1983 Michael Jackson – Beat It (US: #1 UK: #3)

1983_Michael_Jackson_Beat_ItBeat It is a song written and performed by American singer Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones (with co-production by Jackson). It is the third single from the singer’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). Eddie Van Halen played the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo. While Van Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video, he did appear on stage with Jackson in Dallas during the Jackson brothers “Victory Tour.” Following the successful chart performances of the Thriller singles “The Girl Is Mine” and “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” was released on February 3, 1983 as the album’s third single. The song was promoted with a short film that featured Jackson bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance.
“Beat It” received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as two American Music Awards. It was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. The single, along with its music video, propelled Thriller into becoming the best-selling album of all time. The single was certified platinum in the United States in 1989. Rolling Stone placed “Beat It” on the 344th spot of its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song was also ranked number 81 on Rolling Stone‍ ’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.

Album

Video

Musicians

Bass Steve Lukather
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar (solo) Eddie van Halen
Keyboards Bill Wolfer
Piano Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Tom Bahler
Synthesizer Greg Smith
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Percussion Michael Jackson

Produced By

Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson

Songwriters

Michael Jackson

Charts

US:#1
UK:#3