The Kasabian frontman was ''sent crazy'' by the late singer's classic 1982 album 'Thriller' and used to spend hours trying to impersonate the King of Pop when he was a child.
He told NME magazine: ''Nothing's come near since ['Thriller']. It was my childhood. It sent me crazy.
''I'd be in front of the TV for hours trying to mimic him and them dance moves. I don't think I'd be on stage or singing in a band it if wasn't for Michael Jackson and that album. He's a big part of me, of my childhood.
''Don't get me wrong, from what I hear the guy was a f***ing monster, but in his day he could shred anyone. Can't take that away from him.''
Tom's bandmate Serge Pizzorno recently revealed the group's forthcoming new album, '48:13', had been inspired by their diverse range of influences.
He said: ''We kept everything direct musically and tried to combine electronical, hip hop and late 60s rock and roll.
''It feels like we've been training 10 years for this.''