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This Day In Music, October 24th

On this day in 1987: Michael Jackson started a two week run at #1 on the U.S singles chart with ‘Bad’, a #3 hit in the U.K. The music video for ‘Bad’, was directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starred Wesley Snipes… one of the first appearances by the yet-undiscovered actor.

‘Bad’ was released by Epic Records on September 7, 1987, as the second single from Jackson’s seventh studio album ‘Bad.’ The song was written and composed by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones and Jackson. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real-life story he had read about, of a young man who tried to escape poverty by attending private school but ended up being killed when he returned home.

‘Bad’ received positive reviews, with some critics noting that it helped give Jackson an edgier image. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained there for two weeks, becoming the album’s second #1 single, and Jackson’s eighth #1 entry on the chart. It also charted on the Hot R&B Singles, Hot Dance Club Play, and Rhythmic chart at #1. ‘Bad’ is certified Platinum by the RIAA. Internationally, the song was also commercially successful, charting at the top of the charts in seven other countries including Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands as well as charting in the top ten in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 4 BAD –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-6 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 5 CAUSING A COMMOTION –•– Madonna (Sire)-7 (2)
3 2 U GOT THE LOOK –•– Prince with Sheena Easton (Paisley Park)-13 (2)
4 1 LOST IN EMOTION –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-13 (1)
5 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW –•– Tiffany (MCA)-9 (5)
6 8 CASANOVA –•– Levert (Atlantic)-11 (6)
7 14 MONY MONY –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-8 (7)
8 12 LET ME BE THE ONE –•– Expose (Arista)-11 (8)
9 13 LITTLE LIES –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-9 (9)
10 3 CARRIE –•– Europe (Epic)-13 (3)

11 6 HERE I GO AGAIN –•– Whitesnake (Geffen)-17 (1)
12 7 WHO WILL YOU RUN TO –•– Heart (Capitol)-11 (7)
13 16 BREAKOUT –•– Swing Out Sister (Mercury)-11 (13)
14 9 PAPER IN FIRE –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Mercury)-11 (9)
15 19 IT’S A SIN –•– Pet Shop Boys (EMI-America)-8 (15)
16 20 BRILLIANT DISGUISE –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-4 (16)
17 18 YOU ARE THE GIRL –•– The Cars (Elektra)-9 (17)
18 21 WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME –•– U2 (Island)-7 (18)
19 22 IN MY DREAMS –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-15 (19)
20 25 (I’ve Had) THE TIME OF MY LIFE –•– Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (RCA)-5 (20)

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