Watch the Staccato Pop online guitar lesson by Vicki Genfan from 30 Strumming Patterns You MUST Know
I'm using F#m-G#m-A-G#m - all on the first 4 strings. This is the riff from Billy Jean, but try it on any chord progression. What makes it pop is the combination of chicken scratch and the accents on the up-beats. Notice that I'm using all down strokes. You can use an up stroke for the up-beats if you like. Just make sure you're attack is right on.
(Note: In the video I called the first chord Fm instead of F#m - my bad!)