Here are my top ten pieces of Halloween music. As always, they’re in no particular order, except for the first one, which is indeed Number One in my book.
1. The Devil’s Dance, by John Williams. In my opinion,this is the most demonic music ever written, and my favorite piece by Williams, which is saying a lot. It’s from the movie The Witches of Eastwick”, so it has a literary connection.
2. Superstition by Stevie Wonder. Mr. Wonder wants us to ignore talk of broken mirrors and walking under ladders. “Superstition ain’t the way,” he preaches in this 1972 song, but there’s something about that funk that still sounds almost… spooky.
3. A Night on Bald Mountain, by Modest Moussorgsky. This orchestral music about a witches’ sabbath ends with bells signalling the arrival of the holy day and the end of the infernal reverie. Disney made a great rendition of it for Fantasia.
4. Monster Mash, by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers. This moldy oldie has been on Halloween playlists for over 50 years.
5. Funeral March of the Marionettes, by Gounod. I’m dating myself, but I still think of this as the theme song from Alfred Hitchcock Presents on television.
6. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Paul Dukas. This is another piece Disney used in Fantasia, although he robs it of most of the creepy factor by giving Mickey Mouse the starring role. The music is based on Goethe’s balladic poem Der Zauberlehrling, so there’s a literary connection here.
7. Thriller, by Michael Jackson. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know this song and its music video? My two-year-old grandson, I suppose.
8. Dance Macabre, by Camille Saint-Saens. The xylophone plays the part of bones dancing around a graveyard. Cool stuff.
9. Spooky, by Dusty Springfield. I’ve never been able to make up my mind if this song is sexy or spooky. You decide.
10 Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, by John Williams. We started this list with John Williams, and now we come full circle.
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