Because of space constraints, “Leave me alone” appeared only on the CD version of Bad. Yet this intricately arranged song is yet another audiovisual tour de force, with the satirical, Grammy Award winning video further illuminating the song’s blunt message. “I worked hard on the song,” Jackson recalled, “stacking vocals on top of each other like layers of clouds.” He also worked hard on the video, which took 25 people more than 5 months to realize to the singer’s satisfaction. Rolling Stone called the song “vintage Michael” with “a batch of thick chords for Jackson to vamp over” creating a “darker inversion of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’” All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine proclaimed it the album’s best song. While that distinction is debatable, “Leave Me Alone” was certainly Jackson’s boldest response to date to his legions of critics. For years, the press – mainstream and tabloid alike – fed on Michael Jackson like no other pop star in history. “Leave Me Alone” is his expression of exasperation at a media and public that had grown insatiable.