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Led by Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' Halloween Hits Haunt LyricFind Global Chart

Billboard logo Billboard 10/11/2019 Kevin Rutherford

It's October, and Billboard's LyricFind Global chart (dated Oct. 12) has gotten into the Halloween spirit with a slew of spooky tunes dotting the 25-position tally.

The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries and usages globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries, including the U.S. The company is the world's leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The latest tracking week ended Oct. 6.

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" leads the list, re-entering at No. 1. Originally a No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit in March 1984, the song reaches the Global chart for a second time, having previously appeared at No. 20 in November 2016.

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"Thriller" is followed on the Global chart by Aqua's "Halloween," with Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash," R. Dean Taylor's "There's a Ghost in My House" and Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" rounding out the top five at Nos. 2 through 5, respectively.

In all, 16 of the chart's 25 positions are occupied by songs that can be considered blatantly themed around Halloween or have been adopted by the holiday thanks to subject matter or titles, such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" at No. 15.

On the LyricFind U.S. ranking (which limits data to U.S.-only queries), U2's seasonally appropriate "October" ranks at No. 4.

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