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Music: Thriller
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!"

Thriller (1982) by Michael Jackson 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 President Ronald Reagan at the White House.

Since 2009 the album has been included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings. The iconic music video in which Jackson dances with zombies was included in the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films".

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

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