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Commercial performance

Thriller 25 was a commercial success. It peaked at number one in 11 countries and Europe. It peaked at number two in the United States, number three in the United Kingdom and reached the top ten in over 30 national charts. Thriller 25 spent three weeks at number one in France and two weeks at number one in Belgium. The album has been certified gold in 11 countries, including the UK. In Poland, the album was certified gold, reaching number six on the chart on its release day, and is Jackson's highest-charting album in Norway. In France Thriller 25 received a 2x Gold certification, and in Poland it was certified platinum.

In the U.S., Thriller 25 was the second-best-selling album of its release week, selling 166,000 copies, 14,000 short of reaching the number one position. It was ineligible for the Billboard 200 chart as a re-release but entered the Pop Catalog Charts at number one (where it stayed for 10 non-consecutive weeks), with the best sales on that chart since December 1996. That November, Thriller 25 spent an 11th non-consecutive week atop the U.S. catalog chart. This brought U.S. sales of the album to 688,000 copies, making it the best-selling catalog album of 2008, eventually selling 1.2 million U.S. copies and three million shipments worldwide until Jackson's death in June 2009. This was Jackson's best launch since Invincible in 2001.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
Rod TempertonJones5:57
5."Beat It"Jackson
Jackson
Quincy Jones4:06
8."P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"Jones3:59
9."The Lady in My Life"TempertonJones4:59
10."Vincent Price excerpt from Thriller Voice-Over Session"TempertonJones0:24
11."The Girl Is Mine 2008" (with will.i.am)
  • Jackson
  • will.i.am
3:10
12."P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008" (with will.i.am)
  • Jackson
  • Adams
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • will.i.am
4:21
13."Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008" (with Akon)
  • Jackson
  • Akon
  • Tuinfort
4:14
14."Beat It 2008" (with Fergie)Jackson
  • Jackson
  • will.i.am
4:11
15."Billie Jean 2008" (Kanye West Mix)Jackson
4:36
16."For All Time" (previously unreleased) (recorded 1981–1982, 1989–1991, during Thriller & Dangerous sessions)
Jackson4:04
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Got the Hots" (previously unreleased) (recorded 1981–1982, during Thriller sessions)
  • Jackson
  • Jones
  • Jackson
  • Jones
4:27
  • "Got the Hots" was rerecorded as "Baby's Got It Bad" for Siedah Garrett's 1988 album Kiss of Life; Garrett and Rod Temperton are credited as the updated song's composers.
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Billie Jean" (Long Version)Jackson
  • Jones
  • JacksonNo.
TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (1982 Dance Mix)Jackson
  • Jones
  • JacksonNo.
TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Billie Jean" (1982 Club Remix)Jackson
  • Jones
  • JacksonNo.
TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Thriller" (1982 Def Remix)TempertonJones7:21
Independent US Music Store bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Billie Jean" (1982 Radio Edit Remix)Jackson
  • Jones
  • JacksonNo.
TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Quincy Jones Interview #1"  2:19
18."Someone in the Dark"Jones4:47
19."Quincy Jones Interview #2"  2:04
20."Billie Jean" (Home Demo from 1981)JacksonJackson2:20
21."Quincy Jones Interview #3"  3:10
22."Rod Temperton Interview #1"  4:03
23."Quincy Jones Interview #4"  1:32
24."Voice-Over Session from Thriller"TempertonJones2:52
25."Rod Temperton Interview #2"  1:56
26."Quincy Jones Interview #5"  2:01
27."Carousel"Jones1:49
28."Quincy Jones Interview #6"  1:17
29."Billie Jean" (Underground Mix)Jackson
  • Jones
  • JacksonNo.
TitleWriter(s)Director(s)Length
1."Billie Jean"Michael JacksonSteve Barron4:54
2."Beat It"JacksonBob Giraldi4:56
3."Thriller"Rod TempertonJohn Landis13:33
4."Billie Jean" (Live from Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever)Jackson 4:56
DVD: Number Ones (Wal-Mart Fan Pack)
No.TitleWriter(s)Director(s)Length
1."Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"JacksonNick Saxton4:11
2."Rock with You"Rod TempertonBruce Gowers3:22
3."Billie Jean"JacksonSteve Barron4:55
4."Beat It"JacksonBob Giraldi4:56
5."Thriller"TempertonJohn Landis13:43
6."Bad"JacksonMartin Scorsese4:20
7."The Way You Make Me Feel"JacksonJoe Pytka6:43
8."Man in the Mirror"Donald Wilson5:02
9."Smooth Criminal"JacksonColin Chilvers4:16
10."Dirty Diana"JacksonJoe Pytka5:08
11."Black or White"JacksonJohn Landis6:22
12."You Are Not Alone"R. KellyWayne Isham5:37
13."Earth Song"JacksonNicholas Brandt7:29
14."Blood on the Dance Floor"
  • Jackson
  • Vincent Paterson
4:15
15."You Rock My World"Paul Hunter10:26

Notes

  • signifies a co-producer
  • On the iTunes Super Deluxe Edition, it includes an extra track "Billie Jean (Long Version)" as track number 17 moving "Thriller (Instrumental)" as track number 31.
  • The Target, Best Buy, and Independent US Music Store Bonus Track editions were labeled incorrectly as "Billie Jean (1982 Club Remix)", "Thriller (1982 Def Remix)", and "Billie Jean (1982 Radio Edit Mix)" respectively. These mixes were actually made in 1992, as part of a remix project by Jackson and various DJs in the early '90s.
  • The Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Independent US Music Store releases do not mention the bonus tracks in the booklet, but they do appear as separate tracks on the CD. The bonus tracks are only mentioned on a sticker that appears with these respective releases.

Thriller 25: Limited Japanese Single Collection

In 2008 a limited edition of Thriller 25 was released in Japan.

CD 1

  1. "The Girl Is Mine"
  2. "Can't Get Outta the Rain"

CD 2

  1. "Billie Jean"
  2. "It's the Falling in Love"

CD 3

  1. "Beat It"
  2. "Get on the Floor"

CD 4

  1. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  2. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Instrumental)

CD 5

  1. "Human Nature"
  2. "Baby Be Mine"

CD 6

  1. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
  2. "Workin' Day and Night" (Live recording from the 1981 album The Jacksons Live!)

CD 7

  1. "Thriller"
  2. "Things I Do for You" (Live recording from the 1981 album The Jacksons Live!)

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