It’s almost Halloween! If you’re throwing a party or just looking for some good music, I’ve got a playlist all ready for you.
I love “Halloween music” such as the Munsters theme, Beetlejuice theme or anything from Nightmare before Christmas! But this year, I was in search of some cool classic rock, especially songs that are lyrically kid-friendly and have a good groove for dancing. There are some old favorites here, but hopefully also a few fresh ideas for you.
So here’s what I came up with! Hope you enjoy this Halloween flavor as you decorate, put your costumes together, and get all ready for Trick-or-Treating with the little ones!
To listen, click the title of the song...
“Werewolves of London” - Warren Zevon
What a great sing-along chorus in this classic hit!
“Black Magic Woman” - Santana
Full of interesting, ear-catching percussion. Listen for the tempo speed-up in the jam session towards the end.
“Voodoo Child” - Jimi Hendrix
Iconic song from the master of electric guitar!
“Love Potion No. 9” - The Clovers
Although this song was also famously recorded by The Searchers, I like the original Clovers version better. :)
“Frankenstein” - The Edgar Winter Group
A groovy instrumental with some serious playing. Drum solos, horn sections, keyboard parts and rockin’ guitar! The song was literally pieced together from different jam sections, thus the name.
“Superstition” - Stevie Wonder
This classic Stevie tune is awesome for Halloween - full of cool lyrical imagery and funky musical riffs.
“People Are Strange” - The Doors
Not normally included in the usual Halloween lineup, but it definitely evokes an appropriately creepy feeling that fits right in.
“Thriller” - Michael Jackson
It wouldn’t be Halloween without Thriller! Listen for the creepy sound effects throughout the song.
“Monster Mash” - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
Way before Thriller, there was the Monster Mash. The group recorded several other monster-themed songs on a full-length LP - also check out Me & My Mummy, Sinister Stomp and The Werewolf Watusi!
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” - Blue Öyster Cult
We are definitely going to need more cowbell.
“Ghost Riders in the Sky” - Johnny Cash
This song was actually written back in 1948 and was recorded by many different musicians, but the Johnny Cash version is probably the most famous.
“Ghostbusters” - Ray Parker Jr.
The video for this song is a lot of fun, and includes cameos from Chevy Chase, Carly Simon, Danny DeVito, and plenty of others!
“The Purple People Eater” - Sheb Wooley
I am not sure if the monster is purple or if he just eats people who are purple! Either way, it speaks in a very silly voice that will have kids smiling.
“I Want Candy” - Bow Wow Wow
Because we all know what Halloween is REALLY all about!
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