Michael Jackson - Thriller
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1982 Ratings: #12 / 158
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1982 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul -- expanding the approach to have something for every audience.

100
Slant Magazine

No album, movie, or book should ever have to live up to the expectations attached to the label “biggest selling of all time.” Luckily for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, that moment has passed.

100
Entertainment Weekly

From the urgent funk of opener ”Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”’ and sweet synth stutter of ”P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” to the iconic rock stomp of ”Beat It,” Thriller offers pure, transporting euphoria in pop form.

80
Sputnikmusic

There's no denying the fun and catchiness of Thriller. Michael Jackson, despite his morals, was a fantastic music artist and knew how to make excellent pop music. Thriller is one of the greatest showings of that.

80
Rolling Stone

The fiery conviction of Thriller offers hope that Michael is still a long way away from succumbing to the lures of Vegas. Thriller may not be Michael Jackson's 1999, but it's a gorgeous, snappy step in the right direction.

Craigold
100

Tomorrow night will be spooky, and that's because Craigold and his clown crew are going out on the town, and getting ourselves some candy. But back in September I astral projected myself so far into the future that I was able to see visions of what will happen tomorrow, and here is the story, from the future.

My group consists of my friends Alan, Diana, Emmett, and José. Alan was dressed as Sauron from The Lord of The Rings, Diana wore a boat around her waist, wielded a cutlass in her ... read more

marvelgaryen
97

The most powerful pop music record to date.

soundworld
100

PERFECT ALBUM #25:

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson (1982) {Pop}

Ah the King of Pop's masterpice: " Thriller"! On paper, this sounds like the type of album the music critic/snob would traditionally reject: insanely popular, overly commercial, inseparable from its accompanying music videos and dance moves. But oddly enough, "Thriller" is made much stronger by all of this. It's not just an album; it's a bona fide cultural phenomenon. This album's accessibility made ... read more

Dotenell
NR

༄♥𝓗𝓐𝓛𝓛𝓞𝓦𝓔𝓔𝓝 𝓢𝓔𝓐𝓢𝓞𝓝 𝓡𝓔𝓥𝓘𝓔𝓦𝓢♥༄ #1:

First of all, yes, this album is one of the best known in all history and one of the best rated, so everything I can say about it could be a hot take.

Obviously the singles overshadow the rest of the album but I liked some songs like Baby Be Mine, The Girl is Mine and The Lady in My Life.

And even though I may like Bad more as my favorite MJ album, I still think this is a good ... read more

Ringer1334
100

I have conflicted feelings on MJ as a person but it’s undeniable this is one of the best pop albums ever made.

TehSniper_143
100

fuck you fantano, this shit amazing!

Are any of us really surprised that this is as amazing as it is? Not only is this the biggest selling album of all time, but this thing is stacked with banger after motherfucking banger! The mere fact that 6 out of the 9 tracks on here are tracks that are near and dear to my heart is something that very few albums can have bragging rights to. MJ fucking kills everything on this album, even on the tracks that I wasn't familiar with in the past. This is him ... read more

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