When Brad Pitt jumps on a trend, it’s officially hit the zeitgeist. Such is the case with his new film World War Z, an apocalyptic horror film about a zombie pandemic invading Earth. It's follows a long trail of zombies in pop culture, from '80s underground films (did you see the gory cult favorite Dead Alive?) to 28 Days Later and Resident Evil. Then, of course, the more recent zombie-romance flick Warm Bodies, which hit No. 1 at box office in February.
And you can't forget AMC's The Walking Dead—which returns to TV Sunday, October 13—which still holds the highest ratings for any cable show, ever. Vampires are, like, so over.
Musicians have always had a soft spot for the living dead. Billy Idol danced with them in the '80s. Rob Zombie wrote an ode to the "Living Dead Girl" in the '90s. Indie rock (MGMT), metal (Misfits) and punk (Fall Out Boy) groups have all gotten down with zombies. And, of course, Michael Jackson plays one in perhaps the most-recognizable music video ever, "Thriller."
Stroll through the undead decades with these 17 zombiefied music videos.