Joey’s Top 10s: Top 10 Spooky Songs

Here is your ultimate creepy playlist…



The Doors hold two spots on this list of spooky songs.


There are so many Christmas songs. So many. I get so tired of them. But where are the Halloween songs? There are a few, so I have tracked down the best Halloween/spooky songs that are fun to play during All Hallows Eve.

  1. “This is Halloween” – Danny Elfman

“This is Halloween” is such a fun song, originating from the Disney classic “Nightmare Before Christmas.” It  tells the story of the town of Halloween and gives us a crash course in the citizens that reside there.

  1. “Psycho Killer” – The Talking Heads

The title of this song is a pretty telling reason why this song makes the “spooky” list. “Psycho Killer” is a pretty eerie song; there is not a whole lot to it, but it can still be pretty unnerving.

  1. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.

Who ya gonna call? This song is a classic, coming from a movie with the same name, “Ghostbusters” is an earworm that works its way into all of our heads during the month of October. While this song itself might not be especially scary, it is a real mood-setter for Halloween.

  1. “Night Prowler” – AC/DC

“Highway to Hell” might be the more common AC/DC song associated with Halloween, I argue that Night Prowler sets a much creepier “haunted” tone. The song talks about bodies in tombs and creeping around rooms late at night when everyone is asleep. Pretty creepy.

  1. “Sympathy for the Devil” – The Rolling Stones

“Please allow me to introduce myself — ” “Sympathy For The Devil” is a classic song by an all-time great band, The Rolling Stones. It tells the story of how the Devil has made his mark on historic events.

The narrator of the song (the Devil himself) poses questions about if humans should blame him for their actions or if they should blame themselves.

  1. “People Are Strange” – The Doors

This song sets a delightfully creepy mood, especially late at night or when it is foggy out. It is short and gets right to the point.

Jim Morrison’s voice is perfect for this song; the haunting crooning he puts on fits perfectly with the jaunty haunted carnivalesque piano playing of Ray Manzarek.

  1. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

This classic song tells the story of a paranoid (or is he?) man who believes that he is being stalked or followed by somebody. He thinks that he has no privacy and that somebody has eyes on him at all times.

  1. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult

One of the most iconic guitar riffs of all time and the inspiration for one of the all-time best Saturday Night Live Skits, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is a classic Halloween time song.

The song talks about not being scared of death, and that it might not be the end.  The line “Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity” heavily suggests that there might even be comfort beyond the grave.

  1. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” – Johnny Cash

Right from the get-go, this song is haunting. The echoing marching sound gives the impression of people chained together shuffling to the hallows.

Johnny Cash’s voice suits this song perfectly, his rough and tumble voice matched with the banjo and guitar makes this song pretty creepy.

  1. “Not to Touch the Earth” – The Doors

This song easily tops my creepy/Halloween song list. The organ part is so haunting and the story that the song tells adds beautifully to the atmosphere. All the notes sound dissonant, like they do not belong, and that really brings the mood down too.

Jim Morrison was such a good poet and storyteller, and that really rings true in “Not to Touch the Earth.” This song is perfect for a night drive or late-night walk around campus if you want to get really creeped out.