“Human Nature” is a 1982 song performed by American singer Michael Jackson, and the fifth single from his landmark sixth solo album, Thriller. It was originally written by keyboardist Steve Porcaro, based on a conversation he had had with his young daughter Heather after a hard day at school. Porcaro, along with some of his bandmates from the band Toto, had been assisting with the production of Thriller, but he had not intended for “Human Nature” to be used by Jackson. However, Thriller producer Quincy Jonesinadvertently heard a demo version of the track and thought it would be a great fit for the album. Jones then brought in songwriter John Bettis to rewrite the verses, whose lyrics are about a passerby in New York City. The track was produced by Jones and performed by members of Toto with Michael Jackson providing vocals.
“Human Nature” was released on July 3, 1983. Like the four Thriller singles before it, the song became a top 10 hit in the US; it reached number two on Billboard‘s Hot Adult Contemporary chart and number seven on the Hot 100. In Canada and the Netherlands, the single reached number 11. The single was not released in the UK. The song garnered positive reviews from music critics. “Human Nature” has been sampled by numerous artists, including Nas with “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” , and Teddy Riley who remixed SWV’s single “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)“, with a sample of “Human Nature”, the remix reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100.