Several Spooky Songs Returned to Billboard Hot 100 After Halloween

Michael Jackson in concert in 1997
Michael Jackson in concert in 1997. Photo by Karl Schoendorfer/REX/Shutterstock (954381c)

The Billboard Hot 100 tends to experience a major overhaul every holiday season, and things have gotten a little bit spooky this week. From Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters”, several songs with a spooky vibe returned to the chart after Halloween.

Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Thriller” experienced the biggest gain on the Hot 100 chart this week, jumping to no. 21 with 14.5 million streams, 10.9 million radio airplay audience impressions, and 5,000 downloads during the week leading up to Halloween.

Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers’ zombie-themed bop “Monster Mash” jumped to No. 38, after spending two weeks at No. 1 following its release in 1962. Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” also re-entered the Hot 100 at No. 45, returning to the chart for the third consecutive year just in time for Halloween.

It was also a huge week for the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, which jumped to No. 25 on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 equivalent album units earned during its latest week on the chart. Its biggest hit “This Is Halloween” made its debut at No. 41, marking the first time any song from this beloved movie entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.