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Photos: On this day – November 30, 1982 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, the best-selling album of all time, is released

Posted Nov 30, 2012


On this day – November 30, 1982 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with sales estimated by various sources as being between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide, and is also tied with Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) by the Eagles as the best-selling album in the United States.The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys.Of the nine tracks on the album, four of them were written by Jackson himself. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thriller was ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003,and was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at number three in its Definitive 200 Albums of All Time. The Thriller album was included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings, and the Thriller video was included in the National Film Preservation Board’s National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films”. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #1 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”. (AP,Wikipedia)

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