Halloween — it’s that time again!
No matter where you are — if you are having a Halloween — you have to include these fun songs on your playlist! Hope you enjoy my selection of songs for Halloween. As much as I could, I tried to find lesser-known songs for your spookfest!
So, just for you, here are…
Halloween Songs for Your Party
1. Harry Belafonte, “Zombie Jamboree”
An awesome rendition of this song from 1969. I love the “groovy” 60s elements and dancing. A lesser-known song to play at your Halloween party, but one that is thoroughly enjoyable. Harry Belefonte is nothing short of awesome! Speaking of Zombies, you might want to check out my podcast dedicated to AMCTV’s “The Walking Dead.” Also, you can download “Zombie Jamboree” on Amazon.
2. The Who, “Boris the Spider”
“Boris the Spider” was written after John Entwistle (the bassist for The Who) had been out drinking another bassist, Rolling Stones Bill Wyman. It all started because they were making up funny monikers for animals. At some point, John Entwistle came up with the idea of a spider named Boris. John wrote the song in six minutes. Talk about inspiration! Download “Boris the Spider” on Amazon
3. Rosemary Clooney, “The Wobbln’ Goblin”
Rosemary Clooney also sings “Witchcraft” — so she’s really down with Halloween-themed songs. I chose “The Wobblin’ Goblin” because it is definitely not your everyday Halloween song choice. Download “The Wobblin’ Goblin” on Amazon.
4. Johnny Cash, “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
It was between “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “When the Man Comes Around” — a close runner-up for this list. “Ghost Riders in the Sky” is a classic song that fits the Halloween spirit as it weaves a tale of cowboys damned to hell. Awesome song that was originally written in 1948. Many people have recorded their own version of this song (including a favorite one by the ZigZags that is hard to find), but I always return to Johnny Cash….an American legend. Find “Ghost Riders in the Sky” on Amazon
5. Love and Rockets, “Lucifer Sam”
Love and Rockets is one of the few bands from the 80s that I’ll listen to every now and then. Here’s their cover of the Pink Floyd song, “Lucifer Sam”. I love Daniel Ash’s guitar and voice. Swoon! Find “Lucifer Sam” on Amazon
6. Death Cab for Cutie, “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Another awesome song — the kind of song that really gets you into a groove. Too bad it’s about a creepy stalker! Perfect for Halloween. Find “I Will Possess Your Heart” on Amazon.
7 . Arcade Fire, “Black Mirror”
Hey, if you’re into “baroque pop” music and Halloween, then this song is perfect for you. One of my favorite songs by Arcade Fire in general, whether you’re talking Halloween or not. Download “Black Mirror” on Amazon.
8. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You”
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins studied classical piano as a child and also studied opera. Perhaps it was a surprise that it turned out he wanted to be a blues singer. His version of “I Put a Spell on You” is his biggest hit. Download “I Put a Spell On You” on Amazon.
9. Concrete Blonde, “Bloodletting”
I don’t think you can find a more appropriate song for Halloween, but it is seldom played at parties. I almost forgot this song existed myself so it has to take a place on this list. Find “Bloodletting” on Amazon.
10. Electric Light Orchestra, “Evil Woman”
When you’re inspired, sometimes the songs come so easily. This song took only 30 minutes to write (compared to the 8 minutes for “Boris the Spider”, above) — but it turned out to be one of ELO’s biggest hits ever. Find “Evil Woman” on Amazon.
Happy Halloween to You!
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