Thriller (studio album) by Michael Jackson

Thriller by Michael Jackson
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 77th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 2,100 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1982 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1980s (9th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (77th)
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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82/100 (from 2,100 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.3/100, a mean average of 80.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.4.

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70/100
From 08/25/2023 19:56
The music? 7/10 The videos? 10/10. The songs on this album are ubiquitous in pop culture, but it's the visuals they evoke that really connects.
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65/100
From 05/04/2023 12:07
Has several hugely iconic pop songs. Pretty good pop album overall, though outside those iconic songs the rest of the album is pretty mediocre.
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90/100
From 04/23/2023 23:17
A classic pop album that is both Michael Jackson's most consistent work and his greatest. Every song on here is infectious and catchy which is a testament to how brilliant Jackson was at finding an irresistible hook and chorus. I think that every song on here has been stuck in my head at some point during my life as you just can't help but sing them. This is the perfect form of pop music in my opinion as they do exactly what they are meant to do which is get stuck in your head so you can pass them on to other people therefore making the music popular. A lot of the time music like this can be relatively simple but for the most part on this record it is anything but that. There is loads to discover and explore on here with Jackson easily slipping into other genres such as rock, disco and funk through the use of his vocal as well as his ensemble. A great example of this is the use of Eddie Van Halen on the guitar solo of Beat It which elevates an already fantastic song to the next level. In this ever changing atmosphere of styles and genres we have the centrepiece of the record which is Jackson himself who gives a phenomenal vocal display that is up there with one of the best of all time. One other huge strength with this release is the production which still sounds great to this day and it makes the music sound so clean and blissful to listen to. Overall, this is a dynamic and hugely engaging listen that has one of the most consistent track lists of all time making it one of the best pop records ever released.
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80/100
From 02/14/2023 01:13
It has some of the most iconic pop tracks ever made (such as Billie Jean, Beat It and the title track) but for me it's not as consistent as Off the Wall
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85/100
From 10/06/2022 03:59
This album is definitely one of the pop's finest, but I find it just ok, apart from singles that are just amazing.
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90/100
From 08/31/2022 03:40
Amazing
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From 08/15/2022 10:09
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From 08/07/2022 20:05
A classic! Great stuff!
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From 06/29/2022 18:29
Immaculate Eighties Pop
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From 03/17/2022 18:47
Best Pop album ever
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Best Albums of 1982
1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
2. The Dreaming by Kate Bush
3. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
4. Pornography by The Cure
5. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
6. Avalon by Roxy Music
7. 1999 by Prince
8. Rio by Duran Duran
9. The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
10. Love Over Gold by Dire Straits
11. Combat Rock by The Clash
12. Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
13. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds
14. Peter Gabriel IV by Peter Gabriel
15. English Settlement by XTC
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17. Screaming For Vengeance by Judas Priest
18. Bad Brains by Bad Brains
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