Thriller Album Cover

Thriller is the sixth studio album by Michael Jackson and was Michael's second solo album released by Epic. It was released on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records, as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Thriller explores similar genres to those of Off the Wall, including pop, R&B, rock, post-disco, funk, and adult contemporary music. Recording sessions took place between April and November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, with a production budget of $750,000, assisted by producer Quincy Jones.

About The AlbumEdit

  • Released: November 30, 1982
  • Recorded: April 14 - November 8, 1982 Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)
  • Length: 42:19
  • Label: Epic
  • Produced: Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson (co-producer)


Song ListEdit

Music VideosEdit

Songs Performed On StageEdit

2001 Special EditionEdit

  • Someone in the Dark (from "E.T., the Extra Terrestrial")
  • Billie Jean (1981 Home demo version)
  • Carousel (an outtake never before heard)
  • Two interviews with songwriter Rod Temperton
  • Six interviews with producer Quincy Jones


  • Brian Banks – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
  • Michael Boddicker – keyboards, synthesizers
  • Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • David Foster – keyboards, synthesizers
  • Gary Grant – trumpet and flügelhorn
  • Eddie Van Halen – guitar solo on Beat It
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet and flügelhorn
  • Michael Jackson – co-producer, lead and background vocals, drum case beater, bathroom stomp board, vocal, drum, horn and string arrangement
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Louis Johnson – bass guitar
  • Quincy Jones – producer
  • Steve Lukather – guitar, bass guitar
  • Anthony Marinelli – synthesizer programming
  • Paul McCartney – vocals on The Girl Is Mine
  • David Paich – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums, horn and string arrangements
  • Steve Porcaro – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
  • Vincent Price – voice-over on Thriller (Song)
  • Bill Reichenbach, Jr. – trombone
  • Bruce Swedien – recording engineer, mixer
  • Rod Temperton – keyboards, synthesizers\
  • David Williams – guitar
  • Larry Williams – saxophone and flute
  • Bill Wolfer – keyboards, synthesizers
  • La Toya Jackson – background vocals on "PYT"
  • Janet Jackson – background vocals on "PYT"
  • Greg Smith- synthesizers

Artists FeaturedEdit


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