The Best & Most Memorable Songs From Scary Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the songs from horror and Halloween movies that not only make scenes memorable but are great on their own.

The best songs from horror movies not only make a scene memorable, but they can also conjure up all the creepy feels and spine-tingling fears through pure association. Great horror movies have it all - from the cast to the effects to themes that haunt your dreams for long after the credits have rolled. But when they are matched with great songs, scary movies, horror films, and all those flicks with that good Halloween-y vibe reach an acme of perfection.

Some of the best horror movie music (and a popular horror movie trope) is an innocent song ironically paired with intense scenes, like John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" in Final Destination or the titular song of Jeepers Creepers. Other cheerful songs may be associated with less nightmarish moments, such as "Banana Boat" in Beetlejuice, but they fit the mood of a super song in a spooky movie. Other songs are covers transformed to fit a film, such as Type O Negative's "Summer Breeze" in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Some movies, like The Crow and The Lost Boys, or even the divisive Queen Of The Damned, are inextricably linked with the music in them.

The best horror movie songs transcend the score to practically sum up the thesis of a film. Vote up the best songs from horror movies that are not only great on their own but help make the movie great as well.

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Banana Boat (Day-o) Harry Belafonte

In movie: Beetlejuice

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The Doors

In movie: The Lost Boys

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Creedence Clearwater Revival

In movie: An American Werewolf in London

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This Is Halloween Danny Elfman

In movie: Nightmare Before Christmas

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In movie: House On Haunted Hill

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Jeepers Creepers Paul Whiteman and His Swing Wing

In movie: Jeepers Creepers

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Cry Little Sister G Tom Mac

In movie: Lost Boys

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Coconut Harry Nilsson

In movie: Practical Magic

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In movie: Pet Semetary

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

In movie: The Devil's Rejects

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Burn The Cure

In movie: The Crow

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John Denver

In movie: Final Destination

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Dream Warriors Dokken

In movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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Summer Breeze Type O Negative

In movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Michael Andrews, Gary Jules

In movie: Donnie Darko

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Bonnie Tyler

In movie: The Strangers: Prey at Night

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Slept So Long Jay Gordon of Orgy

In movie: Queen of the Damned

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No More Mr Nice Guy Megadeth

In movie: Shocker

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In movie: Scream

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In movie: Idle Hands

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Animal I Have Become Three Days Grace

In movie: Ginger Snaps

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I Have The Touch Heather Nova

In movie: The Craft

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Confusion New Order

In movie : Blade

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Burn the Flames Roky Erickson

In movie: Return of the Living Dead