Halloween, for a lot of us, is truly the most wonderful time of the year. If only there were a wide assortment of great vintage Halloween songs to play at our Halloween party. Why does Christmas get so many damn songs? Save some for the other holidays, composers and musicians of the world. Aren't there any great Halloween songs? Ah, well, as a matter of fact, yes, there are.
There's old standard "The Monster Mash," as well as classics like "The Purple People Eater," and "The Witch Doctor." Problem is, that's about all most people know, except for a few pop songs associated with zombies and ghouls, like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" or the original Ghostbusters theme song. Yet there are countless great Halloween songs out there for your spooktacular playlist.
How quickly society has forgotten that the first decade of rock & roll also spawned The Monster Craze. Starting with the first televised airing of Universal's classic Frankenstein in 1957, teenagers and young kids went nuts for monsters and rock music. So it wasn't long before the two converged and gave birth to a chilling, thrilling, at the time new (but now largely forgotten) subgenre of monster rock.
The subculture produced some wonderful songs (more than 100, in fact!), most of which now languish on obscure rockin' Halloween compilations. This list provides highlights, but there's a whole new/old world beneath the tip of this iceberg. If you love monsters and Halloween, it could be just what you're looking for.
If you dare...
(It's a) Monster's Holiday by Buck Owens
This spooktacularly danceable country song from the great Buck Owens and the Buckaroos came out towards the end of the Monster Craze, but remains one of its greatest offerings. Just try getting "(It's A) Monster's Holiday" out of your head after you've heard it. You can't. It clings in your brain and lingers like a curse, only much catchier.3110Agree or disagree?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by The Monotones
The Monster Craze was so big everyone wanted in on it. The Monotones, who gave us classic doo-wop gem "The Book Of Love" dipped into the monster well twice, first with this catchy ditty about the Headless Horseman.2911Agree or disagree?
Bo Meets the Monster by Bo Diddley
That Purple People Eater really gets around... and isn't as nice as Sheb Wooley's original hit let on. "Bo Meets the Monster," from the legendary bluesman Bo Diddley, tells a terrifying tale of being stalked and taunted by the alien monster, which kidnaps his wife. Sadly, we don't know whether she made it through the ordeal alive.258Agree or disagree?
Zombie Jamboree by King Flash & The Calypso Carnival
"Zombie Jamboree" was treated to at least two remakes, one by The Kingston Trio and the other by Harry Belafonte (who turned it into an anti-war song by adding some lyrics). But neither holds a black skull candle to the original, which is a great way to get some belly-to-belly dancing started at your party.172Agree or disagree?