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Songs For the Undead - 13 Spooky Music Videos For Halloween

Published: Fri October 31, 2008  News Feed

Children of the night, rejoice! For this is your night...and here's our selection of music videos perfect for Halloween - videos filled with demons, vampires, werewolves and other monsters. Enjoy!

1) Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

This is the Mother-Of-All-Music-Videos, Michael Jackson's finest moment, and the most classic Halloween song, ever! Directed by John Landis ('An American Werewolf In London'), it manages to be quite scary, too. But not as much as Jacko's face these days...

2) Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, "Monter Mash"

Besides "Thriller", this is the other, essential Halloween classic. Pure 1950's charm and a quite amusing video. A timeless song.

3) Ladyhawke, "Dusk Til Dawn"

This recent single from newcomer Ladyhawke is a must for any cool Halloween party, and should feature in any playlist! The blonde singer wakes up at night just to be spookied by an assortment of monsters, including Jason, Freddy Krueger and...the Rubik's Cube! Pure 80's retro charm.

4) Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi Is Dead"

The Eighties were fertile ground for Halloween songs, as it was the decade of Goth and, of course, goths have always loved all things dark and vampiric. This song was used in the opening credits of 80's horror film "The Hunger", where Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie appear as the most stylish vampires ever.

5) Echo & The Bunnymen, "People Are Strange"

Yet another 80's classic, once again from the soundtrack of a vampire movie. This time, it's Echo & The Bunnymen's excellent cover of a song by The Doors, which was used to great effect in the film "The Lost Boys".

6) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Mary Jane's Last Dance"

Who'd think that straight-faced rocker, and Bob Dylan devotee Tom Petty, would write a song that's great for Halloween? But this video, which shows the creepy obsession of a man for a beautiful corpse, is perfect for this time of the year. Even if the said corpse is Kim Basinger, it's still...creepy! Watch video here.

7) The Cure, "Charlotte Sometimes"

 The gloomy goth idols had a hit (in the 80's, of course) with this song. The video is pure Eighties lo-fi, but the spooky ghost story theme is perfect for Halloween.

8) Screamin Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You"

Can you imagine how scary and weird Screamin' Jay Hawkins must have looked in the 1950's? He still cuts an impressive (though sometimes funny) figure...he was the original "shock rocker" who paved the way for the likes of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, with his theatrical performances and macabre stage props. This voodoo blues ballad has been considered one of the songs that shaped rock'n'roll.

9) Alice Cooper, "Welcome To My Nightmare" 

This song shows that Cooper was as influenced by The Doors as by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and a cool track that should be featured in any Halloween party.

10) White Zombie - "I'm Your Boogie Man"

A fun homage to all those cheap, black & white horror films from the sixties. Rob Zombie thought his band just wasn't enough for him, and now directs horror films himself.

11) Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London"

Watch a very respectable werewolf walking on the streets of London. What to say of a song that opens with the line "I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand / Walking through the streets of Soho"? An infectious song, that should be more well-known!

12) Iron Maiden, "Number Of The Beast"

If Spinal Tap wasn't invented...we'd still have Iron Maiden! Besides some scary spandex trousers, the video for this signature song also features demons, werewolves and other unholy creatures. Not to mention Eddie, of course... 

13) Ray Parker Jr.,  "Ghostbusters"

We must end this list with another Eighties classic. What would be of a Halloween playlist without this tune? Sure to inject life into the most dead of parties. You liked it then, and it still brings a smile to your face...Proof that a good spooky song will never die...just like the best Halloween monsters!

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