The album marked the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.
The first studio album Jackson released in almost five years since the release of Thriller, Bad was the third, and final, musical collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones.
Though Jackson furthered his stance as a global pop superstar, in the United States, Bad failed to match the sales of Thriller, causing some in the media to label the album a "disappointment" in comparison.Like shit." In a retrospective review for All Music, Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated that Jackson "approached" Bad much the same way he approached Thriller, which was to "take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward." While the album "rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache," it still made Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead a piece of music that transcends it", according to Erlewine.In the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Colin Larkin wrote, "In musical terms, Bad certainly broke no fresh ground; appealing though its soft funk confections were, they lacked substance, and represented only a cosmetic advance over his two earlier albums with [Quincy Jones]." Joseph Vogel was more enthusiastic about the record. F.)" between 20, becoming the only one other album to achieve this.The only songs on the album which were not released as commercial singles were "Speed Demon" and "Just Good Friends".The album continued Jackson's commercial success in the late 1980s, and garnered six Grammy Award nominations, winning two.Apart from commercial success, the album was well received by contemporary critics.