Welcome to another edition of Music Monday! I hope you’ve been enjoying this weekly peek into my playlist. I know I’ve had fun putting them together for you. Since Halloween is this weekend just so happens to be one of my favourite times of year, I figured I would dedicate this week’s playlist to all things spooky. There are so many fun songs that bring this time of year to mind, from monsters to ghouls, from The Nightmare before Christmas to some classic dance songs, Halloween playlists can be so much more than just Thriller, the Monster Mash and horror movie soundtracks.
Halloween is about witches and vampires, monsters, spiders and ghosts. It is about being whatever you can dream up and having fun doing it.
Here are some songs we are loving right now.
I’m in love with a monster -Fifth Harmony (from the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack)
This song appears on the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack. I think it is a lot of fun and as my dude demonstrated at the end of the movie the other day, it is more than easy to dance to. I think that it would make a great addition to any playlist, not just a Halloween one.
Problem (The Monster Remix) – Becky G. feat will.i.am
“I’m a monster, I’m a monster. Danceable, catchy, this one will stay in your head for a while after you hear it. This song appeared in the original Hotel Transylvania movie and is a monster song that won’t give anyone nightmares.
I put a spell on you – Bette Midler
This version of the song appeared in the movie Hocus Pocus. Better Midler’s portrayal of Winnifred is classic and hilarious. Be careful when you listen to it though, because she and her sisters just might put a spell on you too.
Love Song for a Vampire – Annie Lennox
This absolutely haunting song appeared in the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Annie Lennox’s voice sends chills down my spine every time I hear her sing, and I cannot think of a better artist to portray the heartbreak, horror and love of this story.
This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
This song originally appeared on the Nightmare Before Christmas, and this version of the song was a part of the Nightmare Revisited, a revamped version of the original movie soundtrack. Marilyn Manson is his normal creepy self when it comes to this song, and what a better way to kick off Halloween thank with this song?
Ramalama (Bang bang) – Roisin Murphy
I couldn’t find an official version of this song either, but this routine from So You Think You Can Dance really epitomizes this song, I think. It is creepy, weird, and oh so cool.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
I couldn’t have a list of Halloween songs without including the classic, and possibly nightmare inducing song by Michael Jackson that anyone who grew up as an 80’s or 90’s kid can still dance too. Thriller is part of the reason that I am still a bit creeped out by zombies, haha.
I have a few other favourites that I wasn’t able to find good videos for, including a couple of other songs from the Nightmare Revisited soundtrack album. If you aren’t familiar with it, this album is a remake of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, with the songs redone by major punk, rock and alternative artists. A couple of my all time favourites are the Tiger Army version of “Oogie Boogie’s song”, and Amy Lee’s hauntingly beautiful version of “Sally’s Song”. Another good one is the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince version of “Nightmare on my street”, a parody of Nightmare on Elm Street. I highly recommend that you check these ones out.
There are so many amazing songs that are appropriate for a Halloween playlist, and I really hope that you enjoy a few of my favourites, and maybe find one or two that you like enough to add to your own.
Do you have a favourite Halloween song? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what it is!