Like Christmas, Halloween is a holiday with its own set of themed music. Most of the popular Halloween songs are tied to scary movies or videos, or inspired by classic scary films. Yet instead of being scary itself, a successful Halloween song needs to be fun, nostalgic and catchy.
Here are Top 5 popular Halloween songs that are all-time favorites:
Who ya gonna call? Written by Ray Parker Jr., this theme song to the movie “Ghostbusters” was a huge worldwide hit, going platinum in 1984. It as regarded as one of the most popular Halloween songs with the song staying on top of Billboard Top 100 for 3 weeks before being displaced by Micheal Jackson’s Thriller.
The song was nominated for an academy award for the best original song in 1985 but didn’t win. Instead Stevie Wonders soundtrack for the movie “Women in Red” won.
The lyrics are simple and easy to remember—everyone knows who to call when there’s something strange in your neighborhood. And if they don’t, Halloween’s the perfect time to remind them.
Parker was sued by Huey Lewis and the News for plagiarizing “I Want a New Drug” with this song, but that doesn’t detract from the fun and catchy lyrics.