As we look at Today In Music History, we thought we would have a little bit of fun for Halloween. Going back in time we looked at some of the best Halloween songs that have scored big on the charts or were most requested around this time of year. Some of the best names mentioned are Alice Cooper, Warren Zevon, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers, Michael Jackson, Rob Zombie and AC/DC. Examiners’s John DiTirro put together a list of 50 songs and people voted via Facebook or face-to-face. The Top 10 favorites are listed below.
Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers came out with a novelty song in 1962 that has been a chart topping favorite this time of year. Coming in at No.1 is the ever loving “Monster Mash”.
For the younger children who the Examiner spoke with one of their favorites comes from Ray Parker Jr. and was the theme for the movie of the same name “Ghostbusters”. The song reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. No.2 on the Halloween list is “Ghostbusters”.
Warren Zevon composed a rock song along with LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel and was included on Zevon’s music album “Excitable Boy”. The song entered the American Top 40 charts and reached No.21. It held that spot for six weeks. The No.3 song on the list is “Werewolves Of London”.
Alice Cooper is known for some great rock music. If you had to pick just one of Alice Cooper’s song it would be hard. One of the greatest rockers and always on the top of the charts for Halloween songs, Cooper is one of the most requested and downloaded artists for this time of season. At No.4 Alice Cooper comes in No.4 with the song “Welcome To My Nightmare”.
Charlie Daniels has always been a favorite and this time of the year, Charlie continues to make it big. His album “Full Moon” went Platinum and one of the great songs off this album tells the story of a mythical ghost. Lucius Clay, an elderly and greedy recluse who lives in the backwoods of Wooley Swamp. At No.5 we bring you Charlie Daniels Band and “The Legend Of Wooley Swamp”.
Heavy metal favorite Ozzy Osbourne had the first single released from his 1983 music album of the same name “Bark At The Moon”. This video was Ozzy’s first video ever shot and it received fantastic reviews. The song deals with a creature of some sort who terrorized a small town and wreaked havoc on the villagers. No.6 is Ozzy Osbourne and “Bark At The Moon”.
“Highway To Hell” is the opening track of AC/DC’s 1979 music album “Highway To Hell”. The song was written by Angus Young, Malcom Young and Bon Scott. The song spent 45 weeks on the charts and it peaked at No. 19. It was ranked by Rolling Stone as No. 258 on the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. No. 7 on today’s list is “Highway To Hell”.
The Eagles were always known for rock hits and their song “Witchy Woman” come in No.8 on the Halloween chart as a song that is listed on radio charts as being requested by listeners. Written by Don Henley and Bernie Leadon and released as the second single form the band’s debut album “Eagles”, it reached No.9 on the Billboard Pop singles chart.
Going back a ways is a song by Blue Oyster Cult as being a chart favorite for many. When talking with people and asking for songs, this song was given by most everyone as one that they play at Halloween parties, in the office during the season and just a fun song to listen to. At No.9 is Blue Oyster Cult and their song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.
Rounding out the Top 10 as listed by people’s response is rocker and heavy metal man Rob Zombie. The song is co-written and recorded by the American musician Rob Zombie. It was released in 1998 as the lead single from his solo debut “Hellbilly Deluxe”. Since its release, it has become the most recognizable song as a solo artist. His song “Dragula” is a list maker and the video and song will explain it all.