Off the Wall was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for Thriller. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable -- an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten (for the record, the terrific "Baby Be Mine" and the pretty good ballad "The Lady in My Life" are not like the others). This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul -- expanding the approach to have something for every audience. That alone would have given the album a good shot at a huge audience, but it also arrived precisely when MTV was reaching its ascendancy, and Jackson helped the network by being not just its first superstar, but first black star as much as the network helped him. This all would have made it a success (and its success, in turn, served as a new standard for success), but it stayed on the charts, turning out singles, for nearly two years because it was really, really good. True, it wasn't as tight as Off the Wall -- and the ridiculous, late-night house-of-horrors title track is the prime culprit, arriving in the middle of the record and sucking out its momentum -- but those one or two cuts don't detract from a phenomenal set of music. It's calculated, to be sure, but the chutzpah of those calculations (before this, nobody would even have thought to bring in metal virtuoso Eddie Van Halen to play on a disco cut) is outdone by their success. This is where a song as gentle and lovely as "Human Nature" coexists comfortably with the tough, scared "Beat It," the sweet schmaltz of the Paul McCartney duet "The Girl Is Mine," and the frizzy funk of "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." And, although this is an undeniably fun record, the paranoia is already creeping in, manifesting itself in the record's two best songs: "Billie Jean," where a woman claims Michael is the father of her child, and the delirious "Wanna Be Startin' Something," the freshest funk on the album, but the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded. These give the record its anchor and are part of the reason why the record is more than just a phenomenon. The other reason, of course, is that much of this is just simply great music.
Legendary album kinda Pedo though
It's Thriller. You know, "best-selling album of all time" Thriller? "Respectable choice for best album ever" Thriller? "Beat It" Thriller? "Billie Jean" Thriller? Yeah, that Thriller. I didn't need to listen to it again to know it was a 5/5, but I did and I can confirm: it's still a 5. RIP MJ
Pedo rule applied
The album that defined the modern pop genre. Instant classics such as Thriller, Beat It, Billy Jean, and P.Y.T. all help make this one of the most influential and commercially successful albums of all time. The excellent bass lines and arrangements in many of these tracks are overshadowed by MJ's iconic singing. Truly an album that deserves at least one listen by any music lover.
Favorite is "Wanna be startin something." which is apparently about gossip magazines. This was his global breakout, and went 33x Platinum. Its the highest selling record of all time with 66 million copies. Crazy how many hits are on this one. Same with "Bad." I guess critics say this is the first time he uses a full adult voice.
Such a great album. Amazing rhythms, song writing and of course essentially all played by Toto with guest guitar from EVH. Play it loud!
Greatest pop album of all time. Number one selling album of all time. Made Michael Jackson the king of pop.
One of the finest albums in the history of time. There is not one weak track on it. Thriller by name, Thriller by nature
All thriller no filler. Could be a greatest hits album. Superb. Michael Jackson really touches me in a special place.
Not surprising, almost all of these songs are absolute hits. What is surprising is Michael not only banged a carny to lose his virginity but he didn't die from some disease.
A superb album by one of the greatest pop stars of all time. Timeless album with memorable songs that are easily recognizable from the first note. Such a groovy and get-down-on-the-floor sounds that are so infectious. Amazing sound sonically with great vocals and accompaniments to support. Overall, a very easy listen over and over again.
Go on, then. This is the sort of album I expected to be on this list and I am happy for Thriller to be the Halloween selection. I am old and therefore I remember when this was released. I also remember not being especially all that fussed by the various singles (even though they were all solid), certainly not enough to actually want the album. But yet decades later, I know the album inside out, despite never having owned it. (Metallica's Black album is like that too!). The production of Thriller is great, both minimalist and maximalist when it needs to be. Maybe there are a few dud tracks. I love the Mac n Jack "Say Say Say" but "The Girl is Mine" feels lacklustre. On the other hand "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" is an incredible opening number. It's a cool album and also MJ is staggeringly beautiful on the album cover.
All those kids. Not to mention all those animals. All that plastic surgery. OK, Michael Jackson, in addition to his giant entertaining talent, really is kinda weird. Again, like everything else the King of Pop was recording during his glory years, Thriller also includes lots of romance (albeit the irresponsible baby-making kind of ‘Baby Be Mine’), the sexy closer, ‘The Lady In My Life’(with this marvelously cheesy lyric: ‘Meet me in paradise, lay back in my tenderness’), and of course the famous duet with Paul McCartney, ‘The (doggone) Girl Is Mine.’ Again, Michael is in your face, with songs like, ‘Beat It,’ but most of the real fight is being waged down around the hips. Well, there is that other infamous fight with ‘Billie Jean,’ in which Michael claims that she’s ‘not (even) my lover. She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one. But the kid is not my son.’ I love Michael. He manages to even steer this whole train wreck of a relationship back to, yep, the dance floor, where it belongs! ‘For 40 days and 40 nights the law was on her side. But who can stand when she’s in demand, her schemes and plans? ‘Cause we danced on the floor in the round.’ And then, of course, ‘Thriller,’ the title track, perhaps Michael’s greatest, biggest hit, ever. And still fun. It’s the very first opening track that puzzles me, one of the… well, there were actually more hit singles on this LP than not! That’s Beatles’ territory, there, man. Anyway, Michael is, as usual, safely exercising his anger management training on the dance floor, asking the immortal Michael Jackson-esque question: ‘(Do you) Wanna be startin’ something?’ And then there’s all kinds of allegations made about someone, apparently, trying to start some shit with MJ. Get in line, dude (or dame). I’m betting there’s going to be a bit of a wait. In the meantime, we’re all gettin’ down, and then out of the blue this drops: ‘You’re a vegetable… still they hate you. You’re a vegetable. You’re just a buffet… they eat off of you. You’re a vegetable.’ WTF? LMAO. Yeah, Michael was a weird dude. So was Mozart. Perhaps that’s part of the cost for both his massive talent and global fame. Hey, I didn’t live with him, so what do I really know? Except that Thriller still thrills. That’s all I wanted to know anyway.
Pop bom, pop raiz, pop de qualidade!
Close to taking one away for McCartney's cringeworthy involvement.
Ok, so here's where I lose a lot of cred with most folks: I don't actually like Michael Jackson. Never have. This record, however, is the one MJ album I have on vinyl. It's probably his best known (follwed closely by Bad), is the best selling album of all time, and on top of that, has some pretty good tracks on it. I play it once a year on or near Halloween and that's enough MJ to last me a whole year. I totally get why this is on the list. It's a good album. I'm just not much of a fan.
Such incredible music from a kiddie fiddler.
I always liked Billie Jean but aside from that song I wasn't a fan of the rest of this album on release or of Michael Jackson in general. After he died and we were bombarded with all the music he made I warmed up to him. I enjoyed listening to Beat It today. Truth be told, I know the lyrics to Weird Al's Eat It much better than I know the lyrics to Beat It. I remember Ray Davies introduced Lola as the song Van Halen made famous. For me, Beat It was the song Weird Al got me to like. Go figure. Vincent Price makes an appearance on Thriller. It's OK but his role pales in comparison to his role introducing Black Widow on Alice Cooper's Welcome to my Nightmare LP. There are a few too many weenie songs on this album. Human Nature and The Lady in my Life are good examples of songs that are so weenie they're hard to stomach. The worst though is This Girl Is Mine. It seems Michael was trying to adopt a cool image with the red leather jacket, etc. Who told him a duet with Paul McCartney would be cool? Makes ya wonder.
Really not my thing. I understand he's seen an icon, but I still think his music is shit and so is he.
Everyone has heard this album. Its not that good
9/10 pretty sick album! i was a bit worried at first because of the mildly underwhelming opener and lame ass The Girl Is Mine (why the fuck are mj and paul mccartney competing for the same girl aint paul like 20 years older than mj is) but it picked up pretty quickly after. u already know how cool the middle three tracks are, but there are some kinda awesome deep cuts too!! human nature is super dreamy, and p.y.t. is rly slick and has some kinda weird vocal effects i didnt expect from 1982?? theres a REALLY sick synth in the chorus too, idk how to describe it but youll know it when you hear it. baby be mine is a jam too. honestly billie jean is in my bottom 4 of this album? most of this album is pretty solidly either a 9 or 10 but billie jean is bordering on an 8, the melodies are really really fucking good but it's a little spare for me. and yeah i probably wont be returning to the closer either. this could be a really solid album if a couple lame songs vanished from existance, never to return. lost to the void...FOREVER..................................... cool album
An all-time classic.
