Billie Jean

Album: Thriller (1982)
Charted: 1 1
  • She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
    I said don't mind, but what do you mean, I am the one
    Who will dance on the floor in the round
    She said I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round

    She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she caused a scene
    Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
    Who will dance on the floor in the round

    People always told me be careful of what you do
    And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
    And mother always told me be careful of who you love
    And be careful of what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth

    Billie Jean is not my lover
    She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
    But the kid is not my son
    She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

    For forty days and forty nights
    The law was on her side
    But who can stand when she's in demand
    Her schemes and plans
    'Cause we danced on the floor in the round
    So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice
    (Don't think twice, don't think twice)

    She told my baby we'd danced till three, then she looked at me
    Then showed a photo my baby cried his eyes were like mine (oh, no!)
    'Cause we danced on the floor in the round, baby

    People always told me be careful of what you do
    And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
    She came and stood right by me
    Just the smell of sweet perfume
    This happened much too soon
    She called me to her room

    Billie Jean is not my lover
    She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
    But the kid is not my son

    Billie Jean is not my lover
    She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
    But the kid is not my son
    She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

    She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

    Billie Jean is not my lover
    She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
    But the kid is not my son
    She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

    She says I am the one,
    (you know what you did, (she says he is my son)breaking my heart babe)
    She says I am the one

    Billie Jean is not my lover
    Billie Jean is not my lover
    Billie Jean is not my lover
    Billie Jean is not my lover (don't Billie Jean)
    Billie Jean is not my lover
    Billie Jean is not my lover

Comments: 58

  • George from Vancouver, Canada- People always told me be careful of what you do
    - And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts

    Well, he certainly found a lifestyle choice that kept him from doing this. . .
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.legacy.com/ {02-06-2018}...
    Ndugu Chancler, legendary session drummer who played on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” has died at the age of 65, according to multiple news sources.
    His wife, Brenda, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not released at this time.
    Chancler was on the drums for three tracks from Michael Jackson’s hit album “Thriller.” In addition to “Billie Jean,” he played on “P.Y.T.” and “Baby Be Mine.”
    He was an in-demand studio drummer who played with many greats including Miles Davis, Lionel Ritchie, Santana, and Eric Clapton.
    Chancler also co-wrote the Dazz Band’s 1982 hit dance funk song “Let It Whip.”
    He was born Leon Chancler in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1952.
    While staying active as a musician, he also became an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California and taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
    May he R.I.P.
  • Marc from -, MdInterview with the girl in this video, including what she's doing now and never-published pics: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-girl-in-video-billie-jean-and-cuts.html
  • Martin from Norcross, Ga@Sam, Seal Beach, CA You are rude, ignorant and obviously have a tin ear. This is the same basic riff. Moondance is a shuffle. Billy Jean is straight-8. Its the same chord progressionsame fundamental melody and same fundamental bass line. They are not in the same keys. Big Deal. (You probably can't tell that.) BJ is a whole step lower than MD. I suppose you'd als try to say that "Steal Away" by Bobby Dupree isn't based on What a Fool believes by Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins. Tone-deaf MORON
  • Isabelle from Montreal, QcThe whole world knows now Michael Jackson was INNOCENT. Funny how in the USA you are so spoon-fed by tabloids and sensationalism, you just forget the FACTS.
    Anybody heard about the FBI files? Jackson has been followed for 15 years, his computers, books, everything was searched, his phones were taped, etc, and the FBI stated officially they NEVER found anything wrong with him. When will people wake up?

    Read Aphrodite Jones's book, all about the trial, everything is there!!! Jackson was victim of crazy extorsionists, Janet Arvizo even did the same trick before (false accusations of sex harrassment and rape), it is totally CLEAR. After reading the book, you just won't believe how ignorant we are, to believe anything sensationnal in the press.

