Album: Thriller (1982)
Charted: 10 4


  • This is a rare pop song with a horror theme. Halloween novelty songs like "Monster Mash" had been around for a while, but this was the first hit song with year-round appeal containing lyrics about creatures of the night who terrify their victim. At the time, Michael Jackson was one of the least frightening people on Earth, so the video had to sell it. John Landis, who worked on the 1981 movie An American Werewolf In London, was brought in to direct. Landis had Jackson turn into a Werewolf in the video.
  • Vincent Price, an actor known for his work on horror films, did the narration at the end of the song, including the evil laugh. Price's rap includes the line "Must stand and face the hounds of hell." This was inspired by the most popular Sherlock Holmes novel to date, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Sir Henry Baskerville's family is supposedly cursed by a bloodthirsty, demonic hound. Price's personal friends, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (who appeared in several horror films with him), starred in a loose 1959 film adaptation of it. It was the first Sherlock Holmes film shot in color.

    Price recorded the central spoken section in this song on his second take, after it had been written by Rod Temperton in the taxi on the way to the studio for the recording session. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brett - Edmonton, Canada
  • The music video is considered the most famous music video of all time, at least by the Library of Congress, which added it to its National Film Registry in 2009, the first music video in their registry.

    The video was a cultural milestone, introducing elaborate choreography, costumes and dialogue into the format. It also introduced the concept of the long-form music video, where a mini-movie was made for a song, then edited down for the short version. The long version of "Thriller" runs nearly 14 minutes, but had remarkable longevity, easily racking up over 100 million views when it showed up on YouTube. MTV usually ran the short version, which ran a little under five minutes but still contained about a minute of non-song content in a storyline that omits most of the movie the couple is watching at the beginning.

    With its famous graveyard dance, the video popularized group dance scenes in pop videos, a trend Pat Benatar pushed forward earlier in 1983 with her "Love Is A Battlefield" video.

    The "Thriller" video owes a debt to Alice Cooper, who in 1975 created a movie based on the stage show for his Welcome To My Nightmare tour. Cooper's production was based on an entire album, but it also used a horror theme and was narrated by Vincent Price.
  • A British songwriter named Rod Temperton wrote this song. He was the main songwriter in his band Heatwave, which he formed with two Americans. After Heatwave's song "Boogie Nights" took off in 1977, Jones asked Temperton to write songs for Jackson, resulting in "Rock With You" and "Off The Wall," which became the title track to Jackson's 1979 album. When it came time for Jackson's next album, Temperton again delivered the title track, this time the song "Thriller."

    Temperton also wrote two other songs on Thriller: "The Lady in My Life" and "Baby Be Mine." Those were the only songs on the album that weren't released as singles.
  • Most homes had VCRs in 1983 and sales of videos were big business. Along with the Jane Fonda workout tapes, you could buy a VHS or Beta copy of Michael Jackson's Thriller, which included the full video and also "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller," a behind the scenes documentary. This tape became the best selling music video at the time, and was later certified by Guinness World Records as the top selling music video of all time, moving nine million units. Part of its appeal was the price, a mere $24.95 at a time when movies on tape cost much more.

    The video distribution deal was through a company called Vestron, which approached John Landis about selling the film directly to consumers, a move that turned out to be very profitable. The timing helped, as the video was released a few weeks before Christmas.
  • The video won for Best Performance Video, Best Choreography, and Viewers Choice at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler.
  • Thriller is by far the best selling album in the world. In the United States, it was overtaken by The Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, but reclaimed the title after Jackson's death.
  • This was the last of seven US Top 10 hits from the Thriller album. The first single from the album, "The Girl Is Mine," reached its peak chart position of #2 on January 8, 1983. The song "Thriller" was released over a year later, on January 23, 1984, peaking at #4 on March 3. This lifespan of chart singles from one album was unprecedented, but so was the video for "Thriller." The clip was so effective that after six singles and a year of release, it boosted yet another track from the album into the Top 10. It also brought the album back to #1 on December 24, 1983 - it lost the top spot on September 17 to Synchronicity by The Police. Thriller held the peak position until April 21, 1984, over a year after it first went to #1 on February 26, 1983.
  • Jackson, who was a Jehovah's Witness at the time, insisted on a disclaimer at the beginning of the video reading: "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult." He asked for the disclaimer after taking criticism from Witness leaders who objected to the zombies and other creatures that violated their beliefs.

