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In the spirit of the season, it’s only fitting to bring back by popular demand – The Murfreesboro Post Top 10.

This time around, I’m going to dissect some of the top Halloween songs for everyone’s party playlists.  From monsters and vampires all the way down to eerie tales of the reaper, there’s always something for everyone.

This is a start, but there are so many more out there in Halloween land. When looking for that perfect playlist, do your homework because there are several compilations that contain several tracks for a low cost.

Feel free to log on at murfreesboropost.com and share some of your favorite tunes with us.

The classics

1. “The Blob” by The Five Blobs:  This Halloween track has some mad saxophone that drives it. Burt Bacharach and Mack David wrote “The Blob” during the 1950’s for the film of the same name.

2. “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin Jay Hawkins: There aren’t too many cuts that are as classic as this one. There’s screaming, grunting and yelling and it has been covered by other artists such as Nina Simone and Credence Clearwater Revival.

3. “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley:  Apparently monsters have an affinity for rock n’ roll, as does the “one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater” that Sheb Wooley speaks of in this number.

4. “Igor’s Party” by Tony’s Monstrosities: This is the classic depiction of a monster’s ball, hosted by Igor nonetheless, which revolves around a typical monster throw down and a rock n’ roll band. There’s purple people eating taking place and Dracula even gets a dance with Frankenstein’s mom of all people.

5. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers: In many circles, this could quite possibly be regarded as one of the greatest Halloween songs. It’s rocking and moving from start to finish and one of the best written of all the seasonal songs.

6. “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs: Opening with a howl, the same group who brought us, “Wooly Bully,” deliver a different side of the fairly tale of the big bad wolf and the innocent girl going to grandma’s house.

Soundtracks

7. “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman: When Tim Burton and Danny Elfman team up, the result is usually one of grandeur. Such is the case with The Nightmare Before Christmas film, which featured this song. Years later, Marilyn Manson also did a rendition of it for the 15th anniversary release of the film.

8. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.: Nothing screams the 80’s like Ghostbusters films and this song.  Looking back, the music video is quite entertaining as well as it is filled with actor cameos and a plethora of corniness.

The usual suspects

9. “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon: It doesn’t get much better than Zevon’s cut from 1978’s Excitable Boy.  Though the song’s interpretation may vary across listeners, this one is solid any time of year. Come on, how many werewolves have you seen drink a pina colada from Trader Vic’s?

10. “Nightmare On My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: One of the most timeless tales about Fred, Will Smith delivers one of his best performances about how one night out turned into a disaster. It also reminds you that before Uncle Phil was throwing Jazzy off the front steps, he had a few more troubles on his plate.

And because The Post likes to keep it spooky, a bonus listing of all listings:

11.  “Thriller” by Michael Jackson: This ’80s epic song helped land the King of Pop one of the best selling albums of all time. The music video, which had a young Jackson transform into a werewolf and later a zombie, spawned a dance that is still recognizable today.

Honorable mentions

“Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Colt: This ’70s rocker has been most recently famous for “more cowbell” from Saturday Night Live skits years ago, but if you look back at the lyrics then it’s a little spooky.

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles and “Black Magic Woman” by Carlos Santana: I’m going with a double entry here, because they both have clever titles and though both really aren’t about Halloween, they do paint a good picture of deceptive women who have the devil inside them.
 
 
 
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