Published on July 15, 2016
“Bad” is a song by an American singer Michael Jackson. “Bad” was released by Epic Records on September 7, 1987, as the second single from Jackson’s third major-label and seventh overall studio album of the same a name. The song was written, composed, and co-produced by Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real-life story he had read about.
“Bad” was well received by contemporary music critics, with some critics noting that “Bad” helped Jackson’s image become edgier during the Bad-era. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained at the top position of the chart for two weeks, becoming Jackson’s Bad album’s second number one single, and Jackson’s eighth number one entry on the chart. Internationally, the song was also commercially successful, charting within the top ten in eleven countries as well as charting within the top five in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Norwegian, Switzerland and Swedish charts. The song peaked at number one on the Netherlands and European charts.
The full version of the music video for “Bad”, released in August 1987, and broadcast as a CBS prime time special, was directed entirely by Martin Scorsese and co-starred Wesley Snipes in one of his first appearances prior to being discovered as an actor. The video portrays Michael Jackson and various backup dancers shown performing complex choreography in a subway station. “Bad” has been covered and parodied by many different artists since its release and has become a song used frequently in tributes to Jackson after his death in June 2009.
The song is featured in the 2010 animated film Megamind. It is also featured in the first theatrical trailer for the 2016 animated film The Angry Birds Movie.