Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Finale Soundtrack: “Ben” by Michael Jackson

“Ben” is a number-one hit song recorded by the teenaged Michael Jackson for the Motown label in 1972. The song, the theme of a 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie Willard), spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart.

The song was originally written for Donny Osmond, but he was on tour and unavailable when it was time to record the single, so the song was offered to Michael Jackson.

The band Pearl Jam makes a reference to the song “Ben” on their 1993 album Vs. on the song “Rats”, with the line “Ben, the two of us need look no more” repeated several times at the end the track.

The song was covered in 2003 by Crispin Glover, for the remake of the prequel to the film Ben, Willard.