No one can Beat It

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY ROB KNIGHT

MICHAEL Jack­son’s Thriller is the most in­spir­ing al­bum of all time, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

The clas­sic has sold 66mil­lion copies and has some of his big­gest hits, in­clud­ing Bil­lie Jean and Beat It. 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 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 2000 UK adults was com­mis­sioned ahead of the 2018 Hyundai Mer­cury Prize, which takes place on Thurs­day. Ed Sheeran made the top 40 thanks to his al­bum, X, and is joined by the Spice Girls with their de­but al­bum, Spice, and Rob­bie Wil­liams for Es­capol­ogy. Queen are also in the top 40 for A Night at the Opera, along­side fel­low rock le­gends Led Zep­pelin with Led Zep­pelin IV and Black Sab­bath for Para­noid.

The study also iden­ti­fied the 60s as the decade to have pro­duced the most in­spir­ing mu­sic – and a num­ber of records from that era are on the list. Th­ese in­clude al­bums by The Bea­tles, The Doors and The Beach Boys in ad­di­tion to The Ma­mas & the Pa­pas and Bob Dy­lan.

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

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’ve felt as if the song was writ­ten about them.

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