Michael Jackson ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” Single Released
May 08, 1983
Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' single cover

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” was released on this date as the fourth single from Thriller, the biggest selling album of all time. Written by Michael Jackson, the song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Michael’s fifth consecutive Top 10 single in the U.S. It topped the charts in Canada and The Netherlands, hit the Top 5 in Belgium and Ireland, and reached the Top 10 in the U.K.

The song was released without a short film, unlike earlier Thriller singles “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” became a consistent part of Michael’s concert repertoire, often used to open shows when performing as a member of The Jacksons and also throughout his solo career.

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