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With Halloween around the corner, people all over the country prepare themselves for the spookiest day of the year. With it comes pumpkin-spiced flavored everything, 31 Nights of Halloween on Freeform, and, of course, Halloween parties. To set the mood for Halloween, classic hits await Halloween fanatics. These songs follow a classic Halloween setting with their spooky music videos and beats.
“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett
“He did the mash, he did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
he did the mash, it caught on in a flash
he did the mash, he did the monster mash,”
One might recognize that line from the hit song “Monster Mash”. Thanks to the rattling chains and bubbling cauldrons sound effects, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. Bringing back memories from elementary school Halloween parties and learning how to do the monster mash, this song remains a holiday favorite.
“Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
Featuring Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson singing background vocals, Rockwell’s hit song “Somebody’s Watching Me” reached the Billboard Hot 100 at number two in 1984. The electronic background and quick pace of this song, as well as the creepy music video, create the ideal Halloween song. The popular music video starts off with an ominous figure following Rockwell. By the end of the video, he soon realizes that this figure actually happens to appear as a zombie.
“This Is Halloween” by The Citizens of Halloween
Appearing in Tim Burton’s hit movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, this song creates the perfect spooky vibe thanks to the scary beats and strange lyrics incorporated within it. The suspenseful tempo and the catchy chorus create a dreary picture of Halloweentown. Although The Nightmare Before Christmas identifies as a Christmas movie, the movie’s entire soundtrack provides a classic touch to your Halloween endeavors.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Perhaps the most iconic song of them all, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” tops the spot for one of the world’s favorite Halloween songs, topping at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019. Creaking doors, footsteps, and blood-curdling howls lead into one of the 80s’ greatest spooky pop songs.
“Spooky Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold
The unofficial soundtrack for the Internet’s Halloween, this 1996 novelty hit by Andrew Gold remains a perfect song for this generation’s Halloween. Originally a children’s song, “Spooky Scary Skeletons” recently became subject to trending videos on TikTok. The newest trend on TikTok shows teens dancing to a highly intense choreography, similar to the Chicken Noodle Dance. Combining the latest TikTok dance and dancing skeletons, this song completes one’s ideal Halloween experience.
With the perfect mix of dramatic Halloween decor, festive finger-food, frightening Halloween films, and these spooky songs, the perfect spooky season awaits.