    Wake up people, a juicy "story" about Jackson back at the times could give you 60 000$, what do you think happened!!! Fired ex-employees, employees who stole on his property, money-hungry losers, etc. could say any sh*t and get paid for their lies! Another thing we have learned during the trial! People should get INFORMED.
  • Brandon from Arlington, OhI got a leather jacket named Billie Jean.
  • Jay from Wheaton, MdThis song was the sh!t back in the day. The ironic part is that Jack-o had no interest in women what so ever. I really think that someone did something to him when he was a kid, because you don't get like that just because you were an overworked child star. ..doesn't help any, but still you don't end up like how he did unless something happened to you as a kid. And this song is still the sh!t
  • Brady from Niagara Falls, NyThanks for bringing to my attention...Lydia Murdock's " Superstar"
    One of the many aspects of Rock and Roll... It is a continuous story.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th, 1982 "Billie Jean" reached No. 1 and stayed there for seven weeks, then "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners became No. 1 for one week. But Michael Jackson reclaimed No. 1 with "Beat It" and stayed there for three weeks!!!
  • Adana from St.petersbug, FlThis is such a haunting song!When I go to sleep at night I think of this song.
  • Judy from Somewhere, FlTo Billy in TX, and Rachel in OH, you need to check the facts, Michael was 100% innocent of any wrong doing with children. Stop reading the lies and look for the truth, it's there for anyone willing to look.
  • Mike from Los Angeles, Cahttps://www.songfacts.com/facts/daryl-hall-john-oates/i-cant-go-for-that-no-can-do
    This may be on of the greatest pop songs of all time but lets give credit where credit is due. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) by Hall and Oats inspired this song.
  • Don from B G, Ky"She said I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
  • Charlie from Las Vegas, Nvi can (somewhat) relate to the late MJ, lyrically. i had a girlfriend who was a jealous biatch and whenever i mentioned other gilrs she got all "you're my property! tell her to eff off! you're mine!" and s--t like that. oddlt enough i saw the MJ 'This is it' movie three days after i broke up with her.
  • Abdullaah from Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMJ played himself the bass on this song using a Yamaha Bass Guitar......that's cool... R.I.P. King Of Pop
  • Sam from Seal Beach, CaHey Jan from Lawrenceville GA. your stupider than Heidi from the hills I just went to Grooveshark.com and listened to moondance by Morrison and it sounds nothing like Billie Jean he's good but not as good as Michael R.I.P
  • Matt from Seminole, OkI have seen many performances of this song. And aside from the one in Bucharest, he lip synchs. Its more noticeable in this song, because there are just certain parts he can't pull off live". Nevertheless, best dancer...heck, best entertainer.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, Belgium"Billie Jean" a very good song. I remember the clip, the images stopped while Michael Jackson was dancing. I'm very sorry that since many years people talk about all things concerning Michael and forget how talented he was. Rest in peace Michael in a world without pain and tears.
  • Dean from Miami , FlMichael was with out a doubt one of the worlds greatest entertainers.... I really would have liked to have seen him stay much much longer on this earth where he gave so much love and magic to people from his music....Michael YOU WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH.
  • Jackie from Katy, Txok, jan from lawrenceville...chill out. ok thanks for imforming that you think its a rip off..but seriously it sounds like Michael worked way hard on this song and that deserves respect. dont hate. Rest In Peace King Of Pop.
  • Billy from Nederland , TxThis is a cool song. Now Michael honestly had horrorable personal life, but a exetremely sucsessful professional life. Really I hated him when he was alive, but now I starting to remember he was only human. I'm not forgiveing him for horrorable things he did, but he did do more in his short 50-year life than what most men could do in three lifes. Michael Joesph Jackson 1958-2009.
  • James from Yucaipa, CaBilly jean is one of my favorite songs of the 80,s & my fav of M.J. RIP M.J. 7/3/09
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnDavid Cook really nailed this song.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesSean: The reason for MTV's white-only policy was allegedly demographic. MTV was founded by Les Garland and Bob Pittman. Their idea was to keep the channel "rock-oriented", which in practice meant they wanted to attract mainly college-age white men, and blacks and Hispanics need not apply. Artists like David Bowie and Rick James complained about this in interviews, and when asked to respond, Pittman said this: "We don't want to cater to fringe groups." That pretty much gave away the real reason. By 1983, both WTBS and NBC had all-night video shows which included black artists, causing further pressure on MTV. Finally, Walter Yetnikoff, the president of CBS Records, threatened to pull all their videos off MTV unless they would include a Michael Jackson video. They so did (Billie Jean), and their focus began to switch from plain rock & roll to pop, funk and R&B.
  • Lauralee from Glasgow, United KingdomMichael jacson was a musical Genius.
    Nobody will ever sell as many records as he has - and will continue to sell for ever.
    Elvis still sells records afterall,

