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Matt Kranis

It's only fitting that a new team of Ghostbusters gets a new theme song. There's nothing wrong with a little change, but sometimes it's nice to relive the classics — and it's pretty tough to beat Ray Parker Jr.'s original theme song from 1984's Ghostbusters. If you're looking for an alternative to the new movie's Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliott collab, consider checking out some of these awesome covers of the original Ghostbusters theme.

J-Pop 'Ghostbusters'

This cover is an official release from Sony Pictures Japan featuring Japanese comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki, Shizuyo Yamasaki, Naomi Watanabe and Tomochika decked out in Ghostbusters gear. From the vintage proton packs to the neon lights, the entire video screams '80s. And the new take stays true to Parker Jr.'s original theme. There's a good chance this one will appear in the Japanese release of Ghostbusters, proving once again that all the coolest stuff comes from Japan.

Metal 'Ghostbusters'

Need more metal in your life? Check out this cover from Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. Thankfully, Moracchioli doesn't go overboard with the metal style, maintaining the original theme's horn part while adding in harder guitar and bass lines. But what makes this one really impressive is the fact that he plays every instrument on the track.

Ska 'Ghostbusters'

Every summer needs some ska, and luckily Attaboy Skip's provided this perfect ska version of the Ghostbusters theme. The energetic, blaring horns are a perfect fit for the funky song. If Ghostbusters was remade in the '90s, this would definitely be the title theme.

Violin 'Ghostbusters'

We didn't think violin belonged in in the Ghostbusters theme until hearing Brian Fitzy's cover. This take works because Fitzy doesn't stray too far from the original — he just pops in violin for the main melody, adding a new flavor to the timeless tune.

Drum-Filled 'Ghostbusters'

Michi Hubert and Bebo Hermann of Another BROject both took to drum sets for their creative cover. It starts off pretty standard, but the pair start busting out some crazy drum fills about halfway through the song, showing off their skills and really elevating this cover.

EDM 'Ghostbusters'

This EDM "Ghostbusters" cover is a perfect mix between old and new. It definitely has the electronic style Fall Out Boy used in their version, but retains the vocals from Ray Parker Jr.'s original.

Acoustic 'Ghostbusters'

After so many rocking takes on the Ghostbusters theme, you might want to take things down a notch with this acoustic cover by Bailey Pelkman. Her cover brings a smooth, chilled-out vibe to the normally funky track and is helped by a creative video that mimics the ghostly footage of Paranormal Activity.

8-Bit 'Ghostbusters'

This 8-bit cover will transport you back to the '80s, though that also means you'll be stuck playing the crappy NES Ghostbusters video game — which pales in comparison to 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

Hoobastank 'Ghostbusters'

The name "Hoobastank" sounds like a wicked moniker for a ghost, so it should come as no shock that the band has a solid take on the Ghostbusters theme. Their version is pretty straightforward, but that's not a bad thing. After all, why mess with the original's success?

Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15.


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