On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson was enjoying his last week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Billie Jean.” The song had been #1 for the past seven weeks, since topping the charts for the first time in early March.
“Billie Jean” was awarded honors including two Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. In a list compiled by Rolling Stone and MTV in 2000, the song was ranked as the sixth greatest pop song since 1963. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed it at number 58 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. It is ranked the #2 song of 1983, finishing behind “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.