Its that time of year when all things ooky and spooky come out to play. Let’s forget about pumpkins spice for the moment and let’s talk Halloween Music. Drop these Spooktacular tracks in your Halloween party playlist and you’ll be sure to have a killer time.
Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
What’s more Halloween than grown adults dressed in drag singing about interdimensional dancing? The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show released in 1975 and was “ignored by pretty much everyone” according to Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. Fast forward to 1979 and the film was shown every Friday and Saturday night at midnight in over 230 theaters across America.
Pet Semetary – The Ramones
Originally a horror novel written by Stephen King in 1983, Pet Sematary was adapted to film and released in 1989 and a remake in 2019. The movie’s theme song was recorded by The Ramones and was also featured on their album, Brain Drain.
A Nightmare on my Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
A Nightmare on My Street was released in 1988 as part of the album He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. Despite the song’s obvious reference to the Halloween movie favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street, the movie’s producers chose not to include the single in the movie’s soundtrack. As a result, the copyright holders of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise, New Line Cinema, sued DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for copyright infringement. The case was settled out of court, however the label to destroy the song’s music video, but not before a version could be saved online.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Thriller came out in 1984 by pop icon Michael Jackson. The release received positive reviews and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video’s theatrical elements lead it to be the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry.
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost, “Red Right Hand” is a reference to the vengeful hand of God. The song was released in 1994 by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It was featured as the theme song for the British crime series Peaky Blinders, and was covered by artist such as Artic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, and Snoop Dogg.
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