Tenderoni you've got to be
Spark my nature
Sugar fly with me
Michael Jackson's ode to cuties in the song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" was the anthem on the Thriller album that every girl from 5 to 50 sang with conviction and the certainty that MJ was talking about them. I know because I was one of those very girls. The funky synchopated riffs and classic grunts composed the serenade we longed for. Where mostly every song on Thriller provided a story that was engaging yet kind of adult (or way creepy like the title track), "P.Y.T." was Michael keeping it familiar and flirty with an almost conversational tone that you could easily imagine as street banter between a fly mama and a love-struck admirer.
"P.Y.T." is the energy that Jackson brought later in "The Way You Make Me Feel" yet it holds a more youthful and mercurial quality that is more robust in male testosterone and soulfulness. The dance element is undeniable. The call and response "You need some lovin'! TLC!" is infectious. Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." is classic dance music that provides a groove that keeps on giving.