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Let's Be Real: These Iconic Music Videos Would'n't Exist Without "Thriller"


On December 2, 1983, the music video for "Thriller" was released, forever changing the landscape of the music video world. Before Michael Jackson dropped the nearly 14-minute, horror-themed, funkadelic vid, there wasn't much storytelling in the medium.

Music videos seemed more like afterthoughts or accompaniments to the song. But "Thriller" flipped the script. When I talked to some of my older family members who got the album before seeing the music video, they mentioned that they never really thought much of the track.

But after MJ debuted his monster masterpiece, perceptions changed. Everyone and their mother learned the dance. Album skyrocketed. In fact, Thriller is still the number two selling record of all time, generating more than 33 million sales, just under The Eagles' Greatest Hits.