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Source: CBS News.com
We take our music seriously at “CBS This Morning.” Keep up with the music we play on the broadcast by following our CBS This Morning Spotify playlist, updated daily and checking CBS This Morning.com for daily playlist posts.
“Fire On The Mountain”- The Marshall Tucker Band
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”- Neil Sedaka
“Black Or White”- Michael Jackson
“Jenny”- Tommy Tutone
“Respect”- Aretha Franklin
“Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell
“You Can Call Me Al”- Paul Simon
“Black Cat”- Janet Jackson
“You Really Got Me”- Van Halen
“You Met Your Match”- Stevie Wonder
“Ants Marching”- Dave Matthews Band
“Penny Lane”- The Beatles
“How Sweet It Is”- James Taylor
“Big Bang Theory Theme”- Barenaked Ladies
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British producer The Reflex has turned his attentions to Michael Jackson’s iconic hit Rock With You, taken from 1979 album Off The Wall. Utilizing some funky disco riffs, akin to some current Daft Punk, the remix is simply divine. Unlike other remixes that surface, The Reflex’s rendition keeps the soulfulness of the original, whilst selecting specific stems, re-edits and then reworks to produce something so funky you’ll not want to stop dancing.
Not that we need a reminder of Michael Jackson’s vocal talent, but here’s one nonetheless.
Posted back in January by YouTube user Ph Jo, here’s a clip of The Jackson 5, led by a young King of Pop, singing “Never Can Say Goodbye” without the accompanying music.
There’s no doubt about it – Lorde’s dance moves have a different kind of buzz. All eyes were on the young star as she took her signature grooves to the Grammy stage to perform Royals. And we thought it ruled.
Here’s our list of the top-10 signature dance moves.
She’s kooky, mysterious and spooky – and 17-year-old Lorde could quite possibly be mistaken for a member of the Addams Family when she’s in the throes of a performance. She tosses her hair, bares her teeth and twitches like a woman possessed. Most well-known is the Lorde “claw”, which punctuates her songs like a rhythmic T-Rex.
2. Michael Jackson
The late King of Pop is famous for too many dance moves to list, but the moonwalk is undoubtedly his signature. The slick move gives the appearance of gliding backwards, and is notoriously difficult to master. Jackson first pulled out the move in 1983, at the end of his hit song, Billie Jean. With his white glove and sparkly socks adding to the overall effect, it became legendary.
3. Elaine from Seinfeld
We all have that friend who loves to cut shapes a little too enthusiastically. Elaine Benes of Seinfeld fame (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is that friend. She jerks her body to the point of limb dislocation, and brings out the cringe-worthy “groovy thumbs”. Her moves are described by character George as “a full-body dry heave set to music”.
4. James Brown
He was known as the Godfather of Soul, and it was his dance craft that started it all, influencing everyone from Michael Jackson to Chris Brown. The soul man performed right up until he died aged 73. Signature dance moves involved some seriously fancy footwork, with fluid ankle rolls and slides. One of the most famous of these was called the Mashed Potato.
5. Elvis Presley
In the conservative 1950s, the King roused a generation with his provocative performances. When he performed Hound Dog for the first time, his gyrating became so suggestive that he was nicknamed “Elvis the Pelvis” and caused a moral panic across America. TV censors famously demanded he be shot only from the waist up during his performances.
6. John Travolta
The 1977 disco film Saturday Night Fever inspired a generation of bad fashions and worse haircuts. But it also brought us the Bee Gees and John Travolta, a formidable combination. In his tight pants and funky shirts, Travolta struts his stuff on a psychedelic dance floor. He claps, finger points, pelvic-thrusts and man-splits his way to glory. The moves were known as the Hustle.
7. Bill Cosby
Everyone’s favourite TV dad was known for his hilarious, but also skilful dance moves. These are most notably demonstrated in the openings of The Cosby Show, where the whole family had the chance to show us their stuff. One of the most memorable episodes involves Cosby partaking in a tap-dance challenge with Howard Sims, otherwise known as the Sandman.
8. Ellen De Generes
She is known for her love of dancing, and begins every episode of her talk show by grooving with her audience. As she is not a trained dancer, her signature moves are more akin to a “mum shuffle”. She prances about her studio waggling her hips endearingly, before returning to the stage and straddling the coffee table. She also popularised the “dance dare” game – dancing furiously behind people’s backs before they notice.
