Great Songs For Halloween That Feature A Killer Bass Line


With Halloween almost here, it is a good time to remember a few ideas for top Halloween bass songs that are perfect for the occasion. You can throw in a couple of songs in your Halloween gig list or could include these songs in your Halloween party. They all have great bass lines and are perfect for the Halloween season!

Santana – Black Magic Woman

Black Magic Woman by Santana is a well-known Halloween song with a legendary bass line. In fact, the song has had two major versions. The first one was written by Peter Green for Fleetwood Mac. The second and the most popular came, of course, from Santana. This is the well-known classic form that significantly influenced Rock-N-Roll.

The original Fleetwood Mac group was a Blues band. Its guitarist and composer Peter Green had been part previously of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He was filling in at first for the absent Eric Clapton. Around the year 1969, the Fleetwood Mac band was composed of John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer, and Peter Green.

The Fleetwood Mac version of Black Magic Woman is noteworthy, being planted deeply in the psychedelic era. Therefore, the song has an air of quasi-mysticism. Santana’s Black Magic Woman incorporates Gypsy Queen by Gabor Szabo, a neo-Hungarian Folk composition. The folk part is composed of a combination of modern jazz, central European rural music, and Latin elements.


Michael Jackson – Thriller

This is another well-known song that can set the perfect Halloween mood. Its repetitive funky bass line sets the creepy atmosphere and drives the song. Michael Jackson's Thriller is one of the songs that made the artist one of the biggest stars in the word. The song was released on an album in 1982.

Thriller is led by machine driven, relentless rhythms. The song features Jackson’s insistent vocal performance and an elastic bassline. The audio track for Thriller became already a classic horror even before it the music video was released. The song features slamming doors and wolf howls, gruesome lyrics, and sound effects of creepy footsteps. On the Hot 100, Thriller reached no. 4. However, its real legacy remains the 14-minute mini-movie.


AC/DC – Highway to Hell

This is another great choice of song for the Halloween party. Highway to Hell by AC/DC will definitely get the crowd wild. It is also a Halloween song with a killer bass line. The album containing this track is the latest recorded by AC/DC with the lead singer Bon Scott.

From the first few notes, the intro of the song is instantly recognizable. It is a chill-out song, it makes good driving music and is as well a great Halloween choice. The chorus brings lots of energy to the song.


Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbuster theme

This classic song by Ray Parker Jr. comes with a funky bass line and a cool groove that features lots of staccato feel. The song has been written and recorded as the theme to the movie of the same name starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis. The song was released at #68 on June 16, 1984, and on August 11, 1984, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.


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There you have, four great songs with killer bass lines perfect for the Halloween season!



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