Rounding Out Your Party Music…..

To finish off your night in style, add these spooky songs.

1. Stephen Lynch-Halloween–This one starts out sweetly, giving candy to trick-or-treaters. But then out comes the chainsaw!

2. The Ramones-Pet Sematary–A literal, yet comical explanation of the plot from the 1989 film about reanimated pets.

3. John Carpenter-Halloween 1963–Perhaps not as famous as the main theme from the 1978 classic but just as spooky.

4. Christopher Young-Hellraiser–He’s got pins sticking out of his head — what’s his theme song gonna be, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’?

5. Girl Under Glass-Halloween–The abrupt, disconnected staccato style used on the keyboards here appears in many other popular horror themes.

6. Mannheim Steamroller-Hall of the Mountain King–The long-reigning kings of Christmas-themed classical songs take a stab at Halloween music.

7. Cher-Dark Lady–Who could love Halloween more than costume-crazy Cher? Wear what you want, babe!

8. Helloween-Halloween–These guys were born to make Halloween music. Naturally, this comes from a long concept album

10. Elvire-Haunted House–The bawdy “mistress of the dark” takes a break from hosting movies to sing a scary song for us.

11. Ministry-Everyday Is Halloween–Before they went all industrial, Ministry sang about things that go bump in the night, club-style.

12. Daemonia-Demon–These Italian metalheads create a haunting prog-rock tribute to horror director Dario Argento.

13. Susan Sarandon-Over at the Frankenstein Place–Her role in this camp classic proves this five-time Oscar nominee always had a lighter side.

14. Andrew Gold-It Must Be Halloween–The writer of ‘Lonely Boy‘ and the ‘Golden Girls‘ theme tries his hand at Halloween music.

15. Fred Molin-Friday the 13th: The Series’ Intro–It was weird to have a TV show with this name and no Jason, but the song’s still creepy as hell.

16. Warner Bros. Orchestra-Mars Attacks–Theremins, aliens from trading cards and a full orchestra combine for outer-space based terror!

17. Rob Zombie-Halloween (She Gets So Mean)–Zombie gathers friends — human and otherwise — for a compilation of demented Halloween music.

18. Goblin-L’alba dei Morti Viventi–The Italian rockers’ song scares you, even as it lumbers along at a zombie’s pace.

19. Oingo Boingo–Weird Science–Noted composer Danny Elfman, who you’ll see a lot on this list, was also in this quirky band.

20. The Cranberries-Zombie–A great, but unfortunately overplayed song. Now, even the slowest of zombies run away when they hear it.

21. Ozzy Osbourne-Hellraiser–Ozzy? Hellraiser? Nah. Let’s be honest: We’ve all peed on the Alamo or bitten a bat’s head off.

22. Mike Stewart-Casper, the Friendly Ghost–A mean ghost, we can relate to, but a friendly ghost? What’s he up to? Isn’t that more scary?

23. Metallica-Enter Sandman–If James Hetfield really did sing to his kids like that at night, they’d never get out of therapy.

25.  Squirrel Nut Zippers-Hell–These musical Big Band historians blend pre-rock genres while warning of karma’s long arm.

26. Mannheim Steamroller-Rite of Twilight (twilight zone theme)–Founder Chip Davis fuses classical music with electric bass and keyboards — an idea so perverse and bizarre it could have only come from …

27. Ghastly Ones-Diabolo’s Theme–Rob Zombie’s retro-minded pals prove rock was scary even before distortion came along.

28. Nerf Herder-Buffy the Vampire(Theme)–Catchy tune, great show, but these guys are doomed to walk under a cursed moon ever since they messed with noted good guy Sammy Hagar.

29. Iron Maiden-Fear of the Dark–These guys are so bada– they have a murderous, time-traveling, immortal zombie as their mascot.

30. Marilyn Manson-Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This–Manson takes on the Eurythmics‘ New Wave hit and turns it into a hard-rocking, mentally disturbing track.

31. Los Straightjackets-The Munsters Theme–Four luchador mask-wearing retro-instrumental stars scare up their version of the classic TV theme.

32. John Carpenter-The Boogie Man Is Coming–As classes end on Halloween Day, seemingly innocent schoolyard chants foreshadow true evil.

33. Golden Earring-Twilightzone–You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape the eerie madness of that bass line.

34. Danny Elfman-Oogie Boogie’s Song–The one true baddie among Halloween Town’s otherwise friendly monsters explains his philosophy and motives.

35. Rob Zombie-Everybody Scream–This Zombie works fast — directing movies and still finding time for scary songs.

36. Mannheim Steamroller-Toccata in de Mole–You may not know it by name, but this is the classic Halloween song; the one you think of when you picture a haunted castle or mad scientist’s lab.

37. Jace Everett-Bad Things–HBO’s ‘True Blood‘ offers a nice change of pace with this sultry, country-tinged theme song.

38. Julianne Baird-Dark Shadows Theme–This initially straight-ahead soap opera broke new ground in the late ’60s by featuring ghosts, vampires and, of course, creepy music.

39. Alice Cooper-Feed My Frankenstein–Featured in the classic cult movie ‘Wayne’s World,’ when Wayne and Garth get backstage passes to Cooper’s concert.

