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SoulBounce’s Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #48 ‘Leave Me Alone’

There's a choice that we make
And this choice you must take

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As was the case with all of his songs that received a video treatment, "Leave Me Alone" took on an entirely different life in the format. Superficially, the song is about Michael being done with post-breakup drama, pleading for release. Of course the biting, simple refrain was also directed at the increasing media scrutiny of his personal life. Any question of this was cleared up by the stop-motion satire that posited him as both amusement park and spectator, the press/fame as the object of both his desire and his distain.

Leading up to and after the release of Bad, the anticipation for the follow up to Thriller had exploded into a more sinister frenzy, fueled by dramatic changes to his appearance and rumors about his behavior. But it was a circus Jackson had a hand in creating, that fed his own ambitions and lust for notoriety and from which he could not tear himself. You can hear the exhaustion in his angst as he almost cries that elongated "alone" in the chorus.

Paranoia was something he likely knew more exhaustively than almost anything. He sings its effects with expected intensity. Ultimately this turmoil made for one fantastic retort and one of his most noteworthy anthems, and set the stage for the tumult of the 1990s.


Michael Jackson: "Leave Me Alone"


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5 Responses

  1. 2:32....like that part.
    Always loved this song but wasn't on my copy of the Bad LP back then.

  2. Great song.......damn I love those "Dah, Dah, Dah, Dah's." & The instrumentation is awesome on this song. Bad is such an underappreciated album in the grand scheme of things. The songs are killer, and this is one of the best ones on there.

  3. I love this song and I may have put it a bit higher. But I love your review here.
    What I love about this song as a moment in the arc of Mike's career is that it just straddles that line of self-indulgence that derailed his other "Leave Me Alone" songs like D.S. and Privacy later in his career. There was still that pure sense of making a really great song structurally at this point in his career that sometimes was lost in his later work's insistence in making us understand how devastated he was by his fall in the eyes of the industry.

  4. One of Mike's most underrated songs. This is a CUT!

  5. don't start beggin me
    dont start beggin
    dont start lovin me
    dont start beggin, "i love you"
    i dont want it
    i dont want it
    i dont
    i dont
    i dont
    dont start beggin me
    dont start beggin
    dont start lovin me
    dont start beggin, "i love you"
    i dont want it
    i dont need it



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