Have you ever wondered what the hell “Sympathy for the Devil” has to do with Halloween? The answer is nothing. Yet it’s played every October because there just simply aren’t enough decent Halloween songs out there. Halloween music is a bit like Halloween candy. The ratio of what’s actually good is far outweighed by the endless pile of Sun-Maid raisin boxes, candy corn, and Tootsie Rolls that you’re leftover with. When digging through the analogical loot bag, “Thriller” is to a full-sized Kit Kat what MC Hammer‘s “Addams Groove” is to the toothbrush some do-gooder handed out while winking at your mom. And just like bite-sized candy bars and mini bags of Cracker Jack, there’s only so much of even the most nostalgic Halloween music you can have shoved down your throat before the gag reflex says no más.
Halloween Music For Adults
There are a lot of Halloween playlists out there and 80% of it is utter crap. Trust me, I just did the research and it wasn’t a joy. That’s why I’ve reached deep inside to dig up a less torturing list of more non-traditional Halloween music.
That’s right, no love for Will Smith and his cheesy Halloween song “Nightmare On My Street” that was rejected from the soundtrack for the 1998 film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Axed are the campy songs of the ’50s when record companies squeezed whatever profit they could out of teens by combining a go-nowhere trend called rock n’ roll with the popularity of drive-in monster movies. God bless “Ghostbusters” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” but you’ll likely hear those on FM radio or during your office pumpkin-carving contest (“Awww, it’s a Minion. Great job, Kathy!”). Fair warning, this playlist of Halloween music for adults is full of rap, hip-hop and metal tracks.
The rap version of the song “Ghostbusters” by Run-D.M.C. from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.
“Partytime” from the 45 Grave album Sleep In Safety. Music video directed by Graeme Whifler.
Black No. 1
Type O Negative‘s song “Black No. 1” from the album Bloody Kisses.
Martians Vs Goblins
“Martians Vs Goblins” by The Game featuring Lil Wayne, Tyler, and the Creator.
Monsta’ Mack by Sir Mix-A-Lot
“Monsta’ Mack” by Sir Mix-A-Lot complete with a Beavis and Butt-Head intro.
Jump In The Line
“Jump In The Line” by Harry Belafonte.
Chase The Devil
Max Romeo‘s “Chase The Devil” from the album War Ina Babylon.
Bad Moon Rising
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The Man Comes Around
“The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash as featured in 2004’s Dawn of the Dead.
Intro music from the hit Netflix series.
He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
The lead single from Alice Cooper‘s Constrictor and the theme song from the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
Bad Meets Evil‘s “Scary Movies” from the album Game Tight.
Murder Was The Case
1994’s “Murder Was the Case” by Snoop Doggy Dogg.
The Misfits vampire anthem “We Bite” recorded in 1984.
The Omen (Damien II)
DMX featuring Marilyn Manson from 1998’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood.
Like Gods Of The Sun
The title track of the 1996 album by England’s My Dying Bride.
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Tiny Tim‘s “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” as featured in 2010 horror film Insidious.
1972 classic by the legendary Stevie Wonder.
1990 power ballad by Dallas heavy metal band Pantera.
Freaks Come out at Night
“Freaks Come out at Night” by Whodini from the 1984 album Escape.
“Horror Movies” by the Bollock Brothers.
Lääz Rockit‘s “Leatherface” from the movie Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.
Creating Your Own Halloween Music Playlist
Hopefully, this compilation of Halloween music for adults got you in the Halloween spirit and inspired you to curate your own Halloween playlist for your next Halloween party. Click here to stream the full playlist on Spotify.