Isn’t it fitting that on this 25th
anniversary of the release of Thriller that the clear front-runner in our
80s poll about the Best 80s Song is MJ himself at 32% of the votes. His
closest competition is the second place song by John Cougar (hey, he still
used Cougar then) Mellancamp, Jack & Diane. With thousands of votes
submitted, this represents statistically meaningful data about the
preferences of 80s music fans and the lasting stamina of specific 80s
Released in 1983, Michael Jackson’s album,
Thriller sold somewhere between 50 and 100 million copies and quickly
became the best selling record of all time. Recorded in 1982, this album
had a production budget of $750,000 – now, I call that one heck of a
return on investment. The album went on to win Album of the Year in 1984
and a record-breaking eight Grammies. While MJ has certainly had some
problems since then, Thriller lives on. After re-watching the video of
Thriller on YouTube, I was struck by the almost prophetic words he utters
in the opening scene with his girlfriend before the music starts, “I’m not
like other guys . . . I’m different.” Truer words were never spoken.
Bringing up the rear with a frankly
surprising mere 2% of the votes is Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue off
their 1985 album, Theater of Pain. Clearly the folks from my high school
must not have voted because Motley Crue was HUGE.
Thanks for all your votes – come back and
make your voice heard on similarly weighty 80s issues.