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“Beat It” is a song written and performed by American singer Michael Jackson from his sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). The song was produced by Quincy Jones together with Jackson. Following the successful chart performances of the Thriller singles “The Girl Is Mine” and “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” was released on February 14, 1983 as the album's third single. The song is also notable for its famous video, which featured Jackson bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance, and for Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo. “Beat It” received the 1984 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as two American Music Awards. It was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. The single, along with its music video, helped propel Thriller into becoming the best-selling album of all time. The single was certified platinum in the United States in 1989. Rolling Stone placed “Beat It” on the 344th spot of its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song was also ranked number 81 on Rolling Stone's “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”. In the decades since its release, “Beat It” has been covered, parodied, and sampled by numerous artists including Fall Out Boy, Fergie, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The song was also featured in the National Highway Safety Commission's anti-drunk driving campaign.
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Michael Jackson's “Beat It” has been cited as one of the most successful, recognized, awarded and celebrated songs in the history of pop music; both the song and video had a large impact on pop culture. The song is said to be a “pioneer” in black rock music, and is considered one of the cornerstones of the Thriller album. Eddie Van Halen has been praised for adding “the greatest guitar solo”, aiding “Beat It” into becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time. Shortly after its release, “Beat It” was included in the National Highway Safety Commission's anti-drunk driving campaign, “Drinking and Driving Can Kill a Friendship”. The song was also included on the accompanying album. Jackson collected an award from President Ronald Reagan at the White House, in recognition for his support of the campaign. Reagan stated that Jackson was “proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse. People young and old respect that. And if Americans follow his example, then we can face up to the problem of drinking and driving, and we can, in Michael's words, 'Beat It'.” Frequently listed in greatest song polling lists, “Beat It” was ranked as the world's fourth favorite song in a 2005 poll conducted by Sony Ericsson. Over 700,000 people in 60 different countries cast their votes. Voters from the UK placed “Billie Jean” at No. 1, ahead of “Thriller”, with a further five of the top ten being solo recordings by Jackson. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Beat It” in the 337th spot on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured in the films Back to the Future Part II, Zoolander and Undercover Brother. When re-released, as part of the Visionary campaign in 2006, “Beat It” charted at No. 15 in the UK. The song has been used in TV commercials for companies like Budweiser, eBay, Burger King, Delta Air Lines, Game Boy, Coldwell Banker and the NFL. On the City Guys episode of season 3's “Face the Music”, Jamal says to Slick Billy West, played by Sherman Hemsley, “Well Gone Michael Jackson and Beat It” which was in the final scene. The song also appeared in the 2008 music game, Guitar Hero World Tour, as the last song in the vocal career. Notably, in this game, the vocalist will perform the same dance routine performed by Jackson on the video and live performances when singing the final verse. The song is featured on the dancing game Michael Jackson: The Experience. A remix of “2 Bad”, is featured on Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix containing a sample of “Beat It” as well as a rap by John Forté and guitar solo by Wyclef Jean.
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