UK release date:
Nov 30, 1982
US release date:
Nov 30, 1982

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Recording "The Girl Is Mine"

Apr 14 - 16, 1982

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Track list

Disc 1


Wanna Be Startin' Somethin

6:03 • Studio version


Baby Be Mine

4:20 • Studio version


The Girl Is Mine

Written by Michael Jackson

3:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Michael Jackson :
Producer, Vocal arrangement, Vocals
David Foster :
Synthesizer, Synthesizer arrangement
Dean Parks :
Greg Phillinganes :
Rhodes piano
David Paich :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro :
Synthesizer programming
Steve Lukather :
Louis Johnson :
Bass guitar
Jeff Porcaro :
Quincy Jones :
Producer, Rhythm arrangement, Vocal arrangement
Jerry Hey :
Strings arrangement
Jerry Vinci :

Session Recording:
Apr 14 - 16, 1982
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA



5:57 • Studio version


Beat It

4:18 • Studio version


Billie Jean

4:54 • Studio version


Human Nature

4:06 • Studio version


P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

3:59 • Studio version


The Lady in My Life

5:00 • Studio version


From Wikipedia:

Thriller is the sixth studio album by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. 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.

Of the album’s nine tracks, four were written by Jackson. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Three of the singles had music videos released. “Baby Be Mine” and “The Lady in My Life” were the only tracks that were not released as singles. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with sales over 110 million copies worldwide according to various sources. In the United States, it also tied with the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) as the best-selling album at 29 million units shipped. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year. […]

Jackson reunited with Off the Wall producer Quincy Jones to record his sixth studio album. The pair worked together on 30 songs, nine of which were eventually included. Thriller was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, with a production budget of $750,000. The recording for Thriller commenced on April 14, 1982 at 12:00 noon with Jackson and Paul McCartney recording “The Girl Is Mine“, and the album was completed with the final day of mixing on November 8, 1982. Several members of the band Toto were also involved in the album’s recording and production. Jackson wrote four songs for the record: “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”, “The Girl Is Mine”, “Beat It”, and “Billie Jean”. Unlike many artists, Jackson did not write these songs on paper. Instead, he would dictate into a sound recorder; when recording he would sing from memory. […]


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