It was the dance move that put K Pop on the map. Gangnam Style, performed by 36-year-old South Korean singer Psy, became the most watched video on YouTube, mainly thanks to its crazy dance moves. Psy said the mantra behind the video was, “dress classy and dance cheesy”. His signature dance is the “pony”, which involves the dancer crossing their hands and pretending to ride a horse, intermittently throwing in a “lasoo” move for good measure.
10. Carlton from The Fresh Prince
A perfect demonstration of dancing like nobody’s watching. The popular character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was famous for his dance routine to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual. The Carlton Dance typically required wobbly knees, flailing elbows, and a wide grin of pure, unadulterated joy. The actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, even went on to author a dance guide – Alfonso’s Breakin’ and Poppin’ Book.
Source: Huffington Post – By William Goodman
In the year 1983, a young performer by the name of Michael Jackson changed the way we looked at dancing forever with a set of seriously slick moves. Thus, the “Moonwalk” was born.
Twenty years later, you can learn how to perform the iconic dance like a pro in a few short minutes, regardless of your dance talents or even knowledge of the actual moves. How? With this handy-dandy, video tutorial from Sam Tucker above.
Guess who’s starting off 2014 knowing how to moonwalk with the best of them, while also being able to exterminate any bugs around the house? You are, that’s who! You’re welcome.
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Following the 2013 Michael Jackson Song Top 100, LMJ and MjTunes are happy to present the results of the 2013 Michael Jackson Album Top 10.
Once again hundreds of Michael Jackson fans around the world have voted for their favorite songs, albums, music videos and concerts. In the upcoming days we will also reveil the results of the best music videos and concerts.
Although the ‘Thriller’ album is still ranks the world’s best selling album list, fans have voted more for ‘Dangerous’ which reached position 2 and ‘Bad’ which has been voted as Michael’s best album.
2013 Michael Jackson Album Top 10
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Once again hundreds of Michael Jackson fans around the world have voted for their favorite songs, albums, music videos and concerts. In the upcoming days we will reveil the results of the best albums, music videos and concerts.
Following the premiere on MjTunes Radio on December 27th we present the final results. ‘Man In The Mirror’ remains the best songs according to the fans. 13 songs have been voted among the best 100 that were not on the 2012 list.
‘What More Can I Give’ was not on the 2012 list but entered on position 30 this year! Another remarkable thing is that four unreleased tracks have made it to the list of best Michael Jackson songs of 2013.
Source: Christmas Songs
Written By: Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Christine Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards
Motown Records was first where ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was recorded. ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ is a Christmas song which came from probably the most famous musical family in the world, The Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 was an extremely successful family quintet led by Michael Jackson. This Christmas classic was written by the label’s song writing-producing team, who were known as The Corporation (this team consisted of Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Christine Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards). The recording of this Christmas song was intended to be featured on one of The Jackson 5′s album; the album was called The Jackson 5 Christmas Album.
This Christmas album by The Jackson 5 was released in 1970.This song was extremely popular when released. ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was first released in the Philippines and when released, it was released as a single. It was not until 1986 that ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was released as a CD single in the United States. This Christmas classic was released as CD single at the same time as the release of the first CD version of The Jackson 5 Christmas Album.
The team that wrote this Jackson 5 hit, who were known as The Corporation, had beforehand also written many songs for this highly successful pop group and so the success of this song was another example of a brilliant display from The Corporation. Example of hits, which The Corporation had written for the Jackson 5 are; ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’ and ‘The Love You Save’.
Both ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ and the Jackson 5 album it appeared on, The Jackson 5 Christmas Album, received very positive reviews. An example of this can be seen in the magazine Ebony (this was a popular magazine which was African-American orientated), in this magazine, journalist Lynn Norment reviews Michaels Jackson’s vocals for both ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ and also the rest of the album. The conclusion Lynn Norment came to in her review was to describe Michael Jackson’s vocals as ‘angelic’. Billboard also reviewed the festive album, and in particular said that both ‘Give Love On Christmas Day’ and another song off the album, ‘Someday at Christmas’, were ‘potent numbers’.
This seasonal track has been covered on numerous occasions, by artists such as; The Temptations and Faith Evans.
