Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
Jackson Michael 1983 Billie Jean 45

She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don`t mind, but what do you mean
I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round

1983
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983 for seven weeks
  • No. 1 on the R&B Singles chart in 1983
  • peaked at No. 9 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1983
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1983 for one week
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • "Billie Jean" recharted on the Hot 100 in May, 2014  due to the popularity of a viral video featuring the track
  • from Michael Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller (1983)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #58 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • 1983 Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance
  • 1983 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song
  • Jackson came up with the rhythm track on his home drum machine
  • the song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before he finalized the song with the second mix
  • on the record:
       Michael Jackson- lead vocals, backing vocals
       David Williams- guitar
       Louis Johnson- bass guitar
       Michael Boddicker- synthesizer
       Greg Smith- synthesizer
       Bill Wolfer- synthesizer
       Leon Ndugu Chancler- drums
  • written by Michael Jackson; Jackson has explained that the song's title character was based on all the women who'd brought maternity suits against Jackson and his brothers when they were known as the Jackson 5
  • produced by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
  • recorded at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
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