The Girl Is Mine

By Michael Jackson7" Single • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Singles

UK release date:
Oct 29, 1982
US release date:
Oct 25, 1982

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Recording "The Girl Is Mine"

Apr 14 - 16, 1982

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Side 1


The Girl Is Mine

Written by Michael Jackson

3:42 • Studio versionA1 • New Edited Version

Paul McCartney :
Michael Jackson :
Producer, Vocal arrangement, Vocals
David Foster :
Synthesizer, Synthesizer arrangement
Dean Parks :
Greg Phillinganes :
Rhodes piano
David Paich :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro :
Synthesizer programming
Steve Lukather :
Louis Johnson :
Bass guitar
Jeff Porcaro :
Quincy Jones :
Producer, Rhythm arrangement, Vocal arrangement
Jerry Hey :
Strings arrangement
Jerry Vinci :

Session Recording:
Apr 14 - 16, 1982
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Side 2


Can't Get Outta the Rain

Studio version


From Wikipedia:

The Girl Is Mine” is a song recorded by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. The track was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. It was released as the first single for Jackson’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). […]

Despite recording “Say Say Say” and “The Man” a year prior, “The Girl Is Mine” was the first song to gain a release from the duo and the first single from the Thriller album. “The Girl Is Mine” was released as a single on October 18, 1982. The single’s cover photograph was taken by McCartney’s wife, Linda. Listeners were not impressed by “The Girl Is Mine”, and thought that Jackson’s Thriller would also be a disappointment. The public felt that Jackson and the producer, Quincy Jones, had created a song for the white pop audience. Despite some of the public’s concerns, “The Girl Is Mine” achieved success in the music charts. Topping the R&B singles chart, the single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (behind “Maneater” by Hall & Oates and “Down Under” by Men at Work) and the Norwegian Singles Chart. “The Girl Is Mine” reached number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The song charted at number eight in the UK, peaking within the New Zealand Top 20. By 1985, the single had sold 1.3 million copies. The single was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of at least one million units. […]


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