It’s that time of year to pull out the big book of pumpkin pie recipes and dance to Halloween songs in your costumes.
Halloween is the best part of the year, mostly because I can find an excuse to munch on candy, watch scary movies and, most importantly, listen to haunting songs that will keep you dancing forever.
So, to kick off this Halloween season, here’s a list of my personal favorite Halloween themed bops that I love to listen to during the season.
"Monster Mash" – Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers (1962)
This is the go-to for a Halloween party playlist. A catchy tune that is narrated most likely by Dr. Frankenstein, who is working in his lab when his monster is suddenly awakened. For some reason, they start doing the titular “monster mash.”
The monster brings Dr. Frankenstein into the mix, and they make it into a party when Dracula, his son and Wolfman join. Dracula gets annoyed that there is no Transylvania theme, but he soon gets over it. In the end, the “Monster Mash” becomes a graveyard smash.
"Thriller" – Michael Jackson (1982)
This is a Halloween no-brainer. The music video for "Thriller" starts off with a creaking door, footsteps, thunder and a pop beat. It’s an everlasting, blockbuster, genre-rocking success and, quite honestly, the best music video ever made. Like vampires, werewolves and Justin Bieber fans, zombies are everywhere in this video.
This haunting ballad is definitely one to remember as it continues to be popular even today – it was even featured in one of those important episodes on Glee. "Thriller" embodies the spookiness of Halloween, and really, it’s perfect for this holiday season.
"Cry Me A River" – Justin Timberlake (2002)
If you’re going through a breakup this season and don’t feel like doing anything but getting in your pajamas and eating some candy, this song is the perfect way to get over it.
Justin Timberlake’s "Cry Me A River" is a cross between a certified bop and a haunting melody. So, take a couple of your ex’s pictures, grab a trash can and light them on fire, because there are no rivers to cry here!
"Look What You Made Me Do" – Taylor Swift (2017)
So, there’s a bit of controversy to this song, as Swift throws shade at so many people. But, it has a lasting haunted side to it.
At least, the music video definitely does. The video opens up with a zombified Swift, who is dressed in her past outfits, and at one point, she said, “the old Taylor is dead.” Um, okay Taylor, a little weird, but we can look past it because it’s still a smash.
The music video can be the prime video for this year’s Halloween, showing Swift as herself in different eras.
"Sweet but Psycho" – Ava Max (2018)
Lyrically, this song tells the story of a rough diamond – it spins the tale of a girl who is sweet but utterly deranged.
Max said that this is basically about a girl being misunderstood and that she's being told that she is a psychopath, even though under the circumstances, all she wants is to be loved.
This electropop ballad describes the interactions the singer had between her and her partners, and it's the perfect way to start off the Halloween party. It shows the different sides to a story and the extra scary theme of real life.
To add to your candy bags, here's a link to a Spotify playlist of great Halloween tunes.