Rolling Stone Readers Pick the 10 Best Albums of the EightiesU2, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and more named to the list
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3. Michael Jackson - 'Thriller'
Michael Jackson was already a superstar when Thriller hit shelves in the fall of 1982, but the LP turned him into one of the biggest celebrities the world has ever seen. Nearly every song on the album was a hit, including "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Human Nature" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." The songs appealed to everybody, whether they liked R&B, rock, pop or soul music. Paul McCartney's guest spot on "The Girl Is Mine" brought in the boomer audience, while Eddie Van Halen's guitar work on "Beat It" brought in young hard rock fans. Never again will an album capture even a fraction of the world's attention.