SoulBounce’s Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #28 ‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)’


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.

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13 Responses

  1. Big TUNE!!!!
    The lyrics above are my fav!!
    I don't care where you are or what your doing, when this song comes on ALL the ladies sing it loud word for word lin unison.
    Sorry Moon but MJ was singing that to me!

  2. Had to comment again.
    That picture is TOO HAWT!!!!

  3. YES!!!!!!! P.Y.T. is THAT ILL ISH!!! so funky........& a precusor to male R&B afterwards. High Energy runnin all thru it.

  4. but on the other hand, HOW THE HELL IS THIS AT # 28? Top 20? & that is a cool pic of the Gloved One in

  5. loves it...whats crazy is that i dont half the real lyrics to his songs lol

  6. James Ingram brought the funk with his songwriting and production skills on this joint!

  7. @soulrific, yea he really did.

  8. Matta fact, if u haven't seen this b4, check it out:

  9. i also like mj's original demo of pyt, which he created

  10. Sexiest MiJac picture EVER.

  11. that James Ingram clip slays me every time I see it. Yah Mo Be there, indeed.

  12. OMG, that James Ingram clip with Tavis was a treasure. Thanks for sharing Eddie. Love it.

  13. Hoping that this is a ranked order, because no way this is #28


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