On this day (Sept. 26) in 1987, Michael Jackson’s momentous Bad album started its six-week run on top the US album chart. The album, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, was Jackson’s anticipated follow-up after his historic Thriller album five years prior, and to this day remains one of his classics.
So to celebrate his remarkable feat reaching No. 1 on the charts on this day, we’re throwing it back to 1987 and taking a closer look inside this iconic album from the undisputed King of Pop. Below, we rounded up some of the most interesting facts you may not have known about the album before.
1. First album to produce five No. 1 singles
Jackson was the first artist in history to score five consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 from a single album. The singles that reached the top included “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.” No other artist has been able to beat that level of chart-topping success until pop star Katy Perry matched his record in 2010 with her album Teenage Dream.
2. Ten out of 11 songs are paired with a music video
Out of the 11 songs included on Bad, ten of them were made into music videos. The only song that didn’t get the visual treatment video was his collaboration with Stevie Wonder, “Just Good Friends.”
The most famous video to come out of the batch was for the title song itself. The music video for “Bad” took a similar short-film approach as “Thriller” and featured an 18-minute long underground subway battle between two rival gangs. Not to mention, the video was backed by some major star power, too. It featured a young Wesley Snipes as Jackson’s rival and was directed by Martin Scorsese.
3. The title song was supposed to be a duet with Prince
Talk about a missed opportunity. The album’s title track was originally intended to be a duet between Jackson and Prince, but The Purple One eventually backed out of the project. The reason, according to The Root, Prince dropped out of “Bad” was because he didn’t want to say the opening line “your butt is mine.”
That wasn’t the only all star collaboration lost on the album. Bad was originally supposed to feature heavy hitters like Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand, though those collaborations never materialized. Jackson did, however, secure duets with Stevie Wonder and singer Siedah Garrett, who also helped write “Man In The Mirror.”
4. The ‘Bad World Tour’ broke the Guinness World Record
Actually, the ‘Bad World Tour’ broke two records in the Guinness Book Of World Records. One for a record-setting gross revenue of over $124 million made during the tour from September 1987-December 1988.
The other for most successful concert series when he sold out seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London, England in the summer of 1988 with a total of 504,000 fans attending the shows.
5. The album won two Grammy Awards
Jackson was nominated for a total of six Grammy Awards after the release of Bad. The album was up for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male and Best R&B Vocal Performance – Male in 1988, as well as Record of the Year for “Man in the Mirror” the following year.
In the end, Bad won Grammys for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical in 1988, and Best Music Video – Short Form for “Leave Me Alone” in 1990.