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Beat It
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Genre Hard Rock, Dance-rock
Released February 14, 1983
Album Thriller
Recorded 1981-82
Length 4:18
Label Epic
Producer Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson
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Beat It is one of Michael Jackson's songs in the albums, Thriller and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. This song was released on February 14, 1983. This song was written and performed by Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones (with co-production by Michael Jackson).

This song also features Eddie Van Halen as a guitar soloist for this song. Beat It has won two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame.

Beat It appeared in the movie, Back to the Future Part II and appeared in the game, Guitar Hero World Tour. It was also used in a scene in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, The Unzappables.

Lyrics

[1st Verse]

  • They Told Him Don't You Ever Come Around Here
  • Don't Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
  • The Fire's In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
  • So Beat It, Just Beat It
    [2nd Verse]
  • You Better Run, You Better Do What You Can
  • Don't Wanna See No Blood, Don't Be A Macho Man
  • You Wanna Be Tough, Better Do What You Can
  • So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
  • Just Beat It, Beat It
  • Just Beat It, Beat It
  • Just Beat It, Beat It
  • Just Beat It, Beat It
    [3rd Verse]
  • They're Out To Get You, Better Leave While You Can
  • Don't Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man
  • You Wanna Stay Alive, Better Do What You Can
  • So Beat It, Just Beat It
    [4th Verse]
  • You Have To Show Them That You're Really Not Scared
  • You're Playin' With Your Life, This Ain't No Truth Or Dare
  • They'll Kick You, Then They Beat You,
  • Then They'll Tell You It's Fair
  • So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
    [Chorus]
  • Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Who's Right
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
    [Chorus]
  • Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
  • No One Wants To Be Defeated
  • Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
  • It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
  • Just Beat It, Beat It
  • Beat It, Beat It, Beat It (Fade),

The Music Video

The video features a bunch of gangsters 2 coming out of a cafe (one played by Vincent Paterson and the other by Michael Peters), 6 from the streets, 2 coming out of a manhole. And a bunch of more coming from a bar. Then as they come towards where Michael Jackson performs he breaks up their fight and then they mimic his dance moves.

In Thriller

Beat It is the 5th track listing and the 3rd single in the album.

In Back to the Future Part II

This song appears in the scene where Marty goes to Cafe 80's in 2015.

In Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Beat It is in the 2nd stage of this game, which is called "Street".

In the arcade version, Beat It is played in round 3 called "Night Street."

In HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

This song is the tenth song on the first disc in this album.

In Guitar Hero World Tour

This song appears as one of the songs you can perform in the game. It's also in the Band Tour Venue at #9 (Strutter's Farm (Kentucky)) and it wasn't exportable to other games.

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