After establishing himself as a huge talent to watch with Off The Wall, Michael Jackson, again working with producer Quincy Jones delivered his ultimate statement of intent with Thriller. On songs like “Billy Jean”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Beat It” he established himself as the boss of the dance floor, but also showed his sensitive side, silencing any critics or detractors with his biting lyrics. Fusing disco, funk, R and B and hard rock, Jackson set the blueprint for modern pop. Thriller is arguably the most perfect collection of pop songs ever recorded.

Did you know?

When the 14-minute-long “Thriller” video first aired, MTV ran it twice an hour to meet demand from its viewers.

The choreography in “Thriller” has become a part of global pop culture, replicated everywhere from Bollywood to prisons in the Philippines.

Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on “Beat It”.