Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Released This Day In 1983
May 08, 2023
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 12-inch maxi single cover artwork

Forty years ago on this date, Michael’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” was released, the fourth consecutive Top 10 single from the Thriller album, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The demo for the song is on Thriller 40. Give it a listen to hear Michael’s unique and layered vocal percussions, and the background vocalists having fun, trading chants with MJ.