Just one of those songs that everybody knows.
In a Nutshell
About the Song
Explore the ways this song connects with the world
On the Charts
"Billie Jean" was the third best-selling single of 1983.
"Billie Jean" won Michael Jackson the Grammy awards for Best R&B song and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.
The physical single for "Billie Jean" was certified as platinum in 1989, and the digital download of the song is closing in on that milestone as well, having already gone gold.
"Billie Jean" plays out something like a dramatic monologue. A poetic device, the dramatic monologue is a monologue (a speech) given in a certain persona. The dramatic monologue assumes there is an addressee and an audience.
Just like a dramatic monologue, the song has a clear audience. Jackson makes that clear when he warns, "So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice." That audience, usually another fictional character in dramatic monologues, seems to be you (and us): Michael Jackson's listeners.