My Halloween Spook-tacular 200

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Happy Halloween 2017! Like I said yesterday, I loved Halloween growing up, peaking during my college years. During those years, my costumes were as follows: Freshman year, something inappropriate; my sophomore year, Billy Idol; my junior year, Boy George; and my senior year, Elton John. So, three of those four years, I did the rock-inspired costume. Now, my boys did some movie-inspired costumes, though I think #1 went as Bono of U2 one year.

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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

Today, there are many pop/rap/rock artists who seem to be developing big images, that are perfect for Halloween. Artists from the past are always great ideas, like KISS, Alice Cooper, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Duran Duran, David Bowie and Hall & Oates have been seen at Halloween parties. Of course, current artists such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Muse, Kanye West and Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips are currently popular on Halloween websites.

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Lady Gaga for Halloween?

Now, every Halloween party or trick-or-treat destination needs a great soundtrack. Over the years, I have discovered three great compilations. If you need New Wave music at your Haunted House, then you might want to search for the Rhino compilation Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Halloween. This album is full of great songs, like the Ramones’ “Pet Sematary” and the Misfits’ “Halloween”. For fans of Little Steven’s Underground radio show, you can trust the show’s own compilation Halloween a Go-Go. Artists such as Bruce Springsteen (“Restless Nights”) and the Electric Prunes, with their garage classic “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night”, can be found on this disc. Finally, I like Rob Zombie’s Halloween Hootenanny compilation, that includes many psycho-rockabilly Halloween-inspired songs that will put the fun into your Halloween playlist.

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The King of Halloween Alice Cooper with his nurse

Me? I love to make my own playlist. As usual, my playlist is large, yet I prefer to think of it more of a pool of two hundred songs from which, when played on shuffle, you get an array of Halloween classics, like “Thriller” and “Monster Mash”, interspersed with newer, soon-to-be classics as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Head Will Roll” and “Monster” by Kanye West. And, of course, I love to hit spots all places in between, before and after my examples. I sure hope you can discover your own playlist within these suggestions.

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So, here are my Top 200 Songs for Halloween, in alphabetical order of artist. Enjoy this treat! And, PLEASE, make your suggestions of songs that I should add to my list, since I am always searching for new titles.