An all time classic by the king of pop, already in my collection.
What else is there to say about the king
Problematic artist, inspired album
King of pop
One of the best 3 track runs on an album
I mean come on. So many classics.
This album has many hit songs from the king of pop. What a fun album to listen to.
king stay the king
Tons of classic songs on here. Enjoyed it way more than I thought I would
This is the jam. Hard not to have heard all of these songs hundreds of times. I never owned this album though so it was good to listen straight through. Classic.
epic epic epic!
Great listen. The Girl Is Mine is always a good listen. True classic.
Anyone who doesn't give 5 is just ignorant...
I have this album, like who hasn’t. As an artist he was extremely talented.
Adding more words about this album can of be a worthwhile expenditure of time. Had the LP when it came out. Looking at the playlist again I was surprised at how long the songs were.
Don’t kid yourself this is a 5-star. Hard to separate the personality from the music, but I did.
This was one of my first favorite albums. It is so good from start to finish.
MJ is such a goat I saved 75% of this album. So many genres in a cohesive piece, all bangers
classics all around
Micheal Jackson has just an otherworldly vocal talent. Half of this album is 8/5 stars and those are the songs you know. The other half is a solid 3/5. It’s just fun delicious pop. I’d probably say 4.5/5 but I’ll round up!
Easily one of the greatest albums ever that should be a benchmark across popular genres on how to create a masterpiece product.
Qué más podemos decir de Michael, ya comenté que es un artista con su propio género musical. En Thriller prácticamente todos los temas son hits número 1, beat it, billy jean, girl is mine, thriller, Wanna be .... michael siempre se ha rodeado de los mejores, como en este caso Rod Temperton que fue quien escribió Thriller. Personalmente si tengo que elegir me quedo la mezcla de géneros tan sublime que consigue en BAD, cuestión de gustos, posiblemente los mejores discos de Michael, un 10 los dosl! Puntuación máxima 5/5.
Thriller, ¿Qué se puede decir que no se haya ya dicho de este disco? Para los que son amantes de Michael Jackson es sin duda el mejor disco de la historia. Para los que le odian (Pienso que son menos), un disco sobrevalorado, sobreactuado,... ¿Qué piensa esa gente cuando les dices que es el disco más vendido de la historia? Pues puede ser cuestión de gustos pero lo que no se puede cuestionar es que este disco llegó a muchísima gente en su momento y sigue llegando. Con 39 años encima sigue siendo una referencia de muchas cosas de las que se hacen hoy en día, es una mezcla perfecta de ritmos Rock / Pop, con rifts maravillosos y con momentos memorables. Y probablemente todo lo que lleva alrededor este disco estaba destinar a ser lo que fue ya que el trabajo que hubo detrás de el fue abrumador. Entrando ya en la vida y obra de Michael Jackson, este disco supone la catapulta final hacia el estrellato. Y no so lo por el disco en si, si no por lo que supusieron los 3 videoclips que lo acompañaban. El disco tiene canciones rotundas, empezando por el Wanna be starting Someting, que es una canción muy bailable, al puro estilo Michael Jackson. La maravillosa disputa de la chica que protagoniza con Paul McCartney en The girl is mine. La grandiosa guitarra de Beat it, cortesía de Van Hallen. Pero, subjetivamente hablando, mis canciones preferidas son Thriller debido a ese video, a lo que representa, a lo que es en si. Y por su puesto Billie Jean, con ese rift de guitarra y esa voz de Michael Jackson que no se me olvidará nunca. La calidad del disco sin los videoclips quizá sea muy similar a la de Bad pero realmente Thriller es mucho mas que eso. El momento me Michael Jackson, sus coreografías, lo que ha supuesto para la música... 5/5
Discazo. "The Lady in My Life"
Pues jamás había escuchado completo estendisco, pwro me imaginé que sería sin skips.. Y en efecto. Por supuesto que me gustaron todos los hits. Y una que creo que nunca habia escuchado y que qué bueno que la encontré aquí es baby be mine, vaya vibra tan chida.
yeah easily one of the albums of the 20th century
9 thumbs up
Sailed through it. A wonderful album.
Erg dubbel: Muziekaal 5 sterren, echt een geweldig album. Maar de persoon MJ roept inmiddels nogal wat weerzin op. En dan druk ik het nog voorzichtig uit.
Absolute belter of an album
Great time listening to this yesterday 🕺
Platinum 80s Album
Hit after hit after hit
Hab ich hier verpasst, aber schon so oft gehört. Hammer Teil! Und selbst die Schnulzen sind ja richtige Schnulzen - so wie sich das gehört: Kunstnebel inklusive!
Just looking at the track list before listening this is likely a 5 😂 looks like it's got a lot of bangers.
-Funky -Holds up over time -Unique songs
Obviously. This album is a top 5 for me.
I mean... Two of these songs weren't even top 10 hits? Let's try a little harder next time, Mike.
What a great album. Had never listened to the whole thing before. Every song is worthy to sing along.
Una Joya todo el disco, en especial PYT
Love this album, always have. Quincy Jones and MJ rule.
Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all
Lets start with the single most successful album of all time. I have this on original release vinyl record!
There is a reason this is the biggest album of all time. And there is a reason he is the biggest star of all time. Incredible album, full of classics
Overall, a fantastic and groundbreaking pop album, with 5 of the 9 songs as super hits. PYT is probably my favorite on the album. The song Thriller itself should get special mention for the video, which changed music television forever.
Great throwback, don’t remember if I went through the full album before.
Classic decade defining album
Looking at the track list, HOW is all of this on one album. Stacked.
This is obviously a classic album and is absolutely stacked with hits. The production is incredible, and the arrangement has aged very well. However, I would be remiss not to mention that in light of the renewed allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, it's difficult to listen to this music as a non-involved listener. I can't say for certain what did or didn't happen, but the persistence of these allegations is troublesome to say the least.
Nunca escuche el disco entero hasta ahora. El primer tema tiene el sample de MAMASEI MAMASEI MAMA KUSAI (8). El tema con Paul McCartney es malisimooooo jaja. Y bueno Thriller, Beat It y Billie Jean no puedo agregar mucho mas de lo que ya sabemos. Cualquier tema que suene despues de esta seguidilla de 3 cargadores enteros de musica no va a tener sentido alguno. El tema PRETTY YOUNG THING ,que c shó, medio creepy ahora que sabemos lo que hizo Michael.
Even the bad song is great
September 3, 2021 I had no idea so many songs I'd heard before were on this album - a classic pop record for sure!
awesome idk what else to say
one of the best albums of all time.
ну король же
Unschlagbar! Sensationelles Album Ich finde allerdings Lied 2 & 3 und das letzte Lied des Albums nicht so toll wie die Bekannten! Dinge das hat schon seine Begründung warum die anderen bekannter sind. Mein Liebling: Human Nature - unfassbar schöner Song
I mean, was there any other choice and 5 stars? Still probably the greatest pop record ever.
I dig it
pretty cool. catchy song after catchy song. might have to listen to it again to really distinguish between them all
A classic. I'd forgotten how many excellent songs are on this album.
This album is a classic, and was the soundtrack for the entire early-to-mid 80s. Most younger people only remember the Michael Jackson who was a complete nut. But when this album came out, EVERYBODY listened to this album.
Nine tracks and seven were hit singles. 80s pop distilled into one amazing album.
Good, but what a nonce
Creativitat al seu nivell màxim. Quncy Jones té un paper destacat, però són les composicions de Jackson les que han portat justificadament aquest disc a l'estratosfera de l'r&b, del pop. Un estat de gràcia a un nivell gairebé sobrehumà en un àlbum que va definir una década i més d'una generació
Classic awesome pop that gets my feet moving.
