When it comes to Monster Mashing, shuffling around to “Thriller,” and doing the "Time Warp" again, and again, and again – one Ohio city is disembodied heads and shoulders above the rest in the country.
According to The New York Times and data from music streaming service Spotify, Lakewood, Ohio listens to more Halloween music than any other city in America. Other Ohio cities that made the list included West Chester and Loveland.
While Lakewood is spook central for Halloween tunes, Utah is actually the state in which people listened to the largest proportion of Halloween playlists in the last 10 days, according to the Times. Ohio was in third place, after West Virginia and its spooky Country Roads.
But which songs scared up the most plays on these themed playlists? According to Spotify data, over the past three Halloweens, the most-played songs included:
1. “Thriller,” by Michael Jackson
2. “Monster Mash,” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
3. “Ghostbusters,” by Ray Parker, Jr.
4. “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” by Blue Öyster Cult
5. “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC
6. “This Is Halloween,” by the Citizens of Halloween
7. “Werewolves of London,” by Warren Zevon
8. “Somebody’s Watching Me,” by Rockwell
9. “A Nightmare on My Street,” by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
10. “Black Magic Woman,” by Santana
A Spotify trends expert told the New York Times that the most frequent listeners to Halloween music are women between the ages of 30 and 49.