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Parker Gwen's Top 20 Halloween Songs - SPOILER ALERT - Thriller is NOT #1



✓ Carve pumpkins

✓ Watch scary movies

✓ Buy Halloween candy

✓ Bake festive treats

✓ Make Halloween costumes

✓ Decorate the house with spooky decor

Seem to have everything checked off for that upcoming Halloween party?? Don’t forget about putting together the ultimate playlist to make for the true Halloween home experience.  We’ve come up with the top 20 songs we think will get your guests off the couch and doing the “Monster Mash” (#4 on our list)!  Check out our selection of soundbars and speakers to really help amplify this “spooktacular” playlist!

20. Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe - A classic R&B dance song that will surely get the group grooving, and when you have a chance to add Poison to a song list, you just do it.

19. Hell's Bells - AC/DC - The chilling intro of the ringing from a large bell tower places you in your own horror movie. Something horrible is about to happen, and the bells are there to remind you.

18. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics - The famous electronic track does anything but make you feel treated to something sweet.  Instead, you are left with an air of creepiness as the chorus continues, "Sweet dreams are made of these..."

17. The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna - A more recent song from the last decade. As expected, Eminem doesn't disappoint verbally, painting the picture inside the mind of a monster.

16. Strange Brew - Cream - One of Eric's Clapton earliest songs on lead vocals. As the song states, "Strange brew, killing what's inside of you", you are placed into a small trance listening to his seemingly simple, but wonderful guitar playing.

15. Black Magic Woman - Santana - Probably his most famous song, Santana rips his well-known guitar sound into a beautiful composition.

14. Superstition -  Stevie Wonder - A classic Stevie Wonder groove that leads to toe-tapping and maybe a little dancing.

13. Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen - Has all the makings of a good Halloween song. Eerie intro, a singer who can make screaming sound good, and a chorus that is 100% Halloween.  

12. Evil Woman - ELO - A band using classical instruments to create rock music.  Watch a horror movie... you are almost certain to recognize the same instruments being played to induce fear in the audience.

11. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr. - Coupled with a classic 80's movie that has Bill Murray and anyone from this era exclaiming, "Ghostbusters!", when asked who you’re gonna call.

10. Feed my Frankenstein - Alice Cooper - The only one on the list that embraces Halloween beyond October 31st. Dressed in dark garb, heavy eye makeup, and a song about an alter ego he calls Frankenstein

9. Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult - Men singing in harmony trying to comfort the listener into joining them on a journey to death.  Oh, and did I mention the epic use of a cowbell?

8. I Put a Spell on You - Jay Hawkins - Screamin' Jay uses evil laughs, screams, and grunting to ensure you’re under his spell.

7. Killer Queen - Queen - Okay, so Queen is probably “the Queen” of making anthems. While most of them are played in stadiums, this one is more appropriate for your Halloween party.

6. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran - An upbeat 80's sound puts you in the mood to howl and go on a hunt.

5. People are Strange - The Doors - Maybe it’s the lead singer - Jim Morrison's deep voice - but if zombies had a theme song, this would be it.

4. Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers - Has there been any other song more appropriate for Halloween?

3. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon - A simple piano composition and hearing about werewolves living amongst us as Zevon howls on the track make this a very a top selection for Halloween.

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson - What’s not to like about Thriller? A mini movie, a zombie influenced dance, and the greatest entertainer of all time. Probably should be number one on the list, but what’s the fun of doing the expected?

1. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads - How do you dethrone Thriller?  First, let's start with content. Like a Hitchcock movie, the fear is in taking everyday scenarios and making them a very real possibility of horror. More frightful than werewolves, zombies, monsters, and reapers, a psycho killer tops the list as the scariest. As David Bryne chants for his listener to run away, it's hard not to nod your head and chant the chorus, making it a Halloween song classic.

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