  1. A Flock of Seagulls – “Nightmares” (1986)
  2. AC/DC – “Highway to Hell” (1979)
  3. AC/DC – “Night Prowler” (1979)
  4. Alan Vega – “The Werewolf” (1996)
  5. Alice Cooper – “Clones (We’re All)” (1980)
  6. Alice Cooper – “Dead Babies” (1971)
  7. Alice Cooper – “Feed My Frankenstein” (1991)
  8. Alice Cooper – “I Love the Dead” (1973)
  9. Alice Cooper – “Sick Things” (1973)
  10. Alice Cooper – “The Black Widow” (1975)
  11. Alice Cooper – “Welcome to My Nightmare” (1975)
  12. Amazing Royal Crowns – “Little Demon” (1998)
  13. Atlanta Rhythm Section – “Spooky” (1979)
  14. Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (1982)
  15. Beyoncé – “Haunted” (2013)
  16. Black Joe Lewis – “Shadow People”
  17. Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath” (1970)
  18. Black Sabbath – “Children of the Grave” (1971)
  19. Black Sabbath – “Kill in the Spirit World” (1989)
  20. Bloodrock – “D.O.A.” (1970)
  21. Blue Öyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (1976)
  22. Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” (1982)
  23. Bruce Springsteen – “A Night with the Jersey Devil” (2010)
  24. Bruce Springsteen – “Restless Nights” (1998)
  25. Cage the Elephant – “Black Widow” (2013)
  26. Carl Perkins – “Put Your Cat Clothes On” (1986)
  27. Cerrone – “Supernature” (1978)
  28. Charlie Daniels Band – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (1979)
  29. Cheap Trick – “Dream Police” (1979)
  30. Cliff Richard – “Devil Woman” (1976)
  31. Count Five – “Psychotic Reaction” (1966)
  32. Counting Crows – “Scarecrow” (2014)
  33. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising” (1969)
  34. Dave Edmunds – “The Creature from The Black Lagoon” (1981)
  35. David Bowie – “Cat People” (1983)
  36. David Bowie – “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” (1980)
  37. David Seville – “Witch Doctor” (1958)
  38. Davie Allan – “Extrasensory Perception” (1998)
  39. Dead Kennedys – “Halloween” (1982)
  40. Deadbolt – “Psychic Voodoo Doll” (1998)
  41. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – “A Nightmare on My Street” (1988)
  42. Donovan – “Season of the Witch” (1966)
  43. Eagles – “Witchy Woman” (1972)
  44. Eagles of Death Metal – “Chase the Devil” (2006)
  45. Echo & the Bunnymen – “People Are Strange” (1983)
  46. Echo & the Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon” (1984)
  47. Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein” (1973)
  48. Electric Light Orchestra – “Evil Woman” (1976)
  49. Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic” (1975)
  50. Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life” (2003)
  51. Everclear – “Halloween Americana” (2000)
  52. Faithless – “Insomnia” (1995)
  53. Fancey – “Witch Attack” (2017)
  54. Fancey – “Witches Night” (2007)
  55. Franz Ferdinand – “Evil Eye” (2013)
  56. Frenchy – “Ribcage Mambo” (1998)
  57. Gorillaz – “Dracula” (2001)
  58. Grimes feat. Majical Cloudz – “Nightmusic” (2012)
  59. Halsey – “Ghost” (2015)
  60. Halsey – “Haunting” (2015)
  61. Heart – “Magic Man” (1976)
  62. Howlin’ Wolf – “Howlin’ for My Baby” (1962)
  63. Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora – “Black Widow” (2014)
  64. Imagine Dragons – “Demons” (2012)
  65. Interpol – “Evil” (2004)
  66. INXS – “Devil Inside” (1987)
  67. Iron Maiden – “Fear of the Dark” (1992)
  68. Iron Maiden – “Killers” (1981)
  69. Iron Maiden – “Prowler” (1980)
  70. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat” (1989)
  71. Japan – “Ghosts” (1981)
  72. Japanoids – “Evil’s Sway” (2012)
  73. Jarvis Humby – “Man with the X-Ray Eyes (Silver Surfer)” (2004)
  74. Jimi Hendrix – “Voodoo Chile” (1968)
  75. John Carpenter – “Halloween Theme” (1978)
  76. John Fogerty – “Eye of the Zombie” (1994)
  77. John Zacherle – “Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1” (1958)
  78. John Zacherle – “Halloween Hootenanny” (1998)
  79. John Zacherle – “Happy Halloween” (1962)
  80. John Zacherle/Southern Culture on the Skids – “Sinister Purpose” (1998)
  81. Joy Division – “Dead Souls” (1979)
  82. Justin Timberlake – “True Blood”
  83. Kanye West feat, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver – “Monster” (2010)
  84. Katy Perry – “Ghost” (2013)
  85. King Harvest – “Dancing in the Moonlight” (1973)
  86. KISS – “Creatures of the Night” (1982)
  87. KISS – “God of Thunder” (1976)
  88. KISS – “Killer”
  89. Lady Gaga – “Monster” (2008)
  90. Los Straightjackets – “The Munsters Theme” (1998)
  91. Lou Reed – “Halloween Parade” (1989)
  92. Marilyn Manson – “Tainted Love” (2003)
  93. Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People” (1994)
  94. Marilyn Manson – “This Is Halloween” (2003)
  95. Marvin Gaye – “Witchcraft” (1961)
  96. Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell” (1977)
  97. Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (1991)
  98. Michael Jackson – “Is It Scary” (1997)
  99. Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (1982)
  100. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – “Scream” (1995)
  101. Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells” (1973)
  102. Ministry – “Every Day Is Halloween” (1984)
  103. Minus 5 – “Lies of the Living Dead” (2000)
  104. Misfits – “Die Master Die” (1998)
  105. Misfits – “Ghouls Night Out” (1986)
