Five Surprisingly Great Cover Songs for Halloween

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Today is Halloween! A night of ghouls, goblin, tricks, treats and genuine spooktacular mystery! While tonight will be full of the joys of pretending that we're someone we're not, why not let the thrill of imitation runneth over into our Halloween playlists? We all love a good cover, but sometimes the wrong cover can be scarier than the last haunted house on the left of Elm Street. But in the tradition of true trick or treating, we've assembled five great cover songs from the unlikeliest of sources. Here are five unexpectedly great covers to make sure your monster mash is a certified graveyard smash!

Dope - "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" 2000

The 2000 film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho combined the gut-wreching horror of callous murder with the spine-tingling scares of 1980s yuppie excess. While the soundtrack is perhaps most known for the film's trademark Huey Lewis and the News scene, the soundtrack boasted a cover of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)" by turn-of-the-century nu-metal outfit Dope. The reptilian vocals make the sleek sloshing '80s shine an absolutely addicting listen.

Don Ho - "Shock the Monkey" 2002
Peter Gabriel's one of pop music's all time more enjoyable weirdos whose music is fulfilling on several enriching levels. While we were treated to a fun albeit unorthodox cover already in the 2000s by Coal Chamber and Ozzy Osbourne, why not crank up the weirdness with a cover by "Tiny Bubbles" Hawaiian legend and Hoku's father Don Ho? Yes, a Don Ho cover of "Shock the Monkey" exists, and it is glorious. Revel in the sleepy sleaziness that somehow absolutely excels.

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