Beat It
Performed by Michael Jackson
Year 1983
Appears in Guitar Hero World Tour
★★★★ (Expert)
★★★★★ (Expert)

Beat It is one of Michael Jackson's most recognizable songs. It can be found on the 1983 album Thriller.

Beat It Single Artwork.

Appears In[]

Guitar Hero World Tour

This song appears as a Master Track.

Tiers (career)

Guitar - 12. Will Heilm's Keep (England) (encore)

Bass - 1. Pang Tang Bay (Hong Kong) (encore)

Drums - 1. Wilted Orchid (Sweden) (encore)

Vocals - 17. Times Square (New York City) (encore)

Band - 9. Strutter's Farm (Kentucky)


"Beat It" was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones, in December, 1982. Jackson wanted to write the type of rock song that he would go out and buy, but also something that stood out from the music he heard on Top 40 Radio. The result was a throbbing dance single with a fingers flying guitar solo provided by Eddie Van Halen.


Generally easy on all instruments. The drum part is repetitive, but simple and the bass part is one of the easiest of any of the songs in Guitar Hero World Tour (there are barely any notes).

The vocals can be easy or not so easy, depending on how well you can sing. Unless you play on Easy or Beginner, the vocals may not be what they seem. This song is the final encore in the Vocal career, rather than Hot For Teacher and B.Y.O.B. Those of which are usually not easy at all. If a score of 123,450 is achieved on this instrument, the player gets the secret achievement called Mike Checka', worth 30G.

The guitar part has two complex, yet short slide solos; broken up with a hammer on part, ending off with an alt-strumming section. The slide solos are easily mastered with quick fingers and practice. The rest of the song is composed of the same riffs.




Eddie Van Halen - Beat It Solo-0

Eddie Van Halen's amazing Beat It Guitar Solo


  • Depending on your performance during the song, your vocalist may start dancing to the choreography during the final chorus, as seen in the music video - he/she may also be seen moonwalking during the guitar solo as well.
  • This is only song to appear as an encore song in all four solo careers.
Songs of Guitar Hero World Tour
Psi Psi Kappa (USA)
Livin' on a Prayer - About a Girl - Mountain Song
Wilted Orchid (Sweden)
Beautiful Disaster - Obstacle 1 - The One I Love
Bone Church (Poland)
Some Might Say - Today - What I've Done
Pang Tang Bay (Hong Kong)
Band on the Run - You're Gonna Say Yeah - Up Around the Bend - No Sleep till Brooklyn
Amoeba Records (Los Angeles)
The Joker - Freak on a Leash - Misery Business - Hotel California
Tool (USA)
Parabola - Schism - Vicarious
Swamp Shack (Louisiana}
Eye of the Tiger - Spiderwebs - One Way or Another - Do it Again - Stillborn
Rock Brigade (The Pacific)
The Middle - Hey Man, Nice Shot - Feel the Pain - Dammit - Everlong
Strutter's Farm (Kentucky)
Heartbreaker - American Woman - Ramblin' Man - Go Your Own Way - Stranglehold
House of Blues (Los Angeles)
L'Via L'Viaquez - Kick Out the Jams - Santeria - On the Road Again - Love Me Two Times
Ted's Tiki Hut (Tahiti)
Monsoon - Aggro - Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast) - Good God - One Armed Scissor
Will Heilm's Keep (England)
The Kill - Shiver - Rebel Yell - Demolition Man
Recording Studio (Canada)
Lazy Eye - Too Much Too Young - Float On - Nuvole e Lenzuola - Pretty Vacant
AT&T Park (San Fransisco)
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Sweet Home Alabama - Assassin - Escuela De Calor - The Wind Cries Mary - Purple Haze
Tesla's Coil (Australia)
Toy Boy - Hail to the Freaks - Vinternoll2 - Hollywood Nights
Ozzfest (Germany)
Love Removal Machine - Our Truth - Antisocial - Prisoner of Society - Mr. Crowley - Crazy Train
Times Square (New York City)
Re-Education (Through Labor) - La Bamba - Scream Aim Fire - Overkill - Trapped Under Ice - B.Y.O.B - Hot for Teacher
Sunna's Chariot (Asgard)
Love Spreads - Soul Doubt - Never too Late - Pull Me Under - Satch Boogie
Guitar Battles
Ted Nugent Guitar Battle - Zakk Wylde Guitar Battle
Downloadable Tracks
That Was Just Your Life - The End of the Line - Broken, Beat & Scarred - The Day that Never Comes - All Nightmare Long - Cyanide - The Unforgiven Ill - The Judas Kiss - Suicide & Redemption J.H. - Suicide & Redemption K.H. - My Apocalypse - Rock and Roll Band - Hot Blooded - Jessie's Girl - No Rain - Ted Nugent Guitar Battle - Zakk Wylde Guitar Battle - Anything - Electrorock - Horse to Water - Man-Sized Wreath - Supernatural Superserious - Bang it Up - Waiting for the Rapture - The Shock of the Lightning - If 6 was 9 - Little Wing - Fire - G.L.O.W. - 1979 - The Everlasting Gaze - Salute Your Solution - Hold Up - Consoler of the Lonely - The Turning - I'm Outta Time - (Get off Your) High Horse Lady - Falling Down - To Be Where There's Life - Ain't Got Nothin - The Nature of Reality - Soldier On