Childhood (4:29)

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“Childhood” is a biographical reference to Jackson’s difficult years as a youngster, such as the relationship with his father and the pressures of being world famous from such a young age—as the lead member of The Jackson 5. From a young age Jackson was physically and emotionally abused by his father through incessant rehearsals, whippings and derogatory name calling. Jackson’s abuse as a child had affected him throughout his later life.

It would become the main theme song for Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, continuing his association with the Free Willy series.

“Scream”/”Childhood” would become the first single in the 37 year history of Billboard to debut at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked. It was a worldwide hit, reaching the top five in the vast majority of major music markets.

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  • enxe3

    This is heartbreaking. :( [4]

    9 Apr 6:57pm Reply
  • Britch2

    he was part of my childhood (:

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Red_Pain

    This is heartbreaking. :( [3]

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    One of his best.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Egrooj

    This is heartbreaking. :( [2]

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This is heartbreaking. :(

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dan88dan

    "Before you judge me - try hard to love me"

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • surelymaggie

    I love the video. The cinematography, the colours, the feeling of the night... peter pan, disneyesque... beautiful. The music is outstanding and of course Michaels vocals are an instrument on their own. [2]

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • VelvetMesgue

    Excelent song

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • naynay1129

    love the line before you try to judge me try to love me

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • naynay1129

    so beautiful it's sad he had to grow up so quickly and not be able to have a proper childhood

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MJRocker1987

    I am willing to bet he wrote this song far before it got released. I would place my bets that he wrote this during the Thriller era.

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • superglitch

    "Before you judge me - try hard to love me" I can't control myself when I hear it - I wanna cry. Forgive us,Michael! We boldly stole your childhood. [2]

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • oOChildhoodOo

    i always cry at this song, i feel so sorry for michael jackson, him putting up with the fucking media following him 24/7. People thinking he changed his colour when he actually had a skin dissorder called vitiligo, him putting up with his father whipping him but still michael has forgiven him. So if any of you guys think hes a child malester/peadophile well think again because he is the most loving and most sexiest person on earth and im SO greatful that we've had him, if only i could have died and not him. RIP michael jackson i love you and may god keep you safe. I LOVE YOU. <3 [2]

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • BackNDaDay90

    Highly underrated.

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • riverflows

    I love the video. The cinematography, the colours, the feeling of the night... peter pan, disneyesque... beautiful. The music is outstanding and of course Michaels vocals are an instrument on their own.

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Sad song :( Poor MJ.

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nicoletta96

    People say you were not okey, 'cause you loved such elementary things.. Mike, I was not in the masses.. I love you..

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Yastrzemski

    This music video is a tad creepy. Obviously a pain-stricken individual though...

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kai0224

    MJ,I miss you and you are so LOVED by the world,Now you are free.But will never be forgottin.You will always have a special place in my HEART.GOD BLESS you MJ,Dina Engel.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
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