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Best Halloween Music by the Numbers

Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand — or at least, Halloween is. That’s why Discogs has rounded up hair-raising harmonies and terrifying tunes for your listening pleasure during this most horrific of holidays.

The best Halloween music is determined by the number of Discogs users’ Collections each album is in. Spookily themed releases were pulled from the Database and the original data set was filtered for Halloween records and music that qualified as ghastly or festively fun. 

For example, David Bowie’s Scary Monsters and anything by Helloween were excluded, but the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack made the cut. Additionally, popular artists (such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) or film franchises (like Halloween) with multiple releases on the list were limited to one spot each. 

The list was then broken up into three chilling categories: 

  • Soundtrack & Novelty 
  • Metal 
  • Punk, Post-Punk, & New Wave

It’s time to dim the lights and prepare yourself for these audio frights!


Soundtrack & Novelty Halloween Music

#7

Monster Mash

Bobby (Boris) Picket and the Crypt-Kickers

Originally released in 1962, this Halloween novelty still holds up as it reentered the Billboard Hot 100 as recently as 2021.

The Return Of The Living Dead – Original Soundtrack
Various
2020
Rock, Psychobilly, Punk
Vinyl, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
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#6

Return of the Living Dead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various Artists

No punk zombie film or Halloween celebration would be complete without musical contributions from bands like The Damned, The Cramps, and 45 Grave.

#5

Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies

Halloween (2018) saw John Carpenter and collaborators like his son, Cody, revisit his legendary Halloween scores and expand upon them for the ultimate in seasonal sounds.

Suspiria (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film)
Goblin
2022
Electronic, Rock, Stage & Screen, Experimental, Prog Rock, Soundtrack
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, White, Gatefold
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#4

Suspiria

Goblin

If you’re looking for one of the most unnerving horror soundtracks of all time, Goblin’s Suspiria score is just as suspenseful as the film it was composed for.

Stranger Things – Volume One (A Netflix Original Series)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
2018
Stage & Screen, Soundtrack
2 x Vinyl, Album, Upside Down Inter-Dimensional Blue
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#3

Stranger Things – Volume One (A Netflix Original Series)

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

The ominous ’80s keyboard sounds found throughout the Strangers Thing soundtrack are sure to meet your dark synth needs.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Danny Elfman
2023
Stage & Screen, Score, Soundtrack
2 x Vinyl, Picture Disc, Zoetrope, Reissue
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#2

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Danny Elfman

Bridging the gap between Halloween and Christmas, the memorable soundtrack from this stop-motion musical is full of seasonal songs you can sing along to.

#1

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Cast 

The soundtrack for this beloved midnight movie is great year-round, but its frequent screenings near Halloween make this a spooky holiday staple.


Metal Halloween Music

Under A Funeral Moon
Darkthrone
2013
Black Metal
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue, Gatefold
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#7

Under A Funeral Moon

Darkthrone

Black metal is arguably the most evil of all metal subgenres and this Darkthrone album is a masterclass in all things dark and cold.

Morbid Tales
Celtic Frost
2023
Rock, Black Metal
2 x Vinyl, Reissue, 180g, Red
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#6

Morbid Tales

Celtic Frost

The stripped down assault of Celtic Frost’s debut is sure to get the blood flowing if you play these tracks on Halloween.

#5

Welcome To Hell

Venom

The first album from the band that gave birth to black metal provides the subject matter and sounds needed for a hard-hitting All Hallows’ Eve.

Hellbilly Deluxe
Rob Zombie
2018
Rock
Vinyl, Reissue
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#4

Hellbilly Deluxe

Rob Zombie

Horror movie schlock and driving industrial rhythms have established Rob Zombie as a go-to option for all things Halloween.

Hell Awaits
Slayer
2021
Thrash
Vinyl, Reissue, 180g
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#3

Hell Awaits

Slayer

This hellish thrash-terpiece starts with a disturbing demonic voice that invites you to join in as Slayer offers up satanic tales fit for any ghoulish gathering.

The Number Of The Beast
Iron Maiden
2021
Heavy Metal
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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#2

The Number Of The Beast

Iron Maiden

The Number of The Beast sounds incredible year-round, but the album is a must-listen for anyone looking to spin some heavy metal on Halloween.

Master Of Puppets
Metallica
2022
Rock, Thrash, Heavy Metal
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, Remastered
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#1

Master Of Puppets

Metallica

Often praised as one of the best metal albums of all time, this thrash classic features some of Metallica’s darkest compositions and pairs well with fighting off demonic creatures in the Upside Down.


Punk, Post-Punk, & New Wave Halloween Music 

All Hallow’s E.P.
AFI
2019
Rock, Punk
Vinyl, 10″, Reissue
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#7

All Hallow’s E.P.

AFI

From the cover art to a cover of the Misfits’ “Halloween,” this horror punk EP pairs perfectly with the fall season.

Dead Man’s Party
Oingo Boingo
2015
Electronic, Rock
LP, Red Vinyl, Reissue
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#6

Dead Man’s Party

Oingo Boingo

The title track alone makes this album a no-brainer for those looking to add a dash of fun to their Halloween festivities.

Psychedelic Jungle
The Cramps
2020
Punk, Psychobilly, Garage Rock
LP, Black 150g Vinyl, Reissue
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#5

Psychedelic Jungle

The Cramps

Psychedelic Jungle has a trashy swagger that often lurks in the shadows and makes you want to dance like Wednesday Addams.

Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance
1984
Goth Rock, Ethereal, Post-Punk
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
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#4

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance

If the name hasn’t already sold you, this goth-rock essential is sure to evoke the holiday spirit for anyone who hears it.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Bauhaus
1979
Rock, New Wave
Vinyl
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#3

Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Bauhaus

The creeping atmosphere and iconic vampire imagery found in “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” has made it one of the most recognizable songs in goth circles and a worthy addition to any Halloween playlist. 

Walk Among Us
Misfits
2009
Rock, Punk
Vinyl, Reissue
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#2

Walk Among Us

Misfits

The Misfits are the quintessential horror punk band, so listening to them around Halloween is pretty much a requirement at this point.

Murder Ballads
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2015
Art Rock, Alternative Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 gram
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#1

Murder Ballads

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The ninth album from this brooding crooner and company sets a delightfully dismal mood as it takes you through the grisly details of various crimes of passion.

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