I'll argue this track is Michael Jackson at his creative peak.
"Smooth Criminal" borrows elements from Thriller's blockbuster singles: the groove of "Billie Jean", the attitude of "Beat It" and the production of "Thriller", mashing them into a delicious blend.
Jackson flies through the verses with such speed the lyrics can be challenging to discern in places.
The energetic chorus, the brilliant bass line and the attention to detail in both song and video all add up to one epic work of pop art.
The only remaining question: is Annie still ok?