    The whole Jackson clan was raised as Jehovah's Witnesses, but unlike Scientology, celebrities do not get excessive special treatment, and followers were asked not to idolize Jackson, as adulation should be given only to God. After further conflict, Jackson cut ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1987.
  • The video cost about $500,000 to make, and Jackson's record company had no intention of paying for it, as the album was on the downswing and they had already financed videos for two of its songs. According to John Landis, Jackson really wanted to turn into a monster, so he offered to pay for the clip himself. Landis took on the project because he saw it as a way to revive the short film genre, which he loved.

    Jackson didn't have to pay for the video out of pocket because they made deals with Showtime and MTV to cover the costs. Showtime got to air a one-hour special with the "making of" documentary and the 14-minute film before it was broadcast anywhere else. When MTV heard about this, their executive Bob Pittman decided that losing a Michael Jackson video to Showtime was unacceptable, and paid $250,000 for the exclusive broadcast rights once Showtime's window ended. MTV was founded on the principle of not paying for videos, so Pittman got around this by paying for the documentary, even though the money was really used to pay for the film.
  • By the time the video was released on December 2, 1983, the album had been out for a year but the sixth single, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," was still climbing the chart. Not only that, Jackson's Paul McCartney duet "Say Say Say" (issued on McCartney's album) was at #2, about to begin a six-week run at #1. The "Thriller" single was released on January 23, 1984, two weeks after "P.Y.T." dropped out of the chart. It debuted at #20 on February 11 and stayed until May 12, giving the album an 18-month run of hit singles. To compare, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album had chart singles for 12 months (all of 1977), which seemed to be the limit. Jackson was able to overcome listener fatigue and extend his reign thanks to the video and some astute timing.
  • Vincent Price, while a guest on the Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, laughingly stated that when he did the narration for "Thriller" (at the request of Michael Jackson who was a big fan of Price) he had a choice between taking a percentage of the album sales or $20,000. Price was well along in his career, so he took the $20,000. He was good-natured about it when Carson told him he could have made millions off of the royalties due to the vast number of copies sold even at that time. Price laughed heartily and said: "How well I know!" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jonnie - St. Louis, MO
  • Before the 14-minute short film of Thriller aired on Showtime or MTV, it was screened at the Metro Crest Theater in Los Angeles. This screening took place on November 14, 1983 and drew a gathering of stars, including Diana Ross and Eddie Murphy.
  • In 2008, Thriller 25, a special 25th anniversary edition of Thriller, was released. The re-recorded album debuted at #2 on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart, where catalog titles mix with current best-sellers. This made it the highest-charting catalog album in the history of the Top Comprehensive Albums survey. Despite selling 166,000 copies in its debut week, it was not eligible for the main albums chart, as Billboard considered it to be a catalog or oldies album and Billboard publishes a special chart just for catalog albums.
  • The version of the song in the video is different from the one on the album, which you need to account for if you're planning to stage a "Thriller" dance. On the album, the song begins with a series of spooky sound effects that don't lend themselves to dancing.

    Editing the song for the video was a challenge because producer Quincy Jones wouldn't release the master tapes. In the book I Want My MTV, John Landis explains how they got around this restriction. "The song was five minutes long, and I needed it to be 12 minutes for the video," he said. "So Michael and I went to the recording studio at three in the morning. We walked past the guard - 'Hi, Michael.' 'Hi' - put the tracks in a big suitcase and walked out with them. Then we drove across Hollywood, duped them, and put them back."
  • When Rod Temperton started writing this song, he called it "Starlight" or "Starlight Love" - one of his early demos its titled "Starlight Sun." Quincy Jones wanted a better title, so Temperton wracked his brain until he settled on "Midnight Man." Then he got a better idea.

    "I woke up, and I just said this word," he told The Sunday Telegraph in 2007. "Something in my head just said, this is the title. You could visualize it on the top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandising for this one word, how it jumped off the page as 'Thriller.'"
  • In the UK this has become a Halloween chart perennial, starting in 2007 when it reached #57. In 2008, it reached #35 after 1,227 people gathered in Notttingham on Halloween to perform the dance dressed as zombies. It has returned to the chart every year since.

