My top 10 creepy pop and rock songs will get you into the Halloween spirit. Instrumentals are included in my top 10 creepy pop and rock songs list — ordered alphabetically — that you can crank up for the Halloween season.
My top 10 Halloween-appropriate pop and rock songs:
Cluster One, by Pink Floyd (1994)
Cluster One leads off my top 10 pop rock songs that are Halloween-themed. It’s a creepy instrumental from Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell album that also leads off this quality body of work. I sense the isolation in this music and so it makes me feel rather scared for the close to six minutes that it plays, as if something is going to jump out at me if I turn the corner or look backwards!
Conjure of Sacrifice, by The Hollywood Studio Symphony (2005)
From the pop music movie soundtrack of the 2005 voodoo horror-themed film, The Skeleton Key, the voodoo chant that played on an old record during a watermark scene in the movie comes across to me as definitely song-like because of the way the chant is uttered. So it’s a personal top 10 creepy tune for Halloween, which also makes me feel like I’ve hauntingly traveled back in time! When I’ve heard it play in the trailer that promotes this film, or as I’ve watched this film scene with this work Conjure of Sacrifice, chills are sent down my spine.
Dream Warriors, by Dokken (1987)
How could I leave out ol’ Freddy Krueger in my top 10 creepy rock songs that are Halloween-friendly? Dream Warriors was the theme song for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I love its fast pace and intensity, and I certainly can’t help but think of that bedtime nemesis!
Frankenstein, by The Edgar Winter Group (1973)
This chart-topping epic instrumental hit of 1973 is what I like to call an intensely “fun-creepy” tune that makes me think of Halloween; and thus, it’s one of my personal favorite top 10 creepy pop rock songs. The music is crafted as if they’ve created some freaky monster theme music for the legendary fictional character of Frankenstein as if he were some funky dude instead of what Mary Shelley wrote him to be.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, by Iron Butterfly (1968)
This psychedelic pop rock hit made the Top 40 charts despite the fact that the full album version is over 17 minutes in length, though the radio cut was edited down significantly. The song is so intense and long; and thus, gives me plenty of time to get into the mindset of thinking about Halloween spooks emerging out of some B-movie haunted house or hearse in a fun sort of way. I love the “quiet but pleasantly nagging” drum solo in the middle of the song before it gets all intense again, beginning with some organ music that sounds like the kind of songs you’d hear at a funeral parlor.
One, by Metallica (1989)
Talk about creepy music for Halloween! Metallica gives me the creeps in this personal top 10 song that’s based on the 1971 movie Johnny Got His Gun. This is a movie about a World War I veteran whose injuries have left him without sight, hearing ability, talking ability, and most of his ability to move. The intense frantic pace of the music and screaming of the band reflect the inner feelings of someone who’s in this totally helpless position, making this one chilling tune.
Stairway To Heaven, by Led Zeppelin (1971)
Never released as a single, this is still the most popular song by the legendary group and one of the creepiest songs I’ve ever heard, especially if I listen to this personal top 10 tune in the dark, including Halloween season! I remember hearing years ago that a radio station once played this song over and over again. Could Stairway To Heaven be scary because of the alleged backmasking messages that glorify the devil? If you go to the “Resources” box, you’ll find a link to a website that says this tune is a very Christian pop rock song! To me, the slow parts of this pop rock tune come across as if they are bringing in some scary, creepy presence.
Thriller, by Michael Jackson (1983)
The scariest thing about Michael Jackson today is his Halloween mask-like face, but when he recorded the Top 5 hit Thriller back in 1984, it was quite a sensation because it was accompanied by a short horror-style movie that aired constantly on MTV beginning in late 1983. The music of my personal top 10 creepy pop rock song has really got a great beat to it, and it’s a bit hypnotic, too, as this song is about being able to comfort one’s beloved during a horror film. It was better times for us music fans to think about Mr. Jackson and his songs, as he hadn’t totally gone off the deep end yet!
Tubular Bells, by Mike Oldfield (1973)
This creepy instrumental broke the Top 10 pop rock charts in 1974, thanks to one heck of a horror thriller film, The Exorcist, of which Tubular Bells is the movie’s theme. This theme is taken from a full-length album of the same name that’s almost 49 minutes long. When I hear this tune, I think of the possession about to engulf poor Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) in a film that made my Associated Content article about my top 10 thriller movies.
What I See, by Planet P Project (1984)
What I see comes from the concept album by Planet P Project called Pink World. It’s about a mysterious messianic-like boy who helps save human kind from a nuclear holocaust. The singing is rushed and intense as the lyrics point to having constant nightmares about the planet having suffered a nuclear holocaust with the beginning of the song proclaiming I see a planet that’s glowing red. As this album came out during the early years of MTV, two really creepy videos were shot for this and were shown regularly in two parts which eerily visualized the album’s concept.
Being raised with MTV, just hearing many songs creates their music videos in my mind. So when I hear my personal top 10 song that’s Halloween-appropriate, I think of the creepy images of the video where the boy is constantly running through an empty dorm room, then is interacting with a bunch of creepy-looking souls that are imprisoned in a cage-like structure.
Chart Information Sources for this creepy Halloween-appropriate songs article:
Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (1996)
Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Albums: 1955-1996 (1996)