‘Thriller’ – 1982
“Thriller” was released on Nov. 30, 1982. Seven singles from the album reach the Billboard top 10. “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” all help to keep the album at the top of the chart for 37 weeks. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the record at 20th on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. The album reportedly has worldwide sales of almost 100 million and has won eight Grammy Awards. The next year, a 13-minute video for the single “Thriller” debuted, merging video and music in such a way that propelled MTV to commercial stardom.