[[caption-width-right:300:Best-selling album in the world. There's probably a copy of it nearby your house!]]

->''"No mere mortal can resist... the e-vil of the Thrillerrrr!"''
-->-- '''Creator/VincentPrice'''

'''''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".

Also for a nice bit of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]], not long after Jackson's death was announced in that same year, many fans around the world honoured him by performing the dance number.

TropeNamer for MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody.

!! 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 a trope":

* 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.
* TheDeadCanDance: There are slow zombies, fast zombies, and then there are ''[[OurZombiesAreDifferent funk zombies]]''.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The video starts off with a werewolf, but in the middle zombies turn up.
* EvilLaugh: Vincent Price does a great one at the end.
* FaceOnTheCover: Michael, in close-up.
* FaceRevealingTurn: One of the most famous instances of this trope.
* FakingEngineTrouble: PlayedWith in the ShowWithinAShow. Michael's character says he's out of gas, while in the woods with his girlfriend.
-->'''Michael''': Honestly, we're out of gas.\\
'''Girl''': So what are we gonna do now?\\
''cut to the two of them walking down the road''\\
'''Girl''': I'm sorry I didn't believe you.
* 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.
* MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Trope Namer.
* MST3KMantra: Invoked when Michael and the girl walk out of the movie theatre:
-->'''MICHAEL''': "It's only a movie!"
* 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\\
be careful who you love\\
and be careful what you do\\
'cause the lie becomes the truth.''
* ObsessionSong: "Billie Jean", where Jackson freaks out about a girl claiming to have been knocked up by him.
* OneWordTitle: "Thriller".
* PepTalkSong: From "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'":
-->''So keep your head up high and scream out to the world\\
I know I am someone\\
And let the truth unfurl\\
No-one can hurt me now\\
Because you know what's true\\
Yes, I believe in me\\
So you believe in you''
* ThePowerOfLove: "Baby Me Mine", "The Girl Is Mine", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T.", "The Lady In My Life" are all love songs.
* 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.
* QuarrelingSong: "The Girl Is Mine", where Michael and Paul quarrel over the same girl.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jackson was indeed stalked by a woman claiming that Jackson was [[ArtisticLicenseBiology the father of one of her twins]]. This was the inspiration for "Billie Jean".
* RecordProducer: Creator/QuincyJones.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Billie Jean"
* SelfBackingVocalist
* ShoutOut:
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic spoofed "Beat It" and his music video as "Eat It".
** 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).
** Music/{{Eminem}} referenced the music video for "Billie Jean" by imitating Jackson dancing on the light reflecting steps in his music video for "Just Lose It".
* SingerNameDrop: During "The Girl is Mine".
-->'''Paul''': "Michael, we're not going to fight about this" \\
'''Michael''': "Paul, I think I told you. I'm a lover not a fighter."
* SpecialGuest: Music/PaulMcCartney in "The Girl Is Mine" and [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]] during "Beat It".
* SpiritualSuccessor: "Thriller" would receive one in "Threatened", also featuring Vincent Price.
** ''Music/{{Bad}}'' seems to be almost the opposite message of "Beat It".
** "Ghosts" feels like an effort to surpass "Thriller".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Vincent Price in the song "Thriller".