Michael Jackson’s 12 Best Moments On Stage [Video]

Sources: Vibe Vixen | All Things Michael

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It seems every time we celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday, a wave of nostalgia for his music takes over. It’s common knowledge that the late icon laid the blueprint for performing with his countless live performances. Although he unexpectedly died in 2009, we still have a rich catalog of his work to enjoy.

Watch 12 of his best moments on stage.

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“Billie Jean” on Motown 25 Special

“Man In The Mirror/The Way You Make Me Feel” at 1988 Grammy Awards

1993 Superbowl Halftime Show

“Smooth Criminal” at Wembley Stadium (1988)

Jackson Five Reunion at 2001 MSG Concert

“I Want You Back” on The Ed Sullivan Show

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”- 1997 Munich Concert

Medley at 1995 VMA’s

“Dangerous”-1993 American Music Awards

“Remember The Time”- 1993 Soul Train Awards

“Billie Jean” on the 1987 “Bad Tour”

 

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How ‘Remember The Time’ Reminds Us Of Michael Jackson’s Greatness

Sources: Vibe – By Keith Murphy | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson would have turned 56 today. Since his 2009 death, the otherworldly music icon’s ever-evolving legend has taken an even more surreal turn: his peerless mystique a study in how the afterlife of music’s highest selling solo act has skyrocketed into an unprecedented fourth act. Jackson’s estate has raked in more than $700 million through such projects as his recent posthumous album Xscape; his critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil shows based on his hit songs; and the well-received concert film This Is It, which according to Forbes has grossed over $260 million across the globe.

But when discussing the impact and accomplishments of the larger-than-life entertainer who proudly embraced his chest-beating title as the undisputed King of Pop to at times remarkable excess, one era for Michael Jackson is often times eclipsed by the post-disco genius of Off The Wall (1979); the world-beating, record breaking hysteria that is Thriller(1982); and the obsessive pop craftsmanship of Bad (1987). 1991’s Dangerous is largely viewed as Jackson’s not so subtle attempt to recapture his R&B base after years of ruling the pop universe. But MJ ‘s musical alliance with New Jack Swing visionary Teddy Riley should be viewed in another important context: It ignited R&B’s next great run. And the primary song we have to thank for that is “Remember The Time.”

In the early ’90s, rhythm and blues was king as the Billboard Hot 100 charts saw a dominating streak of African-American artists crossing over on their own terms. In 1993 alone (arguably R&B’s last great commercial run before hip-hop’s complete cultural takeover), 23 of the 25 top pop singles of the year came straight from the Hot R&B Songs charts as the likes of R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton and MJ’s baby sister Janet ruled the top 10. However, it could be said that this impressive streak was not only sparked by the emergence of SoundScan in 1991—which finally gave a more accurate figure for music sales over the retail counter—but Jackson’s full embrace of Riley’s sound.

Before Dangerous‘ “Remember The Time,” New Jack Swing had enjoyed a hugely successful run as America’s coolest trend-setting youthful soundtrack. Riley produced statements by Keith Sweat and Teddy’s own groundbreaking supergroup Guy sold millions of albums and managed to impact the pop charts without ever having to water down its signature sound that boldly merged gospel, soul and hip-hop. Bobby Brown became the biggest R&B star on the planet selling over 7 million copies of his sophomore 1988 solo work Don’t Be Cruel, an album propelled by the Riley orchestrated monster anthem “My Prerogative,” a game-changing No. 1 pop single that showed the music industry that New Jack Swing was more than ready for its mainstream close up.

Everyone it seems wanted that Teddy Riley magic, including the biggest entertainer on the planet—Michael Jackson. After meeting with the Harlem-born producer, the unlikely pair discussed some of the demoed tracks that would later make the cut on Jackson’s fourth adult solo effort. One track in particular caught MJ’s ears.

