Human Nature (4:06)

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“Human Nature” is a song by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was written and composed by Steve Porcaro and John Bettis, and produced by Quincy Jones. It is the fifth single from the singer’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). Initially, Porcaro had recorded a rough demo of the song on a cassette, which was then given to Jones. Enjoying the demo, Jones had the ballad included on the Thriller album. The song was the last selected for the album, removing “Carousel” from the final track listing.

“Human Nature” was released on July 3, 1983, as the album’s fifth single. Although not released in the UK, the song achieved chart success in the US. Reaching number two on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary chart and number seven on the Hot 100, the song became Jackson’s fifth Top 10 hit from Thriller. In New Zealand the single reached number 11. The ballad garnered many positive reviews from music critics. “Human Nature” has been covered and sampled by numerous artists, including Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Miles Davis, SWV, Nas, and Chris Brown.

“Human Nature” was written and composed by Steve Porcaro of Toto and John Bettis for Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. Initially, Porcaro recorded a rough demo of the song on a cassette. Fellow Toto band member David Paich then gave the demo, along with two songs written by Paich, to producer Quincy Jones, hoping they would be included on Thriller.

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  • Red_Pain

    So gorgeous. Takes my breath away. [2]

    2 Jul 7:09pm Reply
  • WitchUp

    So gorgeous. Takes my breath away.

    23 Jun 7:00pm Reply
  • RomainDMusic

    My favorite MJ song, forever!

    25 Apr 3:00pm Reply
  • RheiselSilva

    if that song is not a trip back to the eighties I don't know what is

    17 Apr 5:27pm Reply
  • Smakaveli

    probably my most favorite 80's song

    25 Mar 12:17am Reply
  • omgface

    this song breaks me down and builds me back up again.

    8 Mar 9:35pm Reply
  • okcesar

    Se nota la mano de Quincy Jones. Fino, puro y humano.

    8 Feb 5:46am Reply
  • cbecrad

    The sound of this song is quintessential early 80s. I'm right back to being 7 years old whenever I hear it. I can picture being in my friend's room and seeing her MJ poster above her bed.

    7 Feb 1:26am Reply
  • monsi_

    best song ever. [2]

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mahspears

    best song ever.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FanOf25

    Why, why? Tell 'em that it's you and me, Jo... (2) Forever a favorite of mine. All his songs have a place in my heart. =D

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dscomic

    Why, why? Tell 'em that it's you and me, Jo...

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FritzLn

    most underrated.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • line_genrou

    this song is timeless

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    People use the word 'genius' far too often these days, but every once in a while it actually applies...

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • surelymaggie

    my fave song...thought it was an angel singing as a little boy lol <-- Omfg that's so SWEET

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    check out Miles Davies' interpretation

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • ElianaGarcete

    TRILLER el mejor album :D

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • firestronic

    CELEBRATE 30........YEARS............OLD..........OF..............."THRILLER"

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MusicalFeendz

    my fave song...thought it was an angel singing as a little boy lol

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
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