High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Bad" is a song by American songwriter and recording artist Michael Jackson. "Bad" was released by Epic Records in September 1987, as the second single from Jackson's seventh studio album of the same name. The song was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real life story he'd read about. Musically, the song is a pop song with a dance groove tempo with R&B and funk musical styles. Lyrically, the song is about proving to people that you are tough, with Jackson asking "who's bad?" in a repeating lyric in the song. "Bad" was generally well received by contemporary music critics, with some critics noting that "Bad" helped Jackson's image become more edgier during the Bad-era.