20 Best Songs About Ghosts

By Brian

This is a list of the best songs about ghosts. There are many songs that talk about ghosts, even if it isn’t necessarily one of the main themes in the song. This list has songs ranging from newer songs to older ones.

The first five spots on this list are reserved for proper ghost themed songs. The rest are just there to fill space so it looks good 🙂


Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Audio)

The Grim Reaper might just be the most fearsome ghost of them all. He is known for claiming souls and taking them away. This song talks about how the Grim Reaper might not be as scary as he seems, especially when he comes in music form. This Blue Oyster Cult classic reminds us that the inevitable visit from the Reaper is nothing to be afraid of. We will all die one day, and as such we must remember to live our lives free of fear.

This song was written by Donald Roeser, and was released in 1976. It was first played by the band Blue Oyster Cult, but has gone on to be covered many times, including by Iron Maiden.

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Official Video)

Michael Jackson has some great songs, but this is one of the best. This song is about zombies and how they are terrifying yet also alluring at the same time. Zombies are definitely among the scariest ghosts of all time. They usually don’t have control over their actions, so if you walk past a zombie you might not live to tell about it! The music video is even scarier, especially for people who are afraid of the dark.

This song was released by Michael Jackson in 1984, from his album of the same name. The album was extremely successful and boosted him to a whole new level of popularity.

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr., Huey Lewis And The News

Ray Parker Jr. vs. Huey Lewis And The News - The Ghostbusters Of Love (YITT mashup)

This song is about a team of ghost hunters who are trying to rid New York City of ghosts. It’s a comedy song that became very popular after it was released in 1984, though there were actually two versions of this song made: an instrumental version as well as one with lyrics. This version went on to be the most popular, and the music video is now something many people have seen at least once or twice during their lives. This classic from Ray Parker Jr. been covered several times since its release.

Huey Lewis and Ray Parker Jr. are both amazing musicians, but together they make magic… or at least a great song! Huey Lewis was the lead singer of the News during this time, who had released several albums before collaborating with Ray Parker Jr. on this hit song.

The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (Official Video)

Iron Maiden has a number of songs that mention both heaven and hell, but this is definitely one of their best songs on the subject. There are not many songs about hell on this list, but this is definitely one of the best. It talks about how awful it would be to go to hell, and that living life according to the bible might not be enough to get into heaven. If you aren’t perfect, then you probably won’t make it past death!

The Ghost of You – My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You [Official Music Video]

This song is about a spirit that visits the singer every day. The spirit is never revealed in the lyrics, but what it wants from the singer might be love for all eternity. This ghost is very sneaky though, because he only comes to visit when no one else is around. It can’t get through to our world if it lets anyone know about its presence! This ghost may or may not be a metaphor for a lover who is no longer with the song’s protagonist

Ghosts That We Know – Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons - Ghosts That We Knew - With Lyrics

An older song, this one talks about how scary it is to be haunted by past mistakes. Even if you regret your actions, there is nothing you can do to stop them from haunting you. It’s so sad how much damage guilt can cause in people’s lives! Ghosts are probably the least scary kind of ghost though, especially when compared to all the other types discussed on this list.

Ghost Song – The Doors

The Doors - Ghost Song

The ghost in this song is the spirit of a young woman, and she is longing for someone to spend time with her. Loneliness can be overwhelming, which makes it one of the scariest emotions ever. In Japanese culture loneliness even has its own word: “tsukiakaraimono”. Ghosts are definitely not lonely though, because they have been dead for a very long time!

This song was released by The Doors in 1968, and is one of their most popular songs of all time. This song was also used on the soundtrack of movies like “The Number 23” and “28 Weeks Later”.

Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl (Official Music Video)

This song has a lot to do with Nazi experimentation during World War 2, but it is also about how scary loneliness can be. If you are alone for too long then you might become a zombie! I wouldn’t want that to happen to me… especially if I knew that I would be a zombie for the rest of my life.

Zombie released this song in 2001, a few years after the release of “The Matrix”. This hit song is about how scary and lonely it can feel to be a zombie. This could also be interpreted as a metaphor for someone who has tried so hard to be cool but just can’t get other people to notice them.

Misguided Ghosts – Paramore

Paramore - Misguided Ghosts (Official Audio)

Paramore is definitely one of the best bands when it comes to Halloween music, and this song is no exception. It has a very haunting sound to it, which makes it perfect for the season. This song talks about feeling haunted by past mistakes and the pain that you caused other people. Ghosts are not really scary in this song, but memories can be just as haunting sometimes!

This song was originally released by the band in 2013. It is off of their album called “Paramore” and was re-released later that same year as a single. It is an excellent song for anyone who wants to be haunted this Halloween!

Haunted – Evanescence

Evanescence-Haunted (with lyrics)

Evanescence is another good Halloween band, and their song “Haunted” does not disappoint. This song has a lot more to do with love though, since it is about someone who loves someone else but doesn’t realize that the person they are in love with has jilted them already. Losing the one you love can be very scary if you don’t want to be alone forever!

This song was released by Evanescence in 2003 on the album called “Fallen”. The band released this song as a single in 2003, and it is now considered to be one of their signature hits.

