Sweet Tunes Thursday: 10 Favorite Albums #1: Michael Jackson’s Thriller – life+running

Sweet Tunes Thursday: 10 Favorite Albums #1: Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Though I said that these albums are in no particular order, make no mistake that Thriller is my favorite album ever. I had it as a little kid, and I loved it then. I don’t even know how many times I’ve listened to it. In fact, learning the dance from the Thriller music video is on my 30 before 30 list.

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Here’s a recap of the rest of my favorite albums.

10. Smashing Pumpkins / Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
9. Jimmy Eat World / Futures
8. Michael Jackson / Dangerous
7. The Postal Service / Give Up
6. Children of Bodom / Are You Dead Yet?
5. The Faint / Danse Macabre
4. Weezer / Weezer (blue)
3. LCD Soundsystem / This is Happening.
2. Megadeth / Rust in Peace 

And here’s where you find out (or remember) how much of a geek I am.

Last Friday marked the 30th anniversary of Thriller‘s release. If I was on top of my game, I would have known that and bumped this post up to last week. But alas, I’m apparently not as big of an MJ fan as I thought. He does have his own category on this blog, so I guess that makes up for it. And I also have a (hugely neglected) tumblr dedicated to his likeness. Anyway, The Current (MPR) wrote an interesting blog post about the album with some little-known facts about it last week, and that’s how I found out about the anniversary of its release.

Six of my favorite Michael Jackson songs are on this album: Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, P.Y.T., and Human Nature.

The greatest music video of all time came from this album. In fact, this video changed music video history by setting a new precedent for videos to be short films. Michael Jackson actually called all his videos “short films”.

If you’ve not seen this video before, I strongly encourage you to watch it. Even if you’re not a fan.

Anyway, that concludes my top 10 albums. I hope you enjoyed and found some new or old favorite tunes. Next I’m going to feature bands you MUST know.


What’s your favorite album? Can you choose just one? 

2 Comment

  1. I had a feeling I’d see this album here today. I do have to give major props to MJ for his short films. Amazing how they hold up through the test of time. Remember Wesley Snipes in “Bad”?

    1. chimes says: Reply

      ORLY? Why would you ever think MJ would be my #1 … oh wait.

      I think that was Wesley Snipes’ first appearance anywhere. I could be wrong. IMDB tells me I’m wrong. It was his first notable appearance. 😉

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