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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Criminal View Post
    Sorry, I meant just actual sales not streaming. I think due to Halloween, Thriller gets a boost in sales in every year and even sometimes chart on the Billboard top 100. The same can't be said for Billie Jean.
    That alone doesn't make Thriller more iconic though. There are several other indicators of popularity than Halloween sales. Among others streaming.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by respect77 View Post
    That alone doesn't make Thriller more iconic though. There are several other indicators of popularity than Halloween sales. Among others streaming.
    I agree that Billie Jean is more iconic.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by respect77 View Post
    Spotify actually has a young audience and Billie Jean is miles more listened to than Thriller.
    Yea fair enough, Billie Jean then. I suppose I was looking at it the wrong way, I was looking at it from a point of view that the person knew little to nothing about MJ, perhaps even then it's Billie Jean. I like how Thriller has become a part of the Halloween thing though, there must be something mildly iconic about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aazzaabb View Post
    Yea fair enough, Billie Jean then. I suppose I was looking at it the wrong way, I was looking at it from a point of view that the person knew little to nothing about MJ, perhaps even then it's Billie Jean. I like how Thriller has become a part of the Halloween thing though, there must be something mildly iconic about that.
    Agreed. - Hope the new animated movie can be iconic too and become a Halloween traditional thing too.
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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    The word 'iconic' doesn't necessarily relate to sales.

    BJ has a strong place in history but Thriller has to be most ICONIC.

    It has the costume, the dance, the video, not to mention the instantly identifiable song itself and, yes the fact it is strongly linked to Halloween and played all across the world at the end of October.


    I think more people would identify:

    The Thriller costume than then BJ costume
    The Thriller video than the BJ video
    The Thriller dance moves than the BJ dance moves.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by MJTruth View Post
    The word 'iconic' doesn't necessarily relate to sales.

    BJ has a strong place in history but Thriller has to be most ICONIC.

    It has the costume, the dance, the video, not to mention the instantly identifiable song itself and, yes the fact it is strongly linked to Halloween and played all across the world at the end of October.


    I think more people would identify:

    The Thriller costume than then BJ costume
    The Thriller video than the BJ video
    The Thriller dance moves than the BJ dance moves.
    Hm i'm not sure about the dance moves though. Do the crotch grab or the leg kick or the moonwalk and everyone will immediately recognize it.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    As far as video, its Thriller, the greatest video ever was, is, ever will be.....Billie Jean Motown 25 was the best anticipated stage performance that has aired on TV, Michael was already a superstar among his audience from the Jackson Five years up unto Off the Wall
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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    More iconic SONG: Billie Jean by a long shot. BJ is probably one of, if not the most recognizable song in the world. Anybody, fan or non-fan, knows it at the moment the beat starts. It's a song that can be played a million times over and never gets old. Thriller as a song doesn't compare to Billie Jean.

    Thriller gets a lot of air time during Halloween, but Billie Jean is played constantly on the radio and in public settings (clubs, bars, restaurants, amusement parks, etc) all year around. I honestly think TWYMMF and Smooth Criminal get more radio time than Thriller does. I hear BJ, SC, and TWYMMF the most. Thriller as a song alone just doesn't hold up compared to his other hits.

    More iconic VIDEO: Well of course, the Thriller video is more iconic that BJ video. We all know why. haha.

    The Billie Jean performance is also very iconic because of the moonwalk, the glove, the jacket and I always identify Michael with this performance more than the Thriller dance. The performance is much more memorable than the BJ video (which is an underrated video btw). Billie Jean is the quintessential Michael Jackson song, and it is his signature song. Overall, Billie Jean is more iconic in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean.

    Thriller is the most iconic music short film and the dance routine is known by many. But it was released after Beat It, Billie Jean and Motown 25 ; in other words, Michael was already established as an iconic music artist, performer and superstar.

    Billie Jean is one of the most Michael-esque song, if not the most Michael-esque song, ever released ; only Michael could have composed a song like this. A song so unique, so good and so memorable.
    The Motown 25 performance contributed to reinforce its iconic status.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Although both are iconinc, it's Billie Jean without a doubt.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hess View Post
    Agreed. - Hope the new animated movie can be iconic too and become a Halloween traditional thing too.
    Yes Indeed! Let's hope this new animated special becomes the annual go-to special along with Thriller 3D and Ghosts. If the animation is as half as good as Disney/Pixar and the soundtrack features lots of MJ music and there's lots of little visual references -This Place Hotel- then it could be a great thing.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Both performances played an equal role in the Thriller LP becoming the greatest selling album of all time, can't have one without the other

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancingMjsdream View Post
    Hm i'm not sure about the dance moves though. Do the crotch grab or the leg kick or the moonwalk and everyone will immediately recognize it.
    Yes they will recognise those Billie Jean moves but do you think many people in the general public will know they're from Billie Jean? Although MJ himself is very famous for those specific moves, I don't think there's a connection to Billie Jean for most people. If you asked them to name the artist after showing them those moves they would say MJ every time, but if you told them to name the song I really don't think many would say Billie Jean.

    Do the Thriller dance and people would be able to name the artist easily, and I think most people would recognise it's Thriller too.

    That's why the Thriller dance is more iconic IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJTruth View Post
    Yes they will recognise those Billie Jean moves but do you think many people in the general public will know they're from Billie Jean? Although MJ himself is very famous for those specific moves, I don't think there's a connection to Billie Jean for most people. If you asked them to name the artist after showing them those moves they would say MJ every time, but if you told them to name the song I really don't think many would say Billie Jean.

    Do the Thriller dance and people would be able to name the artist easily, and I think most people would recognise it's Thriller too.

    That's why the Thriller dance is more iconic IMO.
    I get what you mean but i just doubt that anyone wouldn't think of Billie Jean when he or she sees the Moonwalk. I think people associate Thriller more with the zombies and Halloween, but when people hear Billie Jean they think of MJ doing the moonwalk or the toe stand etc.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    In all honesty, I think it's futile trying to argue which is more iconic. They're both extremely iconic, to the point it's just too hard to recognise much of a difference.

    People see the white glove. Heaps of them think of MJ.
    People see the Thriller jacket. Heaps of them think of MJ.
    People see the moonwalk. Heaps of them think of MJ.
    People see the zombie dance. Heaps of them think of MJ.
    People see the crotch grab. Heaps of them think of MJ.

    And so forth. Both songs feature iconography's that most people over a certain age identify with Michael Jackson.

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