Easily the most well known single released by Jackson, “Steppin’ Out” is a mélange of simple piano hooks, rudimentary electronic treatment and classic vocal pop. A meditation on the necessity of goin’ out to make life a little more exciting, “Steppin’ Out” is recognizable immediately with a rhythm track that is quaint in its simplicity and driving enough to invoke images of the big city at night. While it can be argued that it borders on adult alternative, it’s classier than that. While lots artists in the early eighties had tacked on to the money bags that ‘softer’ rock brought, guys like Paul Davis and Air Supply were schmaltzy, maudlin song writers who went for the lowest common denominator. Jackson, on the other hand, was able to sculpt solid pop rooted in traditional pop morays whilst rising about platitudes and cliché and release songs that were catchy, emotional, and heartfelt without getting all saccharin.