Kris’ Halloween-y Playlist

Getting ready for Mardi Gras tonight and need some spooky tunes to get you in the mood for a lot of standing in line, waiting to get into a bar while wearing an uncomfortable costume? The Racket’s got you covered with some terrifyingly good tunes:

1.Matt Maxwell- C’est l’Halloween

This one’s for anyone who took French class in Newfoundland in the early 1990’s.

2. Michael Jackson- Thriller

I decided not to include “Monster Mash” so I had to throw in “Thriller”. Plus I love that they do the dance in 13 Going on 30.

3. The Weeknd- Party Monster

The Weeknd sounds like MJ reincarnated into a world of drugs and sex so it’s only fitting that this Goosebumps inspired video follows up “Thriller”. One thing that the video has that the book series doesn’t though is the main character screaming about how some intimate object is alive and wreaking havoc but none of the adults believe them…until it’s too late.

4.  Justin Timberlake- True Blood

The duo of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are just as great as Micheal Jackson and Quincy Jones. While “True Blood” never was released as a single, it is a highlight of The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2 and is a musical TRIP coming in at over nine minutes!

5. Prince- Batdance

Continuing with prolific entertainers, we have the iconic Prince and “Batdance”. This was a favourite of a 3 year old Kris and encompasses the best of Prince, Batman and Halloween.

6.  U2- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

One good Batman soundtrack song deserves another (and Batman Forever is a classic 90’s romp and a Halloween gem). This eerie mid-90’s rocker came at the height of U2’s foray into the world of 90’s opulence and was perfect for the movie.

7.  The Killers- Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

The Killers have a few songs that could appear on this list but I went with the spooky, moody opener to their classic album Hot Fuss. “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine”, part of the band’s “murder trilogy” is about a jilted lover who kills his partner but believes he was justified. There is nothing scarier than a villain who believes they are the good guy.

8.  Beyoncé- Haunted

Who wouldn’t want Beyoncé to haunt them?!

9.  Fall Out Boy- Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) (feat. Missy Elliott)

I never did see the all-female remake of Ghostbusters but I was a big fan of this song when it was released in the summer of 2016. Fall Out Boy sounds exactly how you would expect and Missy Elliott’s verse is a real treat except how did no one producing this song not think to get her to rap “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts”?!

10. Rihanna- Disturbia

Don’t you hate it when your mind is in disturbia? It’s like the darkness is the light, and you just can’t stop dancing to this Rihanna bop!

11.  Swollen Members- Breath (feat. Nelly Furtado)

Some more Canadians to spook up this list! Nelly Furtado makes for a lovely vampire bride! On the other hand, is she a bride of Frankenstein, or like a white witch? Either way, lovely!

12. Lady Gaga- Monster

I’ve always wondered what Gaga is referring to when she says “I’ve never seen one like that before,” but I always took it dirty. Lady Gaga’s entire Fame Monster album is still a career highlight but “Monster” stands up there with all of her well-known singles.

13.  Backstreet Boys- Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

This song and video is to the 90’s what “Thriller” was to the ‘80s.

14. Kanye West- Monster (feat. Rick Ross, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)

The song where Nicki Minaj bodied a rap heavyweight, a rapper/producer/genius and a rap legend who has serious claim to the title of G.O.A.T. Ms. Minaj turns what would have been a highly entertaining contender for any Halloween playlist into a sure-fire choice.

15.  Kid Cudi- Alive (Nightmare) (feat. Ratatat)

“Every time,/The moon shines I become alive, yeah” by this time of the night you should be ready to head to George Street and howl at the moon.

16.  Ray Parker Jr.- Ghostbusters

Just as classic as “Thriller”! For the record, I don’t actually have much connection to the Ghostbusters movies; it was the cartoon I remember most.

17.  Jace Everett- Bad Things

You might remember this song from such politically influenced but campy over the top shows like True Blood. By now you should be ready to go out and do bad things! (With someone or someones who also want to do bad things because consent…)

Drink responsibly and Happy Halloween!