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Songs that Scare Us

Erica Palan
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Sometimes, it's good to have a good old-fashioned scare. It gets the heart pumping, the adrenaline flowing and forces you out of your comfort zone, even for just a second. The scariest thing I can think of? Monsters. Here, six songs about 'em.

Furry Happy Monsters

A parody of REM's "Shiny Happy People," this Muppet version is arguably better than the original.


Perhaps the most popular Michael Jackson song, "Thriller" features a scary date. Horror king Vincent Price did a voice-over for the song.

Werewolves of London

This Warren Zevon song was produced by Jackson Browne.

Purple People Eater

The one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater reached number one on the Billboard charts in 1958.

The Monster Mash

This song, originally released 10 days before Halloween in 1962, was partially inspired by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era


Blue Oyster Cult was inspired by the film. That inspiration led to killer guitar riffs.