Vintage Video #1's: Michael Jackson Performs "Bad" in Japan

by VVN Music

Thirty years ago today, October 17, 1987, Michael Jackson took the number 1 spot on the R&B Singles chart with "Bad".

The title song from the Bad album was released on September 7, 1987, just a week after the album hit the market. It was the second single from the album after "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with Siedah Garrett.

One week later (October 24), "Bad" would hit the number 1 spot on the Hot 100 where it would stay for two weeks.

Produced by Quincy Jones, the song also was a groundbreaking video directed by Martin Scorsese and premiered on a CBS special of Jackson's. Wesley Snipes co-starred prior to becoming a star.


Here is Jackson performing the song in 1987 during a show in Yokohama, Japan.


The top five songs on the R&B Singles chart of October 17, 1987:
  1. Bad - Michael Jackson
  2. We've Only Just Begun (The Romance is Not Over) - Glenn Jones
  3. (You're Puttin') A Rush on Me - Stephanie Mills
  4. Don't You Want Me - Jody Whatley
  5. I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone - Ray Parker, Jr. 

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