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Opinion
By James Pavel

5. White Demon Love Song – The Killers

Demons are branded with such a menacing reputation that we humans have forgotten that they too, can love. This song is from the soundtrack of the second installment of the Twilight saga, but incredibly was never written with the film in mind. The Killers just happened to have the song lying around the studio and mailed it in because they thought it was appropriate. Not only does it fit, but it delivers haunting pangs of a beastly fling mixed with scenes of a 16th century, vampire romance.

4. Monster – Kanye West feat. Jay Z, Nikki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver

Leave it to the two cleverest rappers to ever spit to write about a topic as ridiculous as monsters. As the full moon approaches Hova, Yeezy and Rick Ross note observations from their dressed-up dungeons, while Nikki Minaj actually escapes and transforms into a verse-devouring werewolf. Minaj bites the jugular off this track, as she freakishly manages to out-rap everyone and anyone on this behemoth hip-hop construction.

3. Thriller – Michael Jackson

It was potentially the beginning of the complete commercialization of Halloween. Not that it was ever actually reserved for vampires to do their hunting or for goblins to kidnap children, but Jackson gave Halloween a beat to dance to. He also gave the faux-holiday visual cues as the music video for “Thriller” signified one of the most monumental contributions to any musical genre.  Pop, dance floors, and Halloween would never be the same after Michael Jackson led the most iconic dance routine while surrounded by zombies.

2. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

You can practically hear a man’s knees hammering and his lips clattering like a team of jackhammers when they declare “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts,” but Parker Jr. was no ordinary mortal. Ghosts have returned to their traditional territory of being beyond scary thanks to flicks such as Paranormal Activity, but based on Parker’s encouragements, you could simultaneously dance, fight off ghosts and still have a blast back in the 80s.

1. The Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Prickett and the Crypt Kickers

Before Gangnam style, the Macarena, and the YMCA, there was the Mash – the Monster Mash. Ghouls, vampires, werewolves and all creatures of the night had been yearning for a jam that they could finally let loose to. After all, terrorizing family villages in the middle of the night can ware on even the most merciless of characters. The creatures of the night would all unwind at the local watering hole cutting a rug to the Mash and although it was not the most eloquent of dancing displays (however, Frankenstein’s Transylvanian Twist made incredible improvements throughout the years,) it was still a cherished activity for monsters of all colours and chemicals to partake in.

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