They Don't Care About Us (4:44)

Cover of The Essential Michael Jackson

From The Essential Michael Jackson and 31 other releases

“They Don’t Care About Us” is the fourth single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory. The song remains one of the most controversial pieces Jackson ever composed. In the US, media scrutiny surrounding alleged anti-semitic lyrics were the catalyst for Jackson issuing multiple apologies and censoring of questionable lyrics. The singer countered allegations of antisemitism, arguing that reviews had misinterpreted the context of the song, either unintentionally or deliberately. Musically, it is an aggressive hip-hop production about social ills.

The song was accompanied by two music videos directed by Spike Lee. The first was shot in a shantytown of Rio de Janeiro, where State authorities tried to ban all production over fears the video would damage their image, the area and prospects of staging the 2004 Olympics. Still, the residents of the area were happy to see the singer, hoping their problems would be made visible to a wider audience. The second video was shot in a prison and contained video footage of multiple references to human rights abuses.
Commercially, the song became a top ten hit in all European countries. In the US, radio stations were reluctant to play the controversial composition; it, however, managed to peak at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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  • brianaa-

    Nothing short of a masterpiece. The bridge still gives me chills.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • chefcarlitos

    sad how this is still applicable almost 20 years later

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Gif__

    Recorded in Brazil, what a pride! :')

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • katronimo

    great :)

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    nice "80's" tag on this. idiots

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • WitchUp

    This is a man who used his fame for something good. His message is heard by those who listen. We miss you.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    so based

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Aramaki_

    so sad that today's pop music doesn't use their influence to give such messages... [20]

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AlexandraMaya

    ooh my god...that beat

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • pee-why

    The King.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    What a legend.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MilanKc

    this track is awesome

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • eroticon

    когда Джексон бегал по Бразилии и кричал "им плевать на нас" он даже не подазревал что это будет лозунгом беспорядков после матча Бразилия - Германия (1-7)

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LauraKylie

    I miss MJ

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • putzharold

    "Michael, Michael, eles não ligam pra gente"

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • extraordGntlmn

    they don't :-/

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • supermediadave

    A very fitting song...

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • timmyc1983

    This is such well written song. Obviously MJ was writing from his experiences but the whole thing is true. I can't talk for the USA, but here in Australia, the government and the cops don't give a damn about the general public. Politicians get paid so much money and they can't run the country and police have so much power but can't catch the real bad guys... I feel sorry for MJ, he deserved better!!

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • NachtelfSchurke

    It gives me the creeps. each time. legendary song.

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dspro0il

    Michael, Michael .. Eles não ligam pra gente! [2] hauehauehauehauehauhe

    15 May 2014 Reply
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