“When I played my demos for Michael he stopped me at the fifth song, which was ‘Remember The Time,’” Riley once told me of his early meetings with Jackson. “He took me to the back room and I thought I was going to get fired. I thought I had done something wrong, but it was a chord that he couldn’t get around. He didn’t know the church chords. The first chord you hear on ‘Remember The Time’ started off that song in a very church way. He never started off his songs in that way, and that’s why he pulled me in the back because it was so unusual for him.”

It was indeed a gamble for Jackson. Yes, Off The Wall (arguably his most potent pure artistic statement) was straight-no-chaser R&B; a nearly flawless dance floor boogie foot stomper that often time bubbled over with swaggering funk despite its pop chart success. But after Thriller and Bad, MJ’s fans had come to expect a more universal sheen to his work than the unfiltered church-inflected soul of “Remember The Time,” which seemed worlds apart from the pure pop confections of say “Beat It,” I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Smooth Criminal.” And yet the results proved to be stunning.

While Dangerous‘ sugary first single “Black Or White” was savvy business-as-usual for the criminally underrated songwriter (Jackson gift for melody had few peers), “Remember The Time” exploded out the speakers. “Do you remember/Us holding hands/In each other’s eyes we would stare,” a heartfelt Jackson sung. “Remember The Time’s” ancient Egyptian-theme video, which featured an all-black cast, was telling. From it’s visuals to its gospel-rooted groove, “Remember The Time” was unapologetically black.

Maybe a little too black.

“Remember The Time” peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 7, 1992, but topped the R&B charts as Jackson’s first no. 1 single since Bad‘s “Another Part of Me.” Yet the track’s overall reach was clear as it hit the top 10 in more than 11 countries. Jackson had taken Riley’s New Jack Swing to new global heights making the newest era of rhythm and blues into the go-to pop sound.

“Working with Michael was like going to college,” Riley said of the experience. “He basically gave me the map. He navigated me on how to actually compose. I could say I introduced the New Jack Swing chords to him. All of those songs were great to work on: ‘In The Closet’; ‘Jam’; ‘Can’t Let Her Get Away’…that’s history for me. It was a great feeling to be a part of a huge selling album like that…over 30 million records of Dangerous.”

Thank the Music Gods for Michael Jackson.

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SoundExchange Releases List of Top Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SoundExchange announced this morning a Top 10 list of the most streamed Michael Jackson recordings of all time. The list is based on data reported to SoundExchange during the past decade of streaming from non-interactive digital radio services including Internet radio, satellite radio, and cable TV music channels.

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The list is being released today in conjunction with and in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. It features some of Michael Jackson’s most popular recordings including “Billie Jean” (#1), “Beat It” (#7), and “Thriller” (#10). The complete Top 10 list can be found below.

Top 10 Most-Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

1. Billie Jean
2. Rock With You
3. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
4. The Way You Make Me Feel
5. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
6. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
7. Beat It
8. Workin’ Day & Night
9. Human Nature
10. Thriller

About SoundExchange

SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.

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The Essential Michael Jackson Dance: Three Moves To Make You Look Like The King

Sources: Vinamy – By Joseph Batcagen| All Things Michael

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It seems like even in death, Michael Jackson still wields an influence that many current-gen pop stars would kill to have for. And really, it can probably be traced to the one thing that made Jackson famous in the first place: his dance moves. Yep, everywhere you look, you can still see some random kid mimicking the trademark Michael Jackson dance—and no matter how badly one performs the move, you still can’t help but applaud the effort behind it. This, in a nutshell, is really what pop music is all about!

So, if you’re still reading up to this point, then there’s no doubt that you probably want to dance like Mike, but are still largely hesitant because… well, no one wants to look like a fool, after all. And really, that’s a pretty understandable sentiment. However, if you REALLY want to dance like him, then you better prepare to risk it all—even the potential of being embarrassed—to really pull off those insane dance moves which made Jackson the icon that he still is!

And really, that’s the kind of attitude you would want to have for yourself when you’re trying to attempt either of Michael’s famous dance moves beautifully. And you can start by reading more of them below!

