Can you say creepy? The producers of The Exorcist knew what they were doing when they chose this song for a theme. The album Tubular Bells was released as the first album on the Virgin Records label and gained an impressive commercial foothold for the new entry into the music industry.
This is the theme song from the phenomenally successful movie Ghostbusters. Ray Parker, Jr. wrote the song like an advertising jingle for a ghostbusting business. This #1 pop hit is certain to get everyone shouting along, "Ghostbusters!" Suitable for all ages, the song "Ghostbusters" isn't scary. It is simply pure fun.
This 1960s pop classic by Donovan has been used widely in movies and TV. It is most frequently used either to illustrate the sometimes violent unrest of the late 1960s or as an accompaniment to the topics of horror and witchcraft. Most recently the song was used on the sountrack to Tim Burton's feature film version of the TV show Dark Shadows.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty claims that he wrote "Bad Moon Rising" after watching the classic film The Devil and Daniel Webster. He says the song is about a coming apocalypse. There is a threatening, ominous tone to the song which matches Halloween perfectly. "Bad Moon Rising" reached #2 on the pop singles chart in the US in 1969. It went to #1 in the UK.
There is a feeling of paranoia in this debut hit from Rockwell that has been unmatched by other major pop hits. Rockwell is the son of Motown Records executive Berry Gordy, Jr. "Somebody's Watching Me" includes backup vocals from Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson. The song went to #2 on the pop singles chart in the US and was certified gold.
There are plenty of tracks from White Zombie and lead vocalist Rob Zombie solo that make great Halloween selections, but my choice goes to this remake of the K.C. and the Sunshine Band classic. Suddenly "boogieman" has a different connotation!