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Screenshot: Michael Jackson “Thriller”

I mean, I couldn’t “well duh” think of a video any harder than this one. “Thriller” is probably the most iconic music video of all time. Of ever. And will probably be forever. And forever is a mighty long time.


It’s so iconic it’s that I guarantee you can do at least one part of a dance from the video right now. And it came out almost 40 years ago. And the dance moves will still be fresh. And Michael was still black then. Because iconic.

Michael Jackson “Thriller” 1983

Panama Jackson is the Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas. He's pretty fly for a light guy. You can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking all her brown liquors.

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My younger cousin was terrified of Thriller. It may have been rebroadcast for Halloween or something and I remember him hiding behind the couch when it was on.  To this day he still says he remembers it was so scary to him.  I don’t remember the first broadcast of Thriller but it’s a touchstone.  I do remember the Bad premier.  It was a huge to do.  We lived in Trinidad and my cousins didn’t have a television set so they came over to watch it on our Zenith.