2. 'Beat It' (1982)
Jackson plays it tough in this electrifying 1983 clip that plays out like a ‘80s version of “West Side Story” with two rival gangs holding a dance off and Jackson serving as a fleet-footed mediator. Sadly, Eddie Van Halen, whose sizzling guitar solo anchors the track, doesn’t make an appearance in the Bob Giraldi-directed video, allegedly because his label, Warner Bros., would not allow him to.
- Melinda Newman