Why should Justin Timberlake be the only one?
Why it works: Arcade Fire likes making grand statements and they don’t come bigger than “Thriller.” In addition to the sheer enjoyment of watching Win Butler do the “Thriller” zombie dance, the idea of Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumental attack combined with the funky beat on the title track from Jackson’s 1982 masterpiece is delicious. How about a great accordion part added in by Regine Chassagne. The possibilities here are endless, but, if nothing else, Butler could recite Vincent Price’s part. Oooh, spooky!
- Melinda Newman