  1. The “Thriller”

Michael Jackson first became known for “Thriller”, and he was beginning to cement his legacy in pop culture with the video which accompanied the song. And despite it being a purely ‘80s spectacle—just look at the big hair and the garish clothes, goodness!—the dance steps behind the move still continue to endure, and it’s very easy to see why: it’s just very, very simple.

For one, all you need to do is to watch the video for the single and wait for the moment when the actual “dancing” starts at the eight-minute mark. Have you clicked the link yet? See, simple, isn’t it?

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For those who can’t view the video somehow, then the entire routine simply consists of you having to “shimmy” while you walk and basically emulate the movements of a zombie. If all of these sound ridiculous to you, then that’s practically the whole intent of it! As noted “Michael Jackson” choreographer Anthony King explains it, “you have to do this with high energy and real intention” . So, in other words, it’s the ATTITUDE behind the moves which defines your performance rather than the routine itself. It sounds so much like method acting, but it makes sense!

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  1. The Moonwalk

Oh for sure, THIS is the move which defined a typical MJ dance sequence! And despite how it looks like to the casual observer, it can be really simple to pull off: while putting your left forward in a “walking” position, you slide the right foot back and repeat the same process with your other foot. And really, if we can be able to describe it in just one sentence, you can also do the same in just one move alone!

However, as with all things, the way the move can be perceived all comes down to execution. The real secret behind an easy execution of the Moonwalk, for one, is all reliant on the ground you happen to be standing in: the floor should be uncarpeted and on an even plane. Of course, when you’re choosing proper footwear for the trick, the soles on your shoes should be “soft” enough to allow a frictionless slide on the ground.

Of course, if you want to take the move a notch higher—literally speaking, as you will learn in this paragraph—then you can do a full spin and stand on the tips of your toes for a full five seconds after performing a Moonwalk sequence. It’s certainly much harder, but just keep practicing at it and you’ll master it in no time!

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  1. The “Robot”

Yes, little Michael DID invent the Robot, and the fact that he is known for his later dance moves rather than this one only goes to show the insane depth of talent he had even when he was still singing for Jackson Five as a kid. A SEVEN-YEAR OLD kid! Suddenly, we feel very inconsequential writing this.

Regardless, the Robot can be very easy to perform for anyone willing to… err, perform this move: all you have to do is to know how to move with “sudden” intent. In other words, instead of reaching for that glass of water at the nearby table, you have to extend your hand in a very stiff manner while “stopping” at every angle your joints happen to be in at a particular moment at time. Yes, like a robot, indeed.

If you really want to LOOK like an actual robot, though, then you also have to practice your “robotic” expression, which is basically shorthand for having a blank, yet steely, expression. And really, you have to do it, or otherwise, no one will probably know that you are even doing the Robot in the first place!

So, have you got all of those down? Good! Now start practicing your Michael Jackson dance in order and impress your family and friends the next time someone asks you to hit the dance floor.

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Here’s another version of Michael’s robotic style!

Note: Additional edits, videos, pictures and gifs not included in the original article were added by All Things Michael. 

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Artists “Can’t Help” But Remake This Michael Jackson Classic

Sources: Revive Music – By Eric Sandler (Published August 30, 2013)| All Things Michael

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The Michael Jackson songbook is filled with some of the most timeless compositions of the 20th century. The hits we all know – “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “Human Nature,” “Rock With You,” “Man in the Mirror,” and so on. MJ was just as beloved among musicians as he was to his billions of adoring fans, however, no matter how universally appealing his music was/is, his songs are damn near impossible to reinterpret on wax. Jackson’s songs were so tailored to his voice (he had 3 ½ octave range) and personality that many who’ve re-corded his songs end up with flat, sometimes campy, results. One of the ways musicians found ways around this was to cover songs that Jackson didn’t write, such as Miles Davis’ cover of “Human Nature,” and Stanley Jordan’s remake of “The Lady in My Life,” and several other examples. But there’s one specific song that continues to get redone: “I Can’t Help It.”

