Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S singles with 'Beat It'
If you’re a Michael Jackson fan, you must have definitely heard of his catchy track ‘Beat it’. The track was known best for its thumping beats and Michael’s groovy dance moves. However, on this day in music, his track started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S singles and solo chart. Here’s a little more information about the track.
The track was originally written and performed by Michael himself and produced by Quincy Jones. It is the third single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller. Eddie Van Halen played the song's distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but 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 the 3rd of February in 1983 as the album's third single.
The song was also promoted with a short film that featured Jackson bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. It is one of the artist's most recognizable tracks.
Because the track is such a great sound, it received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and not to forget, two American Music Awards. It was later inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. "Beat It" (along with the song's 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". "Beat It" was also ranked number 81 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time".
Over the years, the track has also been experimented, covered, parodied and sampled by numerous artists including, Pierce the Veil, Fall Out Boy, Pomplamoose, Justin Bieber, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fergie, and even Eminem! After reading the artists on this list, you can imagine how brilliant and successful the track was!