Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Like many things this year we are once again having to adapt the way we do things in our everyday life, and another casualty of Covid is Halloween! With the rules and restrictions being so unclear many people are having to interpret them the best way they can, and many are opting to stay in this year and have Halloween parties at home.
What does every good party need apart from good food, drink and good company? That's right a cracking playlist full of Halloween crackers!
I have put together a list of my top 10 Halloween tracks for you to get down and Oogie Boogie too!
The Monster Mash
whenever I think of Halloween music this is my go too song! I bet you didn't know that this is one the Beach Boys favourite songs to play and they would often play a live version during their live shows! The song was also briefly banned on the radio back in the 70's in UK, but in 1973 it was all over the airwaves and reached number 3!
Somebody's Watching Me
I have only just discovered this song and there are so many great remixes of this song, but the original is my absolute favourite. Interesting fact, the background vocals for this song are provided by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and his brother Jermaine!
This Is Halloween
Taken from the 1993 Tim Burton film, Nightmare Before Christmas, this instantly recognisable song was covered by rocker Marilyn Manson in 2006 for a special release of the film. The official music video for the original version featuring the citizens of Halloweentown has over 40K likes and 2millions views on YouTube as of August 2020!
This song takes inspiration from the tragic IRA bombing that killed two teenage boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry in Warrington, Cheshire in 1993. The lyrics speak about a long history of violence in Ireland and mention troubled times from 1916. Leader singer, Delores O'Riordan has been quoted as saying that the song is "the Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever"
The Time Warp
Featured in both the 1973 stage play and the 1975 film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Time Warp is both a song about how to dance and a parody of the musical genre. Written by Richard O'Brien of The Crystal Maze fame and Richard Hartley, the song teaches you how to dance it as you listen to it. Now don't forget, its just a jump to the left!
Highway To Hell
Highway to Hell was written about being on tour and the long hours spent on the tour bus. More specifically it refers to a stretch of Australian highway and how long it takes to cross from Sydney to Perth. The Hell reference comes from when the sun is setting as you drive this vast distance it looks like a huge fireball coming down on the landscape!
Spooky Scary Skeletons
Most people will recognise this tune from the TikTok app, but Spooky Scary Skeletons has been around for much longer than people know. Originally taken from a 1966 album called 'Halloween Howls' Andrew Gold created this track along with fellow composer John Waite. The track has undergone several remixes throughout the years.
Season of The Witch
Originally recorded and released in 1966 by the singer Donovan this song has been recorded by several different artists over the years, but my favourite version is taken from the Blues Brothers 2000 film!
One of the co writers of this song is Bebe Rhexa, who in 2014 released her first single, since then she has gone on to become one the newest and up and coming Country music stars. The Monster in the song is Eminem's internal demons and his ongoing battle to overcome them.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Reaching number 3 in the Billboard Country music charts this song would be The Charles Daniels Band biggest hit. Featuring both sung lyrics and spoken word called 'recitation' this up tempo bluegrass song tells the story of Johnny and how the devil failed to gain his soul in a fiddle playing battle.
I hope that you enjoy this selection of halloween tunes and have a great time on 31st October! Whatever you do, stay safe and happy halloween!
Love DB x