Of course as a big fan of Michael Jackson, there was no question there'd be a post commemorating the 30th anniversary of the best-selling album of all time.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was created as a "make-up project" for the alleged shortcoming of "Off The Wall". Of course this entertainer had no musical shortcomings, but to him, "Off The Wall" should have done better--20 million copies sold just wasn't enough. He felt he could do more and achieve greater. Through "Thriller", he did.
"Thriller" not only crossed racial barriers, making MJ the first African-American to receive airplay on MTV, but also crossed musical genres with R&B, Soul, and even rock music. The feature project presented sounds provoking dance moves still relevant today and tracks able to take any party to the next level. "Thriller" packed star power, too. It was produced by Quincy Jones, had a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, and a duet with Paul McCartney. It also produced my personal favorite song of all-time, Pretty Young Thing (PYT). Michael was 24 years old, sold over 100 million albums, and won 8 Grammys.
"Thriller" changed music, but it also changed music videos. The video for the lead track was nothing short of a feature film, which preempted network television to debut. The "making of" the video special broke sales records worldwide, and is the inspiration for many flash mobs today. Michael's fashion swag changed the world, too--making aviator shades, leather and military style jackets, suits, and sequins staples in many wardrobes.
Michael Jackson made history with this album and set the stage for the entertainment business with his creativity. He raised the bar and gave us something to last a lifetime.
Enjoy the album!