Top 10 Halloween Rock Songs

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Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark At The Moon"

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Ozzy Osbourne 'Bark At The Moon' cover shoot photo 1983. Fin Costello-Redferns-GettyImages

Whether you're planning a Halloween party or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters here are 10 songs to rock your Halloween festivities.

"Bark At The Moon" is the title track of Ozzy Osbourne's 1983 third solo album. In Osbourne's first made for MTV storyline video for "Bark At The Moon" he plays a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde style madman who turns into a raging werewolf. The song has become a Halloween classic and is Osbourne's sixth most played solo live song.

Buy/Download the song here.

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Rob Zombie - "Dragula"

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Rob Zombie. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder-Getty Images.

Musician/director Rob Zombie named his breakthrough band White Zombie after the 1932 American horror film starring Béla Lugosi, which is considered the first zombie movie ever made. For Rob Zombie's first solo single video 1988's "Dragula" he borrowed the "Munster Koach" car from the 60s television show "The Munsters". "Dragula" has become Rob Zombie's most recognizable and best selling song of his solo career.

Watch Rob Zombie's "Dragula" official video here.

Buy/Download the song here

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Marilyn Manson - "This Is Halloween"

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Marilyn Manson. Photo: Earl Gibson lll-WireImage-Getty Images.

Marilyn Manson covered film composer Danny Elfman's classic song "This Is Halloween" in 2006 for The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition) soundtrack album. Manson's version was also included on the Nightmare Revisited compilation album in 2008. Manson performed "This Is Halloween" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Halloween 2006 and performed the song live only one other time on Halloween 2007 in Las Vegas.

Watch a video of Marilyn Manson's "This Is Halloween" synched to Tim Burton's 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas here.

Buy/Download the song here.

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AD/DC - "Highway To Hell"

Bon Scott and Angus Young of AC/DC
Bon Scott and Angus Young of AC/DC. Fin Costello-Redferns-GettyImages

AC/DC's title track to their 1979 Highway to Hell album has become a Halloween party song due to the devilish nature of the holiday. When original lead singer Bon Scott's sang "Hey, Satan/Payin' my dues/Playin' in a rockin' band/Hey, mamma/Look at me/I'm on the way to the promised land/I'm on the highway to hell" he created a tongue-in-cheek party anthem for the ages.

Watch the official video for AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" here.

Buy/Download the song here.

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Oingo Boingo - "Dead Man's Party"

Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo. Larry Hulst-Michael Ochs Archive-GettyImages

Before becoming director Tim Burton's main film composer Danny Elfman was the leader of the new wave rock band Oingo Boingo, which was active from 1972-1995. The title track to Oingo Boingo's most commercially successful album, 1985's Dead Man's Partyis an ode to Halloween which was also featured on the soundtrack for the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield film Back To School. In the Halloween classic Elfman sings, "It's a dead man's party/Who could ask for more?/Everybody's comin', leave your body at the door."

Watch Oingo Boingo's video for "Dead Man's Party here.

Buy/Download the song here.

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Korn - "Kidnap The Sandy Claws"

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Korn's cover of "Kidnap The Sandy Claws" may not mention the word Halloween but their eerie hard rock version of Danny Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas song has creepy, maniacal lyrics about torturing poor "Sandy Claws" (Santa Claus). Any song from Tim Burton's classic film about Halloween creatures invading the North Pole is an instant Halloween classic. Korn's "Kidnap The Sandy Claws" appears on the Nightmare Revisited compilation album and the song was the first recording with Ray Luzier, their drummer since 2007. 

Watch video of Korn's "Kidnap The Sandy Claws" synched to The Nightmare Before Christmas footage here and a making of video of Korn recording instrumental parts of the song here.

Buy/Download the song here.

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Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"

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Warren Zevon. Ed Perlstein-Redferns-GettyImages

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" tells the tale of following a werewolf around New York City. The three chords and a howl song was Zevon's biggest hit reaching reaching number 21 on the American Top 40 charts in 1978. The song still resonates as a danceable Halloween party anthem to get people howling.

Watch a fan-made video for Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" here.

Buy/download the song here.

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The Specials - "Ghost Town"

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The Specials. Michael Ochs Archives-GettyImages

With its spooky organ, weird banshee like wails, and the song's eerie vibe, ska band The Specials created a Halloween party classic with their song "Ghost Town". In the 80s The Specials paved the way for 90s ska/rock bands like Sublime and No Doubt. "Ghost Town" topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in 1981 and became a Halloween dance floor classic.

Watch The Specials "Ghost Town" official video here

Buy/Download the song here.

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The Ramones - "Pet Sematary"

Joey Ramone of The Ramones
Joey Ramone of The Ramones. Rick Goldman-Creative Commons.

In 1989 The Ramones released the title track for the Stephen King's film Pet Sematary. The Ramones' song "Pet Sematary" reached number four on the Billboard 'Modern Rock Tracks' list, making it one of their highest charting hits. 

Watch The Ramones' video for "Pet Semetary" here.

Buy/Download the song here.

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Ministry - "Everyday Is Halloween"

Al Jourgensen and Ministry. Paul Bergen-Redferns-GettyImages

Back in the 80s the band Ministry were best known as a new wave/synthpop band with the minor 1984 club hit "(Everyday Is) Halloween". In his book Alternative Rock writer Dave Thompson described the song as having been "adopted as the anthem of America's disenfranchised Gothic community." In the mid-80s Ministry transformed into an industrial metal band. To date Ministry have only played "(Everyday Is) Halloween" seven times live in 1984 and 1986 but the song remains a Halloween classic.

Watch a fan-made video for Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween" here.

Buy/Download the song here.