Verdict: Billie Jean – Aloe Blacc v. Everyone Else

Even if you aren’t a Michael Jackson fan, it’s hard to resist singing along to Billie Jean, isn’t it? Especially the chorus. That is definitely some catchy stuff. So many musicians have covered the song, from Chris Cornell to Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, and I recently found a cover by the extremely talented Aloe Blacc. To say Blacc’s version is a great cover is an understatement – it is absolutely, without a doubt, brilliant. Don’t kill me for saying this, but it even beats the pants off MJ’s original.

Blacc has used a string section to create a song that is simply perfection. He has taken a fun dance song and turned it into a beautiful jazz/blues song that you just want to listen to over and over again. Which version do you prefer?


2 thoughts on “Verdict: Billie Jean – Aloe Blacc v. Everyone Else

  1. Wow, this is definitely a beautiful version of Billie Jean… but does it “beat the pants off MJ’s original”? No way!

    The beat. The vocals. The dance moves. The flashing tiles in the video… everything about the original makes it a classic, and it’s deservedly the anthem of an entire generation…

    • I guess I probably feel that way just because Billie Jean has never been my MJ song of choice – I liked it, but I never saw what the big deal was. Put on The Way You Make Me Feel, however, and you can’t stop me from dancing!

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