Special Report

20 Most Popular Halloween Songs

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Every holiday has its own festive music. And while Halloween may not have the vast number of holiday songs like Christmas does, it still has quite a few. Each year, Halloween brings with it not only candy and costumes, but also a slew of seasonal songs that signal the arrival of All Hallows’ Eve.

Some of these songs are simply not played outside the season. Classics like “Monster Mash” sound rather out of place when it isn’t Halloween. But as the leaves start to turn, these songs are played over and over again.

Other songs are more common year-round, yet also work quite well in the context of Halloween. Warren Zevon’s monster-themed “Werewolves Of London” is one such example. While one wouldn’t be surprised when hearing the song on classic rock radio in the middle of summer, the track has become a holiday staple at Halloween parties across the nation.

24/7 Wall St. has identified the 20 most popular Halloween songs based on data from music streaming service Spotify. These are the songs that have increased in popularity the most on the past three Halloweens.

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Source: Courtesy of iDownload Pty Ltd

20. Monster Mash
> Artist: The Countdown Kids
> Total plays (all time): 48,235


Source: Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

19. Bark at the Moon
> Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
> Total plays (all time): 34,067,987

Source: Courtesy of Motown Records

18. Superstition
> Artist: Stevie Wonder
> Total plays (all time): 243,089,828

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

17. Runnin’ With The Devil
> Artist: Van Halen
> Total plays (all time): 56,828,186


Source: Courtesy of J. Albert & Son

16. Highway to Hell
> Artist: AC/DC
> Total plays (all time): 281,316,295

Source: Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

15. Evil Woman
> Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
> Total plays (all time): 39,624,679


Source: Courtesy of Halloween

14. Halloween Theme – Main Title
> Artist: John Carpenter
> Total plays (all time): 4,787,736

Source: Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

13. She Wolf
> Artist: Shakira
> Total plays (all time): 59,519,400

Source: Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment

12. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
> Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
> Total plays (all time): 143,449,419


Source: Courtesy of Ode Records

11. Time Warp
> Artist: Little Nell
> Total plays (all time): 18,506,392

Source: Courtesy of Sony Music

10. I Put a Spell on You
> Artist: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
> Total plays (all time): 11,292,196


Source: Courtesy of Motown Records

9. Somebody’s Watching Me
> Artist: Rockwell
> Total plays (all time): 33,847,361

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Records

8. This Is Halloween
> Artist: Marilyn Manson
> Total plays (all time): 28,057,648

Source: Courtesy of MJJ Productions

7. Thriller – 2003 Edit
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Total plays (all time): 35,550,768


Source: Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company

6. Werewolves Of London
> Artist: Warren Zevon
> Total plays (all time): 22,080,025

Source: Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

5. A Nightmare on My Street
> Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
> Total plays (all time): 5,146,800


Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Records

4. This Is Halloween
> Artist: The Citizens of Halloween
> Total plays (all time): 25,226,630

Source: Courtesy of MJJ Productions

3. Thriller
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Total plays (all time): 147,456,326

Source: Courtesy of RCA Records

2. Ghostbusters
> Artist: Ray Parker, Jr.
> Total plays (all time): 79,704,498


Source: Courtesy of Garpax Records

1. Monster Mash
> Artist: Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
> Total plays (all time): 9,565,814

Detailed findings:
Overall, the most played songs are those that work in non-Halloween settings. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” has over 281 million plays on Spotify and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” has more than 243 million. While these songs receive major play year-round, their popularity soars on Halloween.

The largest jumps in popularity during the Halloween season are songs that receive much less attention during the rest of the year. These include two undoubtedly Halloween-specific songs from film soundtracks – “This Is Halloween” from the 1993 movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Ray Parker, Jr.’s theme from “Ghostbusters.”

To determine the most popular Halloween songs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Spotify data on songs that have increased the most in popularity during the past three Halloweens: 2015, 2016, and 2017. Data on total plays as of Oct. 26, 2018 is also from Spotify.

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