Thrust is a jazz-funk album by Herbie Hancock, released in September 6, 1974 on Columbia Records. It served as a follow-up to Hancock's album, Head Hunters (1973), and achieved similar commercial success, as the album reached as high as number 13 on the Billboard Hot 200 listing. The lineup for Thrust is the same as on Head Hunters, except Mike Clark replaced Harvey Mason on drums. This is Hancock's thirteenth album overall.
The composition "Actual Proof" was originally written for the film The Spook Who Sat By the Door, and Hancock has used it as a demonstration of his style of playing the Fender Rhodespiano.
The composition "Butterfly" would subsequently be performed on the live album, Flood, and two more studio releases: Direct Step and Dis Is Da Drum. Butterfly is the opening track on Eddie Henderson's album Mahal (1978); the album features Hancock on keyboards.