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SoulBounce’s Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #40 ‘Ben’

With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone

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Never mind the fact that the song had little to do with the horror movie it shares a name
with; Michael Jackson's "Ben," from his 1972 album also named Ben, is hands-down one of his most popular works. Though barely into his teens when he recorded it, Mike sang the song with an earnestness most adults could only hope to achieve.

In all of its sappy glory, "Ben" was more than just a song about a killer pet rat; for me, it epitomized the ultimate friendship. An only child, I longed for a friend as loyal as the one Jackson sang his little 13-year-old heart out about.

Whether you loved it or hated it, the song's pull was undeniable. It catapulted Michael to the top of the charts, making him the third youngest solo artist to climb to the number one spot. Nearly 40 years later, the pull is just as strong. "Ben" is one of his most re-released songs, appearing on over 10 Jackson compilations.


Michael Jackson: "Ben"


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3 Responses

  1. First off lemme say that I'm an artist and Michael Jackson has had a huge influence on me. I say that to say that I have a short & interesting story about this song:
    When I was in elementary school (5th grade I think) my father bought this Jackson Five cassette that was a compilation of some of their hit records. Every so often while we would commute from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to Mount Vernon, New York he would play this tape and I would sing along. One day when we were driving home and I was singing along, he stopped the tape. He had been listening to me sing the songs the whole time (he's a band director and a musician so he does those kind of things) on this particular day. So he looked back at me & told me to keep singing and as I continued he told me "Hey, you can actually sing!" So later on when we got home he brought me into the family room where my step mother was watching tv so I could sing for her. I was so nervous but I went on singing anyway. The song I chose was Ben, and she told me I sounded almost like Michael. That day was the beginning of my love for singing.

  2. "In all of its sappy glory, "Ben" was more than just a song about a killer pet rat; for me, it epitomized the ultimate friendship. An only child, I longed for a friend as loyal as the one Jackson sang his little 13-year-old heart out about. "...
    I thought that I was the only one who thought this way!
    Well said! : )

  3. @ Eddie....great story....keep on keepin on.
    @ Moni...I agree.
    I couldn't believe this song was about a rat when I first heard it but later had me begging for a hamster.
    The movie....now that's another story....too scary.



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