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Editors’ Notes

Stripping the weight of history from Thriller is a big job, but hearing the record as a statement in itself remains hugely rewarding. Seven of its nine original cuts were Top 10 singles, but more important is the way Jackson and producer Quincy Jones turned the singer’s obsessions into intricate, stunningly sung pop-funk. From the knowing humor of the title track to the dread of “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the irresistible cuteness of “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and “Baby Be Mine,” Thriller finds Jackson at an artistic height. It still resonates today, and nostalgia is far down the list of reasons why.

Customer Reviews

One of the Greatest Albums Ever and the Best Pop Album Ever.

I reviewed the Special Edition album and said that 7 out of the 9 songs on this album were singles. I also said that my favorites are "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean" (the song in which he performed the first moonwalk on the television special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever"), and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". The rest of the songs are also great, and I'm not not saying that you won't like them. This album cannot disappoint. Also, the release date is incorrect, for it was released on December 1, 1982, under Epic Records. A 25th anniversary edition will come out in 2008. These songs were the basis of today's pop/R&B music and some of today's artists are ruining it. To all pop/R&B singers and future singers also, please make music that can relate to this music. Thank you.

A must-have

It's awesome that iTunes finally got THRILLER. It's one of those albums that is kind of like a status-symbol if you have the vinyl. If you're younger and just discovering Thriller, then you should know this album made Jackson a household name. Either way, Thriller is a must buy for any fan of the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

The best-selling, and yes, best, album ever made. Period.

Is there anyone out there with the voice, dance movies, lyrics, or sheer prescence of Michael Jackson? After listening to this album there is only one answer. No. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' is the paranoid dance anthem of all time, with the immortal chant, "Mama-se, mama-sa, mama-cosa!" It showcases his vocal talent early on, but is an odd choice for opening song. 10/10 Baby Be Mine is perhaps the most forgotten song on the album, but also I think a great companion with P.Y.T...They both have a romantic, funky vibe to them that I love. 9.5/10 The Girl Is Mine (With Paul McCartney) is two music legends casually sparring over a girl, with hilarious, romantic results. One of the the least well-recieved songs on the album, also one of the best. 9.5/10 Thriller practically kills the momentum that the album starts up, only to start up a new intensity and fun that continues on. However, the true cultural impact of the song were in the dance, and the music video, which happens to be the greatest of all time. A great dance track, fun homage to old horror flicks. 10/10 Beat It is a song with a great message, and one of the all-time great guitar solos by Eddie Van Halen. 9.5/10 Billie Jean is my favorite song of all time, a funky, emotional, perhaps disturbing cry out to his over-obsessive fans with an incredible beat, and it also showcases his moonwalk. 11/10 Human Nature is an odd one. After the beat-driven dance songs, we get a slow-tempo romantic song with cryptic lyrics. However, the sheer beauty of it is just incredible. 9/10 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) is a great disco spinner with a happy, sunshine feel and cutesy lyrics. 10/10 The Lady In My Life is the weakest song on the album that is still pretty good, but the lyrics and vibe are uninspired. A sour taste towards the end of the greatest album ever, but is forgivable. 7.5/10 I think the 10s and 9s definetely outweigh the 7.5, and if you have any cash to spare on iTunes, and want to experience a cultural phenomenon, then please, look no further than Thriller. - Masta R Ryan Michaels 11-Year Old Music Addict

Biography

Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the late 20th century, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment),...
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