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Reagan’s Top 10 Halloween Songs

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When it comes to holiday music, it’s not often you can find some genuinely cool and modern songs to play at parties. It is especially hard for people that subscribe to musical subcultures such as punk and hardcore. This list will not be genre specific in the least. While it is unnecessary to play all Halloween themed songs, especially if one wants to keep the party going well into the night-it would be nice feed into the frenzy. One great band to keep on rotation would be The Misfits. Let’s get to the list:

  1. The Misfits-Monster Mash:
    The first song that springs to mind is The Monster Mash. Growing up, it was such a fun song to dance and sing along to. There are many covers of this song, but the best in my opinion would be The Misfit’s version. It is gritty and fun. It appeals to the rebel in everyone, as does most of their music.
  2. The Charlie Daniels Band-The Devil Went Down to Georgia:
    This amazingly brilliant song spans genres, generations, and impresses even the most elitist of music lovers. There are many covers of this song to please the younger generations, but it’s unnecessary as this original version has stood the test of time and comes out with guns blazing. Or should I say bows blazing?! For people looking for a heavier version-Primus has an absolutely amazing cover of it. They even made a video for it and it’s great! You can find it on Youtube. Also, the Zac Brown Band does a cover of it, too.
  3. White Zombie-I’m Your Boogie Man:
    That’s right, kids. Rob Zombie is not only the king of horror film remakes. He started off in a band called White Zombie. This is a heavy, heavy, heavy song. It’s creepy, fun, and can scare the average kid right out of their skin. This is no Ghostbuster’s theme song. Which actually brings me to the next song on the list ever so conveniently…
  4. The Ghostbuster’s Theme Song:
    The theme song from the funny movie Ghostbusters. Always a favorite! It brings back pleasant memories from growing up and watching Dan Aykroyd chasing ghosts! Everyone will be dancing in no time if you put this song on your playlist.
  5. Marilyn Manson-This Is Halloween:
    While I’m no fan of Marilyn Manson, this is a great version of “This is Halloween”. Originally put on the soundtrack to the fantastic Nightmare Before Christmas-Manson takes this song and makes it a million times creeper and a billion times heavier making everyone pay attention.
  6. Botch-O Fortuna:
    Originally from a cantata called Carmina Burana by Carl Orff this is one of the creepiest sounding songs. The version of the song I’ve selected is obviously a cover, but it’s amazing. For the people schooled in the Latin language, the words may not be so creepy but it doesn’t matter, the music attached is so beyond creepy and epic I almost can’t handle it. The Botch version is quick and hard just the way I like it.

7.Bach-Toccata and Fugue in D Minor:
I love this piece for when I just want to hang out and listen to music. I do that and then I watch some scary films. This is another well known classical piece that has the creepiest moments, but also carries an enlightening feel about it. It’s an odd combination, but it’s true. There are plenty of remixes and covers if you prefer to play it at a party.

8.Michael Jackson-Thriller:
When this video plagued the airways I would freak out every time. I would hide, I would run. I even had a friend tell me we shouldn’t be friends anymore because maybe I’m too young if I react to it that way! The idea of zombies proved too much for my young, fragile mind at the time but now it’s different. With the recent loss of the King of Pop I would be a traitor if I failed to mention this song. Everyone knows the dance and every word to the song. Now, not only am I ready if Zombies attack but I also know what music to play if I have them over for a nice party. Who would’ve thought!

9.The Doors-Riders on the Storm:
Oh, Jim Morrison. The Doors were known for a lack of boundaries and dared their audience to embrace the dark side of life. Oddly enough, the people decided to spit in the face of the powers that be and enjoy some dark tunes. Riders on the Storm has to be one of the most carefully worded song by The Doors. I say this because there are times when I feel it’s beautiful and then there are times when I get genuinely creeped out. That sounds like Morrison to a t, though. I wouldn’t expect anything less.

10.The Talking Heads-Psycho Killer:
This is a great song. It’s creepy, enjoyable, and fun. It reminds me of a different time. As far as that goes, I believe that’s the best kind of song to have.



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