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There are some movies and music that are a staple in the average Halloween experience. My family watches "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" while we carve pumpkins. There are usually multiple showings of "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in October for us.

The soundtracks to some Halloween films are practically iconic. Almost everyone will recognize the "Ghostbusters" title song, "This is Halloween" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and the chilling theme to the "Halloween" slasher films.

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YouTube (iOS, Android) compiled the top 20 songs that get the most views on the site during the spookiest season of the year:

  1. Thriller -- Michael Jackson
  2. Ghostbusters (From Ghostbusters)- Ray Parker Jr.
  3. Monster Mash -- Bobby Pickett
  4. Spooky Scary Skeletons -- Andrew Gold
  5. Witch Doctor -- Cartoons
  6. Banana Boat (Day-O) -- Harry Belafonte
  7. This is Halloween -- Marilyn Manson
  8. Werewolves in London -- Warren Zevon
  9. Dragula -- Rob Zombie
  10. I Put a Spell On You -- Screamin' Jay Hawkins (also marvelously covered by Bette Midler in "Hocus Pocus")
  11. Abracadabra -- Steve Miller Band
  12. Love Potion No. 9 -- The Searchers
  13. Disturbia -- Rhianna
  14. I'm Your Boogie Man -- KC and the Sunshine Band
  15. Somebody's Watching Me -- Rockwell
  16. Feed My Frankenstein -- Alice Cooper
  17. Heads Will Roll -- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (if you're a Glee fan, the cast did a great mashup of Heads Will Roll and Thriller in season two)
  18. Freaks Come Out at Night -- Whodini
  19. Halloween Theme -- John Carpenter
  20. Every Day is Halloween -- Ministry

You can find playlists of these Halloween favorites and others on YouTube or your favorite music streaming service.

Did YouTube miss one? What's your favorite Halloween song?

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.