Two songs today to make up for zero songs in the last several months…
Michael Jackson, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
Where I Heard It: Rewind 100.3 FM
Why It’s Awesome:
1. It’s Michael at his danceable best, and it’s also a reminder of what a force Quincy Jones was. Apparently Michael had written a song called “Pretty Young Thing,” and when Jones heard the song he scrapped it and wrote an entirely new song using the same title.
2. This is more about how awesome Thriller is, but this was the sixth of seven singles released from it, all of which reached the Top Ten.
3. Along with “Wanna Be Starting Something,” it’s the song on Thriller that sounds most like it could have been on Off The Wall (which is a pretty awesome album in its own right), and it’s not hard to draw a straight line from it, right through Timberlake, to just about every male R&B singer working today: Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown, Cee-Lo, Trey Songs, R. Kelly, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and especially…
4. I suppose it’s fish-in-a-barrel to point out that Bruno Mars sounds like Michael Jackson, but hearing this on the radio yesterday made me realize that “Locked Out of Heaven” sounds not just like an MJ cop, but a direct “homage” to this song in particular, right down to the “ungh”s.
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”