If You’re Sick of the Monster Mash, This is the Playlist for You
Sick of hearing “Monster Mash” every Halloween? Need some fresh tunes for this year’s party? This is the list for you:
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
This will kill for several reasons. One, it is one of the greatest songs of all time. Two, Vincent Price’s voiceover is decidedly creepy. Three, it will be fun to see all your friends try–and fail–to do the Thriller dance. Queue it up.
“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
“Goin’ to a party where no one’s still alive” doesn’t sound all that fun, unless…it’s Halloween and you’re dead too! “Dead Man’s Party” is basically the new wave version of the tired, played-out “Monster Mash”. It’s got a great hook, and it will get people dancing.
“Hell Hole” by Spinal Tap
The head-bangingest fake band ever to grace the stage sings about life in Hell, where “folks lend a hand”, apparently. You will be rocked.
“The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Consider the step-by-step dance instructions the Halloween version of the Cha-Cha Slide.
“Sinner Man” by Nina Simone
One jazz singer Nina Simone’s best-known songs, “Sinner Man” mentions bloody rivers and a devil lying in wait. Spooky indeed.
“Jump In the Line (Shake, Senora)” by Harry Belafonte
Maybe it’s not the first song that comes to mind when planning your Halloween shindig, but then you remember Beetlejuice, one of the zaniest ghost movies of all time, and the spirits’ penchant for Harry Belafonte. Belafonte’s “Day O’-The Banana Boat Song” is also in the film. Either one is sure to liven things up.
“Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Morgan
Just listen to the song. Explanation is futile. One thing is for sure: it is absolutely hilarious.
“Welcome to My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper
Of his nightmare, Cooper sings, “We sweat, laugh, and scream here, ‘cuz life is just a dream here.” Sounds like a party to me! Thanks for taking us along for the ride, Alice.
“Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring
Two-hit wonders (Radar Love, anyone?) Golden Earring rock out for eight sweet minutes about murder and insanity. It is the stuff of classic rock and Halloween legend.
“Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads
If David Byrne wasn’t creepy enough, set this driving, bilingual rant about a murderous killer on top of a sweet bass line. This will make your Halloween bash so much fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fun!