For rock and metal fans, there really isn’t a better time than October. This is the month when you gorge on horror movies and create endless playlists, filling them with your favorite Halloween bands as well as other generally spooky songs. Here are the most played Halloween-themed rock songs, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.
Simply put, the Official Charts Company is the equivalent of the Billboard Charts in the United States and regularly tracks album and singles placement, singles downloads, and more.
In their tally of the most popular Halloween-themed songs, the official charts broke down UK-based streaming numbers for 12 tracks in particular, which were a mix of rock, pop and alternative. Basically don’t be disappointed when you don’t see Rob Zombie, Cradle of Filth, or even the Misfits appear in the list below.
At the top of the charts is the Australian pop / rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, which had an extraordinary lead over all the artists listed with a total of 170 million streams. That’s more than triple the amount of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller,” which grossed 51.1 million streams.
Other selections here may not be glaring as a late October favorite (we’re looking at you, Backstreet Boys – don’t worry, we haven’t included the boy group in the rock breakdown below).
Even AC / DC’s “Highway to Hell” doesn’t immediately register as a Halloween staple, but with all those devils and ghouls roaming the streets on October 31, it’s no shock the idea of hell occurs to me.
See streaming numbers on some rock favorites below. And, yeah, we know the song “Ghostbusters” isn’t rock or metal, but it’s too fun not to include it.