Even the scariest of Halloween parties aren’t complete without someone eventually throwing on the Monster Mash song. The campy 1962 novelty song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett is a staple of Halloween parties; from kids’ to adults.
But, are there any that may make your Halloween party even better? American Songwriter says yes, but, before we get to those after the jump, take a listen to the classic “Monster Mash” song.
Sure, the Monster Mash song is a ghoulish delight, but, American Songwriter was kind enough to compile a few that just may be better. Take a listen and get your party started.
Sixteen” by The Heavy
If you haven’t heard “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, then you’ve probably been too loose on Spooky Juice every Halloween. The ever-present party song has been revamped by English rock band The Heavy, giving the ghostly classic new life.
“Bees” by Warpaint
Full of haunting guitar riffs, the song starts off with the lyrics “the full moon taunts me,” as if it was meant to be played on an eerie Halloween night. Not a song you want to be listening to on your long walk home at the end of the evening.
“The Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley
Some songs freak you out on a whole other level. Dig the existential dread embedded in this tune: “I used to wonder why he looked familiar. Then I realized it was a mirror. And now it is plain to see, The whole time the monster was me.” Oh noes!
“Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en ” by Beck, Feist, Devendra Banhart, Win Butler, and more.
This 2005 charity single is the indie rock answer to “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Also involved: David Cross, Jenny Lewis, and Elvira.
“Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Band
It’s scary how good this song is. In fact, it may be the greatest song of all time, if you like nine-minute- long instrumentals from the king of albino prog rock. This Midnight Special version is especially horrific.