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Contrary to popular opinion, “Thriller” isn’t Michael Jackson’s only holiday-themed musical treat. In 1970, The Jackson 5 dropped Jackson 5 Christmas Album. As the album showcases Jackson and company’s early work, there isn’t any moonwalking, crotchgrabbing, or ironically, high-pitched screaming. One would naturally assume that the younger MJ would exhibit higher pitches than adult MJ. Clearly, one assumed wrong.
Running down the tracklist, it’s evident that the Jacksons opted for well-known pieces. Beloved Christmas anthem “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sets the mood with a soul-infused interpretation of the holiday classic. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” follows quickly, boosting the tempo, and featuring little Michael. He pretty much steals the show with energetic delivery and impressive vocal range. He jazzes up the track with “oh yeahs” in between lines. The album fluctuates between the soulful and upbeat tracks. While the songs found on Jackson 5 Christmas Album are tried and true, the Motown twist recreates the familiar seasonal sounds.
Source: Legendary Michael Jackson
This year’s list is proudly presented by MjTunes.com Michael Jackson Radio and the Legendary Michael Jackson Fanclub (LMJ). Thanks to hundreds of fans around the world we have a brand new Top 100 list.
The final list of the 100 most popular songs among Michael’s loyal fans in 2013 will premiere on MJTunes radio on December 27th 9:00 PM (GMT+01:00) – December 28th 4:00 AM (GMT+01:00).
In the days following this special broadcast LMJ will publish the full list and reveal the most popular Albums, Concerts and Music Videos.
Source: Av Max
Album: HIStory: Past, Present & Future
Artist: Janet and Michael Jackson
Director: Mark Romanek
Only the King of Pop can make a video shot entirely in black and white look sexy! In hibernation onboard a spaceship, Michael and Janet suddenly wake up as the spaceship’s systems come alive and proceed to do what they do best — create mayhem, while looking ‘oh-so’ cool. The pristine white interiors only make the two, in wicked black, stand out all the more. Romanek has also used dizzying camera work and shots of Michael and Janet floating through the spaceship, crawling up walls or suddenly dancing on ceilings to effectively portray the disorientation of outer space. The shots of MJ sitting on the couch as the camera zooms up to him or of Janet as she is walking down the corridor are just a few highlights of this very stylishly done clip.
Source: 333sound.com/Susan Fast – Twitter
In other series news, I’ve just received the manuscript for Susan Fast’s book on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. Think that’s an odd album to pick? Think again.
MJ will have the honor of being our 100th volume in the series! Coming September 2014!
Oh…and did you know you can be entered to win the ENTIRE 33 1/3 series. Click here!
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Cover songs can be really tasteful or an abject failure in paying tribute to one of a band’s favorite artists. Every now and then some peculiar covers pop up in metal where a band will play something entirely out of their realm. In this case, the band Raintime covers the Michael Jackson hit ‘Beat It.’
Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on the original tune, so ‘Beat It’ isn’t so far out of focus, but it’s still unexpected for a metal cover. Raintime go all out here, giving the song’s groovy upbeat feel some distortion with some soaring, gritty vocals. Gang chants dominate the chorus to help add some more metal flavor and it couldn’t be better!
Source: Huffington Post – By Ryan Kristobak
Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” is undoubtedly one of the King of Pop’s greatest masterpieces, but you’ve never heard it this way before. Stripped of all accompaniment, Jackson’s vocals are allowed to shine even brighter. The power and raw emotion behind each syllable is dumbfounding, and there’s nothing better than getting to hear all his grunts, yells, and “shamones” in all their glory. Give the isolated vocal track a listen above, and then compare it with the full-body work below.
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Willa: So this week we’re going to take on a rather slippery topic: Michael Jackson’s nonverbal vocalizations, meaning the sounds he made with his voice that aren’t words, exactly. Yet those vocalizations can still carry a lot of meaning or evoke powerful emotion or add tremendous drama or texture to his songs. In fact, you could make the case that his nonverbal vocalizations are one of the elements that set him apart as a vocalist. But they’re hard to talk about simply because they are “nonverbal” and therefore outside language. How do you talk about something that’s “nonverbal”?
