Top 11 TV and Movie Horror Theme Songs

Psycho Shower Scene by Bernard Herrmann

Hitchcock initially envisioned the legendary shower scene without any music at all. Thankfully the great director knew enough to change his mind when a better option came along. In addition to the stunning imagery of the film, the one additional thing viewers of Psycho can never get out of their heads is the haunting screech of violins. Used perfectly, the memorable music became the theme to represent one of the greatest horror films, ever.

"The Addams Family" Theme by Vic Mizzy

To lighten the mood a bit, we must mention this song that was so popular it was actually released as a single. Although it didn't make it too high on the popular music charts, it was unforgettable as television theme songs go. A harpsichord accompanied by perhaps the most famous finger snaps since Arthur Fonzarelli, "The Addams Family" theme song is a wonderfully humorous intro to go with this unique family. Creepy and kooky, indeed.

"The Munsters" Theme by Jack Marshall

And who better to follow "The Addams Family" theme song than our other beloved family of monsters. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1965, "The Munsters" theme song was frantic for Season One, then ramped up and given even more pizazz for the second season of the show. Although best known as an instrumental, there were actually lyrics written for "The Munsters" theme, which were recorded and released on the album At Home With The Munsters, a must-have for any true classic television memorabilia collector. A fantastic way to remember a lightheartedly horrific piece of television history.

MORE Top 11 Horror Theme Songs on the NEXT page!



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.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.