1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (6:02)
2. Baby Be Mine (4:20)
3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney) (3:42)
4. Thriller (5:57)
5. Beat It (4:17)
6. Billie Jean (4:57)
7. Human Nature (4:05)
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (3:58)
9. The Lady In My Life (4:57)
Someone In The Dark (Bonus 2001) (4:48)
Carousel (Bonus 2001) (2:01)
Billie Jean - Home Demo 1981 (Bonus 2001) (2:20)Released: December 1, 1982
Produced: by Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson
According to the Guinness World Records, Thriller is the world's best-selling album of all time. Sales of the album are over 104 million copies.
The album is also notable for being one of only three albums to remain in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for one full year, spending 80 consecutive weeks in the top 10, 37 of which were at number one.
Thriller is also the first album of only three in history to produce seven Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles.
The album continues to sell an estimated 60,000 units in the United States per year.
In February 1984, Michael Jackson was nominated for twelve Grammy Awards of which he won eight breaking the record for the most Grammy Awards won in a single year. Seven were for Thriller and the other for the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook.
That same year, Jackson also won eight American Music Awards and the "Special Award of Merit" and three MTV Video Music Awards.
Thriller also helped to bring music from African-American artists back into mainstream radio for the first time since the mid-1970s.
Recorded between April and November 1982, Thriller was the second of Michael Jackson's solo albums to be produced by Quincy Jones. Of the nine tracks that came to be on the final project of the album, Jackson wrote four.
The album's first single is "The Girl Is Mine", a duet with Paul McCartney. The album's second single, "Billie Jean" catapulted Jackson and Thriller to the top of the charts. Jackson then performed "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special, showing off his signature dance move, the "moonwalk", to an enormous audience.
From there, Jackson's already considerable success grew further. Michael Jackson's reinvention as a crossover artist was complete with his third single, the rock song, "Beat It", which features guitar work by guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Written by Rod Temperton, produced by Quincy Jones, and featuring Vincent Price, "Thriller" is one of Jackson's signature songs, in no small part because of its legendary 14-minute music video, regarded as the greatest music video of all time.
1982: "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney)
1983: "Billie Jean
1983: "Beat It"
1983: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
1983: "Human Nature"
1983: "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
Pretty Young Thing (Demo 1982) (3:47)
Nite Line (Demo 1981) (4:32)
Trouble (Demo 1981) (3:56)
Hot Street (Demo 1982) (3:47)
Got The Hots (Demo 1982) (4:32)
Who Do You Know (1981) (Michael Jackson)
Rolling The Dice (1982) (Rod Temperton)
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