Kennedy Gordy), this track features chorus and backing vocals from former Jackson 5 members, Michael and Jermaine Jackson. This song has become a Halloween hit largely due to the popularity of its haunted-house inspired music video.

Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon

Leave your silver bullets at home to enjoy this Top 40 hit from Warren Zevon and Robert "Waddy" Wachtel. Not only does this song have a catchy, yet simple piano hook that stays with you for days, but the chorus is bound to get your party guests howling along in no time.

The Great Pumpkin Waltz, Vince Guaraldi

Composed by the great American jazz pianist and Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi, this serves as the theme for the TV special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. While there is nothing inherently spooky about this tune, it is the perfect piano sheet music for this time of year.

Ghostbusters, Ray Parker, Jr.

From the 1984 comedy film featuring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, the Ghostbusters theme song by Ray Parker, Jr. reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks just shortly after it was released. Parker was inspired by late-night TV to write this in the style of an ad jingle that would suit these fictional supernatural exterminators.

Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this song was released as a single in 1986 to promote the stage musical of the same name. Performed by Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley, this duet became a Top 10 hit in the UK and remained within the Top 100 for ten weeks straight.

This Is Halloween, Danny Elfman

Featured on Danny Elfman's award-winning soundtrack for the cult-classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas, this song gets a lot of plays this time of year. Elfman is no stranger to the other curiosities of Tim Burton films either—he is also the composer behind Beetlejuice and Corpse Bride.

Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Dating all the way back to 1962, this is Halloween novelty at its best. Originally recorded by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers, "Monster Mash" has also been covered by an eclectic group of artists from The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen to The Smashing Pumpkins and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Thriller, Michael Jackson

Recorded by Michael Jackson for his 1982 studio album of the same name, "Thriller" is a great song for any season, but is arguably the most thought-of title when it comes to Halloween. Not to mention, the song features one of the most iconic music videos ever made.

Bonus: See our artist interpretation of this song as part of our #Lyrics2Love series.

More Halloween Sheet Music: Honorable Mentions

Highway to Hell, AC/DC
(Don't Fear) the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
I Put a Spell on You, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Friday the 13th Theme, Henry Manfredini
The Munsters Theme, Jack Marshall
Black Magic Woman, Santana
Spooky Scary Skeletons, Andrew Gold
Superstition, Stevie Wonder

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