LISTEN: Some Spooky Songs For Halloween
It's Halloween and if you're dressing up as a ghost with a playlist of sheet music, you're going to need some spooky songs tonight.
We've dug up some macabre music to set the mood tonight. Don't listen alone.
This Is Halloween
This Halloween classic, co-written and performed by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (whose real middle name was George), was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released in 1962. Fun fact: Canada’s Rush sampled “Monster Mash” for “Limbo” on their 1996 album Test for Echo.
The Monsters Hop
Actor and game show host Bert Convy recorded this ghastly (but catchy) novelty song in 1959.
The title track from Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit album wasn’t released as a single until January 1984 but the spectacular 14-minute video debuted in late 1983. If nobody at your Halloween party imitates the zombie dance moves when this song comes on, you need better friends.
It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. “Time Warp,” from the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show and 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is always a favourite at Halloween parties. Don’t forget to bring your knees in tight.
Werewolves of London
This Warren Zevon classic, from his 1978 album Excitable Boy, was co-produced by Jackson Browne and featured drums and bass by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
Ray Parker Jr.’s theme to the 1984 movie Ghostbusters was a hit and even earned an Original Song nomination at the Academy Awards (it lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”). Parker was later sued by Huey Lewis, who claimed the song sounded too much like his “I Want a New Drug.” The case was settled out of court.
Feed My Frankenstein
Alice Cooper’s 1991 song, from Hey Stoopid, got lots of attention when Cooper performed it in Wayne’s World, starring Canada’s Mike Myers. Fun fact: The original version of the song was performed by Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction.
This song by California punk band The Cramps was featured in the 1985 horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead.
Season of the Witch
Donovan released “Season of the Witch” on his 1966 record Sunshine Superman. Who’s playing guitar on the track? None other than Jimmy Page, who went on to play for some little band called Led Zeppelin.
The Werewolf Watusi
Here’s another track from “Monster Mash” singer Bobby “Boris” Pickett.
The Wobblin’ Goblin
This children’s Halloween song was recorded by Rosemary Clooney (yes, George’s aunt) in 1950.