Released exactly 25 years ago today (August 31), “Bad” — the multi-platinum tour de force that was
6. “Another Part of Me”
With classics such as “We Are the World” and “Man in the Mirror,” Michael became known for being a caring humanitarian. “Another Part of Me” also showcases that side of Michael, with the song’s lyrics focusing on world unity. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 chart. The Patrick Kelly-directed video covers Michael performing the song live during his ‘Bad World Tour’ in Parc deed Princes on July 14, 1988.
7. “Man in the Mirror”
“Man in the Mirror” remains one of Michael Jackson’s most powerful songs. The emotional track that calls for both personal and global change matched its songwriters’ (Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett) lyricism of self-truth with the powerful background vocals of Garrett, the Winans and the Andrae Crouch Choir, who all joined Michael on the soaring track.
“Mirror,” “Bad’s” fourth consecutive No. 1 single, stayed at the top of the Hot 100 chart after its peak on March 26, 1988.
8. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” feat. Siedah Garrett
“I just want to lay next to you for awhile. You look so beautiful tonight… A lot of people misunderstand me. That’s because they don’t know me at all,” Michael whispers at the beginning the Hot 100 No. 1 ballad.
The song was originally intended to be a duet with Barbra Striesand or Whitney Houston, though both divas had to pass due to other obligations. Quincy Jones’ protégé Siedah Garrett stepped in to provide vocals at the last minute, and the song kicked off the five consecutive “Bad” Hot 100 No. 1s. The song peaked at No. 1 on September 19, 1987 and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks.
9. “Dirty Diana”
MJ penned a rock n’ pop classic with his fifth “Bad” single. “Dirty Diana,” co-produced by Michael himself and featuring guitar licks by Billy Idol axeman Steve Stevens, showcased Jackson with the rough edge he originally revealed on “Thriller”s chart-topping single “Beat It.” After nine weeks on the Hot 100 chart, “Dirty Diana” peaked at No. 1 on July 2, 1988. The single was the fifth and final single from “Bad” to hit No. 1.
10. “Smooth Criminal”
The next “Bad” track is an uptempo story of a home invasion which is illuminated by slick production elements courtesy of Quincy Jones. The music video — taken from the ’88 film “Moonwalker,” is one of Michael’s most iconic, as it features his signature anti-gravity lean (which was executed using a specially-designed pair of shoes that Jackson had patented). “Smooth Criminal” went on to peak at No. 7 on the Hot 100 chart.
BONUS TRACK: “Leave Me Alone”
“Bad” closes on an aggressive note. On bonus track “Leave Me Alone,” Michael turns the tables on the media and tabloids and addresses them on their false allegations and rumors. The music video, directed by Jim Blashfield and Paul Diener, brings Michael’s frustration to life as he rides through an amusement park full of lewd headlines and images only to finally break free of it all.