Good songs tend to have a certain timeless quality. The same can’t really be said for everything else that’s going on in this video though. I’m sure I’ve seen videos that’ve come across as more dated, but I really can’t think of any.
It’s been my experience that this song is almost guaranteed to be played at least once, and nearly every wedding reception.
This single song’s been not just present for, but been a big motivation behind my change in attitude towards dancing over the years.
Growing up, the mere thought of dancing would bring on the intense anxiety, and fear of not only looking awkward, but being judged by spectators. At some point, Billy Jean came along, and it was less of a big deal to just move to the music. I stopped worrying about what people might think and just focused on what was important: having fun.
Oddly enough, I came across this gem by way of “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect. It turns out the lines, “I like the way you comb your hair, and I like those stylish clothes you wear” have been used in a few songs since this DeBarge hit.