Thriller chords by Michael Jackson


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Thriller | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| C#5 | C#5 | C#sus2 | C#sus2 |
| C#m | C#m | C#sus4 | C#sus4 |
| C#dim | C#dim | C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
||: C#m bass riff :|| x8

Verse 1

||: C#m bass riff | C#m bass riff :||
It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark.
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart.
||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it.
You start to freeze, as horror looks you right between the eyes, you’re paralyzed.

Chorus 1

| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night.
| F# | F#m |
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike.
| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
You know it’s thriller, thriller night.
| F# | A F# B |
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight, yeah

Instrumental

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
Ooh, ooh.

Verse 2

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
You hear the door slam, and realize there’s nowhere left to run.
You feel the cold hand, and wonder if you’ll ever see the sun.
You close your eyes, and hope that this is just imagination.
Girl, but all the while, you hear a creature creepin’ up behind, you’re out of time.

Chorus 2

| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night.
| F# | F#m |
There ain’t no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl.
| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
(Thriller) Woo-hoo (thriller night).
| F# | A F# B | C#m F#7 |
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight.

Middle 8

| F#7 | F#7 | Amaj7 | Amaj7 A B |
Night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade.
| C#m | C#m/B | A#m7b5 | Amaj7 |
There’s no escaping the jaws of the alien this time (they’re open wide)
| G#sus4 | G# |
This is the end of your life, ooh.

Verse 3

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
They’re out to get you, there’s demons closin’ in on every side.
They will possess you, unless you change that number on your dial.
Now is the time, for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah.
All through the night, I’ll save you from the terror on the screen, I’ll make you see.

Chorus 3

| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
That this is thriller, thriller night.
| F# | F#m |
‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try.
| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
Thriller, thriller night.
| F# | A F# B | D#m7b5 Dmaj7 B11 | B11 |
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, chiller, thriller here tonight.

Chorus 4

| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night.
| F# | F#m |
Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try.
| C#m C#m7 | C#m7 F# E |
Thriller, thriller night.
| F# | A F# B |
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, ow!

Breakdown

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
(I’m gonna thrill you tonight)

Outro

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’all’s neighborhood (I’m gonna thrill you tonight).
And whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down.
Must stand and face the hounds of hell, and rot inside a corpse’s shell.

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
I’m gonna thrill you tonight. Thriller, ooh baby (thriller).
I’m gonna thrill you tonight (thriller night). Thriller, all night, oh baby.
I’m gonna thrill you tonight. Thriller, thriller night (oh baby).
I’m gonna thrill you tonight. Thriller, all night (oh baby).
Thriller night, babe (thriller night, babe), ooh.

||: C#m guitar riff | C#m guitar riff :||
The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of forty thousand years.
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb, are closing in to seal your doom.
And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver.
For no mere mortal can resist, the evil of the thriller.


Thriller chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Thriller Analysis + TAB

Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones’s masterpiece Thriller does have some serious chords lurking in the arrangement.

The intro, which is played by the keyboard player is based around a C#m chord which has one note moving up from the Root – 2nd – m3rd – 4 – b5.

This is then followed by the two-bar chorus chords that outline the melody. You may think this is just a cool intro created by accident, no chance!

The King of Pop knew exactly what he was doing. Designed for the radio, a DJ can talk over the intro, leave a gap for the big chords, talk again as the bass line kicks in, then leave it to Michael.

Thriller was literally designed to be a radio hit. Michale and Quincy thought of everything!

Members get TAB for how to play all this on the guitar, including that creepy intro, meaning you could play Thriller in a band without keyboards.

We also look at the bass line, guitar riff and of course, analyze all chords.

After understanding how to play Thriller in this much depth, it’ll be easy for you to design a guitar part no matter the size of your band.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Thriller, guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time!

As a single from the album, Thriller sold an impressive 10 million copies. This is pretty crazy considering it was the 7th single from the album, you’d think everybody had it by now anyway!

The album Thriller sold a mindblowing 70 million copies worldwide with singles The Girl is Mine (with Paul McCartney), Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Starting Something, Human Nature, and P.Y.T., before the title track was even released.

These 7 singles from the album were released between October ’82 and November ’83. Making the album relevant for over a year.

As he released the final single, it came with a music video so intense nobody had seen anything like it.

Inspired mainly by the movie An American Warewolf in London, but also by other horror films, it pushed Thriller as an album to become the best-selling of all time.

As well as the music video which was more like a short film, they also made a making-of documentary which went on to become the best-selling videotape of all time.

In the early ’80s, Michael Jackson really did claim the title The King of Pop!


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