Did 'Eat It' or 'Beat It' Come Out First? Weird Al and Michael Jackson Song Timeline

 

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story hints toward the origin of Eat It and Beat It creating confusion among netizens ( Source : youtube )

Michael Jackson's Beat It came a year before Weird Al's Eat It.

Some fans have been discussing two songs that were massive hits in the 1980s. Discussions are going around if Eat It or Beat It came out first. 

True Michael Jackson fans probably know the answer to which song came first. However, the new movie, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, released on November 4, 2022, on The Roku Channel, has created some confusion among the viewers. 

In one of the scenes in the movie, it is shown that Eat It came first, and Beat It was the parody version created by Michael Jackson later. Many people have been arguing and are in outrage about this blatant lie, but it seems they did not get the joke. 

Did 'Eat It' or 'Beat It' Come Out First?

Beat It came out first and not Eat It. Michael Jackson's song came out in 1983, whereas Weird Al's son came out in 1984.

The new movie, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, which is a biographical parody film, mentions the two songs, Eat It and Beat It. The movie revolves around Alfred Matthew's "Weird Al" Yankovic's life. However, some plots have been exaggerated. 

And one of the plots is that Weird Al, a rising singer, writes a song, Eat It, and it becomes a major hit. However, before a big show, Al discovers that Michel Jackson had taken Eat It and parodied it as Beat It. 

Fans compare Michael Jackson Beat It (left) and Yankovic's Eat It (right)
Fans compare Michael Jackson Beat It (left) and Yankovic's Eat It (right) ( Source : youtube )

This specific scene in the movie has made many netizens wonder if that is the truth behind these songs. Both of these songs exist in reality, and the composer and singers behind the songs are Michael Jackson and Al. 

But, since it is an exaggerated story of Al's life, this scene has been reverted to what happened in reality. The song Beat It was released in 1983, and Al was the one who parodied it to Eat It in 1984. 

Weird Al and Michael Jackson Song Timeline

Beat It is the song from Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller (1982). It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks. It also reached the top spot on Billboard, placing the song at No. 5 in 1983.

Eat It came out in 1984 as a parody version of Jackson's Beat It. And the lyrics were rewritten to be about an irritated parent striving to convince their picky child to eat anything, much less to eat correctly, as per Wikipedia. 

Daniel Radcliffe plays Al Yankovic in
Daniel Radcliffe plays Al Yankovic in "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story." ( Source : nbcnews )

The song went a massive hit and even became number one in Australia. In contrast, Beat It had only reached number three in Australia when it was released. 

Yankovic even won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording category for the song. In addition, it reached number twelve in the United States, becoming his first top 40 success. 

Contact Form

CLOSE ADS
CLOSE ADS