‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago today (1983)

(Saturday, April 30, 1983)“Beat It” by Michael Jackson peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks (April 30, May 7/14, 1983).

It was the musician’s fifth of 14 #1 hits on the chart (1972-1995; he also had four #1 hits with The Jackson 5 in 1970).

Rolling Stone magazine placed “Beat It” in the 344th spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Video: 'Beat It (2011 Ext. Mix) Michael Jackson'

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