Joie wasn’t able to be with us this week, but I’m thrilled to be joined by two of our friends who are very interested in sounds and words: Lisha McDuff, a professional musician and musicologist, and Bjørn Bojesen, a poet and author of En Undersøgelse af Fænomenet Rim (or A Survey of the Phenomenon of Rhyming, for those of us who don’t speak Danish.) Thank you both so much for joining me! This is a challenging topic, and I’m so grateful to have you here to help grapple with it.
So I thought a good way to try to get a handle on this topic would be to look at some specific instances where Michael Jackson uses nonverbal vocalizations. For example, in their tribute issue after he died, Rolling Stone wrote this about “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”:
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Louis La Roche is giving away a tasteful remix of Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ which he created using the original 1982 multitrack tapes.
Whether this is the MJ track the La Roche talked about last year when he suggested Soulwax were remixing MJ we are not sure – but we’ve got a sneaky feeling it might well be.
Speaking about the remix, La Roche said: “I wanted to do a remix that didn’t take anything away from the original legacy of the track but updated it for club play, as well as putting my own twist on it.”
I love it!
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Article – The Examiner
Even though is Veteran’s Day, we shouldn’t forget those who are currently serving in the military. They work very hard, but apparently, they also like to play hard. Michael Jackson is commonly favored dance choice for many military personnel as you can see here: http://vallieegirl67.com/2013/10/27/military-dance-tributes-to-michael-jackson/
When Michael Jackson died, fans across the world, including troops stationed at U.S. military bases felt the loss of music industry’s biggest pop star in history, and couldn’t help but reflect on how Jackson’s music and original dance moves influenced multi-generations of lives. With blockbuster hits such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat It’, and Thriller, the backward-gliding moonwalk and provocative crotch-grabbing trademarks, Michael will be remembered, arguably, as one of the most exciting performers of all time.
What many may not realize is that Jackson was a strong supporter of U.S. Military troops and was introduced to Bob Hope and the Hollywood USO in the 1970’s during the Vietnam War era. In those days, a young Michael was performing with his famous brothers as The Jackson Five and the group frequently joined Bob Hope on USO domestic tours.
Michael Jackson was also a huge addition to the “United We Stand- What More Can I Give” 24 hour benefit concert that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Performing with more than 25 artists to unite and heal America with a single theme, “…that no matter the obstacles thrown before us or the challenges that await, we shall overcome.”
Impatient fans chanted “Michael, Michael” as they waited 11-and-1-half hours for the concert finale`, a collective rendition of “One Voice” led by Michael Jackson. Organizations that were to benefit from the concert were the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and the Rewards for Justice Fund, which supplies rewards to those who help identify and apprehend individuals who are planning, or have committed, terrorist attacks.
Jackson was also no stranger to U.S. military bases overseas and traveled to greet 3,000 plus U.S. troops and their families in March of 2007 at Army base Camp Zama, Japan, just south of Tokyo. Jackson was flown in on a Black Hawk helicopter from Hardy Barracks in Tokyo and gave the frenzied crowd an unforgettable appearance at the Yano Fitness Center gymnasium located on the base.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be here,” Jackson told the spectators. “You people are among the most special in the world because you haven chosen a life of service. Because of you here today and others who have given their lives, we can enjoy our freedom at home. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I love you.
Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer, Commander U.S. Army Garrison Japan, presented Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation for his devotion to U.S. Military troops and their families. Source: The Examiner http://www.examiner.com/article/
Please watch these talented officer’s bust a move at the Marine Corps Ball to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. The event occurred on November 10, 2013.
Source: Billboard/MJ Up-Beat
The Billboard Hot 100 got a retro shake up this week. Likely due to the absolute spookiest day of the year that is Halloween, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which is now heavily tied in with the holiday, reentered into the charts at No. 42 this week.
To put the new heightening of “Thriller” into perspective, the track was nuzzled in between Justin Bieber’s latest Music Mondays single “Recovery” at No. 41 and Katy Perry’s Prism promotional track “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J) at No. 43.
The classic track, which is now popularly played at Halloween parties, features door creeks, howling wind, screeching synthesizer chords and a Vincent Price monologue, all which add to the scary feel of the track.
The reentering of “Thriller” was not only aided by the Halloween holiday but also from streaming services. Now that aspects such as YouTube views and Spotify streams are taken into account in the Hot 100 formula, novelty and throwback hits are far more likely to appear at the top of the charts.
