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Top 11 TV and Movie Horror Theme Songs





Top 11 TV and Movie Horror Theme SongsNothing puts you in the mood for your favorite movie or television show better than a great theme song. And nobody, and we mean nobody, does theme songs like the horror genre does. We've got 11 of the best here to prove that point.

"The Sopranos" had a great intro with "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3, and there have been some pretty great cartoon theme songs like "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons". Hell, even the old "Batman" theme song was a damn catchy tune, but honestly, horror dominates memorable theme songs. Just take a look at the list below, and we didn't even include some great ones like "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones, Dokken's "Dream Warriors" (written for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) or "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" by Alice Cooper, written for Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives. (Consider those the honorable mentions! And by the way, upon researching this list, it was so much fun watching the old videos that we even included the honorable mentions for you to watch at the end of the article!) So here, in no particular order, are the Top 11 TV and Movie Horror Theme Songs.

Top 11 TV and Movie Horror Theme Songs

"Dexter" Main Title by Rolf Kent

This playful instrumental is the perfect intro for the serial killer we've all come to love. Perfectly paired with close-up imagery that makes Dex's morning routine look like a number of violent acts, the theme is as quirky and fun as Dexter himself. And the high-pitched triangle ting as Dexter walks away with a knowing grin has become like a starter's pistol for fans of the show, letting us know it's time for the action to begin….Previously on "Dexter"…

Jaws Main Theme by John Williams

Let's move from a relatively new theme song favorite to a classic. This is the definition of a chilling theme song. Used anytime someone wants to represent danger looming, the theme for Jaws is as iconic as they come. Composer John Williams carries quite the pedigree. He's won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, seven British Academy Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. Not bad. His 48 Academy Award nominations put him second to only Walt Disney. And he was at his best when he composed this memorable number. The movie scared people out of the water for years, and the theme song certainly ran through the mind of many a swimmer who found themselves in unfamiliar waters and started imagining what might be swimming just below their toes.


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The tv show "Tales from the Dark Side" had the creepiest music ever.


Submitted by Leeleesai on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:48am.

Killer Klowns and Phantom of the Mall have fun theme songs.


Submitted by Chernobyl Kinsman on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 12:38pm.
VampirePlacebo's picture

I'd also add Don't Fear the Reaper from Stephen King's The Stand.


Submitted by VampirePlacebo on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 5:51am.
Hakk Wylde's picture

Wicked list! I would only add the HELLRAISER theme. But I'm a Pinhead freak. I feel Christopher Young's beautiful and haunting score often gets overlooked.


Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:35pm.

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