10 Essential Halloween Songs

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Here are 10 tracks to make Halloween 2016 truly spooktacular.

10. Misfits – Halloween

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Released by horror punk kings Misfits in 1981, Halloween is one of the bands most beloved songs and has been covered by a number of modern day artists including AFI and Alkaline Trio. The song was also the last recording to feature guitarist Bobby Steele.

 

9. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

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Perhaps best remembered for its Michael Jackson led chorus, Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ became an international hit in 1984. The song was famously used in the pilot episode of ‘Miami Vice’.

 

8. Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London

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A unlikely 1978 hit for songwriter Warren Zevon, ‘Werewolves Of London’ stayed in the Top 40 for six weeks. Unbeknownst to many, legendary Fleetwood Mac duo Mick Fleetwood and John McVie provide the drum and bass parts of the song.

 

7. The Ramones – Pet Sematary

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Inspired by the iconic Stephen King novel, ‘Pet Sematary’ featured on The Ramones 1989 album ‘Brain Drain’. The song was originally written for the movie adaptation of the book, but became one of the band’s biggest radio hits. Stephen King is a huge fan of The Ramones is said to have personally requisitioned the band to write the track.

 

6. Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon

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Taken from the 1983 album of the same name, ‘Bark At The Moon’ is one of Ozzy’s biggest ever hits. The song tells a terrifying tale of a deceased creature returning to wreak havoc on a small town.

 

5. Danny Elfman – This Is Halloween

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Famously featured on Tim Burton’s 1993 masterpiece ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘This Is Halloween’ is one of Danny Elfman’s spookiest ever compositions, and has become one of the quintessential halloween tracks for a generation of 90s kids.

 

4. Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash

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A Billboard 100 number one hit in 1962, ‘Monster Mash’ has become a holiday favourite, and is easily one of the most recognisable halloween songs of all time. The monster mash is actually a type of dance that merges the leg movements of the ‘mashed potato’ dance with Frankenstein like arm movements.

 

3. The Specials – Ghost Town

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One of the creepiest sounding tracks to ever be recorded, The Specials ‘Ghost Town’ is actually a powerful piece of social commentary, addressing issues of deindustrialisation and high unemployment in the band’s hometown of Coventry, England.

 

2. Michael Jackson – Thriller

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The title track from the highest selling album of al time, ‘Thriller’ is arguably Michael Jackson’s greatest ever piece of work. In its earliest stage of composition the song didn’t actually include any horror references, and was originally intended to be titled ‘Starlight Sun’.

 

1. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters

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The theme song to the incredible 1984 movie ‘Ghostbusters’, Ray Parker Jr’s composition topped the charts in a number of countries worldwide. The track was even nominated for Best Original Song at the 57th Academy Awards, just losing out to Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’.

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