30 November 1982

Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller is release and becomes the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.

“Thriller” is the sixth studio album by the legendary American musician and pop icon Michael Jackson. It was released on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records and became one of the most successful and influential albums of all time. “Thriller” marked a pivotal point in Jackson’s career, propelling him to unparalleled global fame and earning him the title of the “King of Pop.”

The album was produced by Quincy Jones and featured a fusion of various musical styles, including pop, R&B, funk, rock, and disco. It showcased Jackson’s exceptional vocal range, dynamic performances, and innovative music production, combining catchy melodies with intricate arrangements and cutting-edge sound effects.

“Thriller” consists of nine tracks, many of which became iconic hits. The lead single, “The Girl Is Mine,” a duet with Paul McCartney, set the tone for the album’s success. However, it was the album’s second single, “Billie Jean,” that truly propelled “Thriller” into unprecedented popularity. “Billie Jean” topped the charts worldwide and showcased Jackson’s electrifying stage presence in the song’s music video, which revolutionized the medium and became a cultural phenomenon.

The album’s title track, “Thriller,” became another massive hit and is often regarded as Jackson’s signature song. Its groundbreaking music video, directed by John Landis, featured intricate choreography, elaborate costumes, and a memorable storyline that incorporated elements of horror and the supernatural.

Other notable tracks on the album include “Beat It,” a fusion of rock and pop that featured a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” an infectious dance-pop track with an Afrobeat influence.

“Thriller” was an enormous commercial success, spending a record-breaking 37 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. It has sold over 66 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album received widespread critical acclaim, with praise for Jackson’s vocal performance, the quality of the songs, and the album’s production value.

In addition to its commercial success, “Thriller” had a profound impact on popular culture. It broke down racial barriers and broadened the appeal of black artists in the music industry. The album’s success was also fueled by Jackson’s innovative music videos, which showcased his groundbreaking dance moves and solidified his status as a global superstar.

Furthermore, “Thriller” received numerous accolades, including a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. It continues to be celebrated for its cultural impact, musical influence, and Jackson’s remarkable artistry.