Michael Jackson – Thriller (1984)

Written by on 20 March 2021

“Thriller” is a single by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released as a single by Epic Records on January 23, 1984, as the seventh and final single from Jackson’s sixth studio album of the same name. “Thriller” is a mix of disco and funk. The song was produced by Quincy Jones and was written by Rod Temperton who wanted to write a theatrical song to suit Jackson’s love of film. The music and lyrics evoke horror films, with sound effects such as thunder, footsteps and wind. It ends with a spoken-word sequence performed by horror actor Vincent Price.

“Thriller” received positive reviews and became the album’s seventh top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. It reached the top of the charts in Belgium, France and Spain as well as the top 10 in many other countries. “Thriller” is certified 7x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In the week of Jackson’s death in 2009, it was Jackson’s bestselling track in the US, with sales of 167,000 copies on the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks chart. It charted on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart at number two and remained in the charts’ top ten for three consecutive weeks.

“Thriller” won a Grammy Award. It is often cited as a pop culture phenomenon and a Halloween anthem. It appears on several of Jackson’s greatest hits albums and has been covered by numerous artists. The “Thriller” music video was directed by John Landis and premiered on MTV on December 2, 1983. In the video, Jackson becomes a zombie and performs a dance routine with a horde of the undead. Many elements of the video have had a lasting impact on popular cultures, such as the zombie dance and Jackson’s red jacket, and it was the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry. It has been named the greatest video of all time by various publications and readers’ polls.

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