Bad, the follow up to Michael Jackson’s Album Thriller, which was at one time the top selling album of all time, holds a record of its own. Bad, released in 1987 spawned 5 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles according to Billboard magazine. The classic 80s album which was produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson featured the following five number one singles: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Siedah Garrett, the title cut “Bad” which stayed at number one for 2 weeks, “The Way You Make Me Feel” in early 1988, “Man in the Mirror” which held the number one spot for two weeks, and “Dirty Diana” for a week in July 1988.
Bad had several very danceable tunes such as “Another Part of Me”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Bad”, and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” This classic 80’s album was able to take advantage of the rise of music videos during the 80’s. Most of these tunes had music videos that highlighted Michael Jackson’s infectious dance style and heavily choreographed dance routines. “Liberian Girl” was a very beautiful song that was also released as a single and is one of my favorite Michael Jackson tunes.
Bad came at time when Michael Jackson’s popularity continued to rise especially after the success of the album Thriller. Jackson’s nod to a “Bad” image was more from his dress in leather in his videos than any bad behavior in his personal life. Although he was beginning to display quirky behavior with his changing appearance from plastic surgery, reports of an oxygen chamber, his alleged purchase of the Elephant Man remains, and many other stories that appeared in the tabloids.
However, a quick look at some of the titles from the classic 80s album Bad might have foreshadowed what was to come in Michael’s personal life. “Smooth Criminal” could be what many view him as today. Most would say that he is definitely a “Bad” influence when it comes to young people. Perhaps “Another Part of Me” was his way of describing the dark side of his character. Once all of his problems surfaced, another cut “Leave Me Alone” was probably what he wanted to say to the press and paparazzi.
Despite all of the “bad” or weird things that occurred with Michael Jackson during that period and since then, the classic 80s album Bad still remains one of Michael’s best albums. It has been certified 8X Platinum in the United States according to the RIAA website at http://www.riaa.com. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1988 but lost out to U2’s The Joshua Tree. Bad ranks among the top albums of all time and one of the best classic 80s albums.
Fans of Michael Jackson’s Bad album can purchase the CD at the following links:
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Sources: www.billboard.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/, www.riaa.com