Beat It (Single Version)

From the Album Thriller
December 4, 2007 | Format: MP3

$1.29
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  • Original Release Date: August 1, 1983
  • Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Label: Epic
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  • Duration: 4:18 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0013DDLPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2008
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This song is simply one of the best songs MJ ever did. A true musical classic.
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Michael Jackson has been a long time favorite for the past few decades. No matter what happens to him in court, no matter what went on recently (His death), Jackson will always prevail. Sure, we have the Black Eyed Peas, but before, Jackson stood by his name as the King of Pop.

Beat It is his signature song. It tells about an anonymous person ending up meeting a gang (Or so I assume), and the people in the gang seem like as if they want to injure the person. Now, that may not be the actual storyline in the song, but seriously, what do you think of after hearing this: "They're out to get you. Better leave while you can!"

As for the song itself, it's as catchy and fun to listen to as any other Michael Jackson song. There is almost no other way to put it.
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By Amaranth on June 30, 2009
"Beat it" is the quintessential '80s pop song. If you remember that idyllic time, this song, with its Eddie Van Halen riff, comes immediately to mind. It's a glorious mix of Motown, Van Halen, and '80s synth-pop. It evokes a more innocent time. It's the sort of song that accompanies Rainbow Brite, He-Man, and everything that was cool in the '80s. The late Michael Jackson belts out the rough soul-meets-rock. The music video is equally great, blending West Side Story with '80s hipness. It's an anti-violence ballad that happens to be just plain,classic. All you have to do is hear the opening chords,and you're transported to the '80s...
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By Cherie J. on March 5, 2015
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This takes me back to those 1st MTV days, when this was one of the 1st "videos" that debuted.
A time when my kids & their generation soon forgot that the single comes out 1st, not the video. But this song & millions after it changed that forever.
Definately one of Mike's best, a scenario about gangs, & he becomes the peacemaker with his genuine moves & choreography.
Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo, Quincy Jones' producing, Mike's vocals & dance moves, can't Beat It.... *rimshot* ;)
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"Beat It" is Michael Jackson's statement that no music genre is beyond his reach. Pretty much a straight rock song, "Beat It" defied conventional thinking about Mr. Jackson's music. It had a rock beat, but you could definitely dance to it as well. Aided by a blistering guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, the song rose to number one in mid 1983 and the video has become a classic in its own right. The song ended up snagging the Record of The Year Grammy as well as a best rock vocal Grammy.
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By Faizan Javed on July 25, 2009
One of MJs greatest ever songs. A timeless classic which amazingly doesn't sound dated at all despite being released over 25 years ago. Eddie Van Halen's sizzling guitar riffs and solo permeates throughout the Quincy Jones produced track with MJs vocals hovering over this irresistible mix. A first time fusion of pop and rock...groundbreaking.
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By Sue Rasmus on June 14, 2014
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i stated listening to the jackson 5 when they first hit the radio stations coming out of chicago. when michael started is solo career i always stayed up with his music which as far as im concerned is the greatest entertainer ever
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By Paul M. Budd on April 15, 2014
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Reviewing this song is like reviewing a sunset at the beach! I mean, it's "Beat It" for crying out loud! If there were ever a late 20th century Pop anthem, this has to be it!!
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