Release year: 1988
Format: Compact Disc (Single), Jewel Case
Label: EPIC - ESK 1110
Special Features: "PROMOTION CD" with Instrumental version, presented in an album jewel case.
"Dirty Diana" was released by Epic Records on April 18, 1988 as the fifth single from the "Bad" album. It presents a harder rock sound similar to "Beat It" from Thriller (1982) and a guitar solo played by Steve Stevens. "Dirty Diana" was written and co-produced by Michael Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. The song's lyrics pertain to groupies. "Dirty Diana" has a moderate tempo and is played in the key of G minor. "Dirty Diana" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, but was a commercial success worldwide in 1988, charting at No. 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted within the top ten in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and New Zealand. A music video for "Dirty Diana" was filmed in front of a live audience and released in 1988.
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