Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson. It follows the Ghostbusters, a team of parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. The soundtrack album for the film was released on June 8, 1984, by Arista Records. The album featured songs performed by Ray Parker Jr., Air Supply, and even The BusBoys.
10. Ghostbusters (instrumental version) by Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
This is the original instrumental version of the iconic Ghostbusters theme song. It was released as a single and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 1984. Over the years, the song has been used in numerous films and television shows and has been covered by many artists, including Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliott, and Weird Al Yankovic.
9. Dana’s Theme by Elmer Bernstein (1984)
“Dana’s Theme” is a track from the Ghostbusters soundtrack composed by Elmer Bernstein. The song plays during the scenes where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) is introduced in the film. The song is a haunting and beautiful piece that perfectly sets the tone for Dana’s character. It’s one of the most underrated tracks on the soundtrack and is worth listening to.
8. Main Title Theme (Ghostbusters) by Elmer Bernstein (1984)
The main title theme for Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic and well-known pieces of music from the 1980s. It was composed by Elmer Bernstein and also performed by her. The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984, and It has since been used in numerous films, television shows, and video games.
7. Magic by Mick Smiley (1984)
Mick Smiley’s “Magic” was released as a single in 1984, but it was not included on the Ghostbusters soundtrack album. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a top 40 hit in several other countries. Smiley is best known for his work with Prince, and “Magic” was produced by Prince and engineer David Z. The song is a synth-pop track with a catchy hook and danceable beat. The lyrics are about a man trying to woo a woman with magic. Smiley’s vocals are soulful and smooth, and the song features a memorable guitar solo from Prince.
6. Hot Night by Laura Branigan (1984)
If you’re a fan of the Ghostbusters soundtrack, you’ve probably heard Laura Branigan’s “Hot Night” before. The song was released as a single in 1984 and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Hot Night” is a fun, upbeat track that perfectly captures the spirit of the Ghostbusters movie. It is about a group of friends who are out on the town and looking for a good time. The song is sung from the perspective of a woman who is interested in one of the Ghostbusters. She sings about how she hopes to have a hot night with him. Branigan’s vocals are sultry and seductive, and the song features a catchy synth melody. “Hot Night” is one of the most fun and catchy tracks on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re in the mood for a night out.
5. I Can Wait Forever by Air Supply (1984)
Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. I Can Wait Forever was released as a single from the Ghostbusters soundtrack in 1984. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, making it Air Supply’s highest-charting single. Lyrically, the song is a power ballad about waiting for love. The narrator tells their loved ones that they don’t mind waiting forever for them, as long as they eventually come back to them.
4. In the Name of Love by Thompson Twins (1982)
This song was released as a single in 1982 and is about a relationship on the verge of collapse. The lyrics talk about how love can make people do crazy things and how it’s worth fighting for. The Thompson Twins were a British new wave band popular in the 1980s. The song is used in the soundtrack during the scene where the Ghostbusters are driving in the Ecto-1.
3. Savin’ the Day by Alessi Brothers (1984)
The Alessi Brothers’ “Savin’ the Day” is the third track on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. The song was written and produced by brothers Bobby and Richie Alessi, and it reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song is an uptempo synth-pop track with a catchy hook and positive lyrics about overcoming adversity. The song’s music video featured footage from the Ghostbusters film, and it received heavy rotation on MTV.
2. Cleanin’ Up The Town by The BusBoys (1984)
The title track from the Ghostbusters soundtrack, “Cleanin’ Up The Town,” was performed by The BusBoys and released as a single in 1984. The song peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has since become one of the most iconic songs associated with the Ghostbusters franchise.
1. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
This song is so iconic and catchy, and it’s hard to believe that it was only released as a single in 1984. Ray Parker Jr. wrote and recorded the song specifically for the film, and it went on to become one of the most successful singles of all time. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won Parker a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
There’s no doubt that Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic and beloved films. And part of what makes it so unique is the fantastic songs on its soundtrack. From Ray Parker Jr.’s catchy title track to Bill Murray’s hilarious rendition of “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost,” the Ghostbusters soundtrack is filled with great tunes. So, if you’re a fan of the film, be sure to check out all the songs on the soundtrack. You won’t be disappointed.