The Best & Most Memorable Songs From Scary Movies

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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.

Ranked by
  • Banana Boat (Day-o)
    1
    Harry Belafonte

      In movie: Beetlejuice

    • People Are Strange
      2

        In movie: The Lost Boys

      • This Is Halloween
        3

        This Is Halloween

        Danny Elfman

          In movie: Nightmare Before Christmas

        • Bad Moon Rising
          4
          Creedence Clearwater Revival

            In movie: An American Werewolf in London

          • Cry Little Sister
            5

              In movie: Lost Boys

            • Jeepers Creepers
              6

              Jeepers Creepers

              Paul Whiteman and His Swing Wing

                In movie: Jeepers Creepers

              • Pet Semetary
                7

                  In movie: Pet Semetary

                • Dream Warriors
                  8

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

                  • Sweet Dreams
                    9
                    Eurythmics

                      In movie: House On Haunted Hill

                    • Burn
                      10

                      Burn

                      The Cure

                        In movie: The Crow

                      • Mad World
                        11
                        Michael Andrews, Gary Jules

                          In movie: Donnie Darko

                        • Free Bird
                          12
                          Lynyrd Skynyrd

                            In movie: The Devil's Rejects

                          • Red Right Hand
                            13
                            Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

                              In movie: Scream

                            • Coconut
                              14
                              Harry Nilsson

                                In movie: Practical Magic

                              • Summer Breeze
                                15
                                Type O Negative

                                  In movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer

                                • No More Mr Nice Guy
                                  16

                                    In movie: Shocker

                                  • Fastway
                                    17
                                    Trick or Treat (from movie, "Trick or Treat")

                                      In movie: Trick or Treat

                                    • Rocky Mountain High
                                      18

                                        In movie: Final Destination

                                      • I Wanna Be Sedated
                                        19

                                          In movie: Idle Hands

                                        • Total Eclipse of My Heart
                                          20

                                            In movie: The Strangers: Prey at Night

                                          • Slept So Long
                                            21

                                            Slept So Long

                                            Jay Gordon of Orgy

                                              In movie: Queen of the Damned

                                            • Animal I Have Become
                                              22
                                              Three Days Grace

                                                In movie: Ginger Snaps

                                              • I Got 5 on It
                                                23
                                                Luniz, Michael Marshall

                                                  In movie: Us

                                                • Confusion
                                                  24

                                                  Confusion

                                                  New Order

                                                    In movie : Blade

                                                  • I Have The Touch
                                                    25
                                                    Heather Nova

                                                      In movie: The Craft