Voici ce qu'il s'est passé. Alors que je m'appretais à partir pour un simple week end de visite chez mes parents en France, un événement étrange est survenu. Alors que je grimpais dans l'avion, je glissais un bonjour aux stewards, et glissais rapidement un oeil vers la cabine de pilotage. J'eu alors comme une srte de bug mental, la silhouette du pilote me semblant familière. Mais qu'à cela ne tienne, c'etait sûrement une simple fausse impression. Je m'installais alors confrotablement dans le siège 21C, attendant le décollage devant nous ammener vers Bordeaux pendant 1h30. Je m'endormis rapidement, la faute à une nuit écourtée par le reveil matinal. A mon reveil, ce fut l'incompréhension la plus totale. En effet, en regardant pas le hublot, je cru apercevoi des pierres volcaniques, ainsi qu'un soleil de plomb. Rien de tout cela ne ressemblait à ce que je m'attendais à retrouver à Bordeaux. Soudain, le pilote de l'avion pris la parole: "Nous sommes bien atteri à Tenerife, mon copilote et moi même, robvipère, vous souhaitent la bienvenue" Ce diable de rob avait tout simplement détourné mon avion afin de m'empêcher d'écrire mes reviews, car en effet, aucun vol retour n'était prévu avant une semaine plus tard. Rob quand à lui, est reparti avec le même avion. En agissant de la sorte, il espérait s'attirer les faveurs de Robert, étant en situation délicate avec ce dernier depuis l'épisode Michael Kiwanuka. Mais ce n'est là que le début des péripéties, rob ayant préparé plus d'un piège dans cette semaine maudite...
Vous allez encore dire que je fais une fixation sur cet épisode, mais j'écoutais également Baby Be Mine en boucle la semaine au terme de laquelle je me suis fait virer de mon cabinet d'avocats. Hasard du calendrier ou non, au moment où Thriller fut généré, j'étais en train de rêver que j'y retournais pour insulter mes anciens collègues. Le rêve étant ce qu'il est, je m'en vais plutôt vous conter la façon dont j'ai obtenu le poste de juriste au terme d'un entretien d'embauche. Tout commence par une annonce : « cabinet d'avocats recherche juriste droit social. pré-requis : parfaite maîtrise d'excel et de Lexicon Of Love d'ABC. » J'envoyai alors un CV et fus contacté quelques jours plus tard pour passer un entretien. Je sonnai ce jour-là à la porte et m'installai sur une chaise de la salle d'attente, mon enceinte JBL à la main droite. Une femme vint me trouver pour m'annoncer que M. Hussein allait bientôt me recevoir. « D'ac » répondis-je dans un son bref largement couvert par le boucan que faisait l'enceinte. Celui-ci arriva en compagnie d'une de mes deux futures tutrices et me fit entrer dans la salle de réunion. Après m'avoir fait asseoir, celui-ci me demanda de me présenter. Je le fis de cette façon : « D'abord j'étais en sixième shoegaze mais ça s'est gâté en cinquième parce que j'étais dans la même classe qu'eltrapeze alors qu'avant on était juste ensemble en Krautrock. On arrêtait pas de se battre alors on a été séparés. » L'étonnement se lisait sur leurs deux visages. Vint ensuite la question relative à ma principale qualité et mon principal défaut. Je tournai ma réponse ainsi : « Ma qualité c'est que je connais très bien Robert et mon défaut c'est qu'on me confond souvent avec lui parce que je m'appelle Robcocotière. » Les deux avocats échangèrent un regard avant de me demander comment je voyais ma vie dans cinq ans. « C'est-à-dire ? Le générateur est censé se terminer en 2024. » répondis-je avec assurance. Mes interlocuteurs refermèrent tour à tour leur bloc-notes et me signalèrent qu'ils en avaient assez entendu. J'étais embauché quelques semaines plus tard avec la réussite que vous connaissez.
Ah come on. I don’t need to do this. Anyway, in no particular order: Greg Phillianges; the red zip up jacket in ‘Beat It’; Ola Ray; Eddie Van Halen; Mr Quincy Jones; bunched up jacket sleeves; Paul McC genuinely relevant (even if not genuinely good) post Beatles; tiger print pocket square; Say Na Na Na - Na Na Na; Hot Rod Temperton; etc etc.
Heard most of the songs before! Short album completely iconic
This album is the pinnacle of pop and maybe music in general. Every song on this album is great. Pretty rare for an album to have every hit after hit like this one. 9.6/10
12/03/2021 Today's Album: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson - This one is going to be fun. I love this album, but I am going to try to take a completely objective approach if its at all possible. Wanna be starting something is an energetic opener to this album, with a funky bass, tons of shakers and auxilery percussion, and of course Michael at what was pretty much the peak of his career spitting out great volcals. The colorful horns that are sprinkled around the track helps to shake things up and I like the extra vocals in the left channel. This song is also iconic for the chant around 4.5 minutes, which saying that I am reminded how long Michael's songs are. I would say the song drags on at the end but it really doesnt. The way the raw chant is isolated with the horns and percussion and then the beat is brought back to close things off is expert. Baby be mine is actually a track I hadn't heard before. It's a more low key track compared to most of the bangers on this album, but I actually think it lays out a really nice vibe and the chorus is so colorful with all of the funk instruments and the cowbell in the back. Michael as always has some of the best vocals around at the time and he is not holding back at all. The song doesn't really go anywhere too exciting but I thought it was solid if not just a little bit dragged out. The Girl is Mine with Paul McCartney is a great song. It's sort of silly the way the two are arguing over this girl, but it comes off as super charming and the backing instrumental is so soft and smooth it makes me float. Honestly a 10/10 song if you ask me. The way these two play off each other is amazing and they break up the song with the bridge in a way that makes the verses not get stale and I like when they just have a little chat before the ending vv cute lol. The next track is fucking Thriller. Like what tf am I going to say about Thriller its fucking Thriller. Okay now that I look at it the 2 tracks after are Beat it and Billie Jean, which are also like uncontested BANGERS so yeah i dont have much to say about them. Then Human nature is a nice come down from the excitement of the last track, with a ton of pretty and lush instrumentation just absolutely hugging Michael's voice. Another amazing track and one that I already love a ton. Then PYT is an exciting dance track with a ton of fun funky instrumentation and fun chipmunked vocals that have been sampled on a ton of songs. Super catchy chorus and extremely innovative for the time. Super great song to come right before the finisher of the album The Lady in My life. This song is a perfect way to tuck this album into bed after the insane highs it had gotten to. This album needs no review. It is Michael Jackson's magnum opus and in my opinion the most influential albums of the 80s. Score: 9.6/10 Masterpiece. Highlights: Every Song except Baby be Mine
Even the casual music fan can't deny the immensity of this album. Quincy Jones is the best.
Amazing start to finish.
Noooo that’s ignorant
Second MJ album so far, after Bad. This was my original favourite when I was younger and Bad less so, and now it seems to have switched. The brilliant moments here far outweigh the occasional dodgy/dated bits.
Come on, it's thriller baby
A fantastic album. Short sweet and full of classics
Whether or not you agree with the accusations against him , this is one of the best ever Pop albums of all time. His sad life cannot be redeemed by this alone for sure but the music on here is at times beautiful and groundbreaking. Still one of the highest selling albums of all time. Love "Thriller" "PYT" "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" in fact every track has it's merits. Great album rightfully here.
It is easy to see why this album is held in such regard in the music industry. It is full of chart-topping tracks and hugely influential deep tracks that influenced multiple genres from Rock to Rap through sampling. This album may be the most complete of Jackson's career.
Not much to say here. It's a classic album. Not a bad song to be found. I could nitpick some things about some songs but overall this album is just fun to listen to. It's great.
Wow. Haven't even pressed play, instant 5. That's three in a row, this list is on one right now. Of course I have this on vinyl. I gave Off the Wall a 5, knowing that there's only one album in MJ's catalog that I enjoy more. Thriller is a monstrosity of a pop album. Any listen to this album is just a test of whether I remember or recognize the three songs on here that I don't already know in my heart (which is the other six). One of the highest selling albums of all time, and for good reason. With any mention of Michael Jackson the discussion eventually turns to the nonce allegations, and tracks like "Human Nature" and "Pretty Young Thing" don't help keep things out my mind. But if you can live in denial for 42 minutes thing is loaded with bangers, like has anyone in pop made a song more potent than the titular "Thriller"? That song still gets the world hyped after 40 years. Can never defend MJ the man, but this album's GOATed. Favorite tracks: Thriller, Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin' Something, PYT, Beat It, Human Nature. Album art: Iconic. The gatefold on the vinyl shows his other hand petting a tiger cub perched on his leg. This cover (and the album it denotes) will be known for generations. 5/5
Thriller's all killer no filler
Thriller is such an iconic album that it is almost difficult to separate it from the heights. That said, it is an incredible album and I think it firmly deserves its place in the top 25 or so of the most influential/significant albums of all time.
