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Halloween Mix: Best Spooky 80s, Alternative, & Rock Songs

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Because you can only listening to Monster Mash so many times… I made a Halloween Mix! Here are my tips for making a Halloween mix from your current music library, Spotify, or YouTube. My playlist is full of 80s, alternative, and other Halloween rock songs, but with these tips you can create your own perfect playlist!

How To Make a Halloween Mix:

  1. Search for words like: death, dead, dark, blood, evil, bone, wicked, hell or pretty much any word that conjures up scary thoughts.
  2. Think of spooky sounding songs that you typically skip in your playlist, like Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building in There?”
  3. Search current Halloween playlists on Spotify and pick out songs that you like.

Halloween Rock Songs Playlist

  • The Specials – Ghost Town
  • Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters Theme Song
  • The Beatles – Long, Long, Long
  • Tim Armstrong – Among The Dead
  • Air – Cemetery Party
  • Bob Dylan – Ballad Of A Thin Man
  • Gorillaz – Dracula
  • Pixies – Dead
  • George Harrison – Dark Horse
  • The White Stripes – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
  • R.E.M. – Gardening At Night
  • Radiohead – Bones
  • The Ramones – Pet Sematary
  • Air – Dead Bodies
  • Tom Waits – What’s He Building?
  • David Bowie – Scary Monsters
  • Sparklehorse – Heart of Darkness
  • OutKast – Dracula’s Wedding
  • Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
  • They Might Be Giants – Whistling in the Dark
  • Grateful Dead – Friend Of The Devil
  • Pixies – Bone Machine
  • Modest Mouse – The Devil’s Workday
  • Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • The Clash – Death is a Star
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Beck – Deadweight
  • Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Led Zeppelin – No Quarter
  • Beck – Already Dead
  • R.E.M. – Burning Hell
  • Ween – Voodoo Lady
  • Modest Mouse – Satin In A Coffin
  • The Toadies – Hell Below Stars Above
  • The White Stripes – In The Cold Cold Night
  • Ween – Drifter In The Dark
  • The Cranberries – Zombie
  • The Flaming Lips – Halloween On The Barbary Coast
  • Air – Ghost Song
  • Beck – Steal My Body Home
  • The Doors – Who Scared You
  • Tom Waits – Clap Hands
  • Beck – Dark and Lovely (Dust Brothers remix)
  • Pink Floyd – Lucifer Sam
  • U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • The Doors – Riders On The Storm
  • Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
  • The Ramones – Psycho Therapy
  • Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
  • Tom Waits – Another Man’s Vine
  • Moby – A Season in Hell
  • Primus – Devil Went Down To Georgia
  • Joy Division – Dead Souls
  • Beck – Satan Gave Me A Taco
  • Pink Floyd – Echoes

What Halloween rock songs would you add?

Originally written October 2007.

2 Comments

  • If I may….

    I’m a volunteer dj at a local community radio station, and these were my Halloween set lists for 2007 & 2008…There’s a few repeats, but I think they still work pretty well…

    2007:
    “I Ain’t Superstitious”, Howlin’ Wolf
    “Evil Hearted You” (the Yardbirds), the Pixies
    “Hungry Cannibals”, Radio Birdman
    “Zombie Dance”, the Cramps
    “International Monster Presentation”, Famous Monsters
    “Dig It Up”, the Hoodoo Gurus
    “Strychnine” (the Sonics), Surf Trio
    “Workin’ In The Cemetary”, the Aquavelvets

    “Season Of The Witch” (Donovan), Luna
    “Tiab Guls”, Throbbing Gristle
    “The Conqueror Worm” (Edgar Allen Poe), Ken Nordine
    “The Petrified Florist”, Lambchop
    “Sculls & Crossbrooms”, the Liars
    “Witches’ Song”, Marianne Faithfull
    “Demons”, Yo La Tengo

    “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” / “Haunted Mansion” mashup, Bauhaus / Paul Frees
    “Paris 1919”, live, John Cale
    “I Hear Voices”, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
    “When You Die, Your Eyes Pop Out”, the Donner Party
    “Hall Of The Mountain King” (Edvard Grieg), the Who
    “No Costume No Candy”, the Swingin’ Neckbreakers
    “I Want Candy”, the Count Bishops
    “Real Wild Child” (Johnny O’Keefe/Iggy Pop), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

    “The Raven” (Edgar Allan Poe), Christopher Walken w/ Wayne Kramer
    “Ichabod”, th’ Legendary Shack Shakers
    “The Halloween Song”, the Reverend Horton Heat
    “The House On The Hill”, the Mummies
    “Demonologist”, live, Alice Donut

    “Summer Breeze” (Seals & Crofts), Type ‘O’ Negative
    “If You Have Ghosts” (Roky Erickson), John Wesley Harding
    “Meet Ze Monsta”, PJ Harvey
    “The Witch”, the Sonics
    “Boris The Spider”, the Who
    “A Fistful Of Terror”, the Bomboras
    “I Walked With A Zombie” (Roky Erickson), R E M

    “Annabel Lee” (Edgar Allan Poe), Marianne Faithfull
    “Nosferatu”, the Blue Oyster Cult
    “Jack The Ripper” (Screaming Lord Sutch), the Horrors
    “Ingeborg, Mistress Of The Dark”, Maggie Estep
    “How Come I Can’t See You In My Mirror?”, Tonio K
    “Science Gone Too Far!”, the Dictators

    2008:
    “Hellbound”, the Breeders
    “I Drink Blood”, Rocket From The Crypt
    “Lies Of The Living Dead”, the Minus 5
    “Workin’ In The Cemetary”, the Aquavelvets
    “Wednesday Addams”, the Spoonbenders
    “Dig It Up”, the Hoodoo Gurus
    “We Were Witchy Witchy White Women”, the Electric Six

    “Cheepnis”, live, Frank Zapppa & the Mothers of Invention
    “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder), live, Widespread Panic & the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    “Carne Voodoo”, live, Rocket From The Crypt
    “I Ain’t Superstitious”, Howlin’ Wolf
    “The Raven” (Edgar Allan Poe), Lord Buckley
    “Summer Breeze” (Seals & Crofts), Type ‘O’ Negative

    “There’s Always Room On The Broom” (Single Mix), the Liars
    “Hamburger Lady”, Throbbing Gristle (Fer JB.)
    “The Jezebel Spirit”, David Byrne & Brian Eno
    “I Put A Spell On You” (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins), live, Diamanda Galas

    Album of the Week: Roky Erickson & the Explosions, “Halloween: Live 1979 – 1981”

    “Psycho” (Leon Payne), Elvis Costello & the Attractions
    “Spook’s Night Out”, the Legendary Invisible Men
    “Strychnine”, the Sonics
    “I Want Candy”, the Count Bishops
    “What’s Behind The Mask?”, the Cramps
    “No Costume, No Candy”, the Swingin’ Neckbreakers
    Something silly off of Harry Nilsson’s “Son Of Schmilsson”
    “Mr. Hyde”, the Coach Whips
    “Jack The Ripper” (Screaming Lord Sutch), the Horrors
    “I’m The Wolfman” (Round Robin), the Fuzztones
    “The Thing From Venus”, the Mummies

    “How Come I Can’t See You In My Mirror?”, Tonio K
    “Ingeborg, Mistress Of The Dark”, Maggie Estep
    “Werewolves Of London”, live, Warren Zevon

  • I think you nailed it on the head!! That\’s the point that everyone here has failed to make, nice work!! I am going to place a link to you on my blogroll, ok?