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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:37 pm 
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New list coming in the next couple days. Editor is the Golden Gup, who did the Car Songs list.

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This is a list of Halloween PARTY songs. As a mobile jock, these are the top 100 tunes I won't be without when it's time to get people on the dance floor or in the feel of the season. Obviously, initial and lasting popularity and impact are important and must be factored but also heavy consideration is given to the song's danceability AND Halloween "spirit".
I like this consideration as well: DOES THE SONG "DO BUSINE$$"? Let's suppose were producing a box set of the greatest Halloween Party songs of all time to sell on late night TV (for instance). We want the folks at home to race to the telephone! Right ? Trick or Treat!!!


01 Thriller - Michael Jackson
02 Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
03 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
04 Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
05 I'm Your Boogie Man - KC and the Sunshine Band
06 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
07 Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
08 Witch Queen of New Orleans - Redbone
09 Superstition - Stevie Wonder
10 This is Halloween - Citizens of Halloween
11 Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
12 Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
13 Devil Woman - Cliff Richard
14 I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
15 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
16 Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
17 Whistlin' Past the Graveyard - Tom Waits
18 Creature from the Black Lagoon - Dave Edmunds
19 Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle "The Cool Ghoul"
20 Walking Through a Cemetery - Claudine Clark
21 Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
22 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
23 Devil Inside - INXS
24 Dark Night - Blasters
25 Toccata… - Mannheim Steamroller / Sky
26 Dead Man's Stroll - Revels
27 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
28 Grave Robbing Tonight - John Zacherle "The Cool Ghoul"
29 Welcome to my Nightmare - Alice Cooper
30 Twilight Zone - Neil Norman
31 Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
32 Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
33 Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
34 That Old Black Magic - Bobby Rydell
35 Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
36 Out of Limits - Marketts
37 Evil Ways - Santana
38 Witchcraft - Spiders
39 Little Demon - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
40 People Are Strange - Doors
41 The Ghost of Smokey Joe - Cab Calloway
42 Black Magic Woman - Santana
43 Up Jumped the Boogie - Tractors
44 Screamin' Ball - Du Ponts
45 Horror Movies - Bollock Brothers
46 Devil With a Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
47 There's a Ghost In My House - R. Dean Taylor
48 Voodoo Voodoo - LaVern Baker
49 Hoo Doo Man Blues - Jr. Wells
50 My Baby Must Be a Magician - Marvelettes
51 Halloween Theme - John Carpenter
52 Witchy Woman - Eagles
53 Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
54 Rapture - Blondie
55 Spooky - Dusty Springfield / Classics IV
56 Castin' My Spell - Johnny Otis Show (Marci Lee)
57 Lil' Devil - Cult
58 Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
59 The Headless Horseman - Kay Starr / Billy Butterfield, 3 Beaus & A Peep
60 Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
61 Hells Bells - AC/DC
62 Down at the Frankenstein Place - Rocky Horror Picture Show
63 Season of the Witch - Donovan
64 Flyin' Saucers Rock 'N' Roll - Billy Riley
65 Haunted House - Elvira
66 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - David Bowie
67 Vamp Camp - Ventures
68 Jack the Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch
69 Spirit in the Night - Bruce Springsteen
70 The Bells - James Brown / Dominoes
71 Love Potion # 9 - Clovers
72 Zombie Jamboree - King Flash-Calypso Carnival
73 The Shadow Knows - Link Wray
74 Voodoo Cadillac - Southern Culture on the Skids
75 Up Jumped the Devil - Roy Brown
76 Witch Doctor - David Seville
77 Bo Meets the Monster - Bo Diddley
78 Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
79 Funeral March of a Marionette (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) - Charles Gounod
80 The Boogie Man - Cadillacs
81 Feast of the Mau Mau - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
82 Devil That I See - Penguins
83 Werewolf - Five Man Electrical Band
84 Psycho Theme - Mannheim Steamroller
85 Madhouse Jump - Hollywood Flames
86 Batman Theme - Neil Hefti
87 The Addams Family Theme - Vic Mizzy
88 Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
89 Werewolf - Frantics
90 Devils Toy - Almighty
91 Little Devil - Neil Sedaka
92 Evil Is Goin' On - Howlin' Wolf
93 Dead - Poets
94 Foo Man Choo - Revels
95 Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
96 The Blob - Five Blobs
97 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes - Lewis Lee
98 The Thing - Phil Harris
99 Everyday (Is Halloween) - Ministry
100 Hammer Horror - Kate Bush


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:12 pm 
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Lew's got the list up:

http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_ ... oween.html


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:06 pm 
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Nice list.

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14 I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Great song.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:17 pm 
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Surprised to see "I'm Your Boogie Man" up there. I mean, yes, obviously I know a "Boogieman" (more traditionally "Bogeyman") is a monster, but I never thought of that song as being connected to the monster or to Halloween before.

Very good list overall, though. Good mix of eras. Nice to see "Zombie Jamboree" mentioned. (Rockapella's version is big with a capella fans.)


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:29 am 
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No mention of "Bela Lugosi's Dead"?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:27 am 
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Surely you'd have to include something by Rob Zombie -- at least "Dragula". A couple other noteworthy songs are "Superbeast" and "Living Dead Girl".


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Halloween Songs
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:05 pm 
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Well, Golden Gup's an oldies guy, and I think that stuff's a bit out of his area of expertise, FWIW.

One recent thing that I would argue belongs is "Re: Your Brains" by Jonathan Coulton. Certainly not danceable, so it wouldn't work for Gup as a live DJ, but I've even seen a t-shirt of the song, so I guess it "does business" as Gup says.

Music Choice on my cable runs a Halloween channel for several weeks. It's very frustrating; they can play really great stuff--odd novelty records, new wave, some of the harder stuff Zach was mentioning. But they they'll play some cheap re-recordings of television themes and of things like "Maneater" (often falsely identifying them onscreen as being by the original artist or composer). And there are some key things I've never heard them play at all (I'm not sure they play ANY Zacherle!)


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