Halloween Music History #10 (2015)

HALLOWEEN SONG #10: “THRILLER”
MICHAEL JACKSON, 1984


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When you’ve got a scary disco-dance hit song complete with Vincent Price chatter and laughter, you’ve got the #10 Halloween song of all time…

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIx_HbmRnQY

 
“Thriller” was the highest debuting single on one pop chart in the 1980’s, entering it at #20 in February, 1984. On another chart, it debuted at #24. On both charts I research, “Thriller” peaked at #4. 
 
Ironically, if you bought the 45 vinyl single of “Thriller,” you heard a considerably edited version of the song…so much so, that you didn’t hear Vincent Price’s laughter at the end. To hear the long version of “Thriller” that contained Prince’s laugh, you had to buy the vinyl LP, “Thriller.” And that’s what over 68 million people did as “Thriller” is biggest selling album of all time. “Thriller” the song was the 7th Top 40 hit from “Thriller” the album. Michael Jackson had two other LP’s to generate seven Top 40 hits (“Bad” and “Dangerous”). He’s the only performer in history to have three such albums. 
 
Taylor Swift has had two albums generate seven-plus Top 40 hits, including a record 13 Top 40’s from her 2008 album “Fearless.”  The only others to have an album with seven Top 40 hits are Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna. Special thanks to my good radio friend, Toby Petty, for his help on this research.
 
Vincent Price was the perfect choice to end the song “Thriller.” From 1938 to 1993, he had well over 100 movies. Among his most famous movies were “House Of Wax,” “The Tingler,” “The Fly,” “House On Haunted Hill” and “Pit And The Pendulum.”

TOMORROW AT  #9:
A SONG BURT BACHARACH WROTE
FOR A MOVIE STARRING STEVE MCQUEEN


 

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