Jackson’s legendary music video has nearly 155 million views on YouTube. Though it’s been up on the site since 2009, according to the page, it had only one million views as of Oct. 29, 2010.
Though Jackson’s return to the charts is tied in with Halloween, this isn’t the first time an old track reentered the Billboard Hot 100 due to a viral video or special occasion. In October “Gone,” an album track from Kanye West’s 2010 album Late Registration, debuted at No. 18 on the charts after a video of Marina Shifrin quitting her job while doing an “interpretive dance” to the song went viral.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” first appeared on the Hot 100 upon its release in January 1984. The song peaked at No. 4.
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“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” was released on December 8, 1978 as single from the Jackson’s Destiny album and peaked in the Spring 1979.
The first performance of “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” was on the second leg of The Jackson’s Destiny Tour in 1979. Later, it was performed on the Triumph Tour in 1981, the Victory Tour in 1984 and the Bad Tour in 1987. The song was also performed during the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in September 2001. This would be the last song performed live by the Jackson’s together on stage.
Michael planned to include this number for the 2009 ‘This Is It’ tour. The rehearsal footage from TII mostly contains the newly incorporated moves of the background dancers, so we don’t get to see much of Michael taking the lead as in previous years. It is not clear from watching the footage, if the song was intended to be a whole melody or just an intermittent snippet between routines.
In 2011, the song was remixed and released on the deluxe edition of the Michael Jackson’s Immortal album.
I was watching different versions of this song and decided to put together a comparison to show how Michael’s performances of SYB changed over the years as he got older. Please see below.
Midnight Special TV Show – Shake Your Body 1979
Shake Your Body 1981 Triump Tour And 1984 Victory Tour (Montage)
BAD Tour 1987 (LIVE)
Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration
This Is It
David Bowie’s newest video for single Love is Lost may have cost less than a tenner, but there are some celebrities who think no amount of money is too much to spend on making a music video.
And we have certainly seen it all, with everything from dramatic police raids to a lonely woman in a deserted house, there is no expense spared here.
Mind you, it’s good to see Miley’s Wrecking Ball hasn’t quite made it on to the list – she certainly didn’t need any cash for clothes.
Here are the top 10 most expensive music videos ever made:
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson are top with their powerful video for Scream – and production costs come in at a whopping $7,000,000.
The pair leave Earth behind for a spaceship, and the sci-fi style video sees them dancing around in a modern black and white set-up.
The special effects are pretty good we’ll give it to them.
Next up is Madonna’s stint on James Bond with her hit single Die Another Day, costing the star $6,100,000.
Stealing a few clips from the film itself, she jumps right on the Bond bandwagon and creates a mini action film with the odd torture scene thrown in.
And the star was keen to keep the cash flowing four years earlier because her single Express Yourself is up next, and this time production costs are slightly lower at $5,000,000.
This time she swaps action for futuristic and piles in the special effects for an eerie feel.
She spent the same amount on her hit Bedtime Story, which was out a couple of years earlier too.
And this pair are keen to hold the top spot because Jackson is back in fourth place with Black or White, and this one came at the price of $4,000,000.
This time he soars back to solid ground and chooses Macaulay Culkin to be his usual terror child, with dad John Goodman getting flown across the world to the start of the song – we have to give it to him, MJ pulled it out the bag here.
And halfway house is Guns N’ Roses with Estranged, coming in at $4,000,000 too.
Beginning on a police raid, the band include everything from ambulances to stretchers to make the movie-style video as dramatic as possible – and of course there’s the odd sentimental clip thrown in too.
Click here to see complete list: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/madonna-bond-michael-jackson-space-2659903
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The moonwalk is a dance technique that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward. A popping move, it became popular around the world after Michael Jackson executed the dance move during a performance of “Billie Jean” on “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” on March 25, 1983. This special was broadcast May 16, 1983. It subsequently became his signature move, and is now one of the best-known dance techniques in the world.
The robot (or mannequin) is an illusionary street dance style — often confused with popping — that attempts to imitate a dancing robot or mannequin. Roboting gained fame after Michael Jackson used the dance when he performed “Dancing Machine” with his brothers, and later performed the dance during his solo career in songs such as “Billie Jean.” When done without music it is considered to be mime, instead of dance. Street theatre often featured mimes who did a mechanical man or puppet style illusion, without music. In the late 1960s, the style was used while social dancing to funk or soul music.
