≡ Menu

THRILLER

RELEASED: November 30, 1982

PRODUCER: Quincy Jones

NOTABLE CONTRIBUTORS: Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Greg Phillinganes, Paulinho Da Costa, David Williams, Jerry Hey, Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen, Vincent Price

RECORDED: 1981-1982 (Westlake Studios)

ESTIMATED COPIES SOLD: 110 million

SONGS: 1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’; 2. Baby Be Mine; 3. The Girl Is Mine; 4. Thriller; 5. Beat It; 6. Billie Jean; 7. Human Nature; 8. P.Y.T.; 9. The Lady in My Life

OTHER NOTABLE THRILLER-ERA SONGS:

Behind the Mask, Be Not Always, Carousel, Centipede, Got the Hots, Hot Street, Nightline, Say Say Say, She’s Trouble, Somebody’s Watching Me, Someone in the Dark, State of Shock, Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming, The Man, There Must Be More to Life Than This

BOOKS/ARTICLES ABOUT THRILLER:

Caruthers, Jakeya and Alisa Bierria. Stay with Me: Reflections on Michael Jackson, Sound, Sex, and (Racial) Solidarity. Journal of Popular Music Studies. Vol. 23, no. 1. March 2011

Mercer, Kobena, “Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’“ Screen. Vol. 27, no.1. 1986: 26-43.

Tenenbaum, Sara. “I Know I Am Someone: Michael Jackson, Thriller, and American Identity.” George Washington University, 2011.

Vogel, Joseph. Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. Sterling, 2011. (Chapter 2)

White, Armond. “MJ’s Side of the Story: How ‘Beat It’ Re-made a Classic.” City Arts. 9 November 2011.