Album #508 – Thriller

Album #508

Much has been said about Michael Jackson’s 1982 classic Thriller. Co-produced by Quincy Jones, the album features the King of Pop at his peak. Thriller is the best selling album of all time. Most of it’s tracks were hit singles and Jackson used music video in an effective way to promote the album. The music videos for Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It, remain iconic and influential to this day. The album seemed to be released at the right time and brought many different genres together. Thriller features pop, African chants, r&b, funk, post-disco and rock. Paul McCartney and Eddie Van Halen make appearances. It was a huge moment for an African-American artist and broke down the barriers when it came to black artists being played on MTV. Michael Jackson proved that he could do it bigger and better than just about anyone with Thriller. It swept the 1984 Grammy Awards. Even though it was released in late ’82, Thriller didn’t qualify for nominations until the following year. The success of this album carried Jackson through the next couple of years. To me, Thriller is pop music at its largest. Michael was larger than life. The production matches that. He continues to inspire many with Thriller and to me, it’s the timeless quality that keeps many coming back. It’s a shame that he is no longer with us. No matter what you thought of his lifestyle, you have to admit how much of a genius he actually was. Today, many in pop are trying to equal Thriller but sadly, none have come close. Overall, I give Thriller, 4.5 out of 5.

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