Undeniably brilliant pop. I'll never listen to it again, but can't think of a reason to deny it 5 stars.
Classic! Somehow I had forgotten MJ did a duet with Paul McCartney.
The greatest selling album of all time. Released in 1983, the album had sold 32 million copies alone by the end of 1983. This is now incomprehensible in the digital, streaming music landscape we find ourselves in and will, simply, never be beaten. Alongside the units shifted, Thriller could lay claim to being the most influential album of all time, too. Every pop record since has tried to sound like Billie Jean. Pop stars couldn't now hope to make it big in the business without paying considerable attention to music videos and MTV airplay - Thriller broke the music video format and forced MTV to playing more tracks by black artists. Baby Be Mine and PYT set the template for R&B music. Beat It fused rock and pop in thrilling fashion. Throughout, MJ nails it with his incomparable vocal talents, honed by years of live performance. MJ was just 24 when Thriller was released. There is one excruciating moment on the record - the ill judged Girl is Mine has the listener mind boggled at the premise there is a woman out there besotted with both Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, who sing about her in a limp, twee and corny style, deciding that a little improvised chit chat midway through the record would be fun. It’s not. It’s embarrassing for everyone. The best thing you could say for it is that MJ’s influence was so strong he could even get a Beatle on his record. That track and MJ’s troubled life almost docked this album a star, but it’s hard to discredit a cultural phenomenon and fail to acknowledge the enormous influence Thriller had on pop culture and, indeed, culture.
Really, does it get much better than this?
Incredible. MJ was a truly talented vocalist. RIP
5 stars for perfect album 0 stars for kiddy diddling
MJ, Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen, Quincy Jones, Vincent Price, and a couple of the guys from Toto walk into bar. The fuck did we think would happen?
legendary album, probably one of the best ever produced, it's totally understandable why is it the best-selling one of all time. Outstanding production, legendary and unique vocal of MJ, versatile piece, one of my favourites and the best generated so far. No misses, just hits, 10/10
Saved Prior: Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Not Saved: 9. The Girl Is Mine Saved: 8. The Lady in My Life 7. Baby Be Mine 6. Human Nature 5. Beat It 4. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 3. Thriller 2. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 1. Billie Jean Overall Notes: No wonder this guy was a SUPERstar. He OWNS this album. Beats are so fun, performance is immaculate, I can't help but move to every song except the Paul McCartney duet, which was a little off-putting. Easy 5.
Álbum repleto de clássicos! Melhor Música: Beat it
Um clássico,muito bom cheio de hits
Não tem como dar outra nota a não ser 5. Esse álbum mudou a história da música.
This is a great album
classic, very instrumental in advancing the music industry.
Ok so we are going to do the greatest pop album thats ever been made. Coolcoolcoolcool. Baby Be Mine has a couple wild transitions in the middle that caught me way off guard. The middle of this album is so stacked with hits that it is hard to ignore. I don't find it as good as Bad but better than Off The Wall if I had to do a shootout of MJ albums.
Awesome r&b/ pop album. Obviously this album is a bit tarnished by mjs late legacy, but it does not stop me from boosting to the album and appreciating it as a piece of music history
What am I supposed to do with this shit? I try so hard not to let an artist's personal life effect how I review their albums, but it's so hard not to think about it with Michael Jackson. Similar to how I had to Marilyn Manson's many allegations of domestic abuse, I'll soldier on. Obviously this album is incredible. It's not just that every song is good, virtually every song was a huge hit. This album begins with Wanna Be Startin Something, and that is one of the MINOR hits on this album. Any other album, that would be one of the most notable tracts, but by the time you get through Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean you forget all about it. This is unquestionably Quincy Jones's best work, and it's sad that so much of that is tainted by Micheal being a fucking pedophile It's a 5/5 album. It would be a lot easier to enjoy this album if Michael hadn't been everything that he was. but what can you do?
One of the best ever!
Realmente muito bom. Gostei mais que o bad
Ultimate Michael Jackson
One of the greatest pop album period!
This deserves all the praise it gets
The pop culture this album spawned makes it worth the listen. No matter what you think of the person who made the music.
Michael really knew what he was doing
I mean c'mon we all know this is great.
Muito bom, sonzao envolvente
We immediately start with a banger of an opening track. Honestly just off the opening track itself, 10/10. Song 2 is also a banger. Nice and mellow after track 1. Album still at 10/10. Third song is also mellow. Hmm. Maybe we should pick it up a bit, but it’s still so smoooth and jazzy. It’s just the opener was so explosive. I guess maybe we do need to chill out. Wait! A feature!! This song is incredible I take it back I was being foolish. Still at 10/10. OMG THRILLER! BABES. 10 OUT OF 10. NOT A SINGLE FLAW PLSSSS. Is there crack in this album? In this song? And now we go straight into Beat It??? Can this man let me BREATHE?? Guess what. 10. Out of. 10. Oh my dayyysssss. Billie Jean. Girl. 10/10. Next song. Much more mellow which is a needed break after the bangers. 10!10. Penultimate track. A groovy banger. Damn. Still at 10=10. Final song. Nice and slow to close out probably one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to. Why did it take me so long to listen to this album in its entirety? It’s brilliant. I al ways believed and agreed when people said this was one of the best albums of all time, but now I’m listening first hand. Truly, it’s incredible. I can’t really think of a single thought. I’ve loved the sub-45 minute listening experience. 10/10.
Well. Ok. Literally everyone in the world knows and loves this album. And also owns the CD somewhere in their house. Maybe except Wade Robson and James Safechuck. 5 regardless
If ever there was a 5 this album is it! Perfect!
Michael Jackson is probably the ultimate case of art vs the artist. For years I didn't listen to his music initially because of the Neverland documentary and pedo allegations, and then just forgot about him for a while really. But damn I'd be lying if Thriller isn't a 5. Most artists would kill to have half of these songs in their career, let alone on one album. Just can't help getting down with it. My only critque is that it ends on The Lady In My Life, the weakest song by a mile.
5.0 - The first cassette album I ever owned back when I was just 4. And 40 years later it still sparkles. Like everyone else on the planet, I've heard "Billie Jean" countless times and still think it's a banger. Same with "Beat It", especially Van Halen's guitar solo. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" sounds like something cooked up by Fela Kuti and it's non-stop bops. "P.Y.T" is another stone-cold jam. My only criticism is with "The Girl is Mine" - Paul McCartney stinks up the vibe and I just don't believe that the two of them would ever argue over a girl.
Yeah there's a pretty good reason this is agreed upon as one of the best albums of all time, at the very least one of the best pop albums. It's crazy that no one has managed to top it in almost 40 years. Going by modern pop, that's not gonna happen any time soon lol. The hits deserve to be classics, the rest is p good too. I think apart from the big songs on it I prefer Off The Wall just cause it's got more of that 70s disco feel, but it's still getting a 5/5.
It feels sacrilegious to give this album a 4, when so many songs are not only imprinted in the human mind but even human DNA. However, Christ, can I not stand "The Girl is Mine". I haven't heard it in a while, so I almost came around to it before that talking part in the middle. Christ. Still a damn near flawless record from one of pop culture's most troublesome idols. Favorite tracks: "P.Y.T.", "Baby Be Mine", "Beat It", "Billie Jean"
You can guess which three songs I enjoyed.
I mean, it's a classic.
Never listened much to Michael Jackson, but I quite enjoyed most of the songs.
Obviously brilliant but some tracks lack bunch now. And it isn’t Off The Wall.
Lots of great songs, sooo 80s only Beat it has a riff that could allow it to age well.
Good album but personally I prefer his faster ultempo songs and prefer his Bad Album
That just wasn't as good as I remember. The singles were obviously unparalleled works of godlike genius, but the other half was schmaltzy and forgettable (as evidenced by me having forgotten it).
If you wanna be starting somethin
kannte ich schon
Can’t help but dance
plays like a greatest hits collection, making it full of highs that are somewhat disjointedly sequenced.