    Following Jackson's death in the summer of 2009, "Thriller" made an additional UK chart appearance, climbing to #12.
  • Rod Temperton recalled that when he wrote this song he envisaged "this talking section at the end and didn't know really what we were going to do with it. But one thing I 'd thought about was to have a famous voice in the horror genre to do the vocal. Quincy (Jones, producer)'s wife knew Vincent Price, so Quincy said to me, 'How about if we got Vincent Price?'" (Source Q magazine August 2009).
  • In the week of Jackson's death, sales of his records soared. In the US, this song was the late singer's best-selling track at 167,000 copies, while the top-selling album was Number Ones at 108,000.
  • In an interview from the 1980s, published by the News of The World, Jackson revealed that he was considering scrapping the Thriller album before being inspired by watching children play. He said: "Thriller sounded so crap. The mixes sucked. When we listened to the whole album, there were tears... I just cried like a baby. I stormed out of the room and said, 'We're not releasing this'." Jackson added: "One of the maintenance crew in the studio had a bicycle and so I took it and rode up to the schoolyard. I just watched the children play. When I came back I was ready to rule the world. I went into the studio and I turned them songs out."
  • The Thriller dance has become the world's most famous choreography, fueled by a number of stunts and viral videos. Those who grew up with the song know at least some of the moves and often get a rush of nostalgia from them. It also crosses cultural boundaries, giving it global appeal.

    The trend picked up steam with the 2004 movie 13 Going On 30, where Jennifer Garner turns a stodgy party into a joyous occasion by starting a Thriller dance. In 2006, Guinness introduced the "Largest Thriller Dance" category, set by a group of 62 people in Toronto. This group organized under the name "Thrill The World" and staged more record breaking attempts over the next several years, establishing a tradition where the dance is done in conjunction with Halloween with the dancers dressed as zombies.

    In 2007, a group of about 1500 prisoners in the Philippines did a surprisingly good routine to the song, resulting in a video that quickly gathered millions of views. This is one of the few non-Zombie Thriller dances to get much attention - they were wearing their orange prison jumpsuits.

    The 2008 Nottingham, England gathering of 1,227 zombie dancers established a new mark, but in 2009 that record was shattered by a gathering in Mexico City when 13,597 ghoulish dancers took to the streets. This took place on August 29, on what would have been Jackson's 51st birthday.
  • The UPC code on the album cover contained seven digits that were rumored to be Jackson's telephone number. People with that number in many different area codes got swamped with annoying calls.
  • The female lead in the video is Ola Ray, who was Playboy's Miss June of 1980.
  • In 2008, this was used in a commercial for Sobe beverages that premiered on the Super Bowl. It showed their lizard mascots dancing to the song with model Naomi Campbell. It wasn't the first time Campbell danced on film to a Michael Jackson song: she appeared in his video for "In The Closet."
  • There isn't much crossover between Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, but they have Vincent Price in common. The shock rocker used Price on the introduction to his 1975 song "The Black Widow," which was a key part of Cooper's subsequent Welcome To My Nightmare tour. A highly theatrical production, the stage show was made into a movie that year, with Price performing his introduction. In many ways, Welcome To My Nightmare was an antecedent to "Thriller."
  • Special makeup effects were created by Rick Baker (who plays the zombie whose arm falls off in the graveyard sequence). Baker was the first Academy Award winner in the Best Make-Up category for his work in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
  • Michael Jackson provided the wolf sounds himself after a failed attempt from a disinterested canine. Bruce Swedien, the album's engineer, had the bright idea of recruiting his 200-pound Great Dane for the howls. He brought the dog into a barn at night to listen to the coyotes, hoping it would prompt an eerie response, but the pooch refused to comply.
  • For the creaking door effects, Swedien rented a few sound effects doors from Universal Studios in Hollywood and spent a day recording the miked hinges. It's possible the accompanying footsteps came from Jackson.
  • Because of a disagreement over royalties, Vincent Price's rap was not included in the 7" single version of the recording.
  • A black-and-red calfskin jacket worn by Jackson in the song's video was bought by Milton Verret, a Texas commodities trader at an auction in California for $1.8 million in June 2011. Jackson wore the jacket in the scene where a group of zombies rise from their graves and break into a dance routine.

