Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
Most of the songs on Thriller were written by Toto, who also performed most of the album.
Lukather did the original solo for Beat It but it wasn't working. Luke & EVH were buds, which is where QJ got the idea.
Actually this isn't entirely true...while Toto was involved with some production aspects they only wrote the song "Human Nature" on the Thriller Album. The rest of the songs were written by either Michael Jackson (Wanna Be Startin Somethin, Billie Jean, Beat It, The Girl is Mine) or Rod Temperton.