Hit the jump for the list.
In no particular order:
1. Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
Amid all the Michael Jackson parties celebrating his life and work lately, Halloween is one holiday through which his memory will always live on. Thriller, with that Vincent Price laugh, rad costuming, and epic choreography, was released in 1983 and was, at the time, the most expensive music video ever made at $500,000. It recently helped improve behavior among inmates in a Philippine jail after their fitness routine incorporated the moves. Plus, you'll be a hit at any get-together if you know some of the moves, whether it's Halloween or not. See full video here.
2. The Misfits' "Halloween"
There's no band that embodies Halloween more than the Misfits. "Ghoul's Night Out," "Horror Business," "Last Caress," "Die Die My Darling," "Skulls," "Night of the Living Dead," the list goes on and on. But because they have a song called Halloween, it seemed fitting for this list. Side note: They actually have another song titled Halloween II. Check it out here.
To hear the song go here. For a performance from the '80s see video:
3. Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You"
Considered one of the first shock rockers due to his use of eerie props and theatrics, he was probably one of the best stage performers of his day. He was very influential on artists like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and The Horrors, to name just a few. So in many ways, modern music may not have been as dark without him.
4. Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash"
Released in 1962, "Monster Mash" was the Halloween song of its time, reaching number one on the Billboard charts. It resurged a decade later, reaching number 10. The Beach Boys, Misfits, Smashing Pumpkins, and countless others have covered it.
5. Ween "Voodoo Lady"
Henry Rollins once said, "You will get down on your filthy knees and crawl to the altar that is Ween." If that's not enough to intrigue you, the anarchic rock of this quintet draws from all over the music universe. Think Queen, Prince, Motorhead, Butthole Surfers, The Beatles, and even Jimmy Buffet. Often parodic and satirical, and sometimes edging on the distasteful, Ween is one of the only bands that feels just at home on Beavis and Butthead as it does creating tunes for SpongeBob. "Voodoo Lady," fun, wild, hilarious, and about a black-magic woman from the bayou, is one of their concert staples. But I've never seen it on a Halloween list: