History Music / Thriller

20th Jun '15 6:23:20 AM mlsmithca
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Record Producer is not a trope.
* RecordProducer: Creator/QuincyJones.
11th Jun '15 3:48:38 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]WritersCannotDoMath: "''The funk of forty-thousand years''" is a wonderful lyric, that has a lot of fridge logic in that it pretty much exceeds human civilization - longer than any surviving tomb could stand.
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]WritersCannotDoMath: "''The funk of forty-thousand years''" is a wonderful lyric, that but has a lot of fridge logic in that it pretty much exceeds human civilization - longer than any surviving tomb could stand.
11th Jun '15 3:48:11 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]WritersCannotDoMath: "''The funk of forty-thousand years''" is a wonderful lyric, that has a lot of fridge logic in that it pretty much exceeds human history - longer than any surviving tomb could stand.
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]WritersCannotDoMath: "''The funk of forty-thousand years''" is a wonderful lyric, that has a lot of fridge logic in that it pretty much exceeds human history civilization - longer than any surviving tomb could stand.
11th Jun '15 3:46:59 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]WritersCannotDoMath: "''The funk of forty-thousand years''" is a wonderful lyric, that has a lot of fridge logic in that it pretty much exceeds human history - longer than any surviving tomb could stand.
6th May '15 7:34:30 PM BenMitchell90
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* AlbumFiller: Michael set out to avoid this, wanting to make an album where ''every'' song could potentially be a single. It paid off.
28th Apr '15 9:59:38 AM Patachou
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'''''Thriller''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It went on to become the best-selling music album in history, selling over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970's and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]] Since 2007 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings". In 2009, the iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry for the same reasons.
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'''''Thriller''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It went on to become the best-selling music album in history, selling over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970's and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys [[UsefulNotes/GrammyAward Grammys]] including the 1984 ''Album of the Year'' and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]] and Magazine/RollingStone placed it at #20 in their [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]] list. Since 2007 the album "Thriller" has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings". In 2009, the iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry for the same reasons.

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'''''Thriller''''' is * FollowTheLeader: "Thriller" changed the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released music industry in 1982. It went on to become many ways. By becoming the best-selling music album record of all time all pop musicians, including Michael himself, tried in history, selling over 65 domestically vain to surpass it. The use of innovative and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by amazing music videos to promote the singles also set a trend that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970's and is still felt in pop music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via today. If an artist wants his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]] Since 2007 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings". In 2009, the iconic hit single to be commercially succesful he is forced to make a music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included for it. Of course, this has lead many people to be far more interested in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry for visuals than the same reasons. actual music, an evolution many musicians and music fans regret.
5th Mar '15 9:28:57 AM tropeminer
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'''Thriller''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It went on to become the best-selling music album in history, selling over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970's and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House.
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'''Thriller''' '''''Thriller''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It went on to become the best-selling music album in history, selling over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970's and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House.
27th Feb '15 5:14:29 PM Patachou
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Since 2007 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings". In 2009, the iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry for the same reasons.
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Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]] Since 2007 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings". In 2009, the iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry for the same reasons.
25th Feb '15 3:39:38 AM bluesno1fann
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'''Thriller''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982, and the best-selling music album in history. It sold over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970s and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House.
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'''Thriller''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982, and 1982. It went on to become the best-selling music album in history. It sold history, selling over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970s 1970's and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House.

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25th Feb '15 2:47:51 AM Patachou
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'''''Thriller''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It is the best-selling music album in history. It sold over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970s and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House. Since 2009 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of culturally significant recordings. The iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films".
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'''''Thriller''''' '''Thriller''' is the sixth studio album by Music/MichaelJackson, released in 1982. It is 1982, and the best-selling music album in history. It sold over 65 domestically and 110 million copies world wide. Seven of the nine tracks on the album were released as singles, with each one reaching the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Three of the singles, "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" were accompanied by music videos that elevated the record to its iconic status. Although Jackson was already world famous since the 1970s and music videos already existed as a promotional tool both he and the medium became a dominating force in the music industry. "The King Of Pop" broke down racial barriers via his MTV appearances, won eight Grammys and even met US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan at the White House. Since 2009 2007 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry of "historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings. The recordings". In 2009, the iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films". for the same reasons.

---- !! Tracklist: # "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" # "Baby Be Mine" # "The Girl Is Mine" # "Thriller" # "Beat It" # "Billie Jean" # "Human Nature" # "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" # "The Lady In My Life" ---- !! No mere mortal can resist the evil of the tropers! * AllJustADream: The music video was a nightmare of his girlfriend...[[OrWasItADream or was it?]] * ChangedForTheVideo: The video version has all the choruses moved to the end of the song instead of between verses, with Creator/VincentPrice's [[AWildRapperAppears rap]] coming before the choruses. The bridge is also omitted. * CreepyCemetery: Zombies apparently dig themselves up from their graves for no reason at all.
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---- !! Tracklist: '''Tracklist''' [[AC:Side One]] # "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" Somethin'" (6:02) # "Baby Be Mine" Mine" (4:20) # "The Girl Is Mine" Mine" (3:42) # "Thriller" "Thriller" (5:57) [[AC:Side Two]] # "Beat It" It" (4:17) # "Billie Jean" Jean" (4:57) # "Human Nature" Nature" (4:05) # "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Thing)" (3:58) # "The Lady In My Life" ---- Life" (4:57) !! No mere mortal can resist the evil of the tropers! ''Wanna Be Tropin' Something'' * AllJustADream: The music video of "Thriller", where Michael's girlfriend imagines being chased by zombies. Then it turns out it was just a nightmare of his girlfriend...nightmare. [[OrWasItADream or was it?]] * AndStarring: Horror movie icon Creator/VincentPrice during "Thriller" and Music/PaulMcCartney duets with Michael in "The Girl Is Mine". * BadassPacifist: Michael in "Beat It" who breaks up two fighting rival gangs and has them all join together in a dance. * ChangedForTheVideo: The music video version of "Thriller" has all the choruses moved to the end of the song instead of between verses, with Creator/VincentPrice's [[AWildRapperAppears rap]] coming before the choruses. The bridge is also omitted. * ContinuityNod: ** The line "Billie Jean is always talking" in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". ** Jackson and Music/PaulMcCartney share a duet during "The Girl Is Mine". Both singers sang earlier together on the single "Say Say Say" on Macca's album ''Tug Of War'' (1982). * CreepyCemetery: Zombies In the music video of "Thriller" zombies apparently dig themselves up from their graves for no reason at all.all. * CrossOver: Music/PaulMcCartney duets with Michael during "The Girl Is Mine". * DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Jackson's previous joyful dance output the three Top 10 hit singles of the album were all paranoid songs about escaping from stuff in the dark ("Thriller"), street gangs ("Beat It!") and a woman claiming that he fathered her child ("Billie Jean").

* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The video starts off with a werewolf, but in the middle zombies turn up.
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* DuelsDecideEverything and EducationalSong: "Beat It!" informs street gangs that fighting is not the answer. --> ''You wanna stay alive, better do what you can'' --> ''So beat it, just beat it'' --> ''You have to show them that you're really not scared'' --> ''You're playin' with your life, this ain't no truth or dare'' --> ''They'll kick you, then they beat you'' --> ''Then they'll tell you it's fair'' --> ''So beat it, but you wanna be bad'' --> ''Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it'' --> ''No one wants to be defeated'' --> ''Showin' how funky strong is your fight'' --> ''It doesn't matter who's wrong or right'' * ElectronicSpeechImpediment: Squeaky voices near the end of "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)". * EpicRocking: The 6:02 "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" * EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The music video of "Thriller" starts off with a werewolf, but in the middle zombies turn up.

* FaceOnTheCover: Michael, in close-up.
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* FaceOnTheCover: Michael, in close-up. close-up, sitting up on the floor.

-->'''Michael''': Honestly, we're out of gas.\\
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-->'''Michael''': --> '''Michael''': Honestly, we're out of gas.\\

* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Michael's girlfriend is so frightened that she leaves the movie theatre. * GlowingEyesOfDoom: Michael's eyes in the infamous twist ending. * InJoke: A movie character says, "See you next Wednesday." That's the title of a fictitious film that crops up in several movies by the video's director, Creator/JohnLandis.
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* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Michael's girlfriend is so frightened that she leaves the movie theatre.GenreRoulette: Pop, soul and R&B. "Beat It!" has an electric guitar solo by [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]], which brought in countless rock fans. * GlowingEyesOfDoom: GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: In the music video of "Thriller" Michael's eyes in girlfriend is so frightened that she leaves the infamous twist ending.movie theatre. * GlowingEyesOfDoom: Near the end of the music video of "Thriller", when Michael's girlfriend thinks she's safe again Michael turns to the camera with glowing eyes and an evil stare. * GrowOldWithMe: "The Lady In My Life". --> ''And even when we're old and grey'' --> ''You'll always be the lady in my life'' * HairTriggerTemper: "Beat It". --> ''The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear'' * InJoke: A movie character says, When Michael leaves the film theater in the music video of "Thriller" someone on screen says: "See you next Wednesday." That's the title of a fictitious fictional film that crops up in several movies by the video's director, Creator/JohnLandis.Creator/JohnLandis. * LetsDuet: "The Girl Is Mine", between Michael and Music/PaulMcCartney * LyricalDissonance: "Billie Jean", a super catchy dance number about a girl claiming that Jackson is the father of her child. * LyricalTic: --> ''A-hi-hi-hiiii''

* MutuallyFictional: Jackson watches a horror movie with his girlfriend starring two actors who look exactly like them, except for their clothes. Nobody comments on the fact that they are the same person. Even the people in the movie theatre! * NestedStoryReveal: [[spoiler: [[TheEndOrIsIt Or is it?]]]] * NoNameGiven: Ola Ray's character is credited only as "Michael's girl." * OneWordTitle: "Thriller". * OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Michael looks more like a cat than a wolf. * ProsceniumReveal: Turns out the opening sequence is a movie, and Michael Jackson is enjoying some while watching. * ShapeshiftingLover: You'd think a guy suffering from chronic lycanthropy would cancel any dates that coincide with a full moon... * ShowWithinAShow: Michael and his girl watch a horror movie. * TalkyBookends: Popularized the concept. * TheresNoBInMovie: The film that Michael and the girl are watching, and the lyrics mention "the thing with 40 eyes." * TwistEnding: The music video has three of them. [[spoiler: The werewolf transformation in the beginning is actually a movie, Ola Ray being attacked by zombies was AllADream, but in the end Michael is still revealed to have demonic eyes.]] * ZombieApocalypse: Zombies rise and leave their graves. * ZombiePukeAttack: The zombies from the MV. ---- !!! "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Tropes)": * AndStarring: Creator/VincentPrice on "Thriller" and Music/PaulMcCartney on "The Girl Is Mine". * BadassPacifist: Michael in "Beat It" who sings and dances gang members into avoiding a fight. * ContinuityNod: ** The line "Billie Jean is always talking" in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". ** Jackson and Music/PaulMcCartney share a duet during "The Girl Is Mine". Both singers sang earlier together on the single "Say Say Say" on Macca's album ''Tug Of War'' (1982). * DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Jackson's previous joyful dance output the three Top 10 hit singles of the album were all paranoid songs about escaping from stuff in the dark ("Thriller"), street gangs ("Beat It!") and a woman claiming that he fathered her child ("Billie Jean"). * DuelsDecideEverything: Subverted in "Beat It!" * EducationalSong: "Beat It!" * ElectronicSpeechImpediment: Squeaky voices near the end of "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)". * EpicRocking: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Billie Jean" sure are epic in scale. * GenreRoulette: Pop, soul and R&B. "Beat It!" has an electric guitar solo by [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]], which pulled in countless rock fans. * GrowOldWithMe: "The Lady In My Life". --> ''And even when we're old and grey/ you'll always be the lady in my life'' - "The Lady In My Life". * HairTriggerTemper: "Beat It". --> ''The fire's in their eyes/ and their words are really clear'' * LetsDuet: "The Girl Is Mine" * LyricalDissonance: "Billie Jean", a super catchy dance number about a girl claiming that Jackson is the father of her child. * LyricalTic: ''"A-hi-hi-hiiii"'' * MommasBoy: In "Billie Jean": -->''And mother always told me\\
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* MutuallyFictional: Jackson watches a horror movie with his girlfriend starring two actors who look exactly like them, except for their clothes. Nobody comments on the fact that they are the same person. Even the people in the movie theatre! * NestedStoryReveal: [[spoiler: [[TheEndOrIsIt Or is it?]]]] * NoNameGiven: Ola Ray's character is credited only as "Michael's girl." * OneWordTitle: "Thriller". * OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Michael looks more like a cat than a wolf. * ProsceniumReveal: Turns out the opening sequence is a movie, and Michael Jackson is enjoying some while watching. * ShapeshiftingLover: You'd think a guy suffering from chronic lycanthropy would cancel any dates that coincide with a full moon... * ShowWithinAShow: Michael and his girl watch a horror movie. * TalkyBookends: Popularized the concept. * TheresNoBInMovie: The film that Michael and the girl are watching, and the lyrics mention "the thing with 40 eyes." * TwistEnding: The music video has three of them. [[spoiler: The werewolf transformation in the beginning is actually a movie, Ola Ray being attacked by zombies was AllADream, but in the end Michael is still revealed to have demonic eyes.]] * ZombieApocalypse: Zombies rise and leave their graves. * ZombiePukeAttack: The zombies from the MV. ---- !!! "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Tropes)": * AndStarring: Creator/VincentPrice on "Thriller" and Music/PaulMcCartney on "The Girl Is Mine". * BadassPacifist: Michael in "Beat It" who sings and dances gang members into avoiding a fight. * ContinuityNod: ** The line "Billie Jean is always talking" in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". ** Jackson and Music/PaulMcCartney share a duet during "The Girl Is Mine". Both singers sang earlier together on the single "Say Say Say" on Macca's album ''Tug Of War'' (1982). * DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Jackson's previous joyful dance output the three Top 10 hit singles of the album were all paranoid songs about escaping from stuff in the dark ("Thriller"), street gangs ("Beat It!") and a woman claiming that he fathered her child ("Billie Jean"). * DuelsDecideEverything: Subverted in "Beat It!" * EducationalSong: "Beat It!" * ElectronicSpeechImpediment: Squeaky voices near the end of "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)". * EpicRocking: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Billie Jean" sure are epic in scale. * GenreRoulette: Pop, soul and R&B. "Beat It!" has an electric guitar solo by [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]], which pulled in countless rock fans. * GrowOldWithMe: "The Lady In My Life". --> ''And even when we're old and grey/ you'll always be the lady in my life'' - "The Lady In My Life". * HairTriggerTemper: "Beat It". --> ''The fire's in their eyes/ and their words are really clear'' * LetsDuet: "The Girl Is Mine" * LyricalDissonance: "Billie Jean", a super catchy dance number about a girl claiming that Jackson is the father of her child. * LyricalTic: ''"A-hi-hi-hiiii"'' * MommasBoy: In "Billie Jean": -->''And --> ''And mother always told me\\

* MutuallyFictional: Jackson watches a horror movie with his girlfriend starring two actors who look exactly like them, except for their clothes. Nobody comments on the fact that they are the same person. Even the people in the movie theatre! * NestedStoryReveal: The music video of "Thriller" is comprised of several stories within a story [[spoiler: [[TheEndOrIsIt Or is it?]]]] * NoNameGiven: Ola Ray's character in the music video of "Thriller" is credited only as "Michael's girl." * OneWordTitle: "Thriller". * OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Michael looks more like a cat than a wolf. * ProsceniumReveal: Turns out the opening sequence is a movie, and Michael Jackson is enjoying some while watching. * ShapeshiftingLover: You'd think a guy suffering from chronic lycanthropy would cancel any dates that coincide with a full moon... * ShowWithinAShow: Michael and his girl watch a horror movie. * TalkyBookends: Popularized the concept. * TheresNoBInMovie: The film that Michael and the girl are watching, and the lyrics mention "the thing with 40 eyes." * TwistEnding: The music video has three of them. [[spoiler: The werewolf transformation in the beginning is actually a movie, Ola Ray being attacked by zombies was AllADream, but in the end Michael is still revealed to have demonic eyes.]] * ZombieApocalypse: Zombies rise and leave their graves. * ZombiePukeAttack: The zombies from the MV. ---- !!! "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Tropes)": * AndStarring: Creator/VincentPrice on "Thriller" and Music/PaulMcCartney on "The Girl Is Mine". * BadassPacifist: Michael in "Beat It" who sings and dances gang members into avoiding a fight. * ContinuityNod: ** The line "Billie Jean is always talking" in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". ** Jackson and Music/PaulMcCartney share a duet during "The Girl Is Mine". Both singers sang earlier together on the single "Say Say Say" on Macca's album ''Tug Of War'' (1982). * DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Jackson's previous joyful dance output the three Top 10 hit singles of the album were all paranoid songs about escaping from stuff in the dark ("Thriller"), street gangs ("Beat It!") and a woman claiming that he fathered her child ("Billie Jean"). * DuelsDecideEverything: Subverted in "Beat It!" * EducationalSong: "Beat It!" * ElectronicSpeechImpediment: Squeaky voices near the end of "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)". * EpicRocking: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Billie Jean" sure are epic in scale. * GenreRoulette: Pop, soul and R&B. "Beat It!" has an electric guitar solo by [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]], which pulled in countless rock fans. * GrowOldWithMe: "The Lady In My Life". --> ''And even when we're old and grey/ you'll always be the lady in my life'' - "The Lady In My Life". * HairTriggerTemper: "Beat It". --> ''The fire's in their eyes/ and their words are really clear'' * LetsDuet: "The Girl Is Mine" * LyricalDissonance: "Billie Jean", a super catchy dance number about a girl claiming that Jackson is the father of her child. * LyricalTic: ''"A-hi-hi-hiiii"'' * MommasBoy: In "Billie Jean": -->''And mother always told me\\"

* PepTalkSong: From "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'": -->''So keep your head up high and scream out to the world\\
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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In the music video of "Thriller" Michael looks more like a werecat than a werewolf. * PepTalkSong: From "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'": -->''So --> ''So keep your head up high and scream out to the world\\

* PepTalkSong: From "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'": -->''So keep your head up high and scream out to PopCulturalOsmosis: The music video of "Thriller" is so iconic that probably more people across the world\\world are familiar with that than the rest of the album, despite it being the best-selling record of all time.

* ProperlyParanoid: "Thriller", "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" marked a change in Jackson's lyrics. While his earlier albums where all cheery dance songs or sad break-up songs he started to move into more paranoid songs.
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* ProperlyParanoid: "Thriller", "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" marked a change in Jackson's lyrics. While his earlier albums where all cheery dance songs or sad break-up songs he started to move into more paranoid songs.songs. * ProsceniumReveal: Turns out the opening sequence of "Thriller" is a movie, and Michael Jackson is enjoying some while watching.

* SanitySlippageSong: "Billie Jean" * SelfBackingVocalist
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* SanitySlippageSong: "Billie Jean" Jean", where the protagonist goes insane over the fact that a stalker follows him. * SelfBackingVocalistSelfBackingVocalist: On most of the songs Michael is backed by his own vocals. * ShapeshiftingLover: Michael turns out to be a werecat in the prologue of the music video of "Thriller". You'd think a guy suffering from chronic lycanthropy would cancel any dates that coincide with a full moon...

** Music/RunDMC: Their song "King Of Rock" from their album ''Music/KingOfRock'' has the line: "It's not Music/MichaelJackson and this is not 'Music/{{Thriller}}'. Funny enough, Jackson himself would sample from this Run-DMC song on his own single "2Bad" (1997).
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** Music/RunDMC: Their song "King Of Rock" from their album ''Music/KingOfRock'' has the line: "It's not Music/MichaelJackson and this is not 'Music/{{Thriller}}'. Funny enough, Jackson himself would sample from this Run-DMC song on his own single "2Bad" (1997).from ''Music/HistoryPastPresentAndFutureBookI'' (1995).

* SingerNameDrop: During "The Girl is Mine". -->'''Paul''': "Michael, we're not going to fight about this" \\
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* ShowWithinAShow: In the music video of "Thriller" Michael and his girl watch a horror movie. * SingerNameDrop: During "The Girl is Mine". -->'''Paul''': --> '''Paul''': "Michael, we're not going to fight about this" \\

* SpiritualSuccessor: "Thriller" would receive one in "Threatened", also featuring Vincent Price.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: "Thriller" would receive one in "Threatened", "Threatened" from ''Music/{{Invincible}}'', also featuring Vincent Price.

** "Ghosts" feels like an effort to surpass "Thriller". * SpokenWordInMusic: Vincent Price in the song "Thriller".
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** "Ghosts" ''Music/MichaelJacksonsGhosts'' feels like an effort to surpass "Thriller". * SpokenWordInMusic: Vincent Price Price's lines in "Thriller" are spoken. * TalkyBookends: "Thriller" popularized the concept in music videos. * TheresNoBInMovie: The film that Michael and the girl are watching in the song "Thriller". music video of "Thriller", and the lyrics mention "the thing with 40 eyes." * TwistEnding: The music video of "Thriller" has three of them. [[spoiler: The werewolf transformation in the beginning is actually a movie, Ola Ray being attacked by zombies was AllADream, but in the end Michael is still revealed to have demonic eyes.]] * ZombieApocalypse: In the music video of "Thriller" zombies rise and leave their graves. * ZombiePukeAttack: One of the zombies in the music video of "Thriller" has gross stuff coming out of his mouth.
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