Happy Halloween season, Everyone! Since we’re a little over a week out from the big day, I thought it was time to update the ’80s Halloween playlist I created two years ago. This is a music video playlist, so if you don’t see your favorite ’80s Halloween track here, it’s probably because I couldn’t hunt down a high-quality video to include! You may also notice songs that aren’t particularly “Halloween-y”, but wait until you see the videos! While this collection of videos leans New Wave and a bit goth, there’s a little something for everyone in the mix. You can check it out here, and don’t forget to scroll down for details on each track/video!
And now for a running commentary on each video…
To Cut a Long Story Short – This wonderfully goth video features flawless plaid attire that may as well be right out of a Burberry ad.
White Wedding – Did you know that Billy Idol’s then-girlfriend Perri Lister choreographed the dancing in his videos? She’s one of the dancers in this piece, as well as the bride!
Abracadabra – While many people associate Steve Miller with the ’70s, this video is undeniably and fabulously ’80s!
Rockit – I’m not going to lie…the robots in this video scared me a little bit when I was a kid. As an adult, I can truly appreciate the genius behind it all.
I Eat Cannibals – Before the Spice Girls came along, there was Toto Coelo. Enjoy!
Weird Science – Not your typical ’80s soundtrack video, folks! Would you expect anything less from Danny Elfman?!
Cities in Dust – I know there are other Siouxsie and the Banshees tracks that could have worked for this compilation, but this song and video really capture a seasonally appropriate, dark mood.
Lullaby – Whether you like this track or not, the video is a work of art, complete with a creepy, cobweb-covered band featuring Cure member Porl (now Pearl) Thompson playing every instrument.
She’s in Parties – It’s hard to believe this raw, dark video is from 1983. Don’t watch if strobe lighting bothers you.
Round and Round – This unforgettable video features Milton Berle in drag, as well as model Lisa Dean with a timeless goth princess look.
Rock of Ages – An owl, a group of cloaked men, a mysterious lady with a painted face, and a shattering chalice are a few signature images from this iconic music video.
Shake the Disease – This tune is a bit eerie, and there are some crazy camera tricks in the video that create a disorienting effect. Don’t watch if you have vertigo.
Doctor! Doctor! – This might possibly be one of the most awesome ’80s music video sets of all time…
Under the Milky Way – There’s just something dreamy about this track that reminds me of being in a field on a fall evening.
Behind the Wheel – I had to end the playlist on a fast-paced note, complete with a gorgeous black-and-white video directed by Anton Corbijn.