Zombies are everywhere these days, including in our ears. Songs about zombies have been around for a long time, but in recent years they’ve multiplied in step with all the new movies, books, and video games featuring the undead. We’ve reached a point where any dedicated zombie buff could put together a top 10 of zombie-themed songs without breaking a sweat.
Of course, if you want to rock out to zombie songs for hours, you’re gonna need more than 10 tunes. After all, how many times can you listen to Living Dead Girl?
To remedy this situation, we’ve put together a more expansive collection. Keep reading for a list of 50 songs related to the undead. It’s a perfect starting point if you’re hosting a zombie party – or just want to feed your zombie habit in a new way.
Light / Quirky
These zombie-themed songs are on the lighter side, both thematically and stylistically.
Repetitive-but-catchy tune with Mick Jagger-esque vocals.
Lessor known (but fun) Petty song circa 1989.
Ryan Gosling’s band does this cute zombie-themed love song.
For some reason, the Zombie never became as popular as the Twist.
Geeky singer-songwriter tune about a zombie trying to convince his friend to surrender his brains.
Famous calypso song that’s been covered by multiple artists over the years.
Lots of zombie themes in this bouncy punk/psychobilly song.
Alternative hip hop song offering helpful advice on what to do when the zombie apocalypse comes.
Funny tune about a zombie who refuses to give up on love.
Punk/phycobilly song about a girl with an unfortunate problem.
Lively tune about a seedy encounter with the undead.
Goofy nerd rock song about how the zombie apocalypse can ruin your weekend.
Danceable punk song that’s about… well, read the title.
Pop song about someone suffering from a “zombie crush.”
This one’s a no-brainer for any zombie party.
Another punk/psychobilly tune with an undead theme.
This ska song isn’t literally about zombies, but no one’s likely to notice or care.
Rock classic with morbid theme, also featured in Zombieland.
At the zombie dance, nobody moves…
Intense / Scary
These zombie tunes have darker themes and a lot more head banging.
In your head, in your head, this song gets in your head.
Obvious include for any list of zombie or Halloween songs.
Metal song from Rob Zombie’s old band.
Wicked zombie tune from the Godfather of Metal.
The astro zombies are coming to destroy us in this punk anthem.
Despite the campy title, this is a seriously creepy – and catchy – song.
Auto-include for any zombie party (unless you have a strong aversion to Rob Zombie and/or metal).
Rap song that extols the virtues of becoming a zombie.
Dark industrial tune that sounds like something zombies might actually listen to.
1979 punk song inspired by the seminal zombie flick.
A zombie rock anthem.
Catchy song from a Christian rock band (really).
Fast-paced song featuring dialogue samples from Night of the Living Dead.
Punk song about facing off against undead hordes.
Heavy electronic tune with zombie movie samples mixed in.
Cheesy old-school heavy metal tune with horror theme.
Heavy metal song with an important message for zombies.
Epic 1979 song with references to lots of horror staples, including the undead.
These songs are featured prominently in famous zombie movies. With or without lyrics, they have a way of getting you into a zombie state of mind.
This is the cheerful track that plays as the zombies wander around the mall in the original Dawn of the Dead.
Another classic instrumental track from Dawn of the Dead.
Unsettling, atmospheric track featured in 28 Days Later.
Fun party song featured in the Stephen King movie of the same name.
Fans of Return of the Living Dead should recognize this song right away.
Dramatic instrumental music from the film World War Z.
Make sure to get the Dawn of the Dead (2004) version.
From the Man in Black, featured at the start of Dawn of the Dead (2004).
You can’t dance to it, but you can geek out to it if you’re a fan of the show.
Atmospheric track from the cheesy 1980 zombie movie City of the Dead.
Classic atmospheric horror track from the movie Creepshow.
Rousing background music featured in Beyond Re-Animator.
Fans of Shaun of the Dead will know why this song is on the playlist (it’s featured in the big zombie attack scene).
So, what are your favorite zombie-themed songs? Leave a comment below!