The Lonely -Christina Perri

The Lonely By: Cristina Perri with Lyrics

This song is about the pain of being alone, and not knowing if you will ever be able to find a person who understands you. Ghosts are definitely lonely people though, so they can definitely relate. Or maybe this song is just talking about two regular people! This is a pretty catchy tune either way.

Christina Perri released her first album called “Lovestrong” in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she was nationally recognized as an artist. This song was released as a single from that album, and although it didn’t have much success at first it has been slowly gaining popularity ever since then. It’s one of those songs that you might love if you listen to it a few times!

The Ghosts of Me and You – Less Than Jake

The Ghosts of Me and You

This is an upbeat song by ska punk favorites Less Than Jake. The ghosts in this song are actually the people that you have hurt as a result of your own mistakes. It is about looking back on past relationships and the pain that they inflicted upon you, so it is definitely going to haunt you if you listen to it before bed!

This song was originally released by Less Than Jake in 2008. At the time, this band was promoting their album called “GNV FLA”. This song was a single from that album, and got very little commercial success outside of Florida. The band still plays it live though!

Ghosts And Stuff – Deadmau5

deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts N Stuff

Deadmau5 is another artist who really seems to know what his fans want. He released this song back in 2008, but he put out an instrumental version on YouTube not too long ago! The lyrics are talking about ghosts of various kinds, including hallucinations! Some people see their fears as monsters or supernatural creatures, so this song really hits home for some people.

This song was originally released on Deadmau5’s album called “For Lack of a Better Name” back in 2009. It is one of the most popular songs on that album, and it made him something of an icon in techno culture!

Ghost Town – The Specials

The Specials - Ghost Town [Official HD Remastered Video]

“Ghost Town” is an older song, released in 1981 by The Specials, but it’s still one of the best songs about ghosts ever. This is a sad song about how much the city has declined since it was young. It discusses poverty and violence in London during this time, which are all real ghost related fears!

This song talks about how scary life can be in some parts of England. The lyrics talk about how there are no more jobs or opportunities in this area, which makes things even scarier for its residents. I think that most people have had trouble with job hunting at least once in their lives though, so this could apply to almost everyone!

This song is just so powerful, I think that it’s worth listening to even if you aren’t into scary stories.

The imagery of a “ghost town” is one that everyone should be able to relate to.

Haunted House – Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons - Haunted House

This song was originally released all the way back in 1972! It’s about a girl who lives in a creepy house, and claims that she hears ghosts at night. I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of people have had the same experience at least once, which is why this song has become such a hit with fans over time! This song is so catchy though, so anyone can enjoy it!

This song still sounds pretty authentic to me, even after all this time! It definitely deserves a spot on this list because of its unique sound alone.

Grim Grinning Ghosts – The Haunted Mansion

Grim Grinning Ghosts

This song was originally composed by Buddy Baker in the 60s, so it’s been a fan favorite for decades now! It’s the signature theme song to one of the theme park giant’s most popular rides – The Haunted Mansion, and it’s about all of the scary things that you might run into while visiting a haunted mansion one night. It talks about how you might meet a ghost, or some other ghoul or poltergeist! This is one of the best songs about ghosts to listen to if you are new to scary stories!

This piece was composed for Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride way back in 1969, and it became a classic almost immediately. People still love to listen to it to this day, whether they are visiting the actual theme park or just waiting in line at one!

Ghost in this House – Alison Krauss

Ghost In This House - Alison Krauss

This song was originally released by Allison Krauss back in 1994, but it remains one of the best songs about ghosts because of its unique sound. It is a very slow-paced song with lyrics that are all delivered through spoken word. The singer tells us how she hears ghostly laughter and children’s foot steps throughout her house at night!

This song has a much different feel than anything else on this list so far! If you are looking for something new to listen to, look no further! It’s certainly not one of her most popular pieces, but it’s still well received by hardcore fans.

Strange Apparition – Beck

Strange Apparition

This song id one of Beck’s most popular pieces. It is about how the singer feels like he is being haunted by the memory of his lover. He sees her ghost everywhere, even just after she’s moved on. This song still manages to be a very romantic piece though! I think that a lot of people can relate to this song, which is why it has been such a popular choice over the years.

It was originally recorded in 2001, and made it to the soundtrack of a popular show about an undertaker’s office called Six Feet Under. I think that it is one of the most underrated songs on this list, and should definitely be given more credit than it already does!

Ghost – Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson - Ghost (Official Video)

This song has been included on this list of best ghost songs because it is about a person who wants to break free from the ghost of their past. It was originally released in 2013, and it talks about how you can’t run away from yourself, even if you are haunted by ghosts! This piece of music definitely deserves some attention for its unique lyrics alone!

It was a hit in the UK, but it wasn’t particularly well received in the rest of the world. I still think that this song is worth listening to though, and it’s a great choice if you like to listen to music your friends haven’t discovered yet!

Crimson Ghost – The Misfits

This band is well known for their unique sound, but they also have a few songs about ghosts! This song specifically is about the spirit of a man who used to work at a movie theater as a projectionist. He was crushed by a falling movie screen and now haunts the building as he tries to find his way to heaven.

This song was originally released in 1986, and it’s been popular with fans ever since! The band has been around for decades now, so I think that this song definitely deserves some credit as one of the best ghost songs out there!

I love how fast paced this piece is too! If you are looking for something quick and catchy to listen to, check it out if you haven’t yet!