With Thriller well on its way to becoming the biggest-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson had his work cut out for him when recording its follow-up, 1987's Bad.
The success of Beat It led Jackson and Quincy Jones to once again seek out the hottest guitarist around, and at the time, Steve Stevens, who had just quit Billy Idol's band, was the highly-coiffed six-string star everybody wanted to look and sound like.
Actually, Stevens played not one but two solos on Dirty Diana - one during the song's mid-section and another during an extended outro. While his lines are, at times, overpowered by the bombastic soundscape of the track, and his own use of effects which can sound a bit washy, it's interesting to hear Stevens quote a tiny portion of the riff from Beat It. Whether it was unintentional or meant as an homage of sorts, it provided a sturdy hook.