October 27, 2014
Brookdale Beat

Favorite Halloween Tunes

This week we’re spilling the beans on Halloween party jams! When you listen to music every day, you don’t really create playlists for a horror genre like you would for pop, alternative, hip-hop, country—or even Christmas/holiday music. So when it comes time to plan your Halloween party, you have no clue what music to play, right? No worries, friends! We’ve got you covered!

While it’s not an everyday year-round playlist in your collection, horror music has certainly created quite the collection over the years. Here is our list of thirteen spine-tingling songs for a great playlist, from eerie TV theme songs to a few entertaining classics to the epic movie theme songs that still play in your head well after the movie is over. Here it is:

Let’s start off with a few chart-toppers. . . .

“A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith)
This 1988 song about Freddy Krueger hit number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell, featuring Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson sings the background vocals on this track, becoming the King of Creepy and earning Rockwell the number-two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
This top jam from the epitome of epic “scary” movies became a favorite and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Another classic Halloween jam that took the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.

Some TV favorites . . .

The Unsolved Mysteries InstrumentalTheme Song: This is such an eerie tune, it keeps you looking over your shoulder and convincing yourself that everything is a conspiracy!

The X-Files Instrumental Theme Song: There is absolutely no way you can mistake this creepy alien-invasion song for any other. It makes every blurry dot you see become an upside-down teardrop . . . or is it an alien?

Horror flick themes that need no explanation . . .

“This Is Halloween” featured in The Nightmare Before Christmas
Children of the Corn
Saw, Saw II–VI
The Exorcist (1973 Original)

And last but certainly not least is the all-time favorite song about things that go bump in the night. It crossed between several genres and topped multiple charts, earning the Grammy in 1985 for Best Video, Long Form. It’s still listened to year-round:

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop

What’s on your playlist? Share it with us on Twitter! Tweet us @MackenzieBlue with hashtags #BrookdaleBeat #Halloween #Jams #PartyMusic #Horror #Music.

Jam on, friends!

The Beans

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