In 1984 Thriller was at number 1, it held the spot and because of this Van Halen's album stayed at number 2. Beat It was on this album. The song was written by Quincy Jones and Michael. Quincy encouraged Michael to include a rock song that kids would enjoy. Beat It was that song. The riff is played by Eddie Van Halen, which makes this song a significant turning point in Michael Jacksons iconic rise to the far reaching appeal he had. As a cross over artist, appealing to all more than just a Motown audience, this track expanded his reach further to a rock audience.
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