It’s an almost scary season, which is the best time of the year. Halloween is approaching and there is nothing better than watching horror movies, going on cart rides, or even baking a ton of pies. As you decorate your home with ghosts and ghoulish skeletons, you need the perfect playlist to match the season. It’s time to put on your boogie shoes and do the Time Warp before we get overwhelmed by the nonstop Christmas music. Here’s a list of songs for your spooky Halloween playlist that will spellbound you and your guests.
1. “Monster Mash”
This 1962 hit, performed by Bobby Pickett and The Crypt Keepers, has been a Halloween staple for decades. Although being a rip off by Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mash potatoesThis song became so iconic that the Beach Boys were known to perform it, sometimes even supporting Pickett. In 2009, Brian Wilson revisited the song, performing it during a Sound check.
2. “Pet semematologist”
Written for the 1989 film based on the Stephen King novel Pet Sematist, this song of the Ramones well done on the Billboard charts. Despite his popularity, he was also appointed for a Worst Original Song Razzie in 1989. That would ultimately be to lose to “Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter” by Bruce Dickinson from the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.
3. “The highway to hell”
The 1979 AC / DC hit “Highway to Hell” is still rocking over 40 years after its release, and there’s no doubt the people at your Halloween party will be singing along with you. When they do you can tell them the song can be a reference at the Canning Highway in the group’s founders’ native Australia, nicknamed “Highway to Hell”.
4. “It’s Halloween”
When people don’t argue over whether The nightmare before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, they happily sing the opening number of the 1993 film. “This Is Halloween” is the perfect balance between spooky but fun. Composer and writer Danny Elfman later wrote “Remains of the day”From 2005 Corpse Bride, because you can never have enough catchy Halloween songs.
5. “Someone is looking at me”
Rockwell wrote his first single, “Somebody’s Watching Me” from 1984, in just two days, based on the curious neighbors from his childhood and the pranks he played on his girlfriend as an adult for inspiration. (The lyrics “When I’m in the shower / I’m scared to wash my hair / Because I might open my eyes / And find someone standing there” was inspired by the musician’s prank on her. Although originally uncredited, Rockwell’s childhood friends Michael and Jermaine Jackson provided the backing vocals for the song.
6. “Halloween Theme”
The main theme of John Carpenter Halloween The series has left fear in the hearts of many over the years, but it was written relatively quickly: Carpenter explained to NPR that the film’s budget was so small that he didn’t have enough money to hire a famous orchestra or composer, so he wrote the music himself in three days.
This iconic Michael Jackson song from 1982 has been a staple of Halloween playlists for decades, but did you know its music video was being released in movie theaters? Polar ran for a week in a single movie theater in Los Angeles, opening the Disney movie Fancy (a strange choice for sure) in the hopes that he would land an Oscar nomination. You don’t, but when your iconic dance moves endure in pop culture and viral videos, who needs an Oscar?
8. “I cast a spell on you”
Originally released by Jalacy “Screamin ‘Jay” Hawkins in 1956, “I Put A Spell On You” is a frequently-covered song: Bette Midler’s point of view, who appeared in the 1993 film Hocus pocus, may be the version in the hearts of many millennials, but it has also been sung by Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nick Cave and the Cavemen, Bonnie Tyler, and more, most recently by Brandi Carlile and Renée Elise Goldsberry for the documentary The social dilemma. It is therefore not surprising that the song was shortlisted for the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
9. “Time warp”
When The Rocky Horror Show (it’s the theatrical show, not the movie) started rehearsals, they only had a handful of songs, none of which was the iconic “Time Warp”. Composer Richard Hartley, who created the music for the show (and subsequently worked on the film), said Broadway World this “[The show] was just supposed to last three weeks, and it was a manic process – songs were added overnight whenever we found a gap. We realized late that we didn’t have a dance number so Richard [O’Brien] went and got an idea for ‘Time Warp.’ “(There was another consideration, too – the musical only lasted 40 minutes, and they had to complete it.)
O’Brien said later Weekly entertainment that he was trying to create a song that would parody famous dances like The Twist and The Locomotion: noted. “It’s a little weird!”
10. “Sympathy for the devil”
This 1968 Rolling Stones song was filed no. 32 on the list of Rolling stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The song was inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, which concerns the devil visiting Russia. It is said that during the recording of the song, a Fire started which destroyed most of the instruments but luckily not the tapes.
11. “Scary creepy skeleton”
You know Halloween is approaching when this song starts to be used nonstop in TikTok videos. But before it was a TikTok meme, it was a novelty song released in 1996 by Andrew Gold, who got to see the song’s debut. take off even just before his death in 2011. Gold also performed the theme song for the sitcom Crazy of you, and he wrote “Thanks for being a friend, “ the theme song of The Golden Girls.
12. “The Ghostbusters”
This instant classic, written for the 1984 film of the same name, didn’t come easily to Ray Parker Jr., in part because director Ivan Reitman wanted the song include the word ghost hunters. “It sounds silly when you sing it. I mean, there’s no way you can say that word,” Parker Recount ProfessorofRock.com. But then, on a sleepless night at 4 a.m., he made a breakthrough:
“So four in the morning I’m sleepy. All the music is done. I have no words. None. And then there’s an ad on TV.… The guys had their bug machines or anything. The pesticide spray thing. And there was a phone number and it said to call that number if you want to get rid of the pests. … well I realized I had to say ‘ Who are you going to call? ‘ If I do this, it allows me to never say the word Ghostbusters. Then I’m going to ask the crowd to respond “Ghostbusters”. That’s who you call it. “
It was later for follow-up by Huey Lewis, who felt that “Ghostbusters” was a scam of his song “I Want a New Drug”; Parker ended up settling out of court. Years later he would pursue Lewis in turn for violating the terms of confidentiality of the regulations on an episode of VH1 Behind the music.
This 2008 song by Rihanna made history as the first song by a Barbadian singer to appear in the first half of the Hot 100 graphics. It was written by and for Chris Brown, but it given to Rihanna because he wanted to did not suit him.
This iconic Stevie Wonder song was written in the studio with the musician Jeff Beck, who was working with Wonder on what would become the album Talking book. Beck wrote the drums line for “Superstition,” and the song was originally intended for one of his own albums: “The initial agreement was that he would write me a song, and in return, I would be playing on his album, and that’s where ‘Superstition’ came in, ”Beck said. Unfortunately, Beck’s album was delayed, and when Wonder played “Superstition” for his label, “they said, ‘No way Beck is getting this song, that’s too good’,” Beck recalls, ” and, as they had every right to say what Stevie released at that point, I lost the song as the original. ‘”Beck finally released his version, but it was not as well received as Wonder’s.
15. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”
Influenced by previously unreleased holiday songs and The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”, Tracy Jordan’s Halloween song became an unexpected hit when a verse aired on 30 Rock– so much so that the producers decided to register a extended version. Tracy Morgan wasn’t available to do the vocals, so they asked Donald Glover to do his acting impression instead.