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Recorded on the breakout masterpiece album Off The Wall in 1979, “I Can’t Help It,” was composed by Stevie Wonder, with lyrics written by former Supreme Susaye Greene. Wonder, a label mate, friend and mentor to Jackson, came up with a dreamy, blue-greenish groove, accentuated by a misty bass hook and ethereal Rhodes flourishes, with Michael specifically in mind. The track followed “She’s Out of My Life,” a top ten single in which Jackson infamously cried at the end of the song. The sequencing of these two tracks, spearheaded by producer Quincy Jones, was to such perfect affect, you felt as if MJ was wiping away those tears to recompose himself during his subdued vocal intro for this lovely mid-tempo love poem. Jackson caressed the track as only he could, incorporating both Wonder’s sublime vocal note bending and his own signature vibrato.

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Though never released as a single, “I Can’t Help It” became an instant classic among fans, DJs, and musicians. In fact, it may be the most covered song in all of MJ’s catalog. Be it the bass line, the chord progression, the sensuous lyrics or Jackson’s unforgettable interpretation, it seems to continue to resonate with artists, particularly instrumental artists, nearly 35 years later. In tribute to his 55th birthday, here’s a list of some of Revive’s favorite interpretations of “I Can’t Help It” (Yes, hearing the same song over and over can get repetitive, but it never seems to happen with this song; that’s how it is):

Grover Washington Jr. – Skylarking, 1980
The legendary saxophonist recorded his own version less than a year after it was released.

Gretchen Parlato – In My Dream, 2009
The Grammy-nominated singer opened her sophomore album with a stripped down, exotic take of the song that worked beautifully, thanks in part to unmistakable backing vocals and guitar licks from Lionel Loueke.

Robert Glasper Experiment, Live in concert, 2011
Glasper and co. made their alleigence to the Stevie Wonder songbook clear with their legendary tribute shows last winter, and this 2011 date predates that admiration.

Esperanza Spalding featuring Joe Lovano – Radio Music Society, 2012
While her ultra-complex, satisfyingly contemporary reworking of the song is a standout on her latest album, Spalding had, in fact, already made “I Can’t Help It” a fixture in her live show since 2009.

BWB – Human Nature, 2013
The three man jazz super group of Norman Brown (guitar), Kirk Whalum (saxophone) and Rick Braun (trumpet) return more than a decade after their debut to record their follow-up, a full-fledged Michael Jackson cover project. Naturally, “I Can’t Help It” was on this list, and made it their own, slowing it down to a smooth, sexy crawl.

Terrace Martin – 3 Chord Fold, 2013
Known for his production work for platinum-selling MC Kendrick Lamar, LA rapper/producer/musician Terrace Martin has a mult-genre palette, put fused jazz and hip-hop to the song on his album 3 Chord Fold. Here, he and his band give a in-studio tribute to the King of Pop, playing the song while on Rhodes and singer through a vocoder.

 

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Michael Jackson: The Stories Behind 35 Of His Greatest Songs

Sources: NME | All Things Michael

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This weekend (10 August) it was 35 years since the release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’, so let’s make that logical leap and look at the stories behind 35 of his greatest hits, kicking off with the album’s lead single ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’. It didn’t always have that Quincy Jones sheen – Jackson demo’d it with then-12-year-old sister Janet playing the glass bottles.

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‘Billie Jean’ Producer Quincy Jones was flummoxed that Jackson – who hadn’t had many relationships – could write this song, but also spilled a few beans: “I’d go to his house and there were always 30 girls outside all the time… One day there was one lying out by the pool, nobody knew who she was. I think she was the inspiration for ‘Billie Jean’.”

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Got To Be There’ Jackson’s first solo single prompted Roger St Pierre to ask, in these very ‘pages’, “Is Michael Jackson an example of schmaltzy show business gimmickry at its worst, or is he really a stupendous if precocious new talent?” St Pierre stayed on the fence but the single went top 5 in both the States and the UK, and Jackson did OK.

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‘Bad’ “‘Bad is Good!'” went Epic’s, um, inspired posters for Jackson’s comeback campaign in 1987. The song was conceived as a duet with Prince – who was in the process of nicking Jackson’s R&B crown – and there was a meeting in December 1986. All it served to do was chivvy Jackson into finishing his album to put his rival in his place.

