Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
When I was 9 years old, I
received a yellow plastic turntable and a gift certificate from Sound
Warehouse for Christmas. I had grown up listening to my parents’ albums,
and music was always playing in our house. I was so excited to go to
buy my very own albums. I ended up getting Thriller,
The Go-Go’s Vacation,
and a K-tel sampler. Thriller
is such a perfect album. It’s packed with hooks and hit songs.
The performances are incredible, but even at 9, it was the sound that
drew me in. [Producer] Quincy Jones is a genius musician and arranger.
It ended up being one of the biggest pop albums of all time.