Billboard #1 Hits: #553: ‘Ghostbusters’- Ray Parker Jr. August 11, 1984. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Ghostbusters’- Ray Parker Jr.
- Record Company- Arista
- Genre: Dance Pop
- Written by Ray Parker Jr
- Time: 4:06
- Album- Ghostbusters Soundtrack
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Belgium, Canada, France, South Africa, Spain.
Yet another movie soundtrack theme that topped the charts. The most interesting thing about the song- the lawsuits that went back and forth between Huey “I Want A New Drug’ Lewis and Parker Jr–
Shortly after the film’s release, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr, for plagiarism, alleging he had copied the melody (primarily the bassline) from Lewis’ 1983 song “I Want a New Drug”.The case was settled out of court in 1985 for an undisclosed sum and a confidentiality agreement that prohibited discussing the case. According to Parker, Jr. there were several lawsuits at the time, because “when you sell that many records, I think everybody wants to say that they wrote the song.” Parker, Jr. later sued Lewis for breaching the confidentiality agreement in a 2001 episode of VH1‘s Behind the Music, by reasserting Parker, Jr. stole the song. Regarding his case against Lewis, Parker, Jr. said, “I got a lot of money out of that.”