ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Believe it or not, the horror genre has some of the coolest theme songs in movie history! Sure, there are great theme songs from other genres but what I love most about the horror genre, is that we usually get either really creepy soundtracks, or rock and roll / metal soundtracks! So here is my list of the 10 best horror movie theme songs.

Dream Warriors Music Video
Dream Warriors Music Video

10) Dokken - Dream Warriors. Everything about this song from the lyrics and general music style, to the clothing and hairstyles of the band members screams 80s! I think it's great!

9) Cry Little Sister - The Lost Boys.

8) The Shining - Opening Titles Soundtrack. Now I'm not going to lie, when I first heard this it sent shivers down my spine! A brilliant orchestral piece.

7) The Exorcist Theme Song (tubular bells) Whether you've seen the film or not, you're bound to have heard this song one place or another! What makes this piece of music so great is the rock / techno riff in the middle of the piece, which we never actually get to hear in the movie.

6) Hellraiser Theme Song. Another great instrumental track, it's one of those awesome songs that all horror fans will recognize!

There were a couple of different songs written for this sound track, but here is my personal favorite - it's pretty rare so I was very excited to find this one!

5) Hell On Earth Theme Song. Another Hellraiser theme song, and definitely my favorite. This Motorhead song has one of the funniest music videos to go with it!

4) Psycho Theme. An awesome string only piece, I'm not joking when I say you must have had your head under a rock for the past 54 years if you've never heard this one!

3) Halloween Theme. How could I make a list of top movie theme songs and not include Halloween? One of the most recognizable film scores of all time!

2) Jaws Theme. Now has anybody not heard this one?? I didn't think so. The Jaws theme is one of those instantly recognizable tunes that absolutely everybody has heard!

1) Saw Theme. Now whether you're a fan of the movie franchise or not, you have to admit this is one of, if not the best horror theme song of all time!

Wondering why themes from Suspiria, Child's Play, Friday The 13th etc aren't on the list? Check out part 2 of the article!

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