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‘Earth Song’ “Disgusting and cowardly,” is how Jackson described Jarvis Cocker’s unscheduled cameo during the 1996 Brit Awards performance of ‘Earth Song’. Looked rather audacious from here. Anyway, even in all this exalted company, ‘Earth Song’ remains Michael Jackson’s biggest selling single in the UK.

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‘Rock With You’ ‘Off The Wall”s second single was one of three tracks – alongside the title track and ‘Burn This Disco Out’ – put forward for the album by songwriter Rod Temperton, a native of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and member of funk band Heatwave. He’d go on to write ‘Thriller’.

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‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” An integral element of the ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” sound is the ‘bathroom stomp board’, a four foot by three foot piece of plywood that Jackson played in the middle of the song. Might be time to go and have another listen.

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‘One Day In Your Life’Chipping every bit of material from the Jackson vaults is nothing new. In 1981 a heap of mid-70s recordings were released to (what’s the word?) capitalise on ‘Off The Wall”s success, and this sweet ballad even made No.1 over here, unseating another Motown legend, Smokey Robinson.

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‘Man In The Mirror’ In May 1988, Guns ‘N Roses’ Axl Rose said ‘Man In The Mirror’ was his favourite song of the moment. For everyone else it was a slow-burner – when Jackson died in 2009, it was ‘Man In The Mirror’ that became the big commemorative hit, going all the way to No.2 in the UK charts.

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‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ ‘Shake Your Body’ represents the flowering of The Jacksons’ talents and the first signs of a grown-up Michael. They’d broken free of Motown in 1975 and took creative control for 1978’s ‘Destiny’ album. See this track as the prototype for ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.’

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‘Thriller’ “I’ve known Vincent [Price] ever since I was 11 years old,” Jackson told Smash Hits, laying bare the difference between his childhood and yours. “I thought he was the perfect voice.” Price’s hammy turn is half the story; the rest is a 14-minute video with a $500,000+ budget that changed music telly forever.

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‘I Want You Back’ The one that catapulted the Jackson 5 to stardom, with the 11-year-old Michael regretting ending a relationship so soon. All right then. The song was originally on the radar of both Gladys Knight and Diana Ross, who each have a claim to introducing the brothers to Motown.

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Michael’s Music Genius In Song

Source: The Daily Star | Time | All Things Michael

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From enlisting Eddie Van Halen for a guitar solo to borrowing the refrain “Mama-se, mama-sa, mama-coo-sa” from a Cameroonian saxophonist, Michael Jackson’s very best songs drew from influences far and wide. In remembrance of him on his fifth death anniversary (June 25), Here are the top six examples of the musical genius of the King of Pop.

6. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (1979)
This was the first song Jackson had full creative control over as a singer and songwriter, and it proved he was more than just a sweet kid. “Don’t Stop” came out squarely at the end of the disco era, and yet it’s so filled with energy and instruments — trumpet, flugelhorn, electric piano — that it doesn’t sound the least bit dated.

5. Never Can Say Goodbye (1971)
At 12, Michael’s voice is noticeably deeper than on earlier Jackson 5 songs — and deeper than on a lot of his later solo stuff too. In the verse, he ramps up the emotion gradually, easing his way up the scale until he bursts into the chorus, hitting all the high notes with astounding clarity.

4. Billie Jean (1983)
Based on a real-life incident in which a woman accused Jackson of fathering her twins, the song almost didn’t make it onto “Thriller” because Quincy Jones hated the bass line. Thumping and fraught, it feels like the soundtrack to a late-night walk through a bad neighbourhood. It successfully makes Jackson sound dangerous, which is no small feat.

3. I Want You Back (1969)
The effortlessness with which Jackson fuses the influence of Sly Stone and James Brown with his own innocent yelping is part of the appeal, but the whole song flies by with a whimsy and sweetness that was Jackson’s calling card well into his mid-20s. Only a person with the hardest of hearts could hear the chord progression of the Jackson 5’s greatest song and not get up and dance.