Esse é hype
Great album, catchy as
what to do with mj these days? can’t say i know. the great songs hold up; the not-great ones don’t
Not a big fan of the intro. But half way through it has some real head bangers like The Girl Is Mine, Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean. Then the album ends on a really mellow tone with The Lady In My Life. Not a bad album but the intro kills it for me.
Classic after classic. His best
good songs, bad guy
Pop classic. Billie Jean is a perfect pop song. Slightly prefer Off the Wall as a whole. 8/10
This one belongs to my childhood, I had the vinyl, used to listen to it a lot, but then grew distant with pop music in general as a teenager. I'm giving it four stars, a rating I only reserve to really important albums in my life or ones that I hadn't listened to before and that honestly blew me away, because I understand the overall importance/significance of this album in modern music history. Plus, it's got its fair share of funky grooves. I might eventually re-incorporate it into my playlists.
can't believe this was the first time I actually heard it from start to finish, very solid mid part, kinda silly at times but a classic allright
Well arranged songs, good melodies and rhythms. Makes me want to dance! 4/5.
Re-listened for the generator. Thriller's always a great time. Starts off hype with Wanna Be Startin' Somethin, explodes with the elite duo of Thriller and Beat It followed strongly by Billie Jean, closed well with P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), gloriously sampled by my boy Kanye. 8/10
Creo que nadie le podrá disputar en un buen rato el título del "rey del pop". Lástima también de sus cuestionables acciones y acusaciones... Fuera de eso, qué brillante es todo acá. Con tres hitazos al menos, creo que MJ pudo hacer sólo este disco y aun así pasar a la historia. De las baladitas, "Human Nature" es la que me gusta, pero en todas luce mucho su voz. El hit que más me gusta quizá sí sea "Billie Jean", aunque "Beat It" le da buena pelea y ahí atrasito está "Wanna Be Startin' Something". Eso sí, se echaba sus canciones más allá de los 3 minutos y medio. 9/10
Just can’t see past the fiddlin’ aspect so it’s a little blemished
Wenn man gezwungen würde, diesem Album etwas vorzuwerfen (weil ansonsten jemand die Katze ertränkt oder man einen Monat lang die Flippers hören muss), dann: es ist schon fast ZU perfekt, es geht wahnsinnig slick durch, sodass am Ende vielleicht ein Ticken zu wenig hängen bleibt. Aber mich zwingt ja niemand und deshalb will ich das gar nicht sagen. Für Produktion, Songwriting und seine riesige Latte ewiger Klassiker muss Thriller 5 Punkte bekommen, ganz klar. Nur 4 wären es, weil halt trotzdem nicht eine meiner ewigen Lieblingsplatten. Und wofür entscheide ich mich nun?
Knackfrische Produktion eines HiFi Überalbums. Volle Punktzahl? Fast. Zum einen gibt es immer wieder auch irre schwache Stücke, die ein solches Werk verwässern - zumal ein so kurzes - und zum andern liege ich im Funk/Soul Fach nie allzu lange schmerzfrei. Sorry MJ
Too big to fail.
Michael Jackson... music's original bad dude. Actually some sick album tracks on this. And the guitar solo from 'Beat It' is so damn metal.
I strik brytyjski zakonczony, artysta ktorego chyba kazdy kojarzy, ale w moim wypadku nigdy nie mialem okazji przesluchac zadnego albumiku od poczatku do konca, a jedynie znam z hitowych kawalkow, wiec dobre poleconko, zwlaszcza ze to najlepiej sprzedany albumik wszech czasow, a chocby to musi o czyms swiadczyc, pomimo ze gatunkowo disko funki jakos niezbyt mi podchodza, ale nie tym razem, bo 42 minutowy material wszedl ostro po kablach, wiec czy to jest peak muzyki popularnej, podobajacej sie niemal kazdemu, radio przyjazne i do odsluchu na diskotece, czy w samotni, z kazdej strony slychac, ze jest to album wykonany ogromnym nakladem ludzi co potwierdza 50 osobowa ekipa ktora jest wymieniona w opisie plyty znajdzie sie tam i mccartney, jak i rodzina jacksonowa na wszelakich instrumentach, a nawet na kawalkach drewna, wszystko jest tak bajecznie wyprodukowane, ale nie czuc sztucznosci, a raczej energie jaka potrafili murzynscy grajkowie soulowi przekazywac w swojej muzyce, a jest to tez ostatni album przed wybieleniem sie michaelowym, ciekawym jest tez jak wlasnie to wplynelo na sam odbior albumu, bo teraz jacksonowa muzyka jest w cieniu zycia, no i niezycia jacksonowego i jego kontrowersji, co jak dla mnie tez jest sprawa niezrozumiala, ze ocena tego jak zycje artysta moze wplynac na muzyke ktora sie slyszy, wspolczesnym przykladem moze bydz pan west, rownie kontrowersyjna postac, a jednoczesnie muzyczny geniusz, co do albumiku to mnie kupil zarowno od strony instrumentalno woklanej, jak i produkcji, lirycznie tez sie nie czepiam, bo jest to jednak popowa muzyka, ale nie czuc w niej typowej mialkosci, na plejke wrzuce beat it, the girl is mine, jedyny feature i to jaki na plycie, no i billie jean, ciekawe czy albumik bedzie mial srednia powyzej 4 na tej ocenowej liscie, stawiam na to, ze jednak nie
"You're a vegetable (you're a vegetable) You're a vegetable (you're a vegetable) Still they hate you (still they hate you) You're a vegetable (you're a vegetable) You're just a buffet (you're just a buffet) You're a vegetable (you're a vegetable) They eat off of you (they eat off of you) You're a vegetable" (Wanna be startin' somethin') Otro disco que también es MUCHÍSIMO más cursi de lo que recordaba. Mogollón de temazos, con este me he espabilado en cero coma.
Some fantastic unparalleled tunes on this record. Also some stuff that I find mediocre. When the album popped up I just assumed it would be getting a 5, but after a couple of listens I can’t make that happen, no matter how good Thriller, Billie Jean, and Beat It are. I’m not really interested in hearing the rest of this album. So three songs that rate near 10 coupled with more meh equals a 4.
Similar to others, the hits are HITS but the other songs were a little lackluster. Luckily more hits than misses. 4 overall
Dit was de allereerste keer dat ik een volledig album van MJ heb geluisterd. Toen hij nog leefde en ik nog jong was - lang geleden dus - vond ik z'n stem niet prettig, dus luisterde ik z'n muziek niet. Van z'n stem houd ik nog steeds niet echt, maar over deze plaat ben ik enthousiast.
Wat blijft dit een fantastische plaat. Van top tot teen goed. Beetje jammer dat ie later zo raar ging doen. Daarom een sterretje minder 😉
Eigenlijk een hele wisselende plaat voor mij, maar die paar briljante nummers maken veel goed!
Well produced and mixed.. it is MJ. Contains 3 absolute hits! Rest of the album let's it down with forgetable songs. Rated 4.2
This tunes might be overplayed but it is pretty much perfect pop. BT: Wanna Be Startin' Something, Beat It, Billie Jean
Laten we het album, en de muziek beoordelen: Goeie popmuziek met hier en daar een goede gitaarriff. De hits die hier mee werden gescoord spreken voor zich. Ik weet dat het de stijl van MJ is, maar eens je op de 'Oehs' en 'Eehs' begint te letten stoort dit wel op den duur
Classic MJ 4.0
Only 4 to say I liked it less than bad. Otherwise fairly faultless just tired of most of the songs except Billie jean still bangs
Damn what a banger album.
It's Michael Jackson, what else is there to say? Some songs are really really really good (my favorite here easily being Billie Jean) but some other tracks (like the first one) are pretty boring. The best songs are still good enough to merit a 4 for the whole album though.
Some songs are longer than I realized. Still mostly fun; it's Michael Jackson afterall
Esplendido. Los grandes éxitos de Michael Jackson se encuentran en esta gran obra musical, fácilmente podría considerarse como su obra cúspide.
Lol why is Paul McCartney on this album, go away
Michael también es revolucionario
Great songs superbly delivered, expertly produced and enlivened by splendid cameos.
Thriller is brilliant, Michael nails it and sets the benchmark for Rnb/pop music for decades to come. The guitar solo on Beat It is orgasmic but the track ‘The Girl is Mine and it’s Paul McCartney feature is a travesty.
