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10 Halloween Hits for Your Spooky Soiree

Posted by Alex Pearlman  October 26, 2011 08:44 AM

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halloweenmusicplaylist.jpgBy Rachel Pennellatore

The Monster Mash may have caught on in a flash, but there are plenty of other haunted hits that will get your guests boogieing down with the Boogieman at your Halloween bash.

Grab that pillowcase full of fun-sized candy and use this playlist to work off your sugar rush.

“This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. If Tim Burton's brand of creepy is too “kiddie” for you, antichrist superstar Marilyn Manson and Panic! at the Disco have both released cover versions that are perfect for the big kids who want to rock out.

“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This original version, released in 1956, has been named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Millennials, however, might better remember the remake from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, in which Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker teamed up as the several-hundred-year-old Sanderson sisters, who had a witchy plot to suck the life from the children of Salem.

“People are Strange” by The Doors. This '60s classic has theatrical undertones and is rumored to be about Jim Morrison’s struggle with depression and feelings of alienation, reaching out to the “hippie” culture and drug users. Morrison himself died of an apparent heroin overdose in 1971, but this haunting melody lives on.

"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. Who doesn't still know all the words? Lucky for us, the 1984 movie is back in theaters this month. Try to avoid the Stay-Puft man, and remember to yell, "I ain't afraid of no ghost!"

"Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon. No Halloween party would be complete with out this classic. Guests can release their inner beast in between humorous verses about werewolves with Chinese menus and pina coladas during the howling chorus -- AAAAHOOOOOO!

"The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even peg-legged pirates and shuffling Frankenstein’s monsters will be jumping to the left and stepping to the right. You know this song's still big because Glee covered it.

"Living Dead Girl" by Rob Zombie. This Massachusetts native's hard-rock hit borrows its opening line -- “Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?” -- from the Italian horror film Lady Frankenstein. Screening a movie directed by the terrifying musician-turned-filmmaker Zombie is sure to add a sinister tone to any gathering.

“Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads. This song allegedly describes the inner thoughts of a serial killer, advising listeners to “Run run run run run run run away.” You can even grab a few friends and perform it yourselves, since this track is available for purchase on Rock Band. I've got dibs on the drums!

"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell. Is there any better anthem for the creepily paranoid? King of Pop Michael Jackson lends his voice to the chorus of this song that accuses the neighbors, the mailman, and even the IRS of watching from the shadows.

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson. There's no competition -- this song has topped every Halloween playlist since its 1982 release and, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, is the second best-selling album of all time.  There are almost 350,000 online tutorials to teach you how to do the dance, and countless thousands over the years, including 1,500 Filipino inmates, have learned the choreography.

What's your favorite Halloween song? Check back to TNGG Boston all week for Halloween-themed posts!

Photo by Paul-W (Flickr)

About Rachel -- I'm a tiny gal with big ideas who's always on the move. One day I'm going to use my vast amount of otherwise useless trivia knowledge to beat Ken Jennings' Jeopardy score. Likes: hula hooping, all things involving the 80's, delicious martinis, sunshine, proper grammar, baby animals. Dislikes: math, being cold, spiders, most vegetables, things in places I can't reach.

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