Album Lyrics

Many albums by American songwriter and recording artist Michael Jackson. The album was released on August 31, 1987  by Epic/CBS Records, nearly five years after Jackson’s previous studio album, Thriller, which went on to become the world’s best-selling album. Bad itself sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and shipped eight million units in the United States alone, and has been cited as being one of the best selling albums of all time. Bad is the only album to have five of its singles peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Similar to Jackson’s previous music material, the album’s music features elements of R&B, pop and rock.

Bad was recorded throughout 1987. The lyrical themes on the record relate to paranoia, romance and self-improvement. Bad is widely regarded as having cemented Jackson’s status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s, as well enhancing his solo career and being one of the best musical projects of his career. Despite the album’s commercial and critical success, it has been viewed as a relative failure when compared to the sales of Thriller.

Ten of the eleven songs on Bad were released as singles; one was a promotional single and another was released outside of the United States and Canada. One of the singles charted within the top-ten, and another charted within the top-twenty on the Hot 100. The single that was released outside of the United States and Canada was commercially successful, charting within the top ten and top twenty in multiple territories. Bad peaked at number one in seven countries, as well as charting within the top twenty in other territories. The only song on the album which wasn’t released as a single was “Just Good Friends”.

Bad saw Jackson exercise even more artistic freedom than he did with his two previous Epic releases (Off the Wall and Thriller). On Bad, Jackson composed nine of the album’s eleven tracks and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The album continued Jackson’s commercial success in the late 1980s and garnered six Grammy Award nominations, winning two. Aside from commercial success the album also received positive reviews from contemporary critics. Bad was ranked number forty three in the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time of the MTV Generation in 2009 by VH1. It was ranked number 202 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album marked the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.

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