Lots of classics - most of the songs I'm familiar with are from this album. The ones on it that I'm NOT familiar with are either cheesy, slow jams that just don't do it for me (the /doggone girl is mine!/ lmao) or up-tempo..also love songs. Though the beats found there are much more infectious than the slow jamz. All that being said, the songs I do know are just too fucking good to give this album less than a 4.
Did not realize what a fire album this was! So much more than just Thriller some of MJ’s top songs were in here as well great listen
I loved thais album. it was fun something i could dance to and a little familiar. 10/10
The good pop-album with positive tracks
This is it. This is THE pop album. Quincy Jones on production, and Michael Jackson riding high off the success of Off the Wall, coming together for an album of just hits. Well, 7 out of 9 were hits, but that still makes for a juggernaut of an album. It's funky, fresh, and full of energy that makes you want to get up and DANCE. MJ was the biggest music artist in the world. Even long after his death, I reckon people will still call him "The King of Pop". This album is the reason why he's the king. The only thing keeping it from a 5 is some songs don't stack up to others (I'm looking at you, The Lady In My Life). Otherwise this is the quintessential pop album. You either know, or got to know.
Great 80s pop. Some songs I absolutely love, but also quite a few that do nothing for me.
I'd forgotten how many good tunes were on this album. Enough to push it very close to 5 star territory. The fact is, though, that I never was a huge Michael Jackson fan. This one lands at 4 stars for me.
Really wanna give it a 5 but it's not something I'd add to my record collection. Thriller/Beat It/Billie Jean is a GOAT three in a row. The Girl Is Mine gave me AIDS. Worst thing he's ever done and I've seen Leaving Neverland.
This felt less dated than "Bad", to my ear - I guess because of "Bad"'s use of synths? A bunch of these tunes are era-defining monsters. "PYT" was pretty cringe, though. Fave track - has to be "Thriller", really. "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" are pretty epic too.
overall a good album , although a bit repetetive for my taste .
Think what you want about the man, this albums a classic
That McCartney song, yuck, “gosh darn.” This seems to implicate McCartney in Michael’s pedophilia, now imagining them fighting over a 6th grade boy like a couple of crocodiles fighting over a gazelle. This album has some absolute bangers, Thirller, Billie Jean, P.Y.T, Wanna Be Starting Something and Beat It, but it also seems to suffer from something all his albums do, it has a few stinkers. He can’t seem to write a perfect album. But he sure can write a hook. Even though it’s hard to distance him from the pedophilia listening to all these lyrics these days, but it can’t be denied, a good album molestation notwithstanding.
Josh gave Bad 5 stars, so I'm assuming he gave Thriller 6. Pop masterpiece. Even the filler is killer. A
Always a good time with this one.
Still a great album
Awesome songwriting, this album is full of classics! Superb Quincy Jones production brings the sparkle. What could possibly go wrong!
Excelente voz, ritmos, melodías de un artista universal. Imperecedero en el tiempo
The McCartney song is embarrassing, but the rest is pretty awesome. Not a good as OTW though.
Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean. Not a bad run of songs.
Should be 5 stars but there are some lame ballads on there
Conflicted because this should be an easy 5, but it's hard to enjoy listening to him now.
very solid album across the board
Very solid album. No complaints from me. Given its crazy amount of recognition, I feel like I have heard it before from all of the singles, but first time listening to it in album form.
It was fun to have this come up right around Halloween :) My favorites are probably Human Nature and Wanna Be Startin' Something, but Billie Jean is infectious and the title track is a spooky season essential.
A classic. A couple of weaker tracks ("The Girl Is Mine" etc.) but the strength of the better tracks more than make up for it. As an album I might prefer Off the Wall though.
So many big hits with a couple of tepid ballads interspersed throughout. PYT is an absolute tune and the McCartney duet is a masterpiece
Absolute classic, probably my favorite MJ album? "Thriller" is my favorite song for sure, and the music video might be the best music video ever created! More thoughts: it's interesting that this album was described as "darker" by critics initially. It's a more mature voice for MJ but I don't think the songs are any more or less dark than his prior offerings. Just my opinion though.
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Wow, I just began with such an undisputed classic. Thriller, its apparently dark theme a product of Michael Jackson's struggles as a superstar. With disco stuff losing popularity, Jackson was compelled to make a definitive pop album "where every song is a killer". I haven't heard the bestselling album of all time before, but of course I knew the iconic singles. I've always liked "Billie Jean" and "Beat It". But while the title track has an awesome music video (which is apparently the first MV by a black person that MTV aired) and kickass dance moves, I've never been a fan of it. Still, I can see why this album become a household staple. I definitely heard the rock, the funk, and the soul smoothly blending in the disco pop of this album, its crossovers are all stellar. It's such an explosive and influential pop album. I cannot really assert that every song is definitely a killer. Few songs, especially the last ones, dragged the album. But it's undeniably a classic pop album, and one of the greatest pop album of all time.
It is impossible to review this album objectively. But there is no doubt there are some bangers on it
Loses one star for the cringe inducing outro on “the girl is mine”. Otherwise amazing album.
Title song, 'Thriller' is iconic, a genuine 5/5 song. Several noteworthy songs in their own right (Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature). Didn't care much for the others on the album though, thought the beginning was weak. Surprised at Paul McCartney's involvement on the album.
I'll start with the usual proviso, "this is not my kind of music, but..." The first but goes out to: I'm calling this purely on the music and the impact that music has had, and not on whether I'd like Jackson to come and babysit. The second one is the main event. There can be no denying of the cultural impact Thriller has had on the world it was released in. First it was Billie Jean, then Beat It with its video, and then the whole world (even those that, at the time, despised Jackson's music) holding its breath and watching the half hour long music video (?) of thriller in a kind of a world premier. These things don't happen anymore, and while the world enjoyed many an improvement over the course of the years I don't know if we're not missing a lot by not having universally shared experiences anymore. So: not my kind of music, but also the music of everyone who lived back then.
Interestingly I've never owned or sat down to listen to the All-time best selling album, but since there was a shit-ton of top-10 singles from it I recognize most of the songs. I've tried to separate the artist from a pretty freaky human with peculiar proclivities for sleeping with young boys (PYT takes on a whole new meaning now) so I can say this is a pretty dog-gone good album. The production (by Quincy Jones), writing and performances are all top drawer. He read the room right and sensed that disco was on the way out so he included harder pop/rock songs and having Eddie Van-Halen do a guitar solo on Beat it was a stroke of genius and Billie Jean is a killer song no matter how you cut it. And then there's also the massive influence he had on the growth of MTV and music videos and dance choreography, even fashion, remember that red leather jacket and the glove? There are a few lame-ass songs on the album though and because of that it doesn't get a perfect score.
4 stars just because that McCartney song is awful
Finally we get the mirror album to Off the Wall. I think those are his two best? I might light off the wall better because there aren't as many hits on this one but also some of these songs like PYT are a little questionable knowing the singer. Either way, Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean are all classics and alone make this a great album.
Loved this album….
You feel a bit guilty liking this album after the revelations of his private life, but I still think it stands up as one of the best pop albums ever due to its stand out tracks. Shame there are a couple that I skip over every time though
If you can't listen to this without at least tapping your foot, you're not alive and probably a zombie or vampire.
Problematic figure, but a certified hit factory. Hard to argue the hits.
Listen. This may be one of the top pop albums of all time. There's no disputing that. In terms of personal enjoyment, the first half of the album doesn't do much for me. Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller are of course straight 5*. Some of the rest are just okay for me. I personally do not love listening to MJ, but I get it.
I think this might have been the first album I ever owned. I had it on cassette, and if I remember correctly, I got it for Christmas from my Mom. As a child of the 80s this was completely omnipresent and I was definitely a big fan. He has an amazing voice and the production is incredibly dynamic. An exciting ride with all kinds of unexpected twists and turns in its layers and details. There is so much to love here but I feel like the album is unfortunately sort of mortally wounded by the inclusion of "The girl is mine." If you removed that one song, this would be 5 stars for me, but that song is so cloying it's almost nauseating.
What's there to say about this? It's an almost perfect pop album.
