The top Halloween songs on Spotify are a mix of the old favorites we’ve come to expect and quite a casket-full of rock bangers.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” tops the list of most-streamed songs in Halloween-themed playlists for the past three Halloweens, followed by Ray Parker Jr.’s 80’s hit “Ghostbusters” and the 60’s romp “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers. Repping rock and roll is Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon,” The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for The Devil,” The Cranberries’ “Zombie” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” a track that in 2017 played consistently throughout the year but then tripled in streams on Halloween.
While the U.S. is perhaps considered the country where Halloween festivities reach the most feverish pitch, you might be surprised to learn the nation comes in third for the amount of Halloween music streamed. Canada takes the top spot, followed by Ireland, long considered the birthplace of the Halloween tradition.
Additionally, we’ve found that Halloween appears to be growing in popularity around the world; in 2016 and 2017 the share of Halloween listening outside the U.S. roughly doubled.
Enjoy our Halloween playlist and top lists below, we’ve included the top streamed songs globally and in South Africa.
Top Streamed Halloween Songs Globally (based on the past three Halloweens):
- Michael Jackson – Thriller
- Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – Monster Mash
- Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
- AC/DC – Highway to Hell
- The Citizens of Halloween – This Is Halloween
- Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London
- Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – A Nightmare on My Street
- Santana – Black Magic Woman
- Stevie Wonder – Superstition
- Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You
- Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman
- Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
- The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
- Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
- Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
- The Cranberries – Zombie
- Little Nell – Time Warp
- Whodini – Freaks Come out at Night
Top Streamed Halloween Songs By South African audiences:
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
2. Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – Monster Mash
3. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
4. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
5. Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
6. Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London – 2007 Remastered Version
7. Stevie Wonder – Superstition – Single Version
8. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – A Nightmare on My Street
9. The Citizens of Halloween – This Is Halloween
10. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me – Single Version
You can also enjoy the playlist of Halloween’s most-streamed songs around the world!