“Ghostbusters”, tunes heard in “Beetlejuice”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” top YouTube’s Halloween playlist


Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Happy Halloween, all you monsters and ghouls! In honor of the world’s scariest holiday, YouTube has unveiled a list of the 31 songs whose daily global views peaked on October 31, 2018.  They include timeless and occasionally spooky tunes by quite a few veteran artists, and which have appeared on many movie soundtracks.

Topping the list is Ray Parker Jr.’s smash hit theme song to the 1984 film Ghostbusters, followed at #2 by the Michael Jackson classic “Thriller,” which was directed by Jon Landis. In third place is perhaps the quintessential Halloween song, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” heard in a host of movies and TV shows.


The #4 song is one-hit-wonder Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” which famously features guest vocals by Jackson. Further down in the top 10 of the tally is Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” at #8 — which came to fame in part on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s Paul Newman/Tom Cruise film The Color of Money. That one was about pool, not lycans, incidentally.


Harry Belafonte’s “Day O (Banana Boat Song)” — brought to a new audience by Tim Burton’s spooky comedy Beetlejuice — ranked #11. 

KC and The Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” hit #16. That song was heard in a pivotal scene in the movie Watchmen.

And, naturally, “The Time Warp” from the camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show made the list. It’s #18. 

Here’s YouTube’s full list of the “31 Songs that Peak on Halloween”:

1. “Ghostbusters” — Ray Parker Jr.2. “Thriller” — Michael Jackson3. “Monster Mash” — Bobby Pickett4. “Somebody’s Watching Me” — Rockwell5. “I’m In Love with a Monster” — Fifth Harmony 6. “This Is Halloween” — Marilyn Manson7. “Disturbia” — Rihanna8. “Werewolves of London” — Warren Zevon9. “A Nightmare on My Street” — DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince10. “Halloween” — John Carpenter11. “Day O (Banana Boat Song)” — Harry Belafonte12. “Witch Doctor” — Cartoons13. “Dragula” — Rob Zombie14. “Abracadabra” — Steve Miller Band15. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” — Blue Öyster Cult16. “I’m Your Boogie Man” — KC and The Sunshine Band17. “Halloween” — Kodak Black18. “The Time Warp” — The Rocky Horror Picture Show19. “Love Potion No. 9” — The Searchers20. “Psycho Killer” — Talking Heads21. “Heads Will Roll” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs22. “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” — Geto Boys23. “Freaks Come Out at Night” — Whodini24. “Every Day Is Halloween” — Ministry25. “I Put a Spell on You” — Screamin’ Jay Hawkins26. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” — Bauhaus27. “It’s Almost Halloween” — Panic! at the Disco28. “Feed My Frankenstein” — Alice Cooper29. “Runnin’ with the Devil” — Van Halen30. “Last Caress” — Misfits31. “Addams Groove” — MC Hammer

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