I was 11 when this album came out and folks, I cannot stress enough how massive it was at the time. These songs were on radio constantly and the videos in steady circulation on MTV. You were kind of forced to have an opinion on Thriller whether you were into it or not. But the adulation for Michael Jackson here was mostly well-deserved. It was fresh and different for the time and set a high bar for Jackson himself that he never really surpassed. It's been a while since I've heard this all the way through and I wasn't sure how I would end up rating it. Overall, the album has held up pretty well. Quincy Jones’ production is obviously great with bright, catchy songs throughout that are just plain fun to listen to. Jackson is in exceptional voice. He kicks it off in full energy with the awesome "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." That's a cool song because it's kind of a bridge between Off the Wall Michael and Thriller Michael. Similarly, "Baby Be Mine" has a certain "Rock with You" vibe to it. Further into the album Jackson ventures into newer territory, to spectacular effect. I suppose you had to be there, but "Billie Jean" was really something special and different. People lost their minds when that song came on, it was so cool (not to mention the great video). Similarly, "Beat It" is really different from what people expected of Jackson, with a solo from Eddie Van Halen that seemed so out of the blue, but was pretty perfect. I will say this, you would be hard pressed to find a bigger Paul McCartney fan than me, but "The Girl is Mine" is not a good song. It was a big deal at the time because, come on, Michael and Paul? WOWWW. But real talk, that song is dumb. There is this schmaltzy quality that exists in a lot of Jackson's music that appears on Thriller as well, in the McCartney song, as well as on pretty much all the more ballad-y stuff. Those songs hold up far less well than the songs that built for dancing. You know what, I said basically the same thing when I reviewed Off the Wall. When it was fresh, I’m sure that type of sound was quite lovely. It just lands a bit flat now. Fave Songs: Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Thriller, P.Y.T., Human Nature
All time classic - owned it on vinyl, and I don't care if he's cancelled, there are some serious tunes on here especially if you go past the obvious ones
“The pulse of America and much of the rest of the world moves irregularly, beating in time to the tough strut of 'Billie Jean', the asphalt aria of 'Beat It', the supremely cool chills of 'Thriller.’”
Listening to Billie Jean, thriller and beat it back to back is an amazing trio. The album is still strong though does has some syrupy ballad songs that don’t hold up. He was a creep but still had a great album.
Wow, was this all the way back in 1982? The way it was still so prevalent in the late 80s, I would've guessed later. Yes, of course, this album was and is absolutely massive -- best selling album of all time, the accompanying videos impact on MTV (again, only 1982; still early days of music videos) -- and it was everywhere. I was still mostly into rock, hard rock, etc., all through the 80s, so I didn't actively pay attention to this album at the time, but, as noted, nearly impossible to avoid. Listening to the full album today, I hear quite a few tracks I genuinely enjoy even after all this time. The "big three" -- Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean (dang, that bassline in Billie Jean, so infectious!) -- are to me really catchy and fun, with some real musicianship underneath. I saw the documentary 'This Is It' -- was supposed to be a documentary of Michael Jackson's Summer 2009 concerts, then was recut to deal with his demise -- and seeing in that film how musically talented Michael really was. I don't consider myself a devoted fan or anything, but when his songs worked, they really worked.
Great pop album
A good album, a great album even, but one of the best ever? Ehh... seems like a 4/5 to me. There's the huge hits like "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and the title track, and then there's songs that are just kind of there (not bad, but not quite memorable and overshadowed by the huge hits) like "Human Nature" and "The Lady In My Life". Also isn't Paul McCartney like 30 years older than MJ? Why are they fighting for the same girl? I'm sure nobody has made that observation before.
merci glee de m'avoir donné la ref de l'intégralité du disque
It's great, everyone knows that. Although I didn't enjoy the last few songs as much. I really dislike when people judge music based on the artist's character. Some just love to spend their time being outraged. Can't relate. Not that I specifically care about MJ though
Cover art. Look sick in retrospect
The iconic one, because of all the fantastic hits that are classics today It is a a landmark pop album alright, however moving slightly away from the older RnB and soul infused MJ albums, I personally like better. In retrospect it also comes out a bit overproduced (as many soft rock/ power pop/ RnB albums of the 80’s). So for me not the top MJ album as it is to many. Prefer the previous ones.
Is it possible to fault Michael? This may be my fav album of his.
Took me a minute to finally listen, and I admit I skipped Thriller lmao... and Beat it. We all been knew those songs are bangers and I'm tired of em now OKAY. But any who, I did not know how many iconic jams were on this one album. Neat.
The hits are hits. Some of the lyrics are super gross. I get why this was and is popular.
THRILLAAAAHHH. This album was very fun for the most part, but then it sort of dropped off after Billie Jean, and the rest of the second side weren't very memorable. Also, THAT BALLAD WITH PAUL.
Full of hits, but I still don’t really care about it.
PYT be having me tapping my foot and shaking my head yo. Needs more spoken word Macca.
This doesn’t even feel like an album because the hits just transcend the rest of the album. I’m taking a star away cause MJ is a bad dude and maybe I’m adding one because of the outro on The Girl Is Mine, I don’t know 🤷🏻♂️
Some good tunes.
A fine pop album, just not quite my style.
I listened to a playlist called “triller” instead of this album at first because my co pilot coming home from school forgot the h. Thanks Cullen
I can see why this is one of the best selling albums ever, because it is really solid and the production is incredible. However, it’s just not my thing. Favorite tracks: “Baby Be Mine,” “Thriller,” and “Billie Jean”
Bringing back the MEMORIES. I didn't know that Paul McCartney sang with him on one song here. I only remember "Wanna Be Starting Something", "Thriller", "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" -- all the other songs did not jog ANY memories, but those were SERIOUS throw backs. All in all, I don't think this is something amazing, though. 5-6 good songs, 3 of them GREAT, but the filler is pretty terrible.
Classics are great, but the other tracks don't do it for me.
I mean what can you say. This album was just hit after hit after hit. Like you have to respect the space this album and its songs take up in not only the American, but the world's music landscape. Michael seems like the only artist just about everyone is willing to separate the art from the artist with little hesitation. People will dance to these songs no matter what club or bar they come on at. You don't even have to be a MJ fan, it's just ingrained in American's music education. That being said, I've never been a huge fan of MJ's and I found the songs I was unfamiliar with to be just ok. I'm rating this one on my personal preference, but I understand that culturally and influentially it probably should be higher.
Yeah a classic obvs
Helaas te weinig opgewekte nummers, waar hij juist sterker is. De zachtere nummers zijn wat flauw.
Some great songs, some pretty forgettable, but overall an enjoyable album
Singles are awesome, rest is fairly meh.
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': tralasciando l'hook alla fine che comunque è super famoso, te fa move il culo. Baby Be Mine: Figa la linea vocale anche se penso ce sia poco di più anni '80. Comunque il groove è na bomba pure qui. The Girl Is Mine: Ballatona mantecamaroni invecchiata decisamente male. Paul McCartney se doveva chiaramente fa na villa nuova e non c'entra veramente un cazzo. Thriller: Sarà l'effetto negativo della fama, però a me non ha mai detto molto. Beat It: Vabbè, qui nonostante l'effetto della fama tocca riconoscere che è un bel pezzo, costruito bene e funziona bene. Il riff de chitarra è sicuramente iconico. L'assolo de Van Halen è scandalosamente brutto e totalmente fuori contesto. Bilie Jean: Nonostante sia forse la più famosa dell'album l'ho sentita poco. Non m'ha convinto molto, sembra non avere un carattere suo come pezzo. C'ha sta vena un po' minore malinconica che però non se sposa benissimo col groove tipico dell'album. Il testo.. beh.. Human Nature: strano. me piace la chitarra come si muove nonostante il suo suonino clean anni '80, però il pezzo è un po' melenso. Non m'ha convinto al 100%. Pretty White Thing: Non m'ha colpito più di tanto, forse perché la formula anche se più funkeggiante è la stessa del resto. Il testo forse poi è veramente troppo basso pure per lo standard dell'album. The Lady In My Life: Ballatona classica stile "The Girl Is Mine" ma secondo me più riuscita, sarà pure che c'ha un po' un vibe jazz a tratti. Complessivamente: Tutti i pezzi se reggono sul groove (che effettivamente è veramente pazzesco) e l'interpretazione sua (e pure su quella poco da dire). E' chiaro che il suo modo di cantare è iconico e molto personale. Detto questo artisticamente lo continuo a trovare molto cringe, sarà pure che non riesco a separare l'artista dalla sua musica però c'ha proprio qualcosa nei testi e nel suo immaginario che me inquieta. La produzione per l'epoca doveva essere meravigliosa, certo co tutti quei sordi vorrei pure vedè.
