Ben (2:43)

Cover of The Essential Michael Jackson

From The Essential Michael Jackson and 194 other releases

“Ben” is a number-one hit song written by Don Black and Walter Scharf and recorded by the teenaged Michael Jackson for the Motown label in 1972. The song, the theme of a 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie Willard), spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart.

The song became the first of 13 number-one pop hits for Jackson in the United States and his first number-one as a solo artist.

Later included on Jackson’s album of the same name, “Ben” won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.


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Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With my friend to call my own I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see, you've got a friend in me

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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