[Editorial] From Worst To Best: The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack

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Merry Christmas to one and all! Personally, my holidays kinda ended a few weeks ago when I didn’t need to light anymore candles for Hanukkah, so I got to sit back and just enjoy the fever pitch that Xmas puts a lot of my friends into.

Now, I know that for many of you, it’s a family tradition to watch certain films at this time of the year. For some of you, it might be A Christmas Story. For others, it might be Gremlins. Hell, for all I know, some of you might have a tradition of doing a Nightmare On Elm St. marathon (kudos to you and your family for being awesome).

For me, I watch whatever I want because it’s simply just another day of the year for me. So, today I watched Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Then I got to thinking, what were my favorite songs and which ones did I simply just want to skip past? Then I figured I’d share my thoughts with you! So, head on below to see my take on the soundtrack to this classic film!

Making Christmas
I don’t know what it is about this song but I never liked it. It just never went anywhere and the lyrics felt broken and forced upon.

Poor Jack
Another bore of a song but at least this one amps up in intensity and sets up the climax and final battle with Oogie.

Finale/Reprise
Ends the film perfectly but the shifts from “Halloween” minor to “Christmas” major never really sat well with me.

Jack’s Obsession
It starts out slow and sinister and builds up to Jack’s need for dominance and control. While fun, I feel like it’s a track that is meant for the middle of the movie in that it simply keeps the pace going.

Town Meeting Song
While Jack is desperately trying to explain Christmas Town, it’s the banter between all the characters in this song that is the highlight. Their “understanding” of each Christmas concept is so ludicrous yet believable, that it’s fascinating to watch.

Jack’s Lament
What makes this song so poignant is that it incredibly relatable. No, none of us are The Pumpkin King and not all of us have such a strong sense of self-confidence in our abilities. However, we’ve all been at that point in our lives when we feel like we’re in a repeating rut.

Oogie Boogie’s Song
Inventive and wild, this Tom Waits-esque jazz number is a toe tapper of a good time.

Kidnap the Sandy Claws
After the somewhat (dare I say) boring “Jack’s Obsession”, this track brings the excitement back with perhaps the most sinister, violent and vicious lyrics of the whole movie.

Sally’s Song
A beautiful, tragic song that makes us all want to scream, “JACK! Don’t you see that the best gift is right in front of you?”

What’s This?
The excitement and thrill that Jack experiences from Christmas Town is much like the joy of seeing something as visually entertaining and thrilling as this movie.

This is Halloween
This opener is everything I want from the songs in this film. It’s exciting, it’s playful, it’s childishly terrifying, and it’s the true essence of the film.

Alright readers, what are your favorite tracks? Share ‘em below in the comments!

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  • Darkness69

    Great idea and a great list! I’d put “Jack’s Lament” way up though, maybe even on top spot, otherwise, it’s all good!

  • ThunderDragoon

    One of my favorite movies. “This is Halloween” definitely gets the top spot on my list too. Such a beautifully woven song.