"Thriller" is a song recorded by American singer Michael Jackson, composed by Rod Temperton, and produced by Quincy Jones.
It is the seventh and final single released by Epic Records from his 1982 studio album of the same name.
The basic thing is, everybody who was involved gave 150 percent …
Quincy's like a director of a movie and I'm like a director of photography, and it's Quincy's job to cast [it].
Quincy said to me, "You managed to come up with a title for the last album, see what you can do for this album.' I said, "Oh great," so I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles, and came up with the title 'Midnight Man'.
The next morning, I woke up, and I just said this word... You could visualize it on the top of the Billboard charts.
In his 1988 book Moonwalk, Jackson expressed interest in having director John Landis direct the music video for "Thriller".
Having seen Landis' previous work on the horror film An American Werewolf in London, Jackson envisioned the main character of his short film to undergo similar transitions parallel to those of the characters in Landis' horror film.
Swedien said of Jackson recording the song, that, "I tried all sorts of things with Michael – for instance, he would sing the main vocal part and we'd double it one time and then I'd ask him to step away from the mic and do it a third time and that really changed the acoustics in the room so it gave Michael's vocals a unique character …
We recorded some of those background vocals in the shower stall at Westlake." Throughout the song, sound effects such as a creaking door, thunder, feet walking on wooden planks, winds and howling dogs can be heard.
Quincy can find the people and he gives us the inspiration to do what we do.
Swedien and Jones stated that Vincent Price recorded his introduction and voice-over rap for the song in two takes; Jones, acknowledging that doing a voice-over for a song is "difficult", praised Price and described his recording takes as being "fabulous".
Due to all the technical details of production and the nature of the video, the budget nearly doubled in costs.