Michael Jackson: Thriller

It is hard to imagine the excitement over Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller, that debuted on MTV 25 years ago. There was no other music channel at the time. The following day, the video went on sale nationwide. I was in medical school at the time. One of the medical students in the class ahead of me got his wife to go to the store and wait in line to buy the VHS video. She brought the video to school and we used the A-V equipment there to show the video during our lunch break. Both members of the first-year class and the second-year classed stayed around to watch the video. As I recall, more than 150 students eagerly watched the video. We all loved it.

Thriller was the pinnacle of Michael Jackson’s music video career. Although he made tons more videos, with Smooth Criminal being the most notable, nobody else made any more of the super-production videos. Jackson was the only one.