    I can't believe he's dead, I grew up with his music, danced to it at school discos, done the thriller video dance with mates at parties for a laugh.

    So, he may have been a little weird, rumoured to be into young boys etc

    But his music brought and still BRINGS joy to people all over the world.

    I only hope he is remembered for his achievements rather than any discrepancies :(

    RIP MJ
  • Hetfield from Port Louis, MauritiusRest In Peace, Michael Jackson...
  • Taylor from Mountain View , Caawesome song, apparently, its a true story. A fan claimed that he was the father of her child, and she insisted that he take responsibility. she sent a gun, and asked him to kill himself. the fan was later sent to the hospital, and it was confirmed that she was crazy. i think it's true, at least.
  • Jan from Lawrenceville, GaTHIS SONG was a rip off of VAN MORRISON'S MOON DANCE, i don't know why people to this day can't figure it out. THE RIFF TO MOON DANCE AND THE BEAT ARE IDENTICAL TO BILLIE JEAN, shame on michael and shame on you people who can't figure it out. you can even sing billie jean to the moon dance riff as its playing.
  • Sean from Washington, Dc1) MJ didn't invent the 'moonwalk' its a break dancing move that he threw into his choreography. His doing the moonwalk made breakdancing commercial which of course killed it's popularity in urban areas.

    2) MTV definitely had a policy of not playing black music videos. Whether this policy was based on racism or a demographic based business model we will never know. This policy is the reason that Black Entertainment Televisions' (BET) video music slots were so successful. Other video channels as well as music video slots like Friday Night Videos played black music videos.
  • S.d. from Denver, CoI remember this inspiring one of the funniest mondegreens when Letterman and Paul Shaffer used to make fun of it on "Late Night" back in the early 80s: "But the CHAIR is not my son!"
  • Mel from Riverbank, CaThe Chris Cornell version is very different and very cool.. This version was also covered by David Cook on season 7 of American Idol, I think the theme was songs from the year the contestant was born. (Babies!)
  • Aya from Nsw, Australia, United StatesA remix of this song entitled Billie Jean 2008 featuring Kanye West will be included in Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 album due out Febuary 2008.

