Thriller! The Greatest Album Ever Recorded, Period!


Thriller Video

Thriller Video Artwork

Thriller! The Greatest Album Ever Recorded, Period! There’s no better way to return than to do a tribute to the Greatest Artists in Human History and his Benchmark Album. Thriller, is regarded by most as the pinnacle of recorded music history. This is just our shout out and personal attachment to what we feel is the Greatest Album Ever! (You Know It)

Thriller Stats

Release Date: November 30th, 1982

Label: Epic/Sony

Sales: 65-100 Million Worldwide (The Best Selling Album of All Time) that # keeps Growing

Grammy Awards: 8

Chart Toppers: 7 of the 9 tracks were top 10 hits

Billboard: 37 Weeks at #1

Thriller Era MJ

Thriller Era MJ

Thriller track listing

1. Wanna be starting something
Great way to start off the greatest album ever. This songs uptempo groove is accompanied by an infectious hook. Still don’t quite understand what Mike is saying “mama say mama si mama michael si?” Don’t even know if it’s spelled right but who cares it works!
Written by Michael Jackson

Produced by Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson

Billboard: Peaked at #5 on Top 100

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2. *Baby Be Mine-

Another groovy, joint mid tempo like every song on this album everything works. The tone of Mike’s voice is on full display. It’s hard to believe that this song was never officially released as a single. There is no such thing as a album filler on this album. Even though it wasn’t released as a single it was as well known as the rest of the hits on the album.

Written by Rod Temperton

Produced by Quincy Jones

Billboard: *Never released as a single

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3. The girl is mine (F. Paul McCartney)-

Mike & Paul

Mike & Paul

Two icons of music on the same song recording one of the most outstanding male duos ever (in my humble opinion). Paul McCartney of the most successful pop group ever (The Beatles) blends perfect with Mike’s voice. It may have not been the most  intimidating song about two men fighting for the same lady. Nobody threatened to hurt anyone or anything like that, but it works!

Sidebar: Most people don’t know this but this song was actually the 1st single released off the album. Not the title Track Thriller that was the last single released.

Written By Michael Jackson
Produced By Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson

Billboard: Peaked at #2 on Hot 100

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4. Thriller-

Quite possibly the biggest song ever recorded. Broke barriers in many different ways. Was it pop, was it R&B or was it Rock and Roll. Who knows and who cares. This song had everything suspense, Vincent Price, The Greatest Choreography Music Video history,quite simply the gold standard in music videos. What is there to say about Thriller that hasn’t been said already.

Written By Rod Temperton
Produced By Quincy Jones

Billboard: Reached #1 on Hot 100

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5. Beat it-

Rock and Roll influenced for sure another infectious guitar melody. Mike was at it toughest and most energetic. This song/video was a pop culture smash the the red jacket with all of the zippers. Ahh nostalgia the dance moves in the video are still referenced by people of all ages and backgrounds.

Written By Michael Jackson
Produced By Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson

Billboard: Reached #1 On Hot 100

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6. Billy Jean-

Still on one the illest  baselines on a track. This was another colossal hit, it almost felt like Thriller, Beat It & Billy Jean were all interconnected. They were pop culture icons. The videos really helped put a stamp on these songs. Mike again sounds simply incredible as always his ad-libs and Run-ons  are the best (ShaMon!)  classically his signature.

Written By Michael Jackson
Produced By Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson

Billboard: Reached #1 on Hot 100

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7. Human nature-

The melody on this track is infectious. Human Nature is one of those songs where everyone knows the chorus but not the verses (Lol). (Think I’m kidding try it out on your family and friends. I bet they could sing the hook section verbatim. Then listen carefully for the verses, lol). The melody is so smooth at many times mike just hums over the beat instead of singing the lyrics. It’s that great

Human Nature

Looking out across the night-time
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs

Get me out into the night-time
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town is just an apple
Then let me take a bite

If they say, why, why? Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say, why, why? Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?

Reaching out to touch a stranger
Electric eyes are everywhere
See that girl, she knows I’m watching
She likes the way I stare

If they say, why, why? Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say, why, why? Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?
I like livin’ this way, I like lovin’ this way

Looking out across the morning
The city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out, I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street

If they say, why, why? Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say, why, why? Ooh, tell ’em
Why, why does he do me that way?

If they say, why, why? Cha cha cha
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say why, why, why? Ooh, tell ’em
Why, why does he do me that way?

If they say, why, why? Ooh, tell ’em
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say, why, why? Da da da
Why, why does he do me that way?
I like livin’ this way

Written By Steve Porcaro & John Bettis

Produced By Quincy Jones

Billboard: Reached #7 on Hot 100

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8. P.Y.T ( Pretty Young Thing)

Repeat after me! “Say na na na!”. Oh boy is this tune catchy. Very uptempo. Great song to dance to, grab a shorty and sing the lyrics to her. She’ll be putty in your hands.

Written By James Ingram & Quincy Jones
Produced By Quincy Jones

Billboard: Reached #10 On Hot 100

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9. *The lady in my life

What a great way to end a great album. A tremendous ballot oozing true emotion. imagine singing this song to your significant other at your wedding reception. Can’t lose with this as your vow either, just saying!. This song was never released as a single either, so hard to imagine.

Written By Rod Temperton
Produced By Quincy Jones

Billboard: *Never Released as a single.

Thriller Album Cover

Thriller Album Cover

Thriller Trivia

1. The original name for Thriller was actually called “Starlight”

2. Budget was somewhere between 500k-1M. (in 1983 wow!)

3. Mike’s legendary Thriller jacket was designed by the Director John Landis’ Wife Deborah Nadoolman

4. Real gang members were brought it to be extras in the “Beat It” video.

5. Sisters Latoya & Janet sung background vocals on P.Y.T.

6. Vincent Price was paid 20k for his vocals on Thriller.

7. Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) turned down the role of Mike’s leading lady in the video.

8. Ola Ray eventually played the part. She was playmate of the month June 1980 & the then girlfriend of former NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

9. That’s Eddie Van Halen on the guitar in Beat It.

10. Most Music Critics felt that Prince’s album 1999 was better. Purple Rain is Princes’ version of Thriller. The only reason they compared 1999 and not Purple Rain is because 1999 came out the same year as Thriller in 1982.

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There have been many Great albums recorded in music history but this one is so special it had to be recorded on a lable called EPIC! (CBS Records at the time uit was recorded) go figure. Mike you’re forever the Greatest R.I.P to the G.O.A.T (greatest Of All Time)

#TellMeHowiLookNow  Now this is how you make a return, what!

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