What makes "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson such a great song?


What makes "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson such a great song?

This song was an Innovation at that time
To explain how innovative it was, let me first through some light on how this song entered the 'thriller' album.

Jackson stated several times that "Billie Jean" was based on the groupies he and his brothers encountered while part of The Jackson 5.




"Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the '60s".
He added: "They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers."



It is quite strange that the co-producer of this song Quincy Jones, didn't agree to release this song in the 'Thriller' album. It was rumored that he and Jackson frequently had arguments regarding this song. Later upon settlement of their arguments it was finally released upon mixing it 91 times by the audio manager, in the year 1983.




It made into the top charts of almost all the magazines of that time! It was one of the most innovative songs of that time. The beats at the start of the song, the hiccups by the vocal singer, the illuminating floor and steps and many more were very innovative.




Also the stage shows have made the song even more popular (than it already was). His performance on Motown 25 (Motown, an American recording company) was the first in which Jackson has premiered his moonwalk. Later on many stage performances were done which featured this legendary step of his. The 30th anniversary of MJ as a solo pop performer was held at the Madison Square Garden of NY city. Till that time the song has never lost its popularity. It only increased at a very fast rate. 

The real sensation that Billie Jean became may also be credited with revolutionizing Pepsi sales in an all Coca Cola loving America. Isn't that how the Pepsi generation started ;-)



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