Prince’s Purple Rain and Michael Jackson’s Thriller are groundbreaking albums by two of pop music's greatest geniuses! But which album is better? We know, you don't want to choose, but if you had to...#ThrillerWins or #PurpleRainWins? Scroll down to read more and VOTE!
Seriously, there is no filler on 'Purple Rain.' Every track is a stand-out. Chris Rock: "There’s not a bad song on 'Purple Rain.' Thriller is allegedly the best album of all time, and that has at least two bad songs on it. There’s no 'Baby Be Mine' on 'Purple Rain.' "
There's no crappy Paul McCartney duet on 'Purple Rain' either. 😗
But 'Thriller' changed the entire landscape of pop music. As Steve Greenberg noted in his Billboard piece "Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World," the success of 'Thriller' actually helped open the door for Prince to cross over and become a mainstream artist.
Remember when Prince had to hire Eddie Van Halen to play those shredding, historic guitar solos on "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain"? Oh wait that's right, he didn't, he played them HIMSELF. And played every single instrument on "When Doves Cry"! He didn't need to hire Quincy Jones either—he produced the entire album himself. If you put Prince and Michael Jackson on desert islands, Prince could've made 'Purple Rain,' but Michael could never have made 'Thriller.'
Best-selling album of all time. Prince is a prince, but Michael is the king, 'nuff said! Well, that and MJ's 'Thriller' produced three legendary music videos: "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Thriller" that helped break color barriers on MTV and broke many more records. Too many to count.
Everyone knows the famous credit written on the vast majority of Prince’s records: “Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince.” But consider what that means in comparison to Michael Jackson. Jackson and his producer Quincy Jones went through 700 different demos to choose the 10 songs that made it onto Thriller—700! And only four of the final cut were written by Jackson. Prince wrote 'Purple Rain' in its entirety. That alone makes his album a greater accomplishment than 'Thriller.' ☔ ☔ ☔
Archphoenix from Culture Brats points out that "Thriller" is still selling—25 years after its release. No album can top 'Thriller.' Not even that Eagles greatest hits album.
Three of the greatest tracks on 'Purple Rain' were recorded by Prince and the Revolution LIVE. MJ was brilliant but he couldn't have done that. Whereas 'Thriller' was a calculated album, designed to appeal to the masses and created by hired guns, 'Purple Rain' was created by a rock band.