Editor's Note: After much consideration of feedback from you, dear readers, we have concluded that "Monster Mash" is indeed a graveyard smash. We regret this error. We know this. But the mainstream holiday music canon is far too oversaturated with its cookie-cutter visions of dancing sugar plums and roasted chestnuts and other outdated traditions of yesteryear. In the Gregorian Calender scheme of things, we need something to get us through those less-than-wholesome months. We need more Halloween music.
19. "Time Warp" by Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, and Richard O'Brien (1973)
20. "Freaks Come Out at Night" by Whodini (1984)
Subscriber Account active since. But it can be difficult to organize music for a Halloween event. Luckily, Spotify has released the top-streamed songs on Halloween — and it's the perfect mix of classic novelties and evergreen rock hits. Listen to "Time Warp" here. Listen to "Zombie" here.
Best Halloween songs ranked
It's time to practice your "Time Warp" dance moves, because Halloween will be here before you know it! Get into a ghoulish mood while decorating pumpkins with some of the best Halloween songs out there. Even though celebrating All Hallows' Eve might look a little different this year, you can still get in the spirit by listening to festive tunes and watching scary Halloween movies. Just follow Ree Drummond's lead: Because her kids are grown, her Halloween nights are much more low-key these days. Turn any of at-home Halloween party ideas into your very own Monster Mash with these haunting tracks. Many of these songs lend themselves to spine-chilling Halloween quotes perfect for a festive Halloween Instagram caption —just about every line in "This Is Halloween" will do the trick! This song instantly sets a spooky scene. If you only recognize this song from the Hocus Pocus soundtrack, then you should to listen to the original track.
Love songs—and the inevitable breakup songs—aren't hard to find, but the ever-elusive, seasonally-on-the-nose Halloween songs deserve some recognition too. From the incredibly explicit Rob Zombie track fitting to his iconic blood-heavy slasher flicks to the wholesome, PG Beck song about scarecrows, there's quite a large market of Halloween-ready jams. Whether you're cool with some gore or you edge closer toward a family-friendly cat costume when the 31st hits, here are our favorite picks for your Halloween party playlist. Though Simone's rendition is a cover of Jay Hawkins's original, her haunting voice makes this iteration downright bewitching, spellbinding us centuries later. For partiers who "ain't afraid of no ghosts," blast this iconic '80s theme song.