Nette Mischung aber auch nicht mehr.
Dopo aver odiato gran parte degli artisti anni '80 che abbiamo ascoltato, è arrivato il momento di affrontare il re del pop, personaggio di spicco di quegli anni. A primo impatto devo dire che quest'album rientra tra quelli di quel periodo che mi hanno colpito positivamente. Nonostante le scelte stilistiche anni '80 e il fatto che praticamente metà album lo conosco, mi è piaciuto molto. Soffre un po' di una post-produzione piatta (se così si dice) e "gli manca la pezza". Comunque per me rimane un bell'album pop. Sono tentato di dargli 4 ma non ce la faccio!
Some absolute belters but also dips to boredom in other parts
Pedo-pop, var sämre än vad jag mindes
Dakle album, daleko daleko daleko poznat sa pjesmama i to pobliže 3 pjesme u redu koji su potpuni klasici! Općenito album dobiva već 2 zvjezdice samo zahvaljujući pjesmama: Thriller, Billie Jean i Beat It. Ostatak albuma je kvalitetan, ali ne toliko kao ovo nabrojano.
Again, I just have never been all that onboard with Michael Jackson. More enjoyable than the last album on here, but can't push my hand past 3 stars. I'm sure it deserves more but I just don't give a fuck.
-A lot of hits and bangers on this album -Solid album all the way through and I can see why it was such an influential album in its time -Love how pop songs in the 80's still had guitar solos -Feels nostalgic -No real complaints about this album other than some of the talking bits sound so cheesy -Favourite songs are Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, P.Y.T.
I thought this was better than it was… the singles clearly slap… but the ballads are just a bit dull. Soz wacko!
This album is really on the cusp; the first of the massive 80s block-busters, it showed how big an album could be int eh video-enabled new music world. But it sounds still quiet disco. The sound is super-polished, but not as ground-breaking as the presentation. All the single,s all the videos, and MJ's massive charisma. Is it all a bit safe (perhaps)? Well, that's how you sell a bazillion albums. Some songs (Baby Be Mine, The Lady In My life, the Girl is Mine) are middle-of-the-road, inoffensive pablum. But the stronger singles (Billie Jean, beat and Thriller) have a slight edge that makes them stick above the most. Quincy Jones' production is slick, funky, and has aged really well. The Girl is Mine (duet with Paul McCartney) is, frankly, horrible. The spoken word in the middle 8 is... just not credible. This album and MJ himself set a precedent for how big a star could be. Not to anyone's benefit; record companies chasing bigger and bigger (and more irrelevant) mega-hits, and had MJ chasing a dragon of success that led him to some VERY unfortunate places. This is the last time that I find MJ to be a relatable human, and his descent into celebrity freak begins in earnest. In retrospect, PYT is a bit creepy. Clearly, a deeply damaged person, the evidence of this damage starts to become unavoidable, and reflects in his song-writing, which becomes less and less relatable. And the joy seems to disappear from his work. Do I actually ever listen to this album? No, I don't, but think it is required listening in the history of music.
Bon, on s'entend qu'il y a plusieurs classiques là-dessus, mais j'ai trouvé mauvaises les chansons que je n'avais jamais entendu.
Was never the biggest fan even before the big cancel button. 3 seems to little 4 too much.
Disco/Dance is not for me. MJ is great but just not for me.
With the calibre of the hits, and the fact that it's the greatest selling album of all time, it would be hard to give it less than a 4, UNLESS some of the other songs were REALLY REALLY bad. Some of the ballads would make George Michael blush. My favorite moment was when Sir Paul & MJ, in perfect harmony, deliver the line, "Dawg Gone, The Girl is Mine.
I was ready to give this album 5 stars. I thought like Rumours that it's mega sales meant that its quality was beyond the regular pop fare. But it turns out there are some really shifty songs on here. I listened to Thriller and after being mostly unimpressed decided to listen to Off the Wall. Off the Wall is a much better album. Thriller gets 3.5 🌟
Not really a Jackson fan, but this is a classic of course.
I was ready to give this album 5 stars. I thought like Rumours that it's mega sales meant that its quality was beyond the regular pop fare. But it turns out there are some really shifty songs on here. I listened to Thriller and after being mostly unimpressed decided to listen to Off the Wall. Off the Wall is a much better album. Thriller gets 3.5 🌟
it's good, loses a star for a collab with McCartney Thriller itself still the standout
It has character, but it also is monotone
Good record. Memories.
My re-appraisal of Thriller: Bang average album brought up by Beat It and Billie Jean. Thriller is just background noise to an expensive video, and The Girl is Mine is one of the worst songs ever made. 3/5
p496. 1982. 3 stars THE soundtrack of a million 80s nightclubs worldwide. It's packed with hits, and Quincey Jones is on top form. Having said that, there is filler - Baby Be Mine, The Girl Is Mine (hang your head in shame Macca) - and the 80's synths haven't dated well (PYT). Jackson sounds like he never really cracked puberty, and those shrill whoops get annoying real soon. It's not as good as Off The Wall. "You're a vegetable (you're a vegetable)/Still they hate you (still they hate you)"
Really not my style...
Look, I know it's very on-brand to dislike the most sold record of all time but fuckin hear me out right. I ain't even mention what you think Imma mention. Listening to those three in the middle especially Thriller, it felt fuckin weird they were on an album. Such an album of singles and where they're the most overplayed singles of all time I was disliking them but also tapping my foot- which made me angrier. (YPT) is an absolute banger. Felt weird. Liked Mccartney's voice never knew he sang that- the whole talking shabang though, embarrassing. I was also thinking how mad it must have been to see Jacko grow up from Child to death. Who is our Jacko- we've got to start paying attention, Miley Cyrus? It's one of those Disney fucks for certain.
overrated album and artist. two okay songs
it's so weird
heel beroemd natuurlijk. Niet slecht maar het is niet wat ik leuk vind.
Not my thang! The clinical production robs the songs of character leaving it a bit dull.
Apparte Billie Jean e alcune parti di pezzi non riesco a non trovarlo kitsch. La copertina dai colori patinati, che rappresenta un nero sbiancato steso in una posa apparentemente sensuale ma con il vuoto negli occhi, rispecchia pienamente il feeling dell'album. Il disco suona benissimo.
Its got all the bangerz on it but my MJ wears the number 23
It have some hits. Besides from that it is not much to have.
Vale a contato pela história.
Альбом не очень, может дело в моём музыкальном вкусе? Понравилось только 2 песни
Never cared for him - soulless soul, soggy rock and triumph of production over content.
Clearly, Michael Jackson and his album, Thriller are iconic, it can't be denied, as this album is the best selling album of all-time. 70 million copies have been sold worldwide, so 70 million can't be wrong, can they? I am NOT one of those 70 million, but it seems over my lifetime, I've been forced to listen to songs from this record at least that many times. Just because a record gets endless airplay, music videos have been viewed billions of times, millions of people have seen him live and all those copies of the album were sold doesn't mean it's any good. Not to forget, that glove, that dance, his zoo, the kids...!! I had seen this album in bargain bins more than any other album, so you know people's parents bought this record because it was popular. The next generation that has followed have also been tricked into thinking this is a great piece of music...spoiler alert, it isn't!
Album 5 - Artist 0
I won't do it.
I do not voluntarily listen to MJ's music. I change the radio station in the car if he comes on, and I'm not gonna listen to this asshole here either.
Hated MJ as a kid, thought I'd give him a try now, but no change, could not even listen to the full album.
Alguien me dijo que escuchar a Michael Jackson traía mala suerte. Así que desde entonces no lo escucho. Si sale en la radio la apago si está en el hilo musical me voy del sitio hasta que termina la canción. Sé que su música es buena y a pesar de todo tiene sus seguidores.
Nope, not a chance am I listening to this again. Quincy Jone production is amazing but sorry, the legacy of Jacko taints this album. It's one pub debate I will walk away from
can't bring myself to listen to MJ anymore
hlusta ekki á jackson
Thriler, Billi Jean y Beat it de un disco de 9 canciones... like