1."Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Jackson) – 6:02
2."Baby Be Mine" (Temperton) – 4:20
3."The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)" (Jackson) – 3:42
4."Thriller" (Temperton) – 5:57
5."Beat It" (Jackson) – 4:17
6."Billie Jean" (Jackson) – 4:57
7."Human Nature" (Bettis/Porcaro) – 4:05
8."P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" (Ingram/Jones) – 3:58
9."The Lady in My Life" (Temperton) – 4:12
Thriller is the sixth studio album by American pop singer Michael Jackson. It was released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records, quickly becoming the best selling album of all time, selling between 45 and 100 million copies worldwide. Seven of the nine songs on the album went on to be top 10 singles.
Thriller cemented Jackson as the predominant pop star of the late 20th century, enabling him to break down racial barriers by appearing on MTV and visiting the President at the White House. The album was the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, with the videos for "Thriller", "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" all receiving regular rotation on MTV.
The album itself also received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with All Music Guide giving it a perfect score. Thriller won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year as well as six others, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. As a sign of the album's longevity, in 2003 Thriller was ranked #20 on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All time list.
In 2001, the album was reissued as Thriller: Special Edition, which contained additional audio interviews, a demo recording and the song "Someone In the Dark", featured on the Grammy-winning E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial storybook, a record that won Jackson a Grammy for "Best Album for Children". In 2008, the album was reissued again as Thriller 25, which contained remixes featuring contemporary artists, a previously unreleased song and a DVD.
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