No matter if you’re looking for some last minute outfit inspiration or just curious about how the spookiest time of the year has influenced some of your favorite pop stars, Halloween has always been. fertile ground for music videos.
We’ve rounded up some of the most iconic pop music videos that we think sums up all that Halloween is; have fun, but give yourself a good old scare at the same time.
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Michael Jackson – Thriller
One of the most iconic pop visuals of all timeMichael Jackson’s thriller helped turn the music video into an art form. With full star engagement, a handful of instantly iconic pieces (the red jacket, Vincent Price’s voiceover, dance moves) and the assured direction of horror veteran John Landis (An American Werewolf In London) , Thriller remains a Halloween classic. .
Rihanna – Disturbia
Rihanna warned us that she was a Good Girl Gone Bad on her third album, but it turns out that “bad” meant “demonic” for Disturbia, a single from her 2008 re-release record. the video is basically American Horror Story: Rihanna, with visions of fire, spiders and torture chambers.
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allSTARS – Things move in the night
Containing one of the most striking pop lyrics (“it’s very Scooby-Doo”) given that the track itself was included in the soundtrack of the live-action movie Scooby-Doo in 2002. AllSTARS second single, Things Go Bump In The Night was released on double A side with the cover of Duran Duran Is There Something I Should Know? and reached number 12 on the official singles rankings, their second UK success in the Top 40.
The weekend – In your eyes
The Weeknd’s No.1 Blinding Lights follow-up single, In Your Eyes, comes close to the disco aesthetic, while its music video is a deliciously bloody subversion of expectations, inspired by slasher movies like Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Backstreet Boys – Everyone (Backstreet’s Back)
Perhaps the most referenced Halloween anthem in modern pop, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) Had a Camp, a spooky video directed by Joseph Kahn (Britney’s Toxic, Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood) who sees each member of the boy band dressing up as a different monster. This is the only time you will see the concept of “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde … but sexy”.
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Ava Max – Sweet but psycho
A late entry from Ava Max, Sweet But Psycho takes an extravagant look at the outdated version of the crazy ex-girlfriend. Her music video is no exception, with Ava and her multi-colored wigs playing the role of a woman plotting revenge on her infidel. Revenge is a dish best served with a commercially successful single, as the old saying goes.
Natalia Kills – Mirrors
British pop chameleon Natalia Kills debut single in 2010 was a disturbing state of affairs. In a single that riffs on Eurythmic’s Swee Dreams and evokes visions of intense and obsessive love, tThe clip is inspired by the twisted mind of David Lynch. With axes, skulls and dark parallel dimensions, Kills turns Mirrors into a twisted story of sex, love, control … and vanity.