Comments: 72

  • Fursuiter Chloe from Belvidere, IlThe song is in second person
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: {07-30-2017}...
    A jury in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday (July 26th, 2017) awarded producer Quincy Jones* $9.4 million in royalties he claimed were denied him by the estate of Michael Jackson. That was still far less than the $30 million he asked for.
    * Quincy Jones produced Michael Jackson's 1982 album, 'Thriller'.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 27th 1984, radio station WWSH in Philadelphia advertises a 'No Michael Jackson Weekend' in response to the singer's overwhelming popularity...
    At the time "Thriller" was at #77 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 Singles chart...
    The "Thriller" album was at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, two weeks earlier it ended a seventeen week stay at #1 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOctober 28th, 2015*
    Forbes Magazine has come out with its annual list of the 'Top-Earning Dead Celebrities' of 2015, and Michael Jackson is again #1...
    The gloved-one earned over $115 million in the last year, easily outpacing Elvis Presley's $55 million...
    'Peanuts' creator Charles Schultz is third with $40 million, followed by Bob Marley at $21 million and Elizabeth Taylor rounds out the top five at $20 million...
    Some of the others in the Top 15 were John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Joan Rivers...
    * Info per:
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 26th 1984, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on February 5th at position #20 and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on January 16th, 1983 it reached #1 (for 11 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart...
    It also reached #1 in Belgium, France, and Spain (and in 2006 it was re-released in Spain and once again peaked at #1).
    R.I.P. Mr. Jackson (1958 - 2009).
  • Reyos from Windsor, OnThis song wouldn't be the sensation it is without the voice of Vincent Price.
  • Scotty from Cheyenne, WyI'm not the biggest MJ fan, but I do like a number of his songs. But being an historian, I can't help but challenge the assertion that MJ is the greatest ever. He may be as great as any will be, but the phenomena of singing idols goes way back, and there are a number of entertainers who, shall we say, "share the throne" with Michael. The first, of course is Frank Sinatra, then came Elvis, and I have to suggest Freddie Mercury, as he overshadowed his band so much, but jeesh the man had chops and stage presence the equal of MJ. MJ also benefitted from better production methods, distribution and sheer increase in population. Here's a closing much did the end of the Cold War help sell music that would have been banned in communist nations? Sorry, I got carried away. Godspeed!
  • Angela from Denham Springs, LaYes, it does stink, i became a fan 2 days after his death. this song was great probably one of his best right after they dont realy care about us thriller is a song that gets me moving and is well written also well coriagrphed
  • Charlie from Las Vegas, Nvmore specifically, it's in this short story collection from R.L. Stine called 'The Haunting Hour: Chills In The Dead of Night.' it should be the very first story.
  • Charlie from Las Vegas, Nvi don't know about the rest of you guys, but this song kind of reminds me of this R.L. Stine story i read about these two boys who go to a graveyard on Halloween night but end up getting killed by a truck on the way to it.

