Are there enough “good” Halloween songs?
If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume you’re a major fan of Halloween. As a devoted celebrator of the haunted holiday, you more than likely have a playlist of music you’ve compiled and listen to every October.
What one song could your Halloween playlist be incomplete without?
For us- there are several answers to that question.
But if you had to crown the official anthem of Halloween, it would probably be…
“Monster Mash”, right?
Whether it’s your favorite Halloween song or not, there’s no denying it takes the lead as the most iconic song of the season.
Ethan Hein, a doctoral fellow in music education at NYU, discusses the possible reasons why the signature song of the season has remained a crowd favorite in an article by Rae Paoletta on Inverse:
“… part of ‘The Monster Mash’s’ legacy could be due to a limited pool of Halloween jams, which is similar to what the Spotify data suggests.
‘Maybe we like it because we don’t have a lot of good Halloween songs,’ Hein tells Inverse. ‘It’s like, ‘Thriller,’ ‘Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,’ and that’s about it.'”
-Rae Paoletta, Inverse.
Paoletta’s article and Hein’s observations on the song’s legacy are spot on and definitely worth checking out, so click HERE to read the full article.
We do, however, disagree with one point.
There are quite a few GREAT Halloween songs besides the classic graveyard smash.
Earlier in the week, Miranda from Spooky Little Halloween prompted us and several other Halloween writers and creators to share our all-time favorite Halloween song. There were several different answers (“This is Halloween“, “Every Day is Halloween“, “Anything Can Happen on Halloween“, to name a few), and surprisingly, no one chose “Monster Mash“… or “Thriller“!
These selections barely even skim the surface of the plethora of songs that should be included on a playlist of great Halloween music.
When making a playlist of Halloween tunes, you would never leave out Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” or Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London“.
If classic rock is your jam, how could it truly be Halloween without playing Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” or The Eagles “Witchy Woman“.
If you like newer spooky tunes, you’d definitely want to include Ryan Adams’s “Halloweenhead“, Rob Zombie’s “Living Dead Girl“, and Marilyn Manson’s cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)“.
Our Ultimate Halloween Playlist on Spotify has more than 220 spooky songs, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t hear all of them at least once in October. Our list continues to grow, and each song captures the spirit of the season in their own unique way.
Full disclosure: we LOVE “Monster Mash”! We have to agree that it is the quintessential Halloween song. The most recognized and, according to research, the most played each year. The song is an iconic musical legend that instantly brings back the nostalgia of Halloween.
As much as we love it, we stand by our opinion that it’s not the only great Halloween song out there.
This year, as you compile your soundtrack for the season, we encourage you to do some musical exploration. Listen to some Halloween music you’ve never heard before, and select a new Halloween anthem of your own.
The graveyard smash may be the king, but there are a lot of great Halloween anthems waiting to be discovered.
For some suggestions, check out Mr. and Mrs. Halloween’s Ultimate Halloween Playlist on Spotify below.
Check out a few of our selections you may not have heard of before:
And if you’re like us- open to a little Halloween music diversity but forever faithful to the Mash, check out Spooky Little Halloween’s “50+ Covers of ‘Monster Mash’ You Need to Hear”.
What’s your Halloween anthem?
Let us know down below!
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