“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 :

 

-Previous era : Triumph era (1980-1981)

-Next era : Victory Era (1983-1984)

 

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