Every Halloween party needs a playlist, and yours better be the gayest. To ensure that your guests are treated to spooky queerness, put these 20 tracks in your iTunes and legally marry the night.
1. Sharon Needles, “Every Day Is Halloween”
Sharon’s cover of the Ministry jam is sinister, cool, and effing evil, just the way she intended. Have you checked out her list of favorite horror movies yet? Just as terrfiying.
2. Janet Jackson, “Black Cat”
Janet’s rock anthem from Rhythm Nation 1814 warns partygoers to watch their step because, y’know, the kitty is coming out.
3. Madonna, “Supernatural”
Madonna’s spookiest jam is this Like a Prayer b-side that appeared in a fun house mix on the Red Hot + Dance LP. This is the only time Madonna has ever communicated with ghosts on record, as we’ve never been given access to her conversations with Frida Kahlo and Dita Parlo.
4. Paula Abdul, “Spellbound”/”Vibeology”
“Spellbound” is the kookier track from Paula’s same-named LP, but for sheer camp fun, you can’t beat “Vibeology.” That eerie middle section where monsters croon “Viiiiiibe-ologyyyyyy” like monster-mashing voguers is a camp masterpiece. Give me that vibe!
This ambient, witchy mood piece off Kate’s unbeatable Hounds of Love album provides just enough hazel for your haunted fete.
6. Jack Skellington, “This is Halloween”
I’ll take this jam over Rocky Horror tunes any day; Jack Skellington is your guide as you plunder into Tim Burton‘s creepy claymation wonderland.
7. Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
Overplayed? Maybe. But a freaky-deeky pop song that namedrops Psycho and Vertigo (and makes what I believe is the naughtiest reference to Rear Window ever)
8. Prince, “Batdance”
Bats! Halloween! Yessss. Am I the only one who thinks Adam Lambert is sort of like if Prince never left his “Batdance” phase?