Billie Jean (4:53)

Cover of Thriller

From Thriller and 143 other releases

Billie Jean is a 1983 hit single from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. A number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the song was also the number-one R&B single for nine weeks in the United States and is one of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed songs. It was voted best single of the year in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop critics’ poll, and received two Grammy Awards in 1984 in the categories Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best New Rhythm & Blues Song. It was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, along with “Beat It”, at the Grammy Awards of 1984. In 2005, Blender magazine recognized Billie Jean as the greatest song since 1980. It’s also his best-selling single worldwide, with 5.25 million copies sold, and contributed to the immense sales of the album Thriller.

Jackson started writing the first demo of the song in his home in Wilson, North Carolina in the fall of 1981. When he presented the song to his co-producer Quincy Jones, Jones had problems with the title and wanted to call the song “Not My Lover”. He thought when audiences heard it they would assume Jackson was referring to tennis superstar Billie Jean King. He also had complaints about the length of the song’s intro, believing it was too long; Jackson replied that the long intro made him want to dance. Jackson won both arguments: he got to keep the title of the song and the intro.

The introduction of the character Billie Jean is foreshadowed by a four-line reference from the album’s first track Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, another Jackson-penned song.

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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
She said I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round

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  • pure_sativa

    It's MORE than JUST a song. [17] King of pop forever! [10]

    18 Jul 6:36pm Reply
  • MissMJJHeart

    Excellence music & dance! My Unique King of all musical Arts MJJ is #1 Immortal! Long live musical genius Michael Jackson! I love & thank you Michael!

    31 May 10:09am Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    Despite everything that happened to MJ before his death, you have to admit he was still a great performer and there will never be another like him.

    21 May 4:36pm Reply
  • Maxfanavril

    PERFECT!!!!!!!!

    11 May 9:00am Reply
  • tefsrodrigues

    29 Apr 2:04am Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    "My ex bought the record in the US. in the late 70s for my daughter,, she loved it so did I, still do!" lmao you sure about that? the late 70s?

    12 Apr 10:02pm Reply
  • Papatita

    Really unique, the best ever, truly king of pop!

    28 Jan 10:23pm Reply
  • pogopatterson

    At his peak and in his prime.

    14 Jan 1:52pm Reply
  • hf1809

    super good this song******

    13 Jan 10:40am Reply
  • marjo47

    My ex bought the record in the US. in the late 70s for my daughter,, she loved it so did I, still do!

    2 Jan 3:43pm Reply
  • milkcocoshake

    dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum

    1 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • Patriushko

    truly stylish, like no other

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Gif__

    Go to a show of him: a dream that won't never come true. :(

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mace40

    So glad they have this live video playing. Bad for productivity, good for everything else.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • juliocesar13

    It's MORE than JUST a song. [16] King of pop forever! [9]

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • hf1809

    it good this song

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Quite possibly THE greatest song of all time. You could make 10 hit songs out of this if you dissect it.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Red_Pain

    It's MORE than JUST a song. [15] King of pop forever! [8]

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • abbeyqueen

    King of pop forever! [6]

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
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