Tonight is Halloween and if you haven't already done so, now is the time to pick the playlist for your party, treat giving evening, or just your personal enjoyment. There are a lot of Halloween-themed songs, but only a subset that have entered into the public consciousness over the years. These songs range from album singles to television and movie themes. Here are the ten that best represent Halloween:
Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"
Quite possibly one of the few songs in all of music history to feature its singer howling like a werewolf, this 1978 classic was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell, and Waddy Wachtel, and also included accompaniment by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Rounding out the star power on this one is Jackson Browne, who was the song's producer. The song ultimately became one of Zevon's best-known songs.
Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells Part 1"
Strongly associated with the 1973 film The Exorcist, the song comes from Oldfeld's 1973 debut album of the same name. It has since become one of the themes people generally conjure when they think of "spooky music." For his part, Oldfield was reportedly not happy with how the song was used in the movie.