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Iceni Magazine | December 3, 2020

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the most inspiring album of all time, according to Brits

Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the most inspiring album of all time, according to Brits

Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the most inspiring album of all time, according to Brits.

The King of Pop’s classic record was identified as THE album to have had the biggest impact on our lives – shaping who we are and getting us through the tough times.

To date, it’s sold around 66 million copies worldwide and features some of his biggest hits – including Billie Jean, Beat It and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin.

Second spot went to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while third was secured by Abba and their Gold: Greatest Hits compilation.

Other life-changing records in the top 40 include Definitely Maybe by Oasis, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and David Bowie’s Heroes.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned ahead of the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize which takes place on Thursday 20 September.

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK President and CEO, said: “These results are a great example of exactly why we are a title sponsor of the Hyundai Mercury Prize.

“Music means so much to so many people in the UK, creating memories, inspiring changes and lifting moods.

“It’s so often a key part of the driving experience, too, with a quarter of those polled saying that it’s while driving that they listen to most of their music.

“I’m sure we can all relate to sitting in the car listening to the end of your favourite song, even as you’ve reached your destination.”

Ed Sheeran made the top 40 to thanks to his album, X, and he’s joined by the Spice Girls for their debut album, Spice, and Robbie Williams for Escapology.

Rock royalty, Queen, are also in the top 40 for A Night at the Opera, alongside other legends of rock, Led Zeppelin for Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbath for Paranoid.

Past winners of the Hyundai Mercury Prize made the cut too – including Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Different Class by Pulp.

The study also identified the 1960s as the decade to have produced the most inspiring music to date – and a number of records from that era appear in the list.

These include albums by The Beatles, The Doors, The Beach Boys in addition to The Mamas & the Papas and Bob Dylan.

Nadine Shah, who is on this year’s shortlist for her record Holiday Destination, named Blur’s Think Tank as one of the records to have most inspired her.

She said: “Think Tank really embodies where Blur were geographically when they made it.

“They were in Morocco and you can really hear that all throughout the album – it’s just great.”

Carried out through, the research also found three quarters have been inspired by a piece of music, while 81 per cent have an album they turn to during difficult times.

And it appears to help as two thirds said music makes them happier, half said it makes them less stressed or anxious and a third said it comforts them.

Forty-two per cent have experienced such a strong connection to a piece of music they have even felt as if the song was written about them personally.

Almost half said their home is the place where they tend to listen to their favourite music – however a quarter usually enjoy in their car.

The greatest Mercury Prize winners of all-time were also identified – with Arctic Monkeys coming top for their debut album.

Elbow came second for The Seldom Seen Kid and Pulp came third for Different Class.

Jorja Smith, who is also up for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, said: “My favourite albums are Frank by Amy Winehouse and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

“They’re both just so real, and a great album is one that you can listen to and not think about anything else.”


1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
2. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. Abba – Gold: Greatest Hits
4. Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
5. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
6. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
7. Queen – A Night At The Opera
8. Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell
9. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
10. David Bowie – Heroes
11. Ed Sheeran – X
12. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
13. Nirvana – Nevermind
14. The Beatles – White Album
15. Madonna – Like a Virgin
16. The Beatles – Revolver
17. Paul Simon – Graceland
18. Led Zeppelin – IV
19. U2 – The Joshua Tree
20. Prince – Purple Rain
21. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
22. The Clash – London Calling
23. Spice Girls – Spice
24. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
25. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
26. Amy Winehouse – Frank
27. Alanis Morissette – Jagged little Pill
28. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
29. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
30. Christina Aguilera – Stripped
31. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
32. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
33. Robbie Williams – Escapology
34. The Doors – L.A. Woman
35. Radiohead – OK Computer
36. The Mamas & the Papas – The Mamas & the Papas
37. Johnny Cash – American IV
38. Prince – Sign o’ the Times
39. Pulp – Different Class
40. Joni Mitchell – Blue


1. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
2. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
3. Pulp – Different Class
4. M People – Elegant Slumming
5. Portishead – Dummy
6. Suede – Suede
7. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
8. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
9. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
10. The xx – xx

Article By Rob Knight


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