WATCH: "Thriller" Video Celebrates 35th Anniversary Sunday

Anyone alive in the early 80's had to be affected by Michael Jackson and the "Thriller" album.  Michael with master musician and producer Quincy Jones created a piece of pop history that resonates like nearly no other collection of songs from that era can.  Beginning in early 1983, radio listeners were delighted with " Billy Jean." "Beat It," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin,'" "The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)," "Human Nature," and "P.Y.T." Over a year later, Michael and Qunicy waited until 1984 to finally unleash the album's title track.  

But "Thriller" wasn't just a huge song, it was a monster video - maybe the best ever made.  It's really a short film, directed by John Landis of "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," and "Trading Places" fame.  It's the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically" significant.  Say a little prayer for Michael as you watch this and watch him do what only Michael can do.

 

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