40. Billy Lee Riley-Nightmare Mash–This rockabilly doo-wop song recounts a nightmare featuring ghouls, Frankenstein’s monster, zombies and “all them weird things.”

41. The Doors-People Are Strange–The heavy-drinking, crotch-exposing, esoteric poet and “Lizard King” calls us strange, huh?

42. Danny Elfman-Prelude–Elfman creatively reworks the classic original score from Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous film.

43. Richard Band-Puppet Master–The perfect music for bringing evil puppets to life. Not sure why you’d ever want to do that …

44. Godsmack-Vampires–A calm, documentary-style narrator ponders vampires, as the band rages on behind him

45. Napoleon XIV-They’re Coming To Take Me Away-Ha-Haaaa!–Be careful when you dump your lover, folks, it could be what sends him or her to the insane asylum!

46. Wojciech Kilar-Vampire Hunter–This authoritative, cello-heavy piece suits the film‘s traditional take on the ‘Dracula’ book.

47. Rob Zombie-House of 1000 Corpses–Zombie puts on his cowboy hat and adds stomping piano to his country-fried tale of woe.

48. The Rolling Stones-Sympathy for the Devil–The Devil himself narrates: “Use all your well-learned politesse, or I’ll lay your soul to waste.”

49. Talking Heads-Psycho Killer–Granted, Rob Zombie looks scarier than David Byrne, but listen to this and then tell us: Which one would you rather have in your house?

50. Nine Inch Nails-Dead Souls–How on Earth did we get this far without mentioning Trent Reznor, our favorite self-torturing friend?

51. Sheb Wooley-The Purple People Eater–Yeah, OK, he’s huge, purple and has one eye. But deep down, all he wants to do is rock.

52. Gerard McMann-Cry Little Sister–From the 1987 teen-vampire hit ‘The Lost Boys,’ which gets partial thanks (or blame) for ‘Twilight.’

 

More Halloween Tuneage

When you’ve pretty much worn out the Monster Mash and Thriller songs at your Halloween party, you could try playing a few of these for a little change.

1. Stevie Wonder – Superstition

2. Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers The Ghoul’s “Be True To Your Ghoul (an oddly violent Beach Boys parody)

3. John Zacherle-“Dinner With Drac, Part 1

4. Bing Crosby – Headless Horseman (from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

5. The Black Keys- “Howlin’ For You

6. Howlin’ Wolf-“Howlin’ for my Baby” and “Moanin’ at Midnight”

7. The Clovers/The Searchers – Love Potion #9

8. Johnny Otis & Marci Lee-“Castin’ My Spell” 

9. Frantics – Werewolf

10. Bat For Lashes-“What’s A Girl To Do?

11. Cults-“Bad Things” NOTE: Listen to # 9, 10, and 11 together and you got a story about a love-sick werewolf, a moody vampire, and the girl caught in the middle.  That’s right, you just listened to Twilight.

12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – “Time Warp”

13. Kanye West’s dark, twisted “Monster

14. The citizens of Halloween Town – This Is Halloween (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)

15.  Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (Beetlejuice favorite)

16. Harry Belafonte –“Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back) (Beetlejuice)

17. Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer

18. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster

19. The Cramps- “Zombie Dance

20. 45 Grave- “Riboflavin.”

21. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Music

So your going to have a Halloween party? Costumes, food, scary movies. But what about music? Music is essential to throwing a great Halloween party. So to help you out, here is a list of some of the best Halloween-ish songs.

1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

“Thriller,” which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1984, is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (It’s also Jackson’s best-selling download, ahead of runner-up “Billie Jean,” which has sold 2.7 million).

2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

Though it’s been decades since this kitschy, creepy faux-Frankenstein party tune scared up a No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 in 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” has been on Halloween party playlists ever since.

3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.

When October rolls around, the clear answer to the lyrical question, “Who ya gonna call?,” is Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which topped the Hot 100 in 1984.

4. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon

A perfect Halloween entry from the (late, great) Warren Zevon, who also famously sang “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” is this howling Me Generation rocker that rose to No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 1978.

5. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC

Pitch-black metal from down under, AC/DC drove “Highway” to No. 47 on the Hot 100 in 1979.

6. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult

This mid-tempo rocker, which hit No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1976 for Blue Oyster Cult, isn’t spooky at all until you consider the lyrics told from the point of view of some death-friendly dude trying to induce his gal to join him and not “fear the reaper.”

7. “Runnin’ With the Devil” – Van Halen

Mixing lyrics about living wild with hard rock was a winning combo for Van Halen, who ran this song to No. 84 on the Hot 100 in 1978.

8. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

Paranoid much? This big 80’s pop wonder about constantly looking over one’s shoulder sounds Michael Jackson-y because MJ literally lent a hand. Having the King of Pop sing backup certainly seems to have helped Rockwell watch “Somebody” shoot to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1984.

9. “A Nightmare on My Street” – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka, Will Smith) brought hip-hop into the Halloween game in 1988 when they took their tune about “Nightmare on Elm Street” villain Freddy Krueger all the way to No. 15 on the Hot 100.

10. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie

Who better than Rob Zombie, one of the spookiest musicians ever, to complete a Halloween-time soundtrack. The black-clad, fright-haired Zombie, also acclaimed as a horror film director, rode this pastiche of driving beats, hard riffage and growling lyrics about death and witches onto the rock charts in 1998.