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10 Facts About "Thriller" That Will Make You Miss The King Of Pop Even More

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Thriller isn't just the apex of Michael Jackson's career, it's possibly the greatest pop album in the history of music. The highest-selling album of all time has been entertaining audiences worldwide for 35 years now, but we're willing to bet that most people don't know these 10 things about it.

Jackson felt undervalued by the music industry.

Rolling Stone

After being declined a cover story by Rolling Stone for his Off The Wall album, Jackson commented "I've been told over and over that black people on the cover of magazines doesn't sell copies ... Just wait. Someday those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe I'll give them one, and maybe I won't."

Eddie Van Halen only plays the solo in "Beat It," not the riff.

The riff was actually performed by Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, but is often also attributed to Eddie.

Production had a whopping $750,000 budget.

IMDB

In today's money, that's nearly $2 Million US.

It won a record number of Grammy awards.

Grammys

The album took in a whopping 8 Grammy awards, which at the time was the most ever received by a single album.

The facts just get crazier from here...

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