Halloween Music Playlist

Halloween is upon us. That spook-tacular time of year when we unleash our inner demons, our inner child or our inner slut, whichever you prefer. Shannon McHugh gives us the ultimate Halloween music playlist…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a much loved, Halloween classic

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a much loved, Halloween classic

The nightclubs of Galway are always packed on Halloween so why not have a ghoulish get-together and then head down to Supermac’s for the after hour bants! Now, if you’re going to throw a Halloween party, you have to have the right soundtrack. Here’s just a few of the must-have tunes. Happy Halloween!

  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Junior – Try not to have the volume too loud or your neighbours may pay you an unexpected visit. Who you gonna call? No! Please not the Guards!

  • Timewarp – Rocky Horror Picture Show – This party stopper is from everyone’s favourite musical. Come on, you need to know the dance!

  • Thriller – Michael Jackson – MJ has had many iconic songs but Thriller is arguably one of his best. Thriller’s music video is 30 years old but still manages to send chills down my spine every time I watch it. Unfortunately, with all the plastic surgery, Michael kind of morphed into a zombie over the years.
  • Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett- This song pays homage to the cult horrors of the 1950’s, full of vampires, ghouls and the mad scientists’ monsters. The mad scientist is the host of this party and all the monsters of the world are invited around to his for some monster mashing madness.

  • Witches – Aqualords – Back in the “Bebo Stunnah” days, everyone tuned into the radio just to listen to this song. A constant transcendence beat accompanied by a sexually narrative voice, it had the word Witches in it so that made it Halloween-ey enough for us.

  • Disturbia – Rihanna – Bum-Bum-BeDum-Bum-Bum-Be-DumDum. Oh I love how Rihanna make sounds into words. This creepy little tune fittingly has a creepy video to go with it. Warning: This song may cause scantly clad women to show off their erotic dance moves in your living room.

  • I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone – The song was originally written by Screamin Jay Hawkins and was performed and sampled by many others. It makes an appearance in the classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus but Nina’s version is my favourite. The pure seduction in Nina’s voice leads you to imagine a sexy little witch, casting her spell on you but you don’t resist, you welcome it.

  • In A Heartbeat – John Murphy – The theme song from Danny Boyle’s horror film 28 Days later. It was also featured in the follow up 28 Weeks Later and the Kick Ass films. The eerie tune anticipates the worst. It’s one of those songs you wouldn’t play while you’re alone in the dark which makes it the perfect scary song for Halloween. Who doesn’t love being terrified on Halloween!?

  • She Wolf– Shakira – Gone are the days when werewolves were hideous hairy creatures that wanted to tear out your throat. Now we see them as statuesque young men that turn into overgrown puppies. Thanks a lot Twilight. Werewolves have turned into sex symbols. Shakira is another who jumped at this trend. Hearing Shakira howl is reason enough for this song to be one your Halloween playlist.

  • Everybody (Backstreet’s back) – Backstreet Boys. – This has to be everyone’s guilty pleasure. Although the lyrics don’t relate to Halloween at all, the band’s music video plays as a parody to the horror genre. The boys spend the night in a haunted house where they transform into some of the famous monsters we know. They wake up and realise it was all a dream.. Or was it?

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