Halloween Dance Party Playlist: Music Made Easy

djCreating the perfect Halloween dance party music playlist can be time-consuming and challenging, especially if you’re determined to get it right. After all, the difference between a random selection of mp3s on shuffle and a planned-out playlist optimized by beats-per-minute for maximum energy, mood, and enjoyment, is the amount of time, effort, and knowledge that’s put into it.

After years of planning and hosting Halloween parties, I’ve learned how to build a dance playlist that will keep guests moving and cheering all night long. By combining the insights of professional DJs with my own research and years of party-planning experience, I’ve been able to craft increasingly popular playlists that are a hoot at Halloween parties. I’d like to share my most recent – and most effective one – with you now, free of charge, in the hopes of helping make this crucial step of Halloween party planning easier for you.

Mix it Up, Fix it Up, Turn it Up

A few quick pointers before we jump to the playlist, if I may.

In my experience, it’s best to provide a mix of music genres, but only ones that will themselves mix well with your target audience. In my case, it was 20-40 year old guests looking to dance, drink, and let loose, so I went with a combination of 120 songs that included dance music, Halloween songs, special requests and guests favourites, as well as some rock and metal songs. Regardless, each song had to be danceable otherwise it would stop the dancing (i.e., the party) dead in its tracks.

If you want to use the playlist exactly as I have it laid out but don’t own all of these songs, you’ll need to get those you’re missing, obviously. How you do that is up to you but personally, I’m not a fan of pirated music. Aside from being a musician myself and “feeling” for fellow artists, I”ve simply had far too many bad experiences with broken files, spammy tags, viruses, and volume normalization issues. If you’ve ever done this, you know what I mean. The time wasted trying to find and fix songs just isn’t worth it for me. Instead, you can easily purchase digital music (mp3s) directly from Amazon.com. If you live in Canada, Amazon.ca has a great CDs and vinyl section as well.

Once I have all my songs, I like to use a free volume normalizer app (mp3Gain) to ensure my mix plays at more or less the same volume. I then use the free Party Mixer app to create the playlist and play it back on my Android tablet, which is plugged directly into my sound system.

Tip: If your preference is for classical music, check out the Ultimate Halloween Classical Music Collection of 50 instrumental masterpieces perfectly suited for Halloween, including Bach’s timeless Toccata and Fugue In D Minor!

Alright, now let’s get to the playlists!

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Full Halloween Dance Party Playlist

Here is the actual, complete playlist I used for my 2014 adult Halloween dance party, which had a zombie apocalypse theme. This list includes the songs from the Halloween shortlist above in addition to my dance mix, which I like to change a bit every year. The songs below are in this exact order on my playlist, and this is the order in which I played them at my last party. They are also optimized per BPM for a mood that goes from mid-energy to high-energy to sexy as the night progresses:

  1. W and W & Blasterjaxx – Rocket
  2. David Guetta – Bad
  3. Shakira – Dare (La La La)
  4. Gummy Bear – I’m a Gummy Bear
  5. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  6. Ylvis – The Fox
  7. Halloween Theme (Terror Mix)
  8. Cee-Lo Green – Forget You
  9. Psy – Gentleman
  10. Owl City – Good Time
  11. Kat De Luna – Whine Up
  12. Rammstein – Du Hast
  13. Rob Zombie – Dragula
  14. Rihanna – Disturbia
  15. Haddaway – What is Love
  16. Lady GaGa – Telephone
  17. Katy Perry – Roar
  18. Kreesha Turner – Don’t Call Me Baby
  19. Cobra Starship – Good Girls Go Bad
  20. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  21. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  22. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
  23. The Walking Dead Theme (The Wobbler Remix)
  24. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
  25. Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back
  26. Lady GaGa – Just Dance
  27. Kesha – Tik Tok
  28. Shakira – She Wolf
  29. Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music
  30. Katy Perry – Firework
  31. Escape the Fate – Zombie Dance
  32. Black Eyed Peas – Rock that Body
  33. Nicki Minaj – Pound the Alarm
  34. Pitbull – I Know You Want Me
  35. Bon Jovi – We Got It Going On
  36. Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  37. Pink – Get the Party Started
  38. Fergie – Fergalicious
  39. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
  40. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  41. LMAO – Every Day I’m Shuffling
  42. The Cranberries – Zombie (DJ Djim Ibiza Remix)
  43. Nickelback – Something in Your Mouth
  44. Hedley – Don’t Talk to Strangers
  45. Katy Perry – Part of Me
  46. Kesha – Cannibal
  47. Pitbull – Timber
  48. RedNex – Cotton Eyed Joe
  49. Psy – Gangnam Style
  50. DJ Snake – Turn Down For What
  51. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
  52. Alice Cooper – Spark in the Dark
  53. Rihanna – SOS (Rescue Me)
  54. Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You
  55. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
  56. Baauer – Harlem Shake
  57. Horrorpops – Walk Like a Zombie
  58. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
  59. Maroon 5- Get Back in My Life
  60. The Ramones – Pet Cemetery
  61. Maroon 5- Lucky Strike
  62. Pink – U + Ur Hand
  63. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle
  64. Pitbull – Get Freaky
  65. Lil Jon – Bend Ova
  66. Britney Spears – 3
  67. Sean Paul – Get Busy
  68. Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
  69. Nelly – Hot in Here
  70. Nicki Minaj – Anconda
  71. Britney Spears – If U Seek Amy
  72. Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom
  73. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
  74. LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
  75. David Guetta – Sexy Chick
  76. Jennifer Lopez – Booty
  77. FloRida – Low
  78. Rihanna – S & M
  79. Pitbull – Hote Room Service
  80. FloRida – Right Round
  81. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  82. Sean Kingston – Fire Burning
  83. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
  84. Beyonce – Naughty Girl
  85. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
  86. Lady GaGa – Monster
  87. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Chat
  88. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
  89. Hedley – Cha-Ching
  90. Lady GaGa – Poker Face
  91. Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
  92. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
  93. White Zombie – I’m Your Boogie Man
  94. Tiesto – Wasted
  95. Christina Aguilera – Lady Marmalade
  96. Elvira – Monster Rap
  97. House of Pain – Jump Around
  98. Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get Retarded
  99. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
  100. Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl
  101. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
  102. Whodini – Freaks Come Out At Night
  103. Ariana Grande – Bang Bang
  104. Iggy Azalea – Work
  105. Nicki Minaj – Mercy (Remix)
  106. Ozzy Osbourne – I Don’t Wanna Stop
  107. Kid Rock – Bawitdaba
  108. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
  109. Lou Vega – Mambo No. 5
  110. Knife Party – Bonfire
  111. Ariana Grande – Break Free
  112. Kesha – Die Young
  113. K7 – Come Baby Come
  114. Serena Ryder – Stompa
  115. Voltaire – Zombie Prostitute
  116. Taylor Swift – Shake it Off
  117. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
  118. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
  119. Lights – Up We Go
  120. Kelis – Milkshake

