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Best Songs For Halloween

Michelle Tiu |
October 24, 2014 | 2:46 p.m. PDT

Entertainment Producer

Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" can't be left off your Halloween playlist! (@Kid_Batchelor / Twitter)
Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" can't be left off your Halloween playlist! (@Kid_Batchelor / Twitter)
Halloween is quickly approaching and since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, it's safe to assume that there'll be more than a few spooky celebrations going on.

Whether you're looking to host a costume party with the perfect playlist or just looking for some tunes to get you in the spirit of October 31, we've got you covered!

From the classics to this year's Top 40 hits, here are 13 spooky tunes to consider for your Halloween playlist.

"This Is Halloween," Danny Elfman

From Tim Burton's 1993 classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" comes the ultimate Halloween tune - Danny Elfman's "This Is Halloween," which is a great song to relive one's childhood memories of Jack Skellington and his epic journey to Christmas Town.

If you'd prefer a creepier, rock version of "This Is Halloween," check out the cover Marilyn Manson did for the film's 2006 re-release here.

"Thriller," Michael Jackson

With creepy sound effects and a haunting monologue from horror movie star Vincent Price, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is another must for any Halloween playlist. Couple the classic 80s tune with its iconic video and everyone is sure to be on the dancefloor re-creating Jackson's famous zombie choreography.

"Hey There Mr. Brooks (feat. Shawn Milke)," Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria's "Hey There Mr. Brooks" is the perfect song for anyone who enjoys metalcore music and is a fan of the 2007 psychological thriller "Mr. Brooks," starring Kevin Costner and Demi Moore.

Many of the song's lyrics reference the movie's more gruesome moments, including the climactic scene in which Earl Brooks (Costner) kills his blackmailer/protégé Mr. Smith (Dane Cook) with a shovel.

"Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)," Kanye West

With references to famous monsters and horror movies like Godzilla and "Bride of Chucky" (1998), Kanye West's twisted "Monster" is a great addition to any Halloween playlist - especially when the track is combined with its equally creepy music video.

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper," Blue Öyster Cult

Written when lead vocalist and guitarist Buck Dharma began thinking about the inevitability of death, Blue Öyster Cult's 1976 hit "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" has gained quite a reputation due to listeners' misinterpretation of the song's lyrics.

The second verse, which references William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," led many people to believe the song was about a murder-suicide pact. In an interview in 1998, Dharma addressed the controversy, saying, "I used [Romeo and Juliet] as an example of a couple who had faith to take their love elsewhere when they weren't permitted the freedom to love here and now. What I meant was, they're in eternity 'cause they had the faith to believe in the possibility."

"Superstition," Stevie Wonder

Mentioning several common superstitions like broken mirrors and the number 13, this funky Stevie Wonder tune is a great danceable tune for this time of year, regardless of whether you're a partier or not.

"Somebody's Watching Me," Rockwell

Recounting someone's paranoid fear of being followed and watched, Rockwell's 1984 debut single "Somebody's Watching Me" is another Halloween favorite.

The music video also reinforces the song's creepy theme with images of graveyards and ravens, as well as references to the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960).

"The Phantom of the Opera," Nightwish

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish did a haunting cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic "The Phantom of the Opera" back in 2002 for their fourth studio album "Century Child."

Now-former lead vocalist Tarja Turunen hits some pretty impressive notes while vocalizing at the end of the song and bassist/male vocalist Marco Hietala does a remarkable job capturing the Phantom's anguish.

 "The Bird and the Worm," The Used

Disturbing right from the start, The Used's "The Bird and the Worm" isn't for the faint of heart - and neither is its music video, which features scenes of lead singer Bert McCracken being stabbed, coughing up blood, and being served a lamb's heart on a plate.

"Every Breath You Take," The Police

While The Police's classic "Every Breath You Take" doesn't necessarily come to mind as a Halloween tune, its lyrics of an obsessive lover who borders on stalker status seems pretty fitting for the creepy mood of October 31.

"Animals," Maroon 5

Another equally creepy song about obsessive lovers, Maroon 5's "Animals" might make a good addition to your Halloween playlist.

However, unlike "Every Breath You Take," which never received any backlash, "Animals" has gotten Maroon 5 in a bit of controversy thanks to the tune's extremely questionable music video.

"Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr.

Sure to bring a sense of nostalgia to anyone who grew up watching the 1984 film of the same name, Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" shouldn't be left off any respectable Halloween playlist.

"I Don't Care If You're Contagious," Pierce The Veil

Featuring the lines "And I don't care if you're sick / I don't care if you're contagious / I would kiss you even if you were dead / Would somebody make me go blind for the rest of my life? / 'Cause I'd do anything to hold your hand," Pierce The Veil's "I Don't Care If You're Contagious" is more than fitting for this time of year.

Despite the dark lyrics, the story behind this particular post-hardcore track is actually pretty sweet. In an interview with Rock Edition, lead singer Vic Fuentes said, "I wrote that song after reading a message from a young fan. She told me that her boyfriend had just died and that the first time he ever held her hand was during one of our songs. She wanted to thank us for bringing them together. I wrote the song for her. It's about her boyfriend telling her that he is okay and he still loves her."

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