Halloween is commmmming…..! In prep, we at Wondershare have compiled THE devinitive list of 10 songs that’ll get your Halloween Party started right. There’s some favorites, some classics and some just plain weird songs in this batch. Hope we’ve listed a couple that are new to you, or old favorites you’d forgotton about, that’ll help get you in the spooky mood. Happy Halloween!
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10. Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
A list like this would not be complete without the awesomeness which is Ozzy Osbourne! This track is from the Bark at the Moon Album recorded in 1983. Ozzy is, of course, most famous for being the lead singer of Black Sabbath and it would be seriously wrong not to include him on this list.
9. Welcome to my Nightmare – Alice Cooper
This song is from the album of the same name by Alice Cooper. It is a concept album in which each track progressively details the passage of a nightmare. This is the opening track and what could be more perfect for a loud Halloween Party.
8. Werewolves of London- Warren Zevon
This excellent track by Warren Zevon features drumming by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. It will be familiar to most people through its constant (over-)use in movies. Everyone will expect to hear this song at a party – don’t disappoint them.
7. Monster Mash – Bobby Picket
If there is any one song on this list that people will be expecting to see – it is this. Monster Mash is a hilarious and fun song from 1962 sung by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. In a bizarre and rather lame attempt at a comeback, Picket released a spin-off of the song in 2005 called “Climate Mash”, a version with re-written lyrics about global warming and new vocals which was released on the Internet by the organization Clear the Air. Forget clearing the air for now – fill it with spooky mist and party!
6. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor- J S Bach
Of this most famous piece of classical music, Wikipedia says: The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music commonly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, composed sometime between 1703 and 1707. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of
5. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam “The Sham” and the Pharaohs
The other big hit by the beturbaned men who gave us the legendary “Wooly Bully” is more of a lecherous fairy tale than a spookfest, but it’s a dark, menacing fairy tale, and one of the finest garage rock songs on record. Extra points for the cute joke at the end, where Sam momentarily forgets he’s supposed to be a sheep. (Okay, it’s not the most authentic version of the story.)
4. Witch Queen Of New Orleans – Redbone
The Native American group that gave us early-’70s pop gems like “Come And Get Your Love” tries its hand at telling the story of legendary New Orleans voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. It gets all the facts wrong, horribly wrong (Laveau did not live in a swamp, for one thing), but it’s suffused with an atmosphere of dread that can’t be matched among major oldies Top 40 hits. And there’s also one wicked groove. Literally.
3. Haunted House – Jumpin Gene Simmons
Not the KISS leader, of course, but an excellent rockabilly, R&B and soul artist who is, sadly, best remembered for this little novelty. It’s a great novelty, though, with Simmons determined to stick it out in his new house, despite all the paranormal things that keep happening to him. An extremely strange little record, which is what lands it on this list. (Simmons re-recorded this ditty in the Seventies, a version which brings out the song’s swamp-pop roots.)
2. I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Probably the best actual song here, Hawkins’ classic R&B hit is ostensibly about a woman who won’t give him the time of day. This record is less notable for what it says, however, than how it says it: Hawkins’ frightening yowls and gibbers really sound like some ancient ritual, and led to a long career of him scaring the crap out of everyone with his amazing voice. Rumor has it that this original record only came out the way it did because Jay was, well, not as sober as he should have been.
1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson had to be number one. This track was damned scary when it came out, and it is still damned scary (though perhaps for different reasons now). I am sure that no one will dispute this item’s placement as number one greatest halloween party song. Allow me to finish with a little inappropriate humor: do you know why Michael Jackson loves Halloween? Free delivery right to his door.