The year 1984 was a colossal one for pop culture: Madonna, Michael and Bruce owned the airwaves; Beverly Hills Cop, The Karate Kid and The Terminator lit up the box office; and the CD player and the first Apple Macintosh arrived in stores. Against this backdrop, Ray Parker Jr. wrote one of the 20th century’s most memorable movie themes. While Parker later settled out of court with Huey Lewis to avoid a copyright suit over similarities to Lewis’ hit “I Want a New Drug,” “Ghostbusters” was an international smash.
“I remember hearing the song and thinking, ‘This isn’t like anything else on the radio — he is basically talking,” says Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Reddick, whose pop-punk band covered the tune for 2005 film Just Like Heaven. “It’s the keyboard line that sucks you in: You find yourself whistling it for two days.”
Fun fact: “Ghostbusters” was initially tied to a summer blockbuster, but now it’s the second-most Shazamed track on Halloween, after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”