Presenting you, the top 10 songs of The Legend Michael Jackson.
The pop-king needs no description.
But for the purpose of this blog, I think, he needs a little introduction. So, for those who don’t know this legend, here we go.
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop“, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music.
And here, I am going to share my top pick of his songs which i consider his best.
So, plug in your speakers and get ready to dance with the legend himself. Given below is the list of TOP 10 SONGS OF MICHAEL JACKSON. Go ahead and explore!
10. ROCK WITH YOU
Written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. This song was offered to Karen Carpenter, but she was working on her first solo album, so she turned it down. Therefore, it was recorded by MJ as the second single from his fifth solo studio album Off The Wall. It was also the third number one hit from 1980s, a decade whose pop singles chart would soon be dominated by Jackson.
The track received generally positive reviews from music critics and it reached number one on both US pop and R&B charts and remained at the top for 4 weeks for the former chart and around 6 weeks and the latter.
9. The Way You Make Me Feel
As the third single from Jackson’s seventh studio album Bad, it received many positive critical reviews and went on to became Bad’s third consecutive single to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and charted mainly within the top ten and twenty internationally. A music video for the song showed Jackson pursuing and dancing with former model Tatiana Thumbtzen. Since the music video’s release, it has become influential on other artists’ material. The song has been performed on all of Jackson’s world concert tours as a solo artist, and was planned to have been performed during the This Is It concerts from 2009 to 2010, but due to his early demise, the concert never took place. Notable live performances of the song by Jackson include a performance at the 30th Grammy Awards.
8. Dirty Diana
Although this song received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics but was a commercial success worldwide in 1988, charting at No. 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. It presents a harder rock sound similar to “Beat It” from Thriller (1982) and its astounding guitar solo is played by Steve Stevens. Initial reports at the time suggested the song was a poke at his close friend Diana Ross, however, it was later denied and Jones confirmed that the song’s lyrics were about groupies. Jackson also confirmed the same during an interview with Barbara Walters, adding that it was not about Diana, Princess of Wales, though he was told personally by the Princess that it was her favorite among his songs.
This masterpiece by MJ was released in November, 1991 as a single in his album that goes by the same name. This song was planned to be the tenth single from the album (Set for a January 1994 release), unfortunately these plans were canceled due to allegations of child sexual abuse which were made against him in August 1993 and Jackson’s health concerns. It incorporates Industrial music. It was a song that involved group choreography, similar to Smooth Criminal.
This song was released as the second single from Jackson’s third major-label and seventh studio album of the same name. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real-life story he had read about in which a poor young man who tried to escape poverty by attending private school but ended up being killed when he returned home.
The short film of this song has been praised by critics as one of the most iconic and greatest videos of all time and Jackson’s outfit in the video has been recognized as an influence on fashion. Bad received positive reviews, with some critics noting that this song helped give Jackson an edgier image.
5. Smooth Criminal
This song was released as a single in his seventh album Bad and was written and composed by Jackson. Smooth Criminal peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the sixth top 10 single from Bad. Though Smooth Criminal was not one of the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles but in retrospective reviews, it has been regarded as one of the best songs on Bad. Also, it’s one of Jackson’s signature songs. It has appeared on numerous greatest hits albums and was performed on all of Jackson’s solo tours.
The chorus refrain, ‘Annie, are you OK?’ was inspired by Resusci Anne, a dummy used in CPR training. Trainees learn to say this phrase while practicing resuscitation on the dummy.
4. Man in the Mirror
This gem in Jackson’s career and was released as a single in his album Bad. Man in the Mirror topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and becoming Jackson’s tenth number-one single on the chart. It is certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
It was nominated for Record of the Year at the 31st Grammy Awards. The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Charts in 1988, but in 2009, following the news of Jackson’s death, the song peaked at number 2. The song was remixed for the soundtrack of Jackson’s tribute tour Immortal.
Idea for the video was developed by Don Wilson and Mj. It features a montage of clips of children suffering in Africa, Adolf Hitler, the Ku Klux Klan, Martin Luther King Jr., the Kent State shootings, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Lech Wałęsa, kids in Graduation, and other historical figures.
This song is a mix of disco and funk. Songwriter Rod Temperton wanted to write a theatrical song to suit Jackson’s love of film. The music and lyrics evoke horror. Sound effects such as thunder, footsteps and wind works like a cherry on top.
Thriller became the album’s seventh top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. It topped the charts in Belgium, France and Spain as well as peaked in top 10 charts in many other countries. Thriller is also certified 7x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Having sold over 9 million copies worldwide, it is regarded one of the best-selling singles of all time.
2. Billie Jean
The beat and tempo of this song are one of the basics in music, many artist try to make that beat complex as possible but still fail to acquire what this song has done since 1983, when this song was released under the Jackson’s sixth studio album Thriller. This song is a blend of post-disco, R&B, funk and dance-pop.
It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained atop for seven weeks. The song also topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart within three weeks, and became Jackson’s fastest-rising number one single since “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970, which he recorded as a member of the Jackson 5. It remained at number one for nine weeks on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1983.
Billie Jean is certified 6x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was also a number one hit in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium and reached the top ten in many other countries. This was one of the best-selling singles of 1983, helping Thriller become the best-selling album of all time, and became Jackson’s best-selling solo single.
1. Beat It
Beat It is a song which is created when two legends collab with each other. Here I am talking about MJ and none other than the guitar god Eddie Van Halen. Beat It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for three weeks. It also charted at number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.
It is certified 5x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With over 7 million copies sold worldwide, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song is also notable for its music video, which features Jackson bringing two gangsters together through the power of music and dance. The music video helped establish Jackson as an international pop icon. It has been cited as one of the most successful, recognized, awarded and celebrated songs in the history of popular music, both the songs of Michael Jackson and video had a large impact on pop culture.
Beat It received the 1984 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as two American Music Awards. Rolling Stone ranked the song at number 344 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. This is a must listen song so don’t skip on this one.
So these were TOP 10 SONGS OF MICHAEL JACKSON . MICHAEL JACKSON has always been considered as one of the greatest entertainer of all time and his performance , songs are just memorable and best in class. I hope you like my list of best songs of MICHAEL JACKSON and if yes you enjoyed it, then let us know your views in the comment section and if you find out this article to be informative and entertaining then share it with your friends 🙂 !
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