Every year around Halloween, you can't turn on the radio without hearing the novelty song "Monster Mash." Released by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers in August 1962, it was such an instant hit that Pickett rushed out a Christmas version of the song called "Monsters' Holiday" by December of that same year.
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When it comes to seasonal novelty songs, few have reached the level of dominance achieved by "Monster Mash". Unlike, say, "Jingle Bells", The Mash (as I will refer to it throughout this post) is now basically synonymous with its associated holiday, becoming the first and maybe only Halloween song readily named by the average person.