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Now Playing: Michael Myers’s Guilty Pleasures

October 30, 2022

We’re not playing anything this week but some Halloween-themed tunes. With Halloweekend coming up, you’re going to need a playlist to get you into the right mood—and I’ve got you covered. This week, I’m not updating “now playing” the playlist, but rather I’m plugging another playlist of mine, one only to be used in the specialist of occasions: “michael myers’s guilty pleasures.” It’s a masterpiece that’s been in the works since 2018, and it’s only grown since then. There are almost a hundred songs on the playlist, so I’ll list only the highlights here. The only thing better than a solid Halloween playlist is a Christmas one, but we’ll save that one for later…so for now, let me take you through the only playlist you’ll ever need for Halloween—and I mean ever. 

The Classics. By classics, I mean the Halloween jammers that you can never go without. The ones from our childhood, from our parents’ childhoods, and probably even a few from our grandparents’ childhood. These will be the songs we play for our kids; these songs will never die. Here are the ones you just CANNOT go without in the month of October: “Gostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. 

  • “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (Duh) 
  • “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers 
  • “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon 
  • “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo 
  • “Main Theme: The Addams Family – Vocal Version” by Vic Mizzy 
  • “Witch Doctor ” by Cartoons 
  • “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley 
  • “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show 
  • “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie 
  • (Don’t Fear) The Reaper) by Blue Oyster Cult 
  • “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman 

The Ironic Titles. These are the songs that don’t necessarily sound like Halloween, but the context of the playlist makes them work. There’s something so much more fun about a Halloween playlist that includes songs like these, and you’re always kept on your toes. Nothing like a little playlist roulette to keep the Halloween parties going. Check them out: “Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper 

  • “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC 
  • “Runnin’ with the Devil” by Van Halen 
  • “Super Freak” by Rick James 
  • “Zombie” by The Cranberries 
  • “Shout At The Devil” by Motley Crue 
  • “Zombie Zoo” by Tom Petty 
  • “Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra 
  • “Bark at the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne 
  • “The Werewolf” by Paul Simon
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band 
  • “Pet Semetary” by Ramones 

Halloweenie Pop. This is where Lady Gaga gets to shine. Not only do these songs have the vibe of Halloween down to a tea, but the titles also have their moment to shine. There’s just no such thing as a Halloween party without at least one song coming from Gaga, Britney Spears, or Rihanna. Also, I’ve included the essential songs from our Disney Channel youth—you’re welcome. These are the ones you can’t miss: 

  • “Monster” by Lady Gaga 
  • “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow 
  • “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah yeahs 
  • “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna 
  • “Disturbia” by Rihanna 
  • “Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain 
  • “Rotten to the Core” by Descendants Cast 
  • “Freakshow” by Britney Spears 
  • “Cannibal” by Kesha 
  • “Teeth” by Lady Gaga 
  • “Fly On The Wall” by Miley Cyrus 
  • “Everything Is Not As It Seems” by Selena Gomez 

The Songs that Have Nothing to Do With Halloween. Ah, yes. My favorite category. These songs are ones you could listen to at any time of the year, and yet when it comes to a Halloween playlist, they absolutely must be included. There’s just something about the vibe that works, you know? You’ll understand what I mean! Take a look: 

  • “Black Magic Woman” by Fleetwood Mac 
  • “Jump in the Line” by Harry Belafonte (Yes, I know it was in Beetlejuice, but what does the song have to do with Halloween?!) 
  • “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder 
  • “House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals 
  • “Howlin’ for You” by The Black Keys 
  • “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant 
  • “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This” by Eurythmics 
  • “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson (Maybe it’s just “Thriller,” but he’s just got the Halloween vibe) 
  • “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum 
  • “Hayloft” by Mother Mother 
  • “Every Breath You Take” by The Police 

The Honorable Mentions. I’ll put a few of the stragglers under this category. They must be mentioned! Some of them are soundtracks or instrumental songs, and maybe one or two are from musicals (*awkward cough*). Trust me! Check these out: 

  • “Halloween Theme” by John Carpenter
  • “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold (Yeah, the TikTok sound from, like, three years ago?) 
  • “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” by Elvis Presley 
  • “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” by Octopus Montage 
  • “Gravity Falls Main Title Theme (from ‘Gravity Falls’)” by Brad Breeck “Friends on the Other Side” by Keith David (The song from The Princess and the Frog!) “Mama” by My Chemical Romance 
  • “The Twilight Zone” by The Ventures 
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber 
  • “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell 

Ok, that was a lot! But, to make your life easier, you can look through my playlist by either checking out my Spotify profile @sabrina.capello, or by searching the playlist, titled “michael myers’s guilty pleasures.” Have a very happy, very spooky Halloween!

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