Festive favorites have made a striking comeback on the most recent Billboard Hot 100 chart for November 11, invigorated by the Halloween period.
Michael Jackson’s iconic track “Thriller” leads the resurgence, landing at position 21. The song experienced a significant uptick in engagement from October 27 to November 2, with a 163% increase in U.S. streams totaling 14.5 million, a 464% rise in radio airplay to 10.9 million audience impressions, and a 102% boost in downloads reaching 5,000, as reported by Luminate. Marking its sixth year of re-entry on the Hot 100, “Thriller” originally soared to the fourth spot during its debut in 1984.
Following closely is the tune “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, which occupies the 38th spot. The track witnessed a 213% jump in streams to 11.9 million, a staggering 1,923% increase in radio impressions to 4.4 million, and an 82% rise in sales with 4,000 units sold. This season marks the third consecutive chart return for the song, which originally dominated at No. 1 for two weeks in 1962. Overall, this is the sixth time “Monster Mash” has made an appearance on the Hot 100 since its introduction in September 1962, with re-entries in the years 1970, 1973, and the last three consecutive years.
The Citizens of Halloween’s “This Is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s acclaimed 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas makes its debut at No. 41 on the Hot 100. This marks the first chart appearance for the act and the first time a song from the film’s soundtrack has entered the Hot 100. The song’s entry is powered by 12.4 million streams, a 152% increase, 511,000 in radio audience, an 815% surge, and 3,000 in sales, up by 58%.
In tandem, The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack has leaped from the 54th to the 25th spot on the Billboard 200, with 25,000 equivalent album units sold, a 61% increase. The album previously achieved a peak position of No. 22 the prior year. On the Soundtracks chart, it has reclaimed the top position for a fourth week overall.
Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” also makes a return to the Hot 100 at No. 45. The track, associated with the 1984 hit film, garnered 11.1 million streams, marking a 168% increase, 5.9 million in radio impressions, up by 1,484%, and 4,000 in sales, a 97% rise. This is the third year in a row that “Ghostbusters” has re-emerged on the chart, coinciding with the Halloween festivities. During its initial release, the song enjoyed a three-week tenure at the top spot.