It is that time of year: Halloween. Everyone dressed in various costumes, kids going house to house for treats, and lots of parties going on in town. It is also that time of the year where we hear various Halloween songs. Here are my favorite songs of all time to play during the Halloween season:
10. Creep By RadioHead (1992)
“I’m a creep; I’m a weirdo” are just some of the lyrics that are in this song. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the song was inspired by a girl that Radiohead bassist Thom Yorke had followed around; who showed up unexpectedly during a show by the band.
9. Monster Mash By Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1962)
This single was #1 on the Hot 100 chart in 1962 from October 20 to 27; a few days before Halloween.
8. People Are Strange By Echo and the Bunnymen (1987)
This was the leading song from The Lost Boys movie soundtrack. The movie itself grossed over $32 million in the box office at the time.
7. Theme From The Addams Family (1964)
The theme for the TV series The Addams Family was written and arranged by longtime Hollywood composer Vic Mizzy. Mizzy’s theme was popular enough to enjoy a single release, though it failed to make the national charts.
6. Superstition By Stevie Wonder (1972)
On one of his signature songs, Stevie Wonder pleads with his listeners to ignore talk of broken mirrors and walking under ladders. “Superstition ain’t the way,” he preaches in this 1972 song, but there’s something about that funk that still sounds almost… spooky.
5. Hungry Like The Wolf By Duran Duran (1982)
This was Duran Duran’s fifth single, and helped them to achieve international fame. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, and won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984.
4. A Nightmare On My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (1988)
This song was so successful that the producers of the film Nightmare On Elm Street sued for copyright infringement. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith, the Fresh Prince, will add good humor to any Halloween gathering.
3. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell (1984)
This was Rockwell’s debut single, that featured Michael Jackson in the chorus and Jermaine Jackson as additional backing vocals. Somebody’s Watching Me” peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and reached the top of the Billboard Black singles’ chart — where it stayed for five weeks.
2. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr (1984)
“Ghostbusters” was at #1 for three weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and at #1 for two weeks on its Black Singles chart. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” from The Woman In Red.
1. Thriller By Michael Jackson (1982)
“Thriller,” which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1984, is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million. Thanks to this song, it helped Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album become the best selling album of all time in between 51-65 million sold copies worldwide.