Throwback Thursday: Spooky and Silly Halloween Songs

The holiday season kicks off tomorrow, some might say. With National Retail Federation predicting Americans will spend a whopping $7.4 billion this Halloween, that statement isn’t too far off. By this time tomorrow, people all over the US will be headed to Halloween celebrations (weather they be parties or trick-or-treating traditions), but no successful festivities can happen without music that sets the right mood. Even though some of these songs were not created with this holiday in mind, we will treat you to some of our favorite spooky (and silly) classics in order to get into the spirit of Halloween for this Throwback Thursday.

 

Thriller (Michael Jackson)

 

 

Fun Fact: This is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed song of all time.

 

 

Monster Mash (Bobby “Borris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers)

 

 

Fun Fact: This tune used was once banned by BBC radio in the UK for being “too morbid.”

 

 

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah (Tracy Morgan)

 

 

Fun fact: I wish my Bat Mitzvah had this theme

 

 

Zombie (The Cranberries)

 

 

Fun Fact: This 1994 song was inspired by the ongoing Irish fight for independence, and the group hoped it would bring about peace between England and Ireland. A few weeks later, the Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire after 25 years of conflict.

 

 

Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)

 

 

Fun Fact: Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism, citing that the Ghostbusters theme sounded too similar to Lewis’ “I Want a new Drug.” Although no details were released, the dispute between the two artists was reportedly amicably solved.

 

 

Witchy Woman (Eagles)

 

 

Fun Fact: “Witchy Woman” was one of two top 10 singles from the Eagles’ very first album (the other single was “Take It Easy”).

 

 

Super Freak (Rick James)

 

 

Fun Fact: When James commands his backup singers to join him, he yells “Temptations sing”—and those are the actual Temptations providing the vocals!

 

Did we miss any of your favorite Halloween songs? Let us know in the comments section!

Cover Photo Source: Alexandr Zamotkin

Jenny is a Junior Executive at SJG. She earned her BA in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies in 2014 from Colgate University. Outside the office, Jenny loves to travel (usually to Disney World), bake and watch copious amounts of TLC.