“How I Know” by Toro y Moi
Toro y Moi makes it possible to be equal parts chillwave and spooky with this jam off of the 2011 album, “Underneath the Pine.” Watch the music video to see Kyle Mooney and Daniel Franzese (Damien from “Mean Girls”) transform into ghosts after entering a freaky haunted house and encountering two mischievous ghost gals.
“Rock Lobster” by The B-52’s
Can you believe that “Rock Lobster” was the first single that The B-52’s ever released back in 1978? Fast forward 40 years and this bizarre, otherworldly, surf-psychedelic, dance-rock record is still played at Halloween parties everywhere. And seriously, that iconic bassline makes us feel like we’re stuck in a perpetual ghost chase on an old episode of “Scooby-Doo.”
“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
Speaking of throwback songs with killer basslines, listen to Talking Heads delve into the mind of a cold-blooded killer in this eerie track that AllMusic calls a “deceptively funky new wave/no wave song” with “an insistent rhythm, and one of the most memorable, driving basslines in rock ‘n’ roll.”
“Dead Man’s Tetris” by Flying Lotus
You can’t go wrong with a modern classic from Flying Lotus featuring none other than Snoop Dogg at your Halloween kickback. This record off of “You’re Dead!” gives us the creeps because of the Joker’s laugh on top of many other chaotic sound bites sprinkled in, but we also can’t help but want to dance because of its beautifully distorted and contagious beat.