The Worm — sometimes referred to as the dolphin or the caterpillar — is a dance motion often associated with breakdancing and “funk” subculture in which a subject lies prone position and forms a rippling motion through their body, creating a wave reminiscent of a worm crawling. This can be done either forward or backward, by shifting weight from the upper body to the lower body (backward) or vice-versa for forward. The worm was performed at some punk rock shows in the 1970s, was popularized widely during the 1980s “funk” period and continues to be associated with breakdancing.
Source: Billboard – Gary Trust
Never mind those sugary sweets. Halloween brings some delectable ear candy, too. But which (witch?) Halloween songs are the most popular? As you prepare your Halloween party playlists, we’re helping to make sure that you don’t miss a single graveyard smash, as we present our creepy countdown of Billboard’s Top Halloween Songs. Because when it comes to Halloween, these are the songs you wouldn’t want to be caught … dead … without.
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“Thriller,” which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1984, is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (It’s also Jackson’s best-selling download, ahead of runner-up “Billie Jean,” which has sold 2.7 million).
2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Though it’s been decades since this kitschy, creepy faux-Frankenstein party tune scared up a No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 in 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” has been on Halloween party playlists ever since. Read about 50 Years of “Monster Mash”
3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
When October rolls around, the clear answer to the lyrical question, “Who ya gonna call?,” is Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which topped the Hot 100 in 1984.
4. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
A perfect Halloween entry from the (late, great) Warren Zevon, who also famously sang “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” is this howling Me Generation rocker that rose to No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 1978.
5. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
Pitch-black metal from down under, AC/DC drove “Highway” to No. 47 on the Hot 100 in 1979.
6. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
This mid-tempo rocker, which hit No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1976 for Blue Oyster Cult, isn’t spooky at all until you consider the lyrics told from the point of view of some death-friendly dude trying to induce his gal to join him and not “fear the reaper.”
7. “Runnin’ With the Devil” – Van Halen
Mixing lyrics about living wild with hard rock was a winning combo for Van Halen, who ran this song to No. 84 on the Hot 100 in 1978.
8. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
Paranoid much? This big 80′s pop wonder about constantly looking over one’s shoulder sounds Michael Jackson-y because MJ literally lent a hand. Having the King of Pop sing backup certainly seems to have helped Rockwell watch “Somebody” shoot to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1984.
9. “A Nightmare on My Street” – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka, Will Smith) brought hip-hop into the Halloween game in 1988 when they took their tune about “Nightmare on Elm Street” villain Freddy Krueger all the way to No. 15 on the Hot 100.
10. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
Who better than Rob Zombie, one of the spookiest musicians ever, to complete a Halloween-time soundtrack. The black-clad, fright-haired Zombie, also acclaimed as a horror film director, rode this pastiche of driving beats, hard riffage and growling lyrics about death and witches onto the rock charts in 1998.
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Christmas has its carols, but Halloween? Well, it’s a little tougher to find songs dedicated strictly to the holiday.
Sure, “Monster Mash” is a classic, but it’s also insanely overplayed. We’ve come up with ten spooky-ish songs that are classic yet not total novelty tracks. Try ‘em out at your Halloween soiree this weekend.
Any Halloween favorites you would add? Sound off in the comments below.
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
Because the King of Pop started the zombie craze.
2. “I Put A Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Because a lot of people have covered this song, but none quite like Screamin’ Jay.
3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr.
Because he lets you know who to call if things get out of hand.
4. “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
Because not only does David Byrne’s oversized suit look like a costume, but psycho killers are 100 percent terrifying.
5. “Season of the Witch” – Donovan
Because Donovan simultaneously captures the feeling of the swinging ’60s and Halloween.
6. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
Because no Halloween party is complete without a little howling.
7. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow
Because there’s no joy quite like trick-or-treating as a kid.
8. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
Because ever since the Scream franchise, the reaper has become one of the most common costumes.
9. “Witchy Woman” – Eagles
Because every Halloween party has at least a few witches in attendance.
10. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
Because it’s a holiday that practically endorses superstition and strange times.