Libby Patterson, Arts & Entertainment Correspondent
A lot of Halloween playlists are overdone and overplayed. While the “Monster Mash” is a classic, I have compiled a list of the 15 songs you need to have playing this Halloween. From classic rock to pop and all the way to rap, this compilation of songs has all the jams you didn’t know you needed for your Halloween party.
- Fleetwood Mac- “Sisters of the Moon”
Fleetwood Mac is on another major wave of success, why not feel like a witch for the day and play this haunting jam?
- The Eagles- “Witchy Woman”
Speaking of witches, this Eagles classic is perfect for Halloween.
- The Rolling Stones- “Sympathy for the Devil”
Somehow the devil always gets wrapped into Halloween festivities, so I couldn’t exclude him from this playlist.
- Black Sabbath- “Paranoid”
There’s something about Ozzy Osbourne and his insanity that really puts me in the mood for a Halloween.
- Grateful Dead- “Friend of the Devil”
While this song isn’t necessarily scary or spooky, this one is for the deadheads.
- The Rolling Stones- “Gimme Shelter”
Honestly, this one is scarier to me than “Sympathy for the Devil.” Merry Clayton’s vocals at the end are very chilling, and she even suffered from having a miscarriage soon after. Some believe that her miscarriage is directly associated with the strain she put on herself from her powerful vocals in this song.
- Stevie Wonder- “Superstition”
Everyone can sing the words and there’s something about writing on the wall. Perfect for a Halloween party.
- The Black Keys- “Howlin’ for You”
With elements of a werewolf (hence the howling), this song is nice for Halloween without having Halloween thrown everywhere within the lyrics.
- Rihanna- “Disturbia”
I know this is supposed to be a playlist without “typical” Halloween songs, but I have to give Rihanna the respect she deserves.
- Rockwell- “Somebody’s Watching Me”
The creepiness of the lyrics are balanced out with 80s pop melodies.
- Outkast- “Dracula’s Wedding”
People don’t typically associate Outkast with Halloween, but honestly they need to.
- Outkast- ATLiens
Area 51 happened this year, and if I was going to have any song associated with aliens in the slightest, it would have to be this one.
- Busta Rhymes- “Gimme Some More”
Switching from classic rock to rap, this song uses the sample from the classic movie Psycho.
- Tyler, The Creator- Yonkers
Tyler has a way of making everything creepy in his own way, and this song may be one of his most iconic ones.
- Luniz- “I Got 5 On It”
I’m ending the playlist with one of the most iconic songs by Luniz. Bonus points for the fact that it was played during Us, one of Jordan Peele’s best projects to date.
That’s all for the 2019 Halloween playlist. All you have to do now is throw in some classics, some of your personal favorites and you’re all set for a spooky night of jams.