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The Best & Most Memorable Songs From Scary Movies

Updated February 27, 2020 4.2k votes 313 voters 3.4k 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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    185
    22

    In movie: The Lost Boys

  • 2
    201
    30

    Banana Boat (Day-o)

    Harry Belafonte

    In movie: Beetlejuice

  • 3
    196
    35

    This Is Halloween

    Danny Elfman

    In movie: Nightmare Before Christmas

  • 4
    176
    49

    Bad Moon Rising

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    In movie: An American Werewolf in London

  • 5
    146
    36

    Cry Little Sister

    G Tom Mac

    In movie: Lost Boys

  • 6
    110
    25

    In movie: Pet Semetary

  • 7
    126
    36

    Jeepers Creepers

    Paul Whiteman and His Swing Wing

    In movie: Jeepers Creepers

  • 8
    130
    41

    Sweet Dreams

    Eurythmics

    In movie: House On Haunted Hill

  • 9
    115
    39

    Free Bird

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    In movie: The Devil's Rejects

  • 10
    117
    43

    Mad World

    Michael Andrews, Gary Jules

    In movie: Donnie Darko

  • 11
    96
    29

    Dream Warriors

    Dokken

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

  • 12
    99
    35

    Summer Breeze

    Type O Negative

    In movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • 13
    98
    38

    Coconut

    Harry Nilsson

    In movie: Practical Magic

  • 14
    133
    72

    Burn

    The Cure

    In movie: The Crow

  • 15
    95
    40

    In movie: Final Destination

  • 16
    82
    41

    Red Right Hand

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    In movie: Scream

  • 17

    In movie: The Strangers: Prey at Night

  • 18
    70
    33

    Slept So Long

    Jay Gordon of Orgy

    In movie: Queen of the Damned

  • 19

    In movie: Idle Hands

  • 20
    63
    40

    Animal I Have Become

    Three Days Grace

    In movie: Ginger Snaps

  • 21
    50
    40

    I Have The Touch

    Heather Nova

    In movie: The Craft

  • 22
    42
    37

    Confusion

    New Order

    In movie : Blade

  • 23
    44
    41

    I Got 5 on It

    Luniz, Michael Marshall

    In movie: Us

  • 24
    64
    76

    No More Mr Nice Guy

    Megadeth

    In movie: Shocker

  • 25
    17
    13

    Fastway

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

    In movie: Trick or Treat