Update as of October 19, 2015:

I would also add the following two songs to this playlist:

  1. Carly Jamison – The Devil’s Trying to Bring Me Down
  2. Becky G – I’m a Monster

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Halloween Shortlist

Here’s a list of only the Halloween-themed songs that I normally include in my full dance party playlist. This way, if you want to create your own dance mix, you can simply sprinkle these songs throughout. A word of caution though – you’ll want to consider beats-per-minute when placing your songs, as discussed in the “Music” section of my earlier post on how to plan a Halloween party.

Here’s my Halloween-specific shortlist:

  1. Halloween Theme (Terror Mix)
  2. Rammstein – Du Hast
  3. Rob Zombie – Dragula
  4. Rihanna – Disturbia
  5. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  6. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
  7. The Walking Dead Theme (The Wobbler Remix)
  8. Escape the Fate – Zombie Dance
  9. Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  10. The Cranberries – Zombie (DJ Djim Ibiza Remix)
  11. Kesha – Cannibal
  12. Horrorpops – Walk Like a Zombie
  13. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
  14. The Ramones – Pet Cemetery
  15. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  16. Lady GaGa – Monster
  17. White Zombie – I’m Your Boogie Man
  18. Elvira – Monster Rap
  19. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
  20. Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl
  21. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
  22. Whodini – Freaks Come Out At Night
  23. Voltaire – Zombie Prostitute

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 Bonus Halloween Rock Playlist

As a bonus, here’s a short list of some Halloween-themed rock and metal songs that you can play before the dancing begins, or if you have an interlude. I just don’t find that they fit well in my actual dance mix, so I tend to create a separate playlist for them and usually just put them on shuffle/random:

  1. AC/DC – Hell’s Bells
  2. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  3. Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare
  4. Annihilator – Alison Hell
  5. Asking Alexandria – The Death of Me
  6. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
  7. Billy Talent – Devil on My Shoulder
  8. Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – Monster Mash
  9. CCR – Bad Moon Rising
  10. Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
  11. Evanescence – Going Under
  12. Finger Eleven – Paralyzer
  13. Guns ‘N’ Roses – Sympathy For the Devil
  14. Halestorm – Love Bites (So Do I)
  15. INXS – Devil Inside
  16. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child
  17. Jonathan Coulton – Re Your Brains
  18. King Diamond – Halloween
  19. Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams
  20. Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween
  21. Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe
  22. Metallica – Die Die My Darling
  23. Metallica – Enter Sandman
  24. Nightwish – Whoever Brings the Night
  25. Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
  26. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of
  27. Ram Jam – Black Betty
  28. Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
  29. Rolling Stones – Paint it Black
  30. Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs – Lil’ Red Riding Hood
  31. Spiderbait – Ghost Riders in the Sky
  32. The Doors – People are Strange
  33. Three Days Grace – Break
  34. Three Days Grace – Riot

Feel free to post your own suggestions for any of these Halloween party playlists!

Check out the Ideas section for more Halloween party inspiration, or get some party planning advice in the Hosting section.

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