Best Halloween songs: Your spooky party playlist ft. Rihanna, The Weeknd, Rita Ora and The Prodigy

Because all the best Halloween parties boost a suitably scary soundtrack and this year it falls on a Saturday

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Halloween is creeping up fast and this year's celebration of all things ghoulish takes place this Saturday night. Meaning one thing – it's time to organise your Halloween party.

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Guests dressed in obligatory fancy dress (no, a white sheet doesn't count as a costume) are a must, as is a vile-coloured punch, trick or treat sweets and carved pumpkins. But if you're missing the spooky soundtrack, your night will likely be a bit, well, dead.

From classics such as "Ghostbusters" and "Monster Mash" to Marilyn Manson's vampy "Tainted Love" and the theme from The Exorcist, there are tons of terrifying (and terrifyingly-tacky) tunes out there.

Of couse there's Michael Jackson's "Thriller" too, of course, so be sure to have those zombie dance moves prepared.

See below for our most devilish Halloween playlist suggestions, from the eerie and obscure to popular crowd-pleasers.

1) "Tainted Love" – Marilyn Manson

'I really felt the music world needed something a little less serious right now," Manson said of the record in 2001. "If you don't get it or like it, that's your call." Certainly for Halloween, we get it.

2) "Zombie" – The Cranberries

Written as a protest song in 1993 in memory of two children killed in an IRA bombing, "Zombie" will help create a suitably grungy vibe in your living room.

3) "Thriller" – Michael Jackson

The most-downloaded Halloween track of all-time should be a staple on your scary soundtrack. That moment when the King of Pop's eyes turn zombie green at the end sends shivers down our spines. Good shivers.

4) "Tarantula" – Pendulum

Few things are scarier than a massive black tarantula - and Pendulum are singing about just that in this drum and bass hit.

5) "Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker Jr

'Who ya gonna call?' is the big question every Halloween and "Ghostbusters" is the answer. You might get sick and tired of hearing this song in every bar's themed night for the next two weeks but it's hard to deny it's a classic.

6) "Insomnia (Monster Mix)" – Faithless

This dance classic was been given a monster makeover and remains a firm favourite with many club-goers. One to get the demons dancing this Halloween.

7) "Every Breath You Take" – The Police

Many people thought this was a love song when it was first released in 1983, with some even choosing it as the first dance at their wedding. It's actually about a sinister stalker who is watching 'every move' his lost lover makes. Creepy.

8) "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" – The Charlie Daniels Band

This Seventies bluegrass song is about the devil's failed effort to 'steal' a young man's soul in a fiddle-playing contest. Not your conventional Halloween track but pretty cool nonetheless.

8) "Can't Feel My Face" – The Weeknd

Not your standard Halloween song as such, but we reckon the lyric "I can't feel my face when I'm with you" sounds pretty terrifying, even if he does "love it".

10) "Bring Me To Life" – Evanescence

Hard rock band Evanescence won their first UK number one with this powerful song which should have the zombies are your party springing into life.

11) "Omen" - The Prodigy

12) "She Wolf" – Shakira

13) "Sympathy For The Devil" – The Rolling Stones

14) "Black Widow" – Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora

15) "This Is Halloween" – The Citizens of Halloween

16) "Psycho Killer" – Talking Heads

17) "True Blood" – Justin Timberlake

18) "Die Monster Die" – Misfits

19) "Monster Mash" – Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

20) "Disturbia" – Rihanna

21) "Howlin' For You" – The Black Keys

22) "Don't Fear (The Reaper)" – Blue Oyster Cult

23) "Voodoo Child" – Jimi Hendrix

24) "Nightmusic" – Grimes ft. Majical Cloudz

25) "Somebody's Watching Me" – Rockwell

26) "Running With The Devil" – Van Halen

27) "Monster" – Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver

28) "Superstition" – Stevie Wonder

29) "Dracula" – Gorillaz

30) "Werewolves Of London" – Warren Zevon

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