Werewolves, vampires, and ghosts, oh my. This playlist has them all — and more — with nary a Ghostbuster in sight. Scroll down to the bottom for a ready-to-play list of each of our picks below.
1. Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Bad Moon Rising”
Though not an overtly Halloween-inspired tune, lyrics like “Don’t go out tonight/It’s bound to take your life” set the right tone for any spook-tacular evening.
2. Missy Elliott: “Get Ur Freak On”
This early 2000s girl power anthem is perfect for a holiday celebrating the freak in all of us.
3. The National: “Anyone’s Ghost”
A song about ghosting — the dating, non-Casper-the friendly-ghost variety, that is.
4. Warren Zevon: “Werewolves of London”
The tale of a mythical creature with a penchant for Chinese food, pina coladas and oh yes, murder.
5. Stevie Wonder: “Superstition”
The soul legend croons about not letting falling ladders, broken mirrors and other omens of bad luck get you down.
6. Talking Heads: “Psycho Killer”
There’s nothing creepier than getting into the mind of a literal “psycho killer,” as penned by David Byrne and company in this '70s classic...
7. The Rolling Stones: “Sympathy for the Devil”
...except maybe this sprawling Stones narrative from the perspective of the literal devil.
8. Vampire Weekend: “Unbelievers”
Lighten things up with this sunny tune from the New York City-based indie pop band, which has nothing to do with the holiday except the band’s clever name.
9. Ryan Adams: “Halloween Head”
The emo-rocker uses Halloween’s “tricks and treats” as a thinly veiled metaphor for depression, anxiety and addiction.
10. Rihanna: “Disturbia”
This track from Barbadian-born R&B songstress echos Adams’ sentiments above: "Your mind is in disturbia/It’s like the darkness in the light.”
11. Florence and the Machine: “Howl”
“My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in/You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl” seems a pretty appropriately twisted love song for a day devoted to vampires and monsters.
12. Nina Simone: “I Put a Spell on You”
A straightforwardly bewitching love song from the legendary jazz singer.
13. The Strangeloves: “I Want Candy”
Pretty much everyone’s theme song in the month of October.
14. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Heads Will Roll”
This indie track gets its title from every child’s literary nightmare: The Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
15. Anderson East: “The Devil in Me”
A sweet, sly tune about falling in love with the preacher’s daughter from the Alabama artist’s first album, Delilah.
16. Fleetwood Mac: “Black Magic Woman”
Similarly, this quartet sings of “a black magic woman ... she’s tryin’ to make a devil out of me” in this '70s classic.
17. Jason Isbell: “If We Were Vampires”
Warning: Listen with a box of tissues. This stunning track from Isbell’s latest release has nothing to do with vampires and everything to do with the ephemeralness of love and time.
18. Michael Jackson: “Thriller”
If you’re going to go for the cheese factor, go big and go home. You know you know all the words. And those killer dance moves.
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