Top 20 Halloween songs

MOTHERFUCKIN' MONSTER: Kanye West in his creepy clip for 'Monster'.

MOTHERFUCKIN’ MONSTER: Kanye West in his creepy clip for ‘Monster’.

Of all the annual events that require a cracking playlist, Halloween is the most fun to choose music for. Here is a countdown of 20 essentials that should be on every Halloween playlist. These are chosen for their atmosphere as well as their theme. For example, ‘Hocus Pocus’ by Focus has the right title – and is arguably the greatest song ever written – but it doesn’t really evoke a “spooky atmosphere”. So here’s some tracks that tick all the boxes and set a devilish mood. They will also work for a Friday the 13th party:

20. ‘THRILLER’

by MICHAEL JACKSON

19. ‘A FOREST’

by THE CURE

18. ‘I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF’

by THE CRAMPS

17. ‘BLOODLETTING (THE VAMPIRE SONG)’

by CONCRETE BLONDE

16. ‘BORIS THE SPIDER’

by THE WHO

15. ‘BLACK SABBATH’

by BLACK SABBATH

14. ‘MONSTER MASH’

by BOBBY ‘BORIS’ PICKETT and THE CRYPT-KICKERS

FEEDING TIME: Alice Cooper dons his spider costume.

FEEDING TIME: Alice Cooper dons his spider costume.

13. ‘FEED MY FRANKENSTEIN’

by ALICE COOPER

12. ‘HORROR MOVIE’

by THE SKYHOOKS

11. ‘WEREWOLVES OF LONDON’

by WARREN ZEVON

10. ‘THE BOOGIE MONSTER’

by GNARLS BARKLEY

WITCH CRAFT: The video for Queens of the Stone Age's 'Burn The Witch' is suitably gothic.

WITCH CRAFT: The video for Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Burn The Witch’ is suitably gothic.

9. ‘BURN THE WITCH’

by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

8. ‘ABRACADABRA’

by THE STEVE MILLER BAND

7. ‘GHOULS NIGHT OUT’

by THE MISFITS

6. ‘ THIS IS HALLOWEEN’

by MARILYN MANSON

ANIMAL INSTINCTS: The Ramones state very clearly that they do not wish to be buried in a pet sematary - a fair request, given that they are humans.

ANIMAL INSTINCTS: The Ramones state very clearly that they do not wish to be buried in a pet sematary – a fair request, given that they are humans.

5. ‘PET SEMATARY’

by THE RAMONES

4. ‘AMITYVILLE’

by EMINEM

3. ‘MONSTER’

by KANYE WEST

2. ‘SEASON OF THE WITCH’

by DONOVAN

1. ‘DON’T FEAR THE REAPER’

by BLUE OYSTER CULT

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