Say Say Say
By this point it’s obvious how much we here at BoTE love the 80s. But even WE aren’t afraid to play favorites within our favorite decade.
And we’ll go to the mat with anyone who fights us on one, simple, universal truth:
1984’s music was the best music ever.
Think about it–– “Purple Rain”, “Jump”, “Footloose”, Ghostbusters”, “The Reflex”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”… only a few of the songs that debuted on our radios and cassette players in 1984.
And the song that kicked off the year? The very first #1 song of 1984?
None other than “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
With lyrics primarily by Jackson and music entirely by McCartney, the song was released in the fall of 1983. It finally reached #1 in December, and it stayed there for 6 straight weeks (well into 1984).
A upbeat, jazzy ditty about a man who’s left abandoned by his best girl, “Say Say Say” was the second time in a year that MJ and the former Beatle collaborated on a hit song, following 1982’s “The Girl is Mine”… and (contrary to what we saw in the video) it had nothing to do with Mac and Jac’s Wonder Potion and Cure All:
Believe it or not, “Say Say Say” was McCartney’s last #1 song (though Jackson would have, um, one or two more)… but together with “The Girl is Mine” and McCartney’s other early 80s collaboration, “Ebony and Ivory” with Stevie Wonder, it did help make a dent in bringing around more racial harmony, especially in music.
See? Best year for music… EVER.
We ♥ Say Say Say.