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The Best & Most Memorable Songs From Scary Movies

Updated February 27, 2020 3.9k votes 279 voters 2.5k views36 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    People Are Strange
    177
    20

    In movie: The Lost Boys

  • 2
    Banana Boat (Day-o)
    193
    28

    Banana Boat (Day-o)

    Harry Belafonte

    In movie: Beetlejuice

  • 3
    This Is Halloween
    187
    33

    This Is Halloween

    Danny Elfman

    In movie: Nightmare Before Christmas

  • 4
    Bad Moon Rising
    163
    25

    Bad Moon Rising

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    In movie: An American Werewolf in London

  • 5
    Cry Little Sister
    141
    33

    Cry Little Sister

    G Tom Mac

    In movie: Lost Boys

  • 6
    Pet Semetary
    108
    22

    In movie: Pet Semetary

  • 7
    Jeepers Creepers
    122
    33

    Jeepers Creepers

    Paul Whiteman and His Swing Wing

    In movie: Jeepers Creepers

  • 8
    Burn
    125
    35

    Burn

    The Cure

    In movie: The Crow

  • 9
    Sweet Dreams
    125
    40

    Sweet Dreams

    Eurythmics

    In movie: House On Haunted Hill

  • 10
    Free Bird
    108
    35

    Free Bird

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    In movie: The Devil's Rejects

  • 11
    Mad World
    112
    39

    Mad World

    Michael Andrews, Gary Jules

    In movie: Donnie Darko

  • 12
    Summer Breeze
    93
    31

    Summer Breeze

    Type O Negative

    In movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • 13
    Dream Warriors
    90
    30

    Dream Warriors

    Dokken

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

  • 14
    Coconut
    98
    37

    Coconut

    Harry Nilsson

    In movie: Practical Magic

  • 15
    Rocky Mountain High
    93
    39

    In movie: Final Destination

  • 16
    Red Right Hand
    79
    39

    Red Right Hand

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    In movie: Scream

  • 17
    Total Eclipse of My Heart

    In movie: The Strangers: Prey at Night

  • 18
    Slept So Long
    66
    30

    Slept So Long

    Jay Gordon of Orgy

    In movie: Queen of the Damned

  • 19
    I Wanna Be Sedated

    In movie: Idle Hands

  • 20
    No More Mr Nice Guy
    61
    37

    No More Mr Nice Guy

    Megadeth

    In movie: Shocker

  • 21
    Animal I Have Become
    61
    39

    Animal I Have Become

    Three Days Grace

    In movie: Ginger Snaps

  • 22
    I Have The Touch
    47
    38

    I Have The Touch

    Heather Nova

    In movie: The Craft

  • 23
    I Got 5 on It
    44
    39

    I Got 5 on It

    Luniz, Michael Marshall

    In movie: Us

  • 24
    Confusion
    39
    34

    Confusion

    New Order

    In movie : Blade

  • 25
    Fastway
    14
    9

    Fastway

    Trick or Treat (from movie, "Trick or Treat")

    In movie: Trick or Treat