First Hit #1: August 11, 1984
We go from a very complicated song to a very simple one. Ghostbusters functions as a simple advertising jingle for the Ghostbusters in question. The lines are simple, memorable, and instantly recognizable. The call and response of the chorus is easy to pick up and also gives an easy solution to the problem presented – ghosts, admittedly, which aren’t really a problem in the real world. Yes, in the real world when something strange is going on in your neighborhood we don’t have actual Ghostbusters, but there’s a reason that Who You Gonna Call is a cultural touchstone. It’s direct, it’s fun, it’s memorable, it’s the perfect advertising jingle. Plus you’ve got the wonderfully ’80s instrumental sections that just work really well for montages, and the end result is the ideal song to call you to a comedy called Ghostbusters. I don’t think any other decade did soundtrack hits nearly as well as the ’80s.