    read the story and you'll see why.
  • John from Dublin, IrelandJackson's date in the video is played by model Ola Ray, a former "Playboy" magazine centerfold (June 1980). Special makeup effects were created by Oscar-winner Rick Baker (who plays the zombie whose arm falls off in the graveyard sequence).
  • Berenlazarus from Oxford, United KingdomWow. The Eagles are a one hit wonder? Last time I checked, they were one of the most successful bands from the 1970s with numerous top selling singles. They had five number one singles and six number one albums on the Billboard charts. Just because the only song Brett knows is "Hotel California" doesn't mean they're a one hit wonder. Far from it. They one of the biggest acts from that era. And the album "Greatest Hits Vol 1" that has traded spots with "Thriller" for the biggest selling album of all time throughout the years doesn't even have "Hotel California" on it, as the song came out in 1976 and the first greatest hits album covers 1971 to 1975. And for myself, I can name a lot more Eagles songs than MJ. Brett from Canada is totally clueless.---------------------------------------original quote"The Eagles? Pffft. He may be screwed up IRL, but Michael Jackson is a brilliant musician, FAR better than some one-hit '70s leftover. (Hotel California was their only song worth listening to twice. And the only one 60% of the population could name.)
    - Brett, Edmonton, Canada"
  • Ashlynn from Singapore, SingaporeThere are exactly 13 footsteps in the beginning of this song.
  • Joadiz from New York, NyI love this song soooo much it's the best MJ is the best dancer/singer and this video is sick I love MJ!!! Peace out MJ and R.I.P!!
  • Jean from Germantown, TnThere's nothing I can say but just Thank you, thank you very much! I enjoyed listening to my favorite songs upon request, and FREE, too? I can hardly believe my luck! Whoever you are, just thank you! May you be richly blessed.
  • San from San Fransisco, CaThis is 1 of 2 songs to have an illustration on the record jacket of Thriller, the other being The Girl Is Mine. This song is about Michael taking his girl to a scary movie. She is scared,so michael tells her "This is thriller night."
  • James from Hudson, FlI didn't discover this song until about a year ago and I can't believe what i missed.
  • Dean from Miami , FlI remember watching this video on MTV when I was 9 and 10 yrs old......This album and video shows just how BIG this man's talent was....There will never be another Michael Jackson....He was special.
  • Tania from Boston, MaMichael is absolutley awesome. what really sucks for me is that i became a fan right after he died. i didn't realize how much of a genius he was, and feel really stupid cause now it's too late. (sigh)does anyone have any good songs to recommend? i'm still beginning to hear his songs, and i must say that Thriller is one of my favorites. man, i wish i was alive in the 80's so i could've encountered his awesome-ness live.
  • Mike from London, United KingdomThis song was not written by Michael Jackson, no it was written by a talented white composer from unfashionable Cleethorpes in England. His name Rod Temperton. I think the Eagles wrote their on songs
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnVincent Price is the genius behind this song.
  • Kevin from Tokyo, JapanWhen Michael was young , his father put on a horrifying mask and crept through his bedroom window and frightened him terribly . The 'lesson' apparently , was to teach him to lock his windows at night . This story comes from his brother Jermane in a 'Larry King' Interview and according to the source , he had nightmares for years thereafter fearing that something would come into his bedroom at night .
  • David from Walla Walla Wa, Wanever thought this would happen, but it has, Farrah was probably as big a fan as he possibly was of her, rip to both of you, any detractors go away!
  • Karen from Manchester, NhWhen this came out, I worked full-time in the music department of a retail store. We received the VHS "The Making of Thriller" and my boss had me play it - continually - for a week (the second it finished, I had to rewind it and start it again), then 3 times a day for a few weeks after that. I got so everloving SICK of the whole video! Over 25 years later, I STILL remember a lot of it, word for word! --------------------------- One funny experience: a group of teenaged girls came in to watch the vid. Their leader was going on and on about what a HUGE fan she was, how she knew EVERYTHING about him, etc. At one point in the video they showed a very early Jackson 5 clip. She saw that and asked me, "Who's that?" It was with rather delicious and malicious pleasure that I informed her that that little boy was MJ! She turned a rather lovely shade of red, and almost made the whole ordeal for me worthwhile.
  • Tony from Boston, MaAmazing song.

