Off-the-beaten Halloween Tracks (Hold The Monster Mash)



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It’s Halloween again! Parties, lawn decorations and costumes are limited only by the imagination. And are fuelled, of course, by treats galore.

What are we listening to? (Music-wise . . . the rustle of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup wrappers is beguiling, but not the focus of our query.) We brainstormed songs appropriate for Halloween time — though not necessarily for or about Halloween. It turns out, there are lots . . . so the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater can take the night off!

Here is our shortlist of contemporary songs that hint at the macabre sufficiently to soothe the Halloween spirit, and make great listening for all ages (Grown ups, you’re welcome!).

Alice Cooper “Welcome to My Nightmare” from Welcome to My Nightmare (Atlantic, 1975)

Ray Parker Jr. “Ghostbusters” from the Ghostbusters movie soundtrack (Arista, 1984)

Cartoons‘ cover of “Witch Doctor” (Radio Mix) from Toonage (1998)

Echo and the Bunnymen “People Are Strange” (ReMastered Promo) from The Lost Boys soundtrack (WEA/EastWest, 1987)

Santana “Black Magic Woman” (Single Version) (CBS, 1974)

Eagles “Witchy Woman” from Eagles (Asylum, 1972)

Nina Simone “I Put a Spell on You” from I Put a Spell on You (Phillips, 1965)

Big Bee Kornegay “At the House of Frankenstein” (1958)

45 Grave “Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood” from the Los Angeles Free Music Society compilation album, Darker Skratcher (1980)

The Charlie Daniels Band “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” from Million Mile Reflections (Epic, 1979)

David Bowie & Frank Black “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” from Scary Monsters (RCA, 1980)

Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” from Dead Man’s Party (MCA, 1986)

John Williams “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone soundtrack (2001)

Stevie Wonder “Superstition” from Talking Book (Tamla, 1972)

Michael Jackson “Thriller” from Thriller (Epic/CBS 1982)

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