10 Best Halloween Songs
Finding the 10 best Halloween songs presented a "fun" topic! How many of you enjoy being scared and "haunted" at Halloween? Songs for that spooky holiday have been classic for years and are still enjoyed each Halloween (and some throughout the year).
- "Monster Mash" is considered THE best background song for your Halloween party. Sung by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, the original quickly climbed to #1 on the Billboard pop chart in the 1960s and ended up back again in the top ten in 1973.
- "Witchy Woman" by the American rock band The Eagles became a classic starting in 1972. Eagles member Bernie Leadon came over to Don Henley's old house with this strange haunting melody, and Don wrote most of the lyrics while he was down with the flu and had a high fever! It was the start of Don's songwriting career.
- "Love Potion Number Nine" was written in 1959 but was most famous when recorded by The Searchers in 1965. A gypsy determines from palm reading that a man needs this potion, but it makes him fall in love with everyone he sees, even the policeman on the corner!
- "Thriller" by Michael Jackson became the most requested Halloween song beginning in 1984. This song is the feature in one of the all time most popular Halloween dance music videos (or music videos in general).
- "The Time Warp" from 1975's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a group dance that is simple to follow. The movie is a parody of B-movie horror films and science fiction and featured Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon.
- The "Addams Family TV Show Theme Song" has always been a finger-snapping favorite. Vic Mizzy insisted on retaining ownership of his songs, and every time this song is played at sporting events or anywhere else, he makes a few dollars. Vic also wrote the theme for "Green Acres".
- "Ghost Riders in the Sky" was originally recorded by Burl Ives on February 17, 1949. Vaughn Monroe and his orchestra followed on March 14, 1949 which is said to be the best-selling version. Bing Crosby recorded it on March 22, 1949; Peggy Lee did so on April 18, 1949; Spike Jones did so on May 24, 1949; and another early version was by the Sons of the Pioneers.
- "Tubular Bells" is the theme from "The Exorcist" and is creepy. Part one was originally over 25 minutes long and was cut down to a little over three minutes when it became number nine as a hit single on Hot 100. However, on the record the entire Part one takes up the entire Side A, and Part 2 at over 23 minutes uses the entire Side B.
- "Boris the Spider" was an early song for The Who. This Halloween favorite song was a showcase for their bass player with a chorus that is playful with "creepy creepy crawly crawly".
- "Black Magic Woman" was released by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. However, after Santana recorded it in 1970, this song became a classic which reached number four in both U.S. and Canadian charts and continued to be associated more with Santana than Fleetwood Mac.