It's October, which means everyone's playlists are being invaded by Halloween classics, but when it comes to fun, spooky music, there's one song that seems to reign above the rest: Michael Jackson's Thriller. It's the centerpiece of many a Halloween party mix, and for good reason: Not only is it a goofy tribute to classic horror films, it's also just, like, a really good piece of music, made by one of the greatest pop artists of all time, at the top of his game. So how did Jackson, along with collaborators Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, manage to take this over-the-top ode to scary movies and turn it into one of the biggest hits of all time? Well... it's complicated.
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