Ghost Busters Theme Song

1984

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This post is for the 1984 film, the one that started it all, but I guess it also applies to the 1980s cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters.

So anyway, that Ghost Busters (or “Ghostbusters”) theme is such a big hit, right? It is (also) simply called “Ghostbusters”.

It was written and performed by American musician Ray Parker, Jr.

In 1984 it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it lost to Stevie Wonder’s (no wonder) “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the film, The Woman in Red. The song also reached number on on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks. In Europe, it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Quite an accomplishment for a theme song.

The song is of course included in an original soundtrack, and here is a reissued version of it, which includes two additional songs.

I guess it would also make sense to mention the controversy that surrounded the theme song back then. Mr. Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the song “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News. Mr. Lewis sued Mr. Parker, but they settled in 1985. It is also said that both “Ghostbusters” and “I Want a New Drug” lifted their bass lines from the song “Pop Muzik” by the British band M.

Care to check out the two songs first? Sure.

Below is “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News.

Come to think of it, the guitar riff sounds awfully the same.

Below is “Pop Muzik by M. Just listen to the bass guitar.

Ghostbusters music video

Now for the original music video of the song.

The girl is not-so-successful actress Cindy Harrell.

Ghostbusters theme song lyrics

If there’s something strange
in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

If there’s something weird
and it don’t look good
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

If you’re seeing things
running through your head
Who can ya call?
Ghostbusters!

An invisible man
sleeping in your bed
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

If ya all alone
pick up the phone
and call
Ghostbusters!

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts
I here it likes the girls
I ain’t afraid of no ghost
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

If you’ve had a dose of a
freaky ghost baby
Ya better call
Ghostbusters!

Lemme tell ya something
Bustin’ makes me feel good!

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Don’t get caught alone no no

Ghostbusters!

When it comes through your door
Unless you just want some more
I think you better call
Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

I think you better call
Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

I can’t hear you
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

Louder
Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

Who can ya call?
Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbusters!

Let’s also include the opening sequence from The Real Ghostbusters, the cartoon series.

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