    Billie Jean is one of the best songs ever created. Perfection.
  • Matt from New York, NyToo bad the man Jackson became overshadowed the man he once was. He really was, and still is, a talented songwriter.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njone of my favorite all time songs. i just love that line " she told me her name was billie jean and she caused a scene"
  • Matt from Uxbridge, MaHas anyone heard Chris Cornell's cover of this song. It's... different.
  • Carl from San Diego, CaJohn, MTV had a policy against playing black artists on the network. CBS record execs had to threaten to pull their others artists' videos from MTV in order to force MTV to play "Billie Jean".
  • Stuart from Belfast, IrelandThis is the best song of all time it really changed the sound of music and is still played alot today
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiawhen he came to Australia , i was watching him perform this song on stage . seemed like he was miming ......didn't even sound like it was live...i wonder
  • Brandon from Peoria, IlIn an interview with Michael Jackson himself, he said that when he was singing with the Jackson 5 his older brothers (especially Jermaine) had women claiming they fathered their babies. His brothers refered to them collectively by the androgynous name of Billie Jean. Fifteen years (or so) later Michael writes this song, inspired by his brothers' experiences...NOT from his own experience.
  • Jason from Dublin, Irelandbest song of all time
  • Nelson from MelbourneIn reply to Lala (anywhere, MT), on the Thriller special edition CD Quincy Jones says a woman jumped into his backyard and accused Michael of being the father of one of her twins...(!)
  • Rachel from South Point, OhI'm with you John, and Ash... and I love this song, but I don't think anyone today would doubt little Mikey if he said he didn't father Billie Jean's son... Now if he said he didn't touch Billie Jean's son, that would be a different story entirely... Sometimes I hate living in the 21st century.
  • Lala from Anywhere, Mtactually on the Thriller special edition CD, Quincy Jones says that Michael said that it was about some random girl that jumped over a fence who he found laying out by his pool one day and was accusing him of being her babys daddy.
  • Paul from Detroit, MiTo Brian in Philadlphia: Michael Jackson was plenty old enough to have fathered a child when Billie Jean was released. Michael was born in 1958, this song was released in 1982.
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ilwhen i first heard of michael jackson i didnt know who he was until i saw a magazine. then i saw his interviews and bought all of his cds. and other stuff. i so love this song. i sing to every one of his songs
  • Dawson from Draper, UtThe moonwalk was first performed in a live concert of this song. Turns out, the night before, when he and his choreographer were practicing for the concert. Michael, just messin' around, did the moonwalk. The choreographer told him to do it again, and again, and again. The next night, when he did it during the guitar solo of "Billie Jean", the fans loved it. After that he did it in "Billie Jean" and "Smooth Criminal". I don't know if you have seen the first time he did the moonwalk, but it is amazing.
    Thus, the moonwalk was born! : )
  • Dawson from Draper, UtI agree with Akash. It rocks. I betcha Akasha gets straight A's in school 'cause she knows that MJ owns. Peace out 'yall.
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaI think this song is awesome! Too many people underestimate Michael's talent just because he has an unusual sexual preference.
  • John from Fort Thomas, KyHow could there possibly have been a color barrier for this song to break on mtv? The network was barely a year old. I think the fact that someone put that as a songfact is evidence of our country's over emphasis on race and racial tensions. Maybe there wasn't a color barrier, perhaps instead no other black artists had made videos available to MTV. Not taking anything away from the song or video, but it seems to me that saying this broke the race barrier is ignorant when the lack of black artists on MTV was probably due to the fact that it wasn't that popular yet and the few if any black artists had sent them videos. Jackie Robinson broke a color barrier. Michael Jackson did not. (all this is my opinion and i'm open to any logical arguments.)
  • Brian from Philadelphia, PaIt was Michael's older brothers and the groupies that were around on tour that were the inspiration for the song. He would have been a little too young for that situation. Besides, we all know its not young females that floats his boat.
  • Akash from Abbotsford(use To Be Vancouver, United StatesThis song is a CLASSIC !
    I never get tired of listenin to it.
    This song was #1 for 7 weeks making it MIchael Jackson's biggest single.
    Love the beat and the vocals for the song.
  • Jade from Chippewa Falls, WiI wonder if the story is true.
  • Jam Kemal from Lindua, South AfricaThe greatest dance song ever made. Although lyrics are a bit depressing

    Written and composed by Michael Jackson
    Arranged by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
  • Alia from Midlands, Chinamichael j is the greatest singer of all time, and billie jean just tops it! personally i favour his song called 'threatened' in his invincible album!
  • Shana from Pembroke, Canadaawesome song, classic, just classic
  • Bárbara from São Paulo, BrazilYeah! Billie Jean was the #1 black video on MTV! Michael broke barrier color! I love this music! That's Great! I agree, Michael Jackson is the King Of Pop!
  • Melissa from Irvine, CaThis song inspired a parody, "Little Billy", with lyrics "Little Billy...is not my lover. He's just a boy....". A little foreboding, I think...
  • Cio from Lithonia, GaWhen Billie Jean reached #1, Michael became only the fifth artist to have the #1 pop song, #1 soul song,and the #1 album concurrently...the others being Ray Charles (1962), Stevie Wonder (1963), Sly & the Family Stone (1971), and Donna Summer (1979).
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