I must have stuck my head into a couple of dozen bars, restaurants and clothing stores yesterday, and there were very few that weren’t playing tracks from Thriller. Clothing stores especially. “Billie Jean” in particular. And not once did I hear “Will You Be There?” It’s a little drippy here and there, but I’ve always felt this was Michael Jackson‘s best song. As much as I deplored who and what Jackson became over the last 16 years of his life, this song makes me put all that aside. I love the central melody and particularly the rhythm track — clap-clap, clap-pa-clap-clap.