Beat It
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson 1983 Beat It 45

They told him don't you ever come around here
Don't wanna see your face, you better disappear
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it

- guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen -

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983 for three weeks
  • peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles chart in 1983
  • from Michael Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller (1982)
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • 1983 Grammy Award for Record of the Year
  • 1983 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
  • guitar solo: Eddie Van Halen; Van Halen was a surprise guest on “Beat It.” His guitar solo lasted all of 20 seconds and took half an hour to record. He did it for free, as a favor to producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his Van Halen bandmates were out of town - in between tour dates.  Eddie wasn’t credited on the album.
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #344 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
         Michael Jackson- vocal, drum case beater
         Eddie Van Halen- guitar, guitar solo
         Paul Jackson, Jr- guitar
         Steve Lukather- guitar, bass
         Steve Porcaro- synthesizer
         Greg Phillinganes- Rhodes piano, synthesizer
         Bill Wolfer- keyboards
         Tom Bahler- Synclavier
         Jeff Porcaro- drums
         Greg Smith- Synergy
  • written by Michael Jackson
  • produced by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
  • recorded at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
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