Happy Halloween! (Insert Halloween pumpkin or ghost emoji here)!!
In honor of this most spooky of holidays let’s go back in time and consider the top 10 scariest 80s songs to dance to at your Halloween party. And by scariest, I mean awesome-est.
10. Roxwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”
Because any time you have Michael Jackson singing background vocals on your record (even if you’re Berry Gordy’s son), that’s scary. That’s like Tom Brady throwing a football at a JV football game.
9. Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Just imagine a bunch of screaming girls at a mall.
8. Heart “Alone”
There’s something so gothic about this song. I can just picture Dracula in a corner, listening intently.
7. Oingo Boingo “Weird Science”
The movie “Weird Science” features Anthony Michael Hall (nerd laureate of the 80s) in a movie with an adorkably sexist plot. Our hero realizes that if you’re a brainiac you don’t need to win over a gorgeous girl, you can just create her with your computer!
Men haven’t left their computers since.
6. Michael Sembello “Maniac”
Exotic dancer by night, steel welder by day. Working women finally have a character in a movie they can relate to. Look how hard she’s working!
5. The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Because any dude who walks 500 miles to be the man to fall down at your door is a little scary. I can understand walking 250 miles, but 500? 500 miles is too much. That’s just a little bit weird.
4. Madonna “Like A Prayer”
No 80s dance mix is complete without Madonna.
“Life is a mystery. Everyone must stand alone.”
3. a-ha “Take On Me”
Girl sits at a lunch counter reading a comic book. Dude in comic book comes to life and takes her on a magical journey into his world.
I could see the potential for scary situations there.
2. Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters”
“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?”
Before Bill Murray became an indie darling he was a blockbuster ghost-fighting sensation. Bill Murray continues to haunt my dreams.
1. Michael Jackson “Thriller”
Our countdown goes full circle!
Not only did Michael Jackson invent the narrative music video as we know it today, he also cemented his omnipresence in our lives EVERY SINGLE HALLOWEEN with this classic song!
Feel free to holler at me with your spooky 80s dance party suggestions!