  106. Misfits – “Halloween” (1981)
  107. Misfits – “Night of the Living Dead” (1982)
  108. Misfits – “Skulls” (1982)
  109. Misfits – “Vampira” (1982)
  110. Mudhoney – “Halloween” (1988)
  111. My Morning Jacket – “Evil Urges” (2008)
  112. New York Dolls – “Frankenstein” (1973)
  113. No Doubt – “Spiderwebs” (1996)
  114. Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
  115. Olivia Newton-John – “Magic” (1980)
  116. Outkast feat. Kelis – “Dracula’s Wedding” (2003)
  117. Ozzy Osbourne – “Bark at the Moon” (1984)
  118. Ozzy Osbourne – “Mr. Crowley” (1980)
  119. Pendulum – “Tarantula” (2005)
  120. Peter Gabriel – “Intruder” (1980)
  121. Peter Tosh – “Vampire” (1987)
  122. Prince – “Dance with Devil” (1989)
  123. Radiohead – “Burn the Witch” (2016)
  124. Ramones – “Pet Sematary” (1989)
  125. Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters” (1984)
  126. Redd Kross – “Dracula’s Daughter” (2012)
  127. Reverend Horton Heat – “The Halloween Dance” (1998)
  128. Rhianna – “Disturbia” (2007)
  129. Rhianna – “Haunted” (2007)
  130. Rob Zombie – “Dragula” (1998)
  131. Rob Zombie/The Ghastly Ones – “Halloween (She Gets So Mean)” (1998)
  132. Rockets from the Crypt – “I Drink Blood” (1998)
  133. Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984)
  134. Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – “Time Warp” (1975)
  135. Roky Erickson & the Aliens – “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1980)
  136. Roky Erickson & the Aliens – “I Walked with a Zombie” (1981)
  137. Run-DMC – “Ghostbusters” (1989)
  138. Ryan Adams – “Halloween” (2004)
  139. Ryan Adams – “Haunted House” (2017)
  140. Santana – “Black Magic Woman” (1970)
  141. Santana – “Evil Ways” (1970)
  142. Satan’s Pilgrims – “Gravewalk” (1998)
  143. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You” (1955)
  144. Shakira – “She Wolf” (2009)
  145. Siouxsie & the Banshees – “Halloween” (1981)
  146. Sky Ferreira – “Ghost” (2014)
  147. Slayer – “Raining Blood” (1986)
  148. Sonic Youth – “Halloween” (1985)
  149. Southern Culture on the Skids – “Werewolf” (1998)
  150. Vincent – “Psychopath” (2014)
  151. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” (1972)
  152. Suicide – “Ghost Rider” (1977)
  153. Sweatmaster – “I Am a Demon and I Love Rock ‘N Roll” (2002)
  154. Swingin’ Neckbreakers – “No Costume, No Candy” (1998)
  155. Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer” (1977)
  156. Tegan & Sara – “Walking with a Ghost” (2004)
  157. The Alan Parsons Project – “The Raven” (1976)
  158. The B-52’s – “Devil in My Car” (1980)
  159. The Black Keys – “Howlin’ for You” (2010)
  160. The Blow Pops – “Halloween” (1994)
  161. The Bombras – “A Fistful of Terror” (1998)
  162. The Born Losers – “Werewolves on Wheels” (1998)
  163. The Budos Band – “Black Venom” (2010)
  164. The Chesterfield Kings – “Running Through My Nightmares” (1980)
  165. The Citizens of Halloween Town – “This Is Halloween” (1993)
  166. The Cramps – “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” (1980)
  167. The Cramps – “Zombie Dance” (1980)
  168. The Cranberries – “Zombie” (1994)
  169. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – “Fire” (1968)
  170. The Dead Elvi – “The Creature Stole My Surfboard” (1998)
  171. The Dream Syndicate – “Halloween” (1989)
  172. The Electric Prunes – “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” (1967)
  173. The Fuzztones – “I’m The Wolfman” (1992)
  174. The Ghastly Ones – “Banshee Beach” (1998)
  175. The Jacksons – “Torture” (1984)
  176. The Jam – “Ghosts” (1982)
  177. The Legendary Invisible Men – “Spooks Night Out” (1998)
  178. The Moontrekkers – “Night of the Vampire” (1961)
  179. The Move – “Night of Fear” (1968)
  180. The Outlaws – “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” (1981)
  181. The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  182. The Police – “Spirits in the Material World” (1981)
  183. The Prodigy – “Firestarter” (1997)
  184. The Prodigy – “Omen” (2009)
  185. The Psychedelic Furs – “The Ghost in You” (1984)
  186. The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
  187. The Sonics – “The Witch” (1965)
  188. The Stems – “She’s a Monster” (1987)
  189. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015)
  190. The Who – “Boris the Spider” (1966)
  191. Tripping Daisy – “Creature” (1996)
  192. Van Halen – “Running with the Devil” (1978)
  193. Van Morrison – “Moondance” (1970)
  194. Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London” (1978)
  195. White Zombie – “I, Zombie” (1995)
  196. White Zombie – “I’m Your Boogie Man” (1998)
  197. Whodini – “The Freaks Come Out at Night” (1984)
  198. Wolfmother – “Witchcraft” (2005)
  199. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll” (2009)
  200. Zumpano – “Evil Black Magic” (1994)

I hope everyone has a Spook-tacular Halloween today. And, if you are not into Halloween, just have a great day! Also, if you have songs that should be in my playlist, please add your suggestions in the comment section below.

One more thing. I plan to take the rest of the week off, so I don’t get burned out doing this blog. And, remember to keep on rockin’ in the free world!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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