Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Returns to Hot 100: Billboard
The track, ‘Thriller’ by the late Michael Jackson has reached its highest mark since it was last released in 1982. And it’s all thanks to Halloween season. The horror pop classic, ‘Thriller’ re-entered Billboard Hot 100 at No.31!
According to Nielson music, it returned with 15,000 downloads sold, surging by 189 percent from the prior week, and 15.2 million U.S. streams, up 198 percent, in the week ending Nov. 1. The gains also help the song re-enter both the Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs charts at Nos. 11 and 30, respectively.
The song is apparently listened to a lot more near Halloween. Given its skeleton-y, dark 80s vibe, this isn’t too surprising.
But what’s unbelievable is the fact that an over 30-year-old single could be eligible for the Hot 100 all over again! It just goes to show the kind of legend Michael Jackson was. Most of us came to know him as the “king of pop”. When he tragically passed away, many people were completely heartbroken. Nevertheless, his music evidently lives on and probably always will.
‘Thriller’ peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 on March 3, 1984, and has returned to the Hot 100 thrice before during this decade. With its No. 31 re-entry, the track reaches its highest point since April 7, 1984, when it stood at No. 23.
Moreover, Jackson’s iconic Thriller LP earns Greatest Gainer honors on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it vaults from No. 102 to No. 42. This is also due to Halloween gains.
In the 62-year history of the Billboard 200, only the West Side Story soundtrack has spent more weeks at No. 1 (54) than Thriller. Jackson’s signature set ranks at No. 3 on Billboard’s Greatest of All-Time Billboard 200 Albums recap, behind only Adele’s 21 and The Sound of Music soundtrack.