Album

No.20 – Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’

What is it?: The youngest Jackson brother serving casual white tie realness and making some good music while he’s at it.

What’s it like?: Apparently ‘Thriller’ is “better” and “more influential” than ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’. Whatever, Rolling Stone, whatever.

Anyway. ‘Thriller’. If I remember rightly, this is the biggest-selling record in the UK, ever – and lord knows it’s iconic. It’s a surprise it hasn’t appeared until no.20 on this list. This is Jackson at his best, pumping out classics like ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’, and making those squealing sounds we all love.

There are a few dud tracks present, though – more than I would have expected, actually – and that was a little disappointing. But on the whole, it’s clear ‘Thriller’ deserves its iconic status.

When to listen to it: When you have something to celebrate and want to do it in style, baby.

Verdict: It’s fab, but I do see why it only just cracked the top 20.

7/10

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