    And Kyra, last I remember he was raised as one. Whether he still practices today, I don't know. But I am def sure he was raised a Jehovah's Witness
  • Kyra from Pasco, WaMichael Jackson IS NOT a Jehovah's Witness
  • Alec Thorp from Yorktown Heights, NyI was surprised when nobody sang this on the Michael Jackson week on American Idol.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxMy cousin used to lock us in his closet and turn out all the lights in his room. He would play Triller loudly so we could hear it through the door and then he would fling the door open wearing a wolf mask with glowing red eyes - good times!
  • Jamir from Philadelphia, Vai remember on halloween our music teacher had a surpise for us. she set up the tv for us to watch a short little movie, well little did we know that the movie would actually be THRILLER!
    so anyway she turns the movie on and were all excited to watch it now let me tell you i was in the second row right in front of the movie. on that scene were michael turns into a wolve made a boy named peter cry. i could fell my heart stop when that happened i mean i was shaking so much i couldnt top for like a minute, and to make things even crazier i was sitting next to a boy named michael. now this dudue had some big eyes i mean his eyes would be big on a alien (lol) so he's looking at me with his eyes really eerie like and to top that he's making them even bigger! *sigh* they had to send peter out of the room cause it was "so scary!" and from that point on we continued watching the video clip.we start snapping our fingers and start dancing when he sings the first part of thriller when hes walking with the girl. when they stop in fear everybody gasp and me and a girl named christina start laughing hysteriecally. that scene where he turns into a zombie honstley creeped me out. and thats very hard to do (creep me out) cause im a pretty wierd dude. now towards the end when they do that thing were they do they wierd thing with the zombies next were they yank it over to their shoulders was a little funny. i guess micheal felt possed or something and stated dancing the same way they did in the movie and he wasnt even looking at the tv to see how they were doing it. everybody was creeped out,everybody except me im supossed to be the wierdest guy in the class not him meee! anyway when the movie was all over peter was still upset. poor peter he probaly crapped his pants (lol). as we went upstairs into the classroom me tyhler and micheal (the only blacks kids in the class) stood right next to each other and started doing to dance. im always in the middle (tyhler is small michael is tall and im almost as tall as micheal hes about 5'4 im 5'2 im a goth and hes well ... a crpyt or lood or whatever.anyway we started doing the dance and everybody clap and cheered and whatnot and we sat down. the creepiest thing is when i went home to go trick -or-treating i saw all my friends and there like all up and my face i mean hey were like breathing on me their lke saying stuff but i couldnt focus at once and it sounded like this "jf;fhighfdugfudsfguyfdgsfygfsyf" lol. when i came home before i went out to go trick or treating i turned on the radio and my mom was in the bathroom putting some makeup on (not scary makeup just everyday make up) thriller was on. i looked out the window when the guy was doing the crazy laugh and i turned around i though i saw a shadow and i did the weirdest thing. i started laughing with the radio and i enjoyed it. i picked up a blunt object (otherwise known as a knife) and sticked it up in the air and started laughing really loudly. "ok im done now" i said then i walked over to the window and looked out. it wasnt like it was like a scary scene i just did it to be funny but i guess most of you reading must thing that my actions were really weird but i appriciate that but im sorry if i have scared you. SIKE!!!!!!!!!!!1. i never mess with knifes im only 11 years old.omg i tottaly forgot about the song. anyway the song was really great and i really wish micheal could make some better songs and stoop this stuff hes doing now. now that guy is beyond crazy but his music is not really a fan of micheal buthis songs are 50-50.WELL LATER DUDES AND DUDETTES, EMOS AND GOTHS ^,..,^
  • Paige from West Lafayette, Inyou have to admit, he was very cute when he was a teenager, he certianly doesnt look the same, but that's not his fault, people i'll try to use small words: michael jackson was beaten as a child. his father told him he was ugly, that's why he got plasic surgery. his plastic surgeon was bad, so he got vitaligo, which made his skin turn pale. he also got lupus, and has bdd (body dismorphic disorder) which makes him think he is ugly and fat. he's had lots of stuggles througout his life. would pepole just stop picking on him.
    he has feelings too.
  • John from Nashville, TnQuincy Jones admitted that the bass line from "Thriller" was inspired by the bassline of the Rick James #1 r&b hit "Give It To Me Baby".
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiThe Singing Hands at Michigan School For The deaf and Blind did this with the Michael Jackson dance with Vincent Price narration,the cute guy even had a Dracula cape.
  • Fulu Thompho from Limpopo, South Africathis song is truly scary. never dare to watch the video alone at night
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaThe group dance scene was performed by thousands of convicts in a prison in the Phillipines.
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyRegardless of what developed later, THRILLER transcended a mere hit tune and became a phenomenon, one that affected millions of people worldwide. It brought happiness. It's also one of the very few tunes I've ever heard that one can simply never get tired of.
  • Julia from Richmond, Hill, GaI know the whole entire dance to this and as I may say im in a dance crew...he is awesome best dancer eva!! FOO!
  • Cristina from Long Beach, Cathis song is great even the video is kool specially when they do that THRILLER dance this is the 80's fever
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnI see that Wacho Jacko is needing money so he has repackaged "Thriller" and is trying to sell it over again on the 25th anniversary of its release.So please help him out and go and buy "Thriller" again because everything he's released since the 1980's has pretty much tanked.It's hard to fund all the lawyers that keep the irate parents at bay when youre bankrupt,I guess.
  • Emily from New York, NyTo the person who said that The Beatles can't compare to Michael Jackson: for your information, The Beatles have sold WAY more albums than Michael Jackson, so what exactly do you mean, they can't compare?
  • Anthony from Sydney, AustraliaHEH im 17 and ive never heard of the Eagles until now :O and more then 40 million copies thats not even half what MJ's sold with thriller, its actually 104+ mil counting for thriller and for all his albums/singles he's sold 750+ mil altogether, even look it up on wikipedia or wherever they keep records.

