Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ Entered Billboard Hot 100 In 1983
February 26, 2024
Michael Jackson making Beat It short film in 1983

On this date in 1983, “Beat It” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbed to #1 by the end of April that year. Michael remarked on the inspiration he had to make it: “I had been thinking I wanted to write the type of rock song that I would go out and buy, but also something totally different from the rock music I was hearing on Top 40 radio at the time.”

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