Ray Parker, Jr.

Ghostbusters

Song Review by Ed Hogan

What rhymes with "Ghostbusters"? No doubt about it, Ray Parker Jr. had a daunting task before him when he was asked to write the title theme for a major motion picture that starred Saturday Night Live alumni Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray along with Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Not only that, he had just a few days to complete the entire track. During a pre-release screening of the movie, Parker noticed that the ghost-busting quartet had their own telephone number which gave him the idea the song should be like a commercial. After hearing Parker's finished track, the movie's director, Ivan Reitman, thought that it should be a single, which took Parker somewhat aback as he was used to singing about girls not ghosts. The million-selling "Ghostbusters" went to number one R&B for two weeks and number one pop for three weeks in the summer of 1984.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Hits: 1984 1984
Various Artists
Rhino 4:06
Chartbusters 1984 Arista
Elvira Presents Haunted Hits 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
Greatest Movie Rock Hits 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
A Kick Up the Eighties, Vol. 3: Love and Pride 1990
Various Artists
Oldgold / Im 4:04
Halloween Hits [Rhino] 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 4:07
Greatest Hits [1993] 1993 Arista 3:58
#1 Hits: 1980-1984 1994
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 4:03
Ghastly Grooves [Sony] 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Sounds of the Eighties: 1984 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:09
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:06
Into the Eighties 1995
Various Artists
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:28
80s Urban Countdown 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:04
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 4:03
Music for Your Halloween Party 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:04
Haunted Hits: An Hour Of Scary Songs & Sounds 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:05
Greatest Soundtrack Hits, Vol. 1 1997
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 4:02
Ghastly Grooves [K-Tel] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:06
Rockin' 80's [BMG Special Products] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:05
Rockin' 80s [BMG Special Products] 1997
Various Artists
4:05
Hits of the 80's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:07
VH1: The Big 80's The Big Movies 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
Living in the 80's, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
BMG International 4:04
Freaks Come out at Night 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:08
Sounds of the Eighties: Essential 80's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 4:06
Totally Awesome 80's [Razor & Tie] 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
The Best of Ray Parker Jr. [Japan 1999] 1999 Arista 6:07
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:28
Radio Disney: Kid Jams 1999
Various Artists
Walt Disney / Disney 0:00
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1984 1999
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Universal Distribution 4:06
Ghostbusters: The Encore Collection 1999 BMG Special Products 4:00
Monsters, Ghouls, Goblins, and Demons 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:58
Movie Hits [Metacom] 1999
Various Artists
Metacom 4:06
Rock On, 1984: Sunglasses at Night 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
The Heritage Collection 2000 Arista 4:00
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:09
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1984 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:07
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:57
The Greatest Hits of the 80's 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
Hot Hot Hot: Eighties Top of the Charts 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:07
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:07
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vols. 4 & 5 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:05
Jukebox Hits of the '80s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:58
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:05
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:04
Hang All DJ's, Vol. 3 2003 Waxed Soul Recordings 0:58
Featuring Ghostbusters 2004 Collectables 4:00
Best Dance Party Ever 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:07
Dance Party Classics [BMG Special Products] 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:07
Family Flicks 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:59
Into the 80s 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:03
#1 Hits: Retro 80s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:04
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:01
Now That's What I Call Music: 25 Years 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:04
Best Film...Ever! 2008
Various Artists
Pomaton EMI 4:05
The Pop Years: 1984-1985 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions / Demon Music Group 3:59
100 Hits: Halloween 2009
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:06
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:01
Elokuvien 100 Suosituinta 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:06
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:59
Ultimate 80's Movie Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:05
Lo Esencial De Los Grandes Temas De Películas 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:06
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:00
Tubes Années 80 2011 Wagram 4:05
S.O.U.L. 2011 Sony Music 4:04
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:08
Le Classement de Tous les Tubes: Années 80 2012
Various Artists
SM / Wagram Music 4:05
Latest & Greatest Pop Hits [2012] 2012
Various Artists
USM Media 4:04
RFM Party 80 2012
Various Artists
Wagram Music 4:05
Stars 80: La Compilation 2012
Various Artists
TF1 Musique / Universal 4:04
RTL2 100 Tubes Années 80 2013
Various Artists
Wagram Records 4:05
Super Freak: Halloween Dance Party 2013
Various Artists
Universal 4:05
Playlist: The Very Best of Ray Parker Jr. 2014 Arista / Legacy 4:05
Time Life Loves the 80s 2019
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:05
Hollywood's Greatest Hits [Razor & Tie]
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Time Life: Love the 80's - Take My Breath Away
Various Artists
Time Life 4:05