28. Michael Jackson “Thriller”
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The album Thriller
, including this song, was released in November of 1982, which is why it’s included on this list and not a future list of 1983 songs. However, the single and connected video wasn’t released until a year later in November of 1983. If ever a strong argument is to be made for @John
Maddens Lunchbox’s position that songs should be listed in the year they made the most impact rather than the year they were actually first released, this would be the one. However, I made my rule so I will stick to it. 1982 it is.
That being said, it’s impossible to separate this song from the video which was the most hyped and possibly greatest video of all time. I didn’t like it in 1983, or the song either. I was not a fan of Michael Jackson’s music at the time, and it took me many many years to come to appreciate it. (Ironically, the more I came to both appreciate and actually like Jackson’s the music, the more I also came to detest him as a human being.)
These days I think this song is a dance classic, not the best on the album but certainly up there.