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Severed heads and starbursts. Cannibals and Candy Corn. Only one holiday can bring the frightening and the fructose together: Halloween!

If you’re planning a party this Halloween and are in search of a few haunting melodies to send shivers down your spine check out this Top 10 list of Halloween Songs! Their sure to create that ominous, spooky vibe you’re shooting for!

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “Nightmare On My Street”
This song was so successful that the producers of the film Nightmare On Elm Street sued for copyright infringement. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith (the Fresh Prince) will add good humor to any Halloween gathering.

2. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – “The Monster Mash”
For those who grew up in the rock ‘n roll era, this is THE Halloween song. It reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart when initially released and went back to the top 10 in 1973.

3. Michael Jackson – Thriller
The Vincent Price laugh still packs a wallop and everyone will fondly remember the days when Michael was just another child pop star becoming an adult. The song was accompanied by one of the most famous pop music videos ever.

4. Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells Pt. 1” (Theme From ‘The Exorcist’)
Can you say creepy? The producers of The Exorcist knew what they were doing when they chose this song for a theme.

5. ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Soundtrack – “The Time Warp”
Every party needs a group dance moment. “The Time Warp” is easy to follow. The song tells you how. “It’s just a jump to the left….”

6. Specials – “Ghost Town”
The original point of the song had to do with U.K. economic woes, but the musical sense of foreboding, darkness and empty streets works well at Halloween.

7. Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Hell”
Graphic tales of what could happen in the afterlife and singalong spelling of “D-A-M-N-A-T-I-O-N.” Happy Halloween!

8. Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
Psycho killers fit in quite well with all the other creepy ghosts and ghoulies of the season. There are many recorded versions now, but the original from the Talking Heads’ first album is still the best.

9. The Who – “Boris the Spider”
This goes way back to the early days of the Who. It’s a showcase for bass player John Entwistle, and the playful chorus of “creepy creepy crawly crawly” makes this a Halloween favorite.

10. White Zombie – “I’m Your Boogieman”
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!

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Happy Halloween! And Keep Dancing!

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