    So let me put it this way...
  • Matthew from Milford, MaAnyone up for some Marioween?
  • Michael from Brooklyn, NyWhat's this bullsh*t about Thriller not being the biggest selling album? "The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits" is the biggest selling album IN AMERICA. Worldwide, it's THIRD. AC/DC's "Back in Black" is the 2nd best selling album, while Thriller is FIRST, worldwide. Get the facts straight. Also, I love the music video and the song! Long live zombies!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkIn the movie Ferris Bueler's Day off during the parade sequence the group dancing to "Shake It Up Baby" is doing the Thriller Dance. The Thriller dance is also performed in "13 going on 30".
  • Kenneth from Cleveland, Oh Am I the only one who thinks it's silly to compare a greatest hits record to a regular album?Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones put together nine new songs and watched as their work went on to sell over fifty million copies. I guarantee you the media would not compare that to releasing songs that were already hits if the roles were reversed.Even Soundtracks should not be compared to regualr records.
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlIf Michael Jackson had waited a few more years, he could have recorded the video without makeup...It also would have been scarier than before.
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaThe dance sequence has been parodied several times. Most recently in an episode of the cartoon "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" when Billy befriends an alien that lands on Earth and must eat brains. The entire episode featured a song-and-dance routine, complete with Billy dressed in a zoot suit and dancing with the zombies like Michael Jackson in "Thriller".
  • Brian from Seattle, WaThe "Thriller" album probably only had three million-selling singles. When the RIAA lowered its certification standards in 1989 to 1/2 million for gold and 1 million for platinum, record companies could then up their former gold singles to platinum under the new standard. But Sony only had three of the four gold singles from "Thriller" certified as platinum. "The Girl is Mine" remained gold. Presumably this is because the single did ship a million copies to retailers at the time of release, which earned it its initial gold award, but it did not actually sell a million at retail, and the subsequent returned stock made it ineligible for the new platinum certification many years later.
  • Tom from Vashon, WaI think the Eagles are way better the Michael Jackson. I think he is a pedifile and a creapster. Regardless of that he did write one good song. Altough thriller is worth listening to, I only do as a joke, or to try to break the ice with a really awarkard situation.
    The Eagles have some very good songs. The only one of their songs that I have is "Take it to the Limit"
    They just take it to the limit a few to many times. Regarldless I will listen to the Eagles over Michael anyday.
  • Karren from Deerfiled, Nhthiller is a great song to dance to
  • Jerry from Diamond Bar, CaGreat song and dance. I'am a comedian and I use it in my closing act as President Bush doing the whole dance number. Also saw it in the film "13 Going 30". It's a show stopper. Very hard work. Thanks Michael!
    -Jerry, Diamond Bar, Ca
  • Sam from Bright, InNo one will ever equal Michael Jackson. Period.
  • Sam from Bright, InDave, Thriller is still the best selling album worldwide. The Eagles Greatest Hits album only surpassed Thriller in the U. S.
  • Sam from Bright, InVincent Price recorded the narration at the end of the song in only two takes, and the lines he read were written in a taxi on the way to the studio.
  • Yuya from Kyoto, JapanPeople, The disclaimer is because MJ didn't want people to think that zombies actually roamed the earth at halloween.
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ili liked this song because it was scary and it would be good for halloween. and if he didnt make this song then there wont be any good songs for halloween from michael jackson. think about it!!
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cahahaha. i love how the songfact says that AT THE TIME michael jackson was one of the least frightening people on Earth.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe Eagles Greatest Hits is now officially the best-selling album of all-time worldwide, having overtaken Thriller in 2002, but you can't deny the fact that Thriller was - and still is - one helluva good album!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyRod Temperton wrote this for Michael Jackson because he knoew of Jackson's affinity of cheesy monster or "thriller" movies on television. The song is about a guy trying to "make time" with a girl by having her watch a scary movie on TV with him so she'll get scared and hold on to him.