2. Man in the Mirror (1988)
Beyond offering a fleeting glimpse of autobiography (“I’m starting with the man in the mirror/ I’m asking him to change his ways”), it’s one of Jackson’s most powerful vocals and accessible social statements, not to mention the best-ever use of a gospel choir in a pop song.

1. Beat It (1983)
Jackson never got much credit for being a pioneer, but his melding of rock and R&B preceded the meeting of Run-DMC and Aerosmith by years. Besides featuring one of the best guitar solos in pop history (provided free of charge by Eddie Van Halen) it’s the best example of Jackson’s ability to bridge moods and genres. It’s tense and spooky, it rocks, and yet you can’t help but to dance to it. It’s Jackson’s best.

 

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7 Michael Jackson Songs That Deserve More Attention

Sources: Cleveland.com | All Things Michael

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s been five years since the world lost one of its greatest hit makers.

News of Michael Jackson’s death consumed search engines and social media, changing the way we view celebrity culture. Yet, it was Jackson’s life and his music that left the biggest impact.

Everyone knows the huge hits like “Billie Jean,” “Bad” and “Beat It” (the list goes on). Yet, even Jackson, one of the most listened to artists of all time, has a few under-appreciated gems in his catalog. Here are seven:

“Just Good Friends” (featuring Stevie Wonder)

On the Stevie Wonder assisted “Just Good Friends,” Jackson goes into full 1980s funk mode, producing the sort of nostalgic factor that holds up well today. “Just Good Friends” was one of just two songs not released as a single from the album “Bad,” which is probably why it didn’t get as much attention as it deserved.

“Dangerous”

Jackson’s most underrated album is his 1991 new jack swing opus “Dangerous.” So it’s no surprise that the album’s fantastic title track slipped under the radar. Perhaps more than any other track, “Dangerous” captures Jackson’s knack for the dance-heavy pop of new jack swing. In fact, had Jackson gone on to produce more tracks like “Dangerous,” his career probably would have continued to thrive throughout the 1990s.

“They Don’t Really Care About Us”

Jackson focused more and more on social commentary during the mid-to-late 1990s, which is maybe why his “HIStory” album didn’t fare as well with critics or fans. “Scream” and “You Are Not Alone” were standouts on the charts, but “They Don’t Really Care About Us” showcases Jackson as his most inventive during that period. He wrote and produced the fist-pumping rock/hip-hop anthem that has aged very well.

“You Rock My World”

The last hit Jackson produced while he was alive was “You Rock My World,” a song that these days gets lost in the shuffle of early 2000s R&B. You have to erase the corny images of the video featuring Chris Tucker, but at its core “You Rock My World” is a brilliant soul song that underscores Jackson’s chemistry with co-writer Rodney Jerkins.

“Baby Be Mine”

It’s really hard to say there’s an underappreciated song on “Thriller,” the greatest selling album of all time, but if there is one it’s “Baby Be Mine.” The song lacks the epic nature of singles like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Plus, it follows “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” one of the greatest album openers ever. Still, “Baby Be Mine” is just as well written as any of those songs. It probably fits in better with the music from “Off The Wall,” an album some consider to be superior to “Thriller.”

“Working Day and Night”

After the brilliance of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” just about anything on Jackson’s breakthrough solo album seemed a little subdued. Yet, you could make the case that “Working Day and Night” is the best pure dance track on “Off the Wall.” The song’s percussion (some of the best you will ever here on a Jackson track) was the blueprint for Jackson’s posthumous, Timbaland-produced single “Love Never Felt So Good.”

“Ain’t No Sunshine”

Jackson showed early flashes of brilliance on his first two solo albums, “Got to Be There” and “Ben.” Yet, the best indication that we were witnessing an artist whose biggest days were still yet to come was Jackson’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The Bill Withers classic is a soul tune drenched in pain and heartache. To here Jackson capture that, as a younger teenager, is something to behold.

 

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