How many songs about monsters do you think exist? It’s a popular topic with as many versions, twists, and scenarios as you can imagine. This genre explores many themes, from the darkness inside our minds to monsters just doing a funny dance. And we’re bringing you some of the greatest. Let’s slide onto the dance floor!
About the Song: This hit was #1 on Billboard for five weeks, but it almost wasn’t released. MGM records rejected it at first. However, a demo reached their office, and the staff loved listening to it during lunch breaks. MGM noticed and decided to give the piece a shot.
About the Song: Zevon wrote this hit in response to a joke by Phil Everly. During the 70s, he was their bandleader and keyboard player. Everly suggested that Zevon write the words after he watched the 1935 movie, Werewolf of London. Zevon and fellow musicians Waddy Wachtel and LeRoy Marinell all threw down and created the piece in about 15 minutes.
About the Song: Thriller was written for Michael Jackson by the British songwriter Rod Temperton. It’s a mix of post-disco and funk with a horror movie ambiance. The lyrics are from the viewpoint of a man watching a horror movie with his girlfriend. She’s terrified, and he’s laying it on thick, hoping he can “save you from the terrors on the screen.”
About the Song: Eye of the Zombie was released the year after Fogerty’s smash hit Centerfield. It wasn’t received well critically, and Fogerty himself didn’t like the work. However, the piece is solid with his signature raspy thrusting voice and driving intensity.
About the Song: This song is about the demons inside us. Bowie tells the story of a woman driven insane by the man she loves. By the tune’s end, he promises to love her until she dies. He created her madness, and he means to kill her with it.
About the Song: Godzilla is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the popular monster movie. The lyrics describe how Godzilla rampages through cities and destroys buildings and people alike. He’s got to go!