20 Songs About Monsters

Let’s take a look at songs about monsters. These tunes run the gamut from spooky to funny, and they all have one thing in common: they’re inspired by creatures that make our skin crawl.

Do you believe in monsters? For many people, the answer is a resounding “no.” But for those of us who love horror movies and creepy stories, monsters are very real. Let’s get started with our list!

1. “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (Official Music Video)Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London (Official Music Video)

This song is classic rock at its finest. It’s about a werewolf who stalks the streets of London, and it’s pretty darn catchy. It was released in 1978 under the album Excitable Boy. The title of this song is inspired by the movie of the same name.

2. “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” by David Bowie

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 Remaster)Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 Remaster)

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is the title track from Bowie’s 1980 album of the same name. The song is about, you guessed it, monsters! It’s a bit darker than “Werewolves of London,” and it features some pretty creepy lyrics. It now has 1.7 million views on Youtube.

3. “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley "The Purple People Eater" (Official Video)Sheb Wooley “The Purple People Eater” (Official Video)

Another song about monsters is “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley. This one is a bit more light-hearted than the other two, and it’s perfect for kids (or adults who are young at heart). It was released in 1958 and quickly became a hit. This children’s song was covered by other artists like Kidz Bop.

4. “A Skeleton in the Closet” by Anthrax

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This song is metal at its finest. “A Skeleton in the Closet” by Anthrax is about a kid discovering a Nazi from the world war! It’s a pretty creepy tune, and it features some growling vocals. This song was released in 1987 on the album Among the Living.

5. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

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Up next, we have “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. This song is a Halloween classic, and it’s about monsters doing the mashed potato! It was released in 1962 and quickly became a hit among children. It has been viewed over 150k times on Youtube.

6. “Some Kind of Monster” by Metallica

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Official Music Video)Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Official Music Video)

Metallica is known for its heavy metal tunes, and “Some Kind of Monster” is no exception. The lyrics are pretty vague, but they seem to be about a monster that’s inside of us all.

It was released in 2003 on the album St. Anger. This hit song is available for streaming on all major music platforms.

7. “Zombie” by The Cranberries

The Cranberries - Zombie (Official Music Video)The Cranberries – Zombie (Official Music Video)

Who could forget “Zombie” by The Cranberries? This song is about the Irish Troubles, but it could also be interpreted as being about zombies if you wanted it to.

It was released in 1994 and quickly became a global hit. It is still widely streamed to this date and it even has karaoke versions so that everyone can sing along.

8. “Monster” by Michael Jackson

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Next, we have “Monster” by Michael Jackson. This song is from the album Michael and it’s about the media portrayal of Jackson as a monster.

It’s a pretty catchy tune, and it has amassed over 1 billion views on Youtube! This was also a collaboration with 50 Cent and it features some great rap lyrics.

9. “Monster” by Lady Gaga

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Another hit is “Monster” by Lady Gaga. This song is about the pressures of fame, and it features some pretty dark lyrics. It was released in 2008 on the album The Fame Monster. This tune has been streamed over 47 million times on Spotify, and it’s available for purchase on all major music platforms.

10. “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

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“You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon is about an egotistical lover, and it’s been a favorite among fans for decades. It was released in 1972 on the album No Secrets. The identity of the subject of this song has never been confirmed, but there are many theories.

11. “Night of the Living Dead” by Misfits

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“Night of the Living Dead” by Beck is a cover of the 1968 classic horror film of the same name. It was released in 1981 and is about the zombie apocalypse based on the film. The beat and vibe of this song are perfect for a Halloween party.

12. “Ugly” by The Exies

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The next song on our list is “Ugly” by The Exies. This song is about society’s perception of beauty, and it features some pretty harsh lyrics.

It was released in 2004 on the album Head for the Door. This tune has been streamed over 1.4 million times on Youtube, and it’s available for purchase on all major music platforms.

13. “Return of the Vampire” by Mercyful Fate

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“Return of the Vampire” by Mercyful Fate is about a vampire coming back from the dead, and it features some pretty gory lyrics. It was released in 1992 and is a heavy metal classic. It can still be streamed on major platforms like Youtube and Spotify.

14. “Pet Semetary” by The Ramones

Ramones - Pet Sematary (Official Music Video)Ramones – Pet Sematary (Official Music Video)

“Pet Semetary” by The Ramones is about the Stephen King novel of the same name. It was released in 1989 and features dark lyrics.

It became a hit with over 20 million views on Youtube. The song is available for streaming on all major music platforms. 

15. “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult

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The next song on our list is “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. This song is about the Japanese monster of the same name, and it was released in 1977. It became a massive hit with over 1.6 million views on Youtube!

16. “The Monster” by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons - Monster (Lyrics)Imagine Dragons – Monster (Lyrics)

“The Monster” by Imagine Dragons is about how fame changes people and their perception of themselves. It was released in 2013 on the album Infinity Blade III, which is also the name of an online game where this song was used as a soundtrack.

17. “Green Monster” by Suicide Silence

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“Green Monster” by Suicide Silence is about the band’s struggle with success and how it can be a double-edged sword. It was released in 2007 on the album The Cleansing. It is available for streaming on music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube.

18. “Furry, Happy Monsters” by R.E.M.

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The next song on our list is “Furry, Happy Monsters” by R.E.M. This song was featured on the popular kid’s show, Sesame Street. The group paid a visit to their set and sang along with the furry puppets. It was loved by kids and adults alike!

19. “Monster is Loose” by Meat Loaf

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“Monster is Loose” by Meat Loaf is about a man who turns into a monster. It was released in 2006 on the album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. The beat of this song is under the metallic rock genre, and it’s available for streaming on all major platforms.

20. “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH - "Black Sabbath" (Official Video)BLACK SABBATH – “Black Sabbath” (Official Video)

Finishing off our list is “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath. This song is about messing with things you don’t understand. It was released in 1970 and it played a big role in the development of heavy metal.

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the many songs out there about monsters. So if you’re looking for some tunes to get you in the Halloween spirit, or just want to rock out to some metal, these songs should do the trick! Thanks for reading and happy listening!