  • Dawna from Detroit, MiIt is so unfortunate this world we live in. I noticed how most of the folks on here that have negative things to say about Michael seem to have a need to include race as an issue. therefore it makes me believe that because he is a Black man he is wrong. No one is to judge this man except God. Because he is who he is, he is being prosecuted. How do we know for sure these things happened - How do we know evidence wasn't planted ? Micheal spent millions of dollars to save the rainforest that in turn helps us and our future generations squeeze the life from this human tainted planet. Not to mention vast amounts of money on various charities. I cry watching the video "earth song" - This man has talent that is uncomparable and like someone mentioned he has no peers - he is "untouchable" therefore people that do not understand him hide behind their convictions to say he is guilty. - i wouldn't be surprised if he commits suicide, just to have peace - something he has probably never experienced.
  • Nicole from New York, Nyi LOVE thriller because i was one of the dancers it was fun to play in that
  • Lee from Glasgow, ScotlandThe song Thriller and the album of the same title are quite simply a pop masterpiece.It may equal the Eagles US Sales however Thriller has sold more worldwide than theirs.It's worldwide sales are now 57 millon plus.Alot more compared to the Eagles 36 million.Michael is by far the biggest singer ever.He is still the King of Pop with worldwide album sales of 260 million plus.I love Michael and he is 1000% Innocent.He is my hero and people who say bad things about him such as some of the people listed above should take a look at themselves.He is a worldwide superstar and who are they?Pathetic fools who have nothing better to do with there sad little lives.Also Michael paid $47.5 million for the Beatle's songs.They are his.It's not his fault Paul and Ringo were too tight to invest in their own songs.
  • Akash from Abbotsford(use To Be Vancouver, United StatesMICHAEL JACKSON IS A TRUE LEGEND.
    THERE WILL NEVER EVER BE SOME ONE AS BIG AS MICHAEL JACKSON AGAIN. Thriller is still the biggest selling album of all time if u want proof go look it up in the Gueiness book of world records 2005 edition. It has sold over 51 million units world wide + 1 that i bought recently. Thriller is a great song. I think it's almost as good as Billie Jean. The Beatles cant even compare to Michael Jackson have they sold 51 million copies worldwide? NO! I dont even think they are really known outside of America, England and Canada Where as MIchael Jackson is known World wide probably like 30 diff countries and thats because he has made music on a higher level than any one that has ever lived so Michael JAckson has no peer ! and when i say NO peer i mean NO PEER !!!
  • Jam Kemal from Lindua, South AfricaThriller is the biggest selling album of alltimes WORLDWIDE!
    And Michael Jackson is one of the greatest singer/songwriter/dancer ever hit the planet. A legendary genius.
  • Rob from Hutchinson, KsThe latest CD release includes a Vincent Price "second verse" not included in the original release.
  • Mr Sockmonkey from Newcastle, Englandthe eagles have the biggest selling album of all time in america
    thriller is the biggest worldwide and thats all that needs to be said
  • Tara from Chicago, Ilsomebody said that the Eagles and Michael are equally great but they can name more Eagles songs than MJ songs. Well guess what, I can name more MJ songs than the Eagles, so there ya go!
  • Daniela from Zagreb, CroatiaWilfred, go to Africa, China, Brazil, Alaska, Australia, Japan, Russia, Poland, Spain and similar, and ask the people if they know about Michael Jackson! They will know. But I'm not sure if their reaction will be the same if you ask about The Eagles!

    Michael Jackson is a living legend with no peer! Period!
  • Wilfred from Melbourne, Australiai shall settle the debate by saying that mj and the eagles are equally as good... but the eagles, i can name many more of their songs than those of mj.
  • Jordan from Kissimmee, FlOne of Michael's greatest hits if not the best.
  • Brett from Edmonton, CanadaThe Eagles? Pffft. He may be screwed up IRL, but Michael Jackson is a brilliant musician, FAR better than some one-hit '70s leftover. (Hotel California was their only song worth listening to twice. And the only one 60% of the population could name.)
  • Cio from Lithonia, Ga"Thriller", the single, became the fourth million selling single from the album. Michael Jackson is the only artist to have four million selling singles from one album! (thanks, Curtis Brantley)
  • Loretta from Sydney, AustraliaThriller has sold over 40 Million copies worldwide, The Eagles Greatest Hits only equalled it's sales in America.
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