“The Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Picket (1962)
This is THE song to play at any Halloween party. Did you know the song reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart when it was initially released in 1962? It’s also the best-known song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett who sang with the Cordials at night and attending acting auditions during the day. It has been a Halloween favorite ever since.
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson (1982)
Who doesn’t know at least some of the moves from this groundbreaking video? One of my all-time favorites, and just as much fun today as it was when it first came out. It was released in 1982 on Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album, Thriller, which became the world’s best-selling album with over 66 million copies sold.
“Tubular Bells Pt. 1 (Theme from The Exorcist) – Mike Oldfield (1973)
Without a single word, this haunting little tune still gives me the creeps every time I hear it. Even though I’ve seen the film numerous times, I still have to watch it with all the lights on and other people in the room! Creep–EE! Mike Oldfield released this instrumental album in 1973. Sales were slow at first, but picked up after its single was featured in the opening theme of The Exorcist a few months later. It catapulted to worldwide success in 1974.
“The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack (1975)
I once went to a wedding reception where the bride and groom requested that this song be played, and the entire bridal party lined up and performed every single move! This is a classic song from the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show, which found widespread success with the release of the 1975 cult classic film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” Who could ever forget Ecto-1, the infamous ambulance/hearse racing to the scene, or the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in the original Ghostbusters film? This title song debuted at #68 upon its release in 1984. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 within a few months and remained there for three weeks. It was also nominated for Best Orginal Song at the 57th Academy Awards.
Whatever you plan to do this Halloween night, make sure you “dig up” some of these great tunes!