“Thriller” era (1981-1984)

Thriller

1/Original track listing from the album released on November 30, 1982 (recorded from April 14 to November 8, 1982)

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Baby Be Mine
The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
Thriller
Beat It
Billie Jean
Human Nature

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
The Lady in My Life

 

2/Demos/Alternate Versions

Billie Jean (demo 1) : Recorded in 1981 & released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition)

Billie Jean (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked online. Remains unreleased

Billie Jean (demo 3) : Recorded in 1982 and used in the “This Is It’ movie in 2009. The full demo leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Billie Jean (Pepsi version) : Recorded in 1983 & used in Pepsi commercials in 1984. Remains unreleased.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked online & released in 2009 (This Is It)

Beat It (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2009 (This Is It)

The Girl Is Mine (solo demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 1994 & released in 2008 (The Girl Is Mine 2008 single)

The Lady In My Life (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Baby Be Mine (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Starlight (demo version of Thriller) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Pretty Young Thing/PYT (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

 

3/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Someone In The Dark : Recorded in 1982 & released in 1982 (ET Storybook) and in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition).

Sunset Driver (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Got The Hots : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2008 (bonus track on Thriller 25 Japonese Edition)

Slapstick (demo version of Hot Street) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Hot Street (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Trouble (demo 1) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Trouble (demo 2) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Nightline (demo) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2008. Remains unreleased.

Carousel/Circus Girl : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2008 & released in 2001 (Thriller Special Edition).

For All Time (demo) : Recorded in 1982, leaked in 2002 & released in 2008 (Thriller 25)

Behind The Mask : Recorded in 1982 & released in 2010 (Michael) as a remix. Original demo remains unreleased.

4/Others songs from this era

5/Songs known to exist but never released/leaked

6/Singles and short films

7/TV performances and live concerts

 

Previous era : Triumph era (1980-1981)

Next era : Victory Era (1983-1984)

 

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