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Thriller (song)
Thriller is one of Michael Jackson's songs in the albums, Thriller and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. This is Michael's only song that has a spoken bridge by Vincent Price. Thriller was recorded by Michael Jackson, composed by Rod Temperton, and produced by Quincy Jones. The song is 5 minutes, 57 seconds in length. It was released on January 23, 1984 by Epic Records. This song is one of Michael Jackson' s signature songs.[1][2]

Thriller appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in the episode Count Koopula in a vampire transformation scene.[3] It also appeared in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (console game).[4]


  • Written and composed by Rod Temperton and Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Quincy Jones
  • Featuring: Rap by Vincent Price
  • Synthesizers: Greg Philinganes, Rod Temperton and Brian Banks
  • Synthesizer programming: Anthony Marinelli
  • Guitar: David Williams
  • Trumpet and flügelhorn: Jerry Hey
  • Trumpet and flügelhorn: Gary Grant
  • Saxophone and flute: Larry Williams
  • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
  • Vocal, rhythm and synthesizer arrangement by Rod Temperton
  • Horn arragement by Jerry Hey
  • Effects by Bruce Cannon and Bruce Swedien


  • [ 1st Verse ]
  • Its close to midnight,
  • Something evils lurking in the dark
  • Under the moonlight,
  • You see a sight that almost stops your heart
  • You try to scream,
  • But terror take the sound before you make it
  • You start to freeze,
  • As horror looks you right between your eyes
  • Youre paralysed
  • [ Chorus ]
  • Cause this is thriller, thriller night
  • And no ones gonna save you from the beast about to strike
  • You know its thriller, thriller night
  • Youre fighting for your life, inside of
  • Killer, thriller, tonight
  • [ 2nd Verse ]
  • You hear the door slam,
  • And realize theres nowhere left to run
  • You feel the cold hand,
  • And wonder if you ever see the sun
  • You close your eyes,
  • And hope that this is just imagination, girl
  • But all the while, you hear a creature creepin up behind
  • Youre out of time
  • [ Chorus ]
  • Cause this is thriller, thriller night
  • There aint no second chance to against the thing with the forty eyes, girl
  • Thriller, thriller night
  • Youre fighting for your life, inside of killer, thriller, tonight
  • [ Bridge: ]
  • Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade
  • [ Find more Lyrics at ]
  • Theres no escaping the jaws of the alien this time
  • (Theyre open wide)
  • This is the end of your life
  • [ 3rd Verse ]
  • Theyre out to get you
  • Theres demons closing in on every sight
  • They will possess you,
  • Unless you change that number on your dial
  • Now is the time,
  • For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
  • All through the night, Ill save you from the terror on the screen
  • Ill make you see
  • [ Chorus ]
  • That this is thriller, thriller night
  • Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
  • Thriller, thriller night
  • So let me hold you tight and share a
  • Killer, thriller, killer, thriller, here tonight
  • [ Chorus ]
  • Cause this is thriller, thriller night
  • Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
  • Thriller, thriller night
  • So let me hold you tight and share a
  • Killer, thriller-
  • [ Rap Performed By Vincent Price ]
  • Darkness falls across the land
  • The midnight hour is close at hand
  • Creatures crawl in search of blood
  • To terrorize y'alls neighbourhood
  • And whosoever shall be found
  • Without the soul for "getting down"
  • Must stand and face the hounds of hell
  • And rot inside a corpse's shell
  • The foulest stench is in the air
  • The funk of forty thousand years
  • And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
  • Are closing in to seal your doom
  • And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver
  • For no mere mortal can resist
  • The evil of the thriller.
  • (Maniacal laughter)


Debuted on the Hot 100 in the States at no.20 – the highest new entry for over 20 years (John Lennon’s Imagine also debuted at no.20 in 1971). Rose to no.4, to give Michael his seventh Top 10 hit from THRILLER – a new record from one album.

Charted at no.3 on the R&B singles chart in the States, and achieved no.10 in the UK, where it logged 18 weeks on the Top 75.

RIAA Platinum Record (USA million seller).

In HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

This song is the ninth song on the first disc in this album.[6]

In Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (console game)

In the Mega Drive/Genesis version of Moonwalker, Thriller doesn't actually appear in the video game as a level background music, but if the player does the dance move in stages 3 (Woods) and 5-3 (The enemy hideout), Michael will do some dance moves from Thriller, and a part of Thriller plays once he dances. This only happens in the REV00 version of the game.[7]


External Links

Official Music Video

The album version of this song


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