Heal the World

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"Heal the World"
Michael Jackson - Heal the World.png
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Dangerous
B-side "She Drives Me Wild"
Released November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)
Format
Recorded 1989[1]
Length
  • 6:25 (album version)
  • 4:32 (7" edit)
  • 4:55 (7" edit with intro)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Michael Jackson
Producer(s)
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Who Is It"
(1992)
"Heal the World"
(1992)
"Give In to Me"
(1993)

"Who Is It"
(1992)
"Heal the World"
(1992)
"Give In to Me"
(1993)
Audio sample
Music video
"Heal The World" on YouTube

"Heal the World" is a song recorded by American recording artist Michael Jackson from his eighth studio's album, Dangerous (1991). It was released on November 23, 1992 as the fifth single from the album. It was written and composed by Jackson, and produced by Jackson and Bruce Swedien.

In a 2001 Internet chat with fans, Jackson said that "Heal the World" is the song he was most proud to have created. He also created the Heal the World Foundation, a charitable organization which was designed to improve the lives of children. The organization was also meant to teach children how to help others. This concept of 'betterment for all' would become a centerpiece for the Dangerous World Tour. In the documentary Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson said he created the song in his "Giving Tree" at Neverland Ranch.

An ensemble performance of "We Are the World" and "Heal the World" closed Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. The song was performed as rehearsed by Jackson at the venue just weeks earlier, in preparation for his planned "This Is It" concerts in London along with "Dirty Diana". R&B singer Ciara sang the song as a tribute to Jackson at the 2009 BET Awards.

The song was played at the funeral of James Bulger,[2] and Jackson also donated the song to be used as the anthem for the charity the James Bulger Red Balloon Centre, a school for children to go to if they are being bullied or have learning difficulties.[3]

Composition[edit]

This song is written in the key of A major, and it spans from E4 to C#6. It has a tempo of 80 beats per minute.[4]

Reception[edit]

The song reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in December 1992, kept off the number one position by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". It peaked number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine called this song "middle-class soft."[5] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly praised the song: "And when his voice isn't competing with drum machines, it has rarely sounded stronger-achingly pure on Heal the World,"[6] Rolling Stone's Alan Light was not satisfied, calling it "a Hallmark-card knockoff of "We Are the World."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by Joe Pytka) features children living in countries suffering from unrest, especially Burundi. It is also one of only a handful of Michael Jackson's videos not to feature Jackson himself, the others being "Cry", "HIStory" and "Man in the Mirror". (The clips for "HIStory" and "Man in the Mirror" only feature Michael Jackson in archival footage).[8] The version of the video included on Dangerous: The Short Films and Michael Jackson's Vision contains an introductory video that features a speech from Jackson taken from the special "spoken word" version of the track. This version was not included on Video Greatest Hits – HIStory featuring the music video. Jackson performed the song in the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show with a 35,000 person flash card performance.

Live performances[edit]

First time "Heal the World performed in Dangerous World Tour (1992-1993). Then song was included in set-list of HIStory World Tour (1996-1997). The song was performed at the Apollo Theatre in April 2002. Also the song was planned for "This Is It" concerts in London, which was scheduled to begin in July 2009 and run to March 2010. However, it was cancelled due to Jackson's death in June 25th, 2009.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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