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Haunted Road Trip Playlist

Karen Frazier
Starry night road

When you're headed out on a haunted road trip, nothing sets the tone better than a playlist loaded with thematic songs. LoveToKnow asked paranormal investigators and enthusiasts what they'd add to their spooky playlists, and the result is the perfect playlist to set the mood, whether you're diving along the West Coast or taking a road trip of haunted Gold Rush towns.

Halloween Party Music

A great place to start is selecting music you'd play at a Halloween party for kids or adults.

  • From Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party to Santana's Black Magic Woman, this Halloween Party Music Playlist will translate well to your road trip.
  • You can't go wrong with fun Halloween Party Songs like Michael Jackson's Thriller or the all-time spooktacular classic, Monster Mash.

Songs You'll Be Dying to Listen To

Since ghosts are people without bodies; that is, people who have died, then songs with death as a theme make a haunting addition to your road trip playlist.

  • If I Ever Leave This World Alive by Flogging Molly
  • I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door by Guns n Roses or Eric Clapton
  • Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen
  • Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel
  • It's a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
  • Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  • Close My Eyes Forever by Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford
  • Diamond Smiles by Boomtown Rats
  • Adam's Song by Blink 182
  • Die Young by Ke$ha
  • We're All Gonna Die by Everlast
  • Giving Up the Gun by Vampire Weekend
  • I'll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cuite
  • Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi

Ghost and Monster Songs

It's shocking how often ghosts and monsters appear in song lyrics. But they are great for setting the mood on your haunted road trip.

  • We Are the Monsters by Matchbook Romance
  • Ghosts by Chris Cornell
  • Ghost by Katy Perry
  • Give Up the Ghost by Radiohead
  • Ghost by Pearl Jam
  • Cry Like a Ghost by Passion Pit
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen or Rage Against the Machine
  • Monster by Lady Gaga
  • Ghosts Are Everywhere by Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA)
  • American Ghost Dance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Ghosttown by Madonna
  • Ghost on the Dance Floor by Blink 182
  • Ghosts That We Knew by Mumford and Sons
  • There's a Ghost in My House by The Fall
  • Ghost Song by Jim Morrison
  • Grim, Grinning Ghosts by the Barenaked Ladies
  • The Monster by Eminem and Rhianna
  • The Ghosts of Beverly Drive by Death Cab for Cutie

Haunted (and Haunting) Songs

Haunted houses, haunting lyrics, and more; these songs are perfect when you're heading out for paranormal adventure.

  • Haunted House by John Fogerty
  • Doom Song by The Plasmatics
  • Ghost Towns Along the Highway by John Mellencamp
  • Spirits in the Material World by The Police
  • The Torture Never Stops by Frank Zappa
  • Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie
  • Haunted When the Minutes Drag by Love and Rockets
  • Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Twilight Zone by Golden Earring
  • Breathe Me by Sia

Songs With a Creepy Story or Feel

Of course, you can also fill your playlist with songs that tell a creepy story or just feel super spooky. They make great listening on any playlist for a haunted road trip.

  • Creep by Radiohead
  • Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
  • Hotel California by the Eagles
  • Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  • Highway to Hell by ACDC
  • Tubular Bells from The Exorcist
  • Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga
  • Twist of Cain by Danzig
  • Sound of Silence by Disturbed
  • Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads
  • Dance in the Graveyards by Delta Rae
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • True Blood by Justin Timberlake
  • O Fortuna from the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
  • Spooky by Classics IV (or the Zombies or Dusty Springfield)
  • Sadeness by Enigma
  • Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
  • Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
  • In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  • Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police
  • Little Shop of Horrors from the musical
  • Psycho by Post Malone
  • Teardrop by Massive Attack

Spooky Road Trips

Next time you set out on a road trip to visit haunted locations across the country, load up a playlist that will suit the mood and mission. It will make your trip even spookier.

Haunted Road Trip Playlist