The first album I ever owned was Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, and on this day in 1987, it started it’s reign at number one on the US charts, despite staying at number 1 for six weeks, at the time, it was considered a let up from his previous album, Thriller. Despite that critical reception, it went on to sell more than 35 million records worldwide, and featured a record five US number ones.
The entire record came in at under 49 minutes, and garnered six Grammy award nominations (it won two), and was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. Rumours were swirling that the album would feature duets with Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Barbara Streisand – but none of those materialised, although Stevie Wonder featured on ‘ Just Good Friends’.
The album spawned a number of iconic Michael Jackson moments, whether it’s the leather jacked he sports on the cover and in the video for Bad, the gravity defying dance to Smooth Criminal, or the live video to the ‘groupie ode’, Dirty Diana, featured below.