Spotify Re-Ranks Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs List

Sources: Rollingstone | All Things Michael


Spotify has given their own update on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

With the help of Spotify Insights, the streaming service tallied up play counts for every track to see what songs are favored by audiences today, with Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Crazy in Love” displacing Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for the top spot.

Two playlists are now available with the data culled by Spotify Insights. The first is a ranking of play counts by all Spotify users. Rounding out the diverse top five following the Beyonce and Jay Z collaboration are Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

A second playlist features results determined solely by streams from “millennial” users in the 18- to 34-year-old range. The list contains only a minor shake-up as Jackson and Kelly swap places and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” finds itself knocking down Van Morrison to fifth place.

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The Piano Guys Combines Michael Jackson With Bach

Sources: Classic FM –  By Kyle Macdonald| All Things Michael


1770s meets the 1970s? Johann Sebastian Bach meets The Jackson 5? ‘I Want You Bach’, the new video from The Piano Guys, is the ultimate disco/sonata/viola da gamba/harpsichord smash.

How on earth does this work?

Well, take a harpsichord and a cello (or gamba, we’re not fussy):

Add all the wigs and powder from a Blackadder episode:

Add a bit of the greatest composer the world has ever known:


And finally a cracking Motown hit:

The coming together of arguably two of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known – the great Baroque composer and virtuoso JS Bach, and the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Both masters of kicking basslines and catchy melodies. It’s a match made in music geek heaven.

Enjoy the full-flared, afro-ed, regal Baroque experience here:

The Utah duo are proving to be one of the music’s biggest viral stars, to date clocking up well over half a billion YouTube views with their blend classical and pop juxtapositions.

Fancy a bit of the original?

It’s basically the same minus the harpsichords and silly wigs…

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This Keyboardist’s “Thriller” Tutorial Is Pretty Impressive

Sources: Keyboard | All Things Michael


Umut Erhan of Turkey sent us a link to his cover-meets-tutorial of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” performed mainly on a Korg Kronos X workstation, using its KARMA features. While it’s certainly not news that a full-featured keyboard workstation can cover enough multitimbral parts to do something like this, we were impressed with Umut’s thorough explanation–via pop-up text–of both what chords to play and what’s going on sonically with the various parts at any given time.

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9 Song Covers That Topped Charts Like the Original

Sources: Wall St Cheat Sheet – By Michelle Regaldo | All Things Michael

Song covers can be tricky, as there are always those who naysay making any changes to classic tracks. Still, there are a select few covers that managed to become as popular as the originals, with both versions hitting the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here are 9 songs that reached No. 1 by two different artists.

1. “Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence
Cover: Donny Osmond


Lawrence released the second recording of this song (the first was recorded by Bobby Vee) in late 1962. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.

While there have been many covers of the song after Lawrence’s version, Osmond’s is the only other take on the track to also reach No. 1. The cover topped the charts in 1971, maintaining the top spot for three weeks and making “Go Away Little Girl” the first song to become a No. 1 hit single on the Hot 100 by two different artists.

2. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
Cover: Mariah Carey

The soul song was originally released as the first single from the vocal quintet’s Third Album in 1970. The track ended up becoming The Jackson 5’s fourth No. 1 hit in a row and their final No. 1 as a group. It also became the group’s most successful track ever released, with 6.1 million copies worldwide.

Carey’s cover was recorded during her appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992. The song was a last-minute addition to her setlist and was performed as a romantic duet, with Carey singing Michael Jackson’s lines and R&B singer Trey Lorenz singing Jermaine Jackson’s lines. The duet version ended up becoming so popular, that her label, Columbia Records, decided to release it as a single off her EP, MTV Unplugged, even though that wasn’t their original plan. The track became her sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for two weeks, and also became her biggest hit outside North America at the time.

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Five Music Videos That Made The 80s Great

Sources: 93 XRT – By Mollie Olsem| All Things Michael


By the time MTV premiered in 1981, music videos had already established themselves as a part of American history, but that didn’t stop the new channel from revolutionizing the way music was played on television. Beginning on August 1st, 1981, just after midnight with a voice over speaking “Ladies and Gentleman, rock and roll,” and the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” MTV brought music into homes across the country.  Thanks to MTV, the 1980s saw many incredible music videos that defined the decade’s style.  Here are five of the music videos that made the 80s great:

Thriller by Michael Jackson: Despite a built-in disclaimer about his disbelief in the occult, Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” became an instant Halloween classic. The video starts with Jackson, in his red and yellow varsity jacket, and his date walk through the woods at night after running out of gas.  It’s at this point that the full moon appears and the young man transforms into a werewolf (how romantic!). Turns out that it’s just a movie Jackson and his girlfriend are watching. When she leaves in horror, Jackson chases her into the street to calm her down with a song and dance.  The spooky saga continues with some undead zombies and the synchronized dance we all pretend not to know every move of.

Take On Me by A-Ha:  Norwegian synth-pop, pencil sketch animation and a little romance: what’s not to love?  This video was released in 1985 and took home six MTV Video Music Awards the following year.  The video follows a young woman who is pulled into a comic book and away from her coffee by a young, handsome racecar driver.  Together they explore a black and white sketchbook world and evade the driver’s angry opponents, one of which is British actor Philip Jackson. In the end, the girl returns to her world and brings the driver with her.  How well he adjusted to this 3-D world, we’ll never know.

Money for Nothing by Dire Straits: Starting with a shout-out to MTV, the video continues with cutting-edge computer animation of a few guys and their pup watch television and clips of the band performing live.  At the time, Mark Knopfler was not on board with the colorful concept, but MTV was insistent.  After much convincing, Knopfler gave the go-ahead and the computer-animated men and dog were born.  “Money for Nothing” won Video of the Year at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper: This girl-power anthem  won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video and features Lauper dancing around New York City with her fabulous gal pals.  What’s remarkable about this video is its incredibly low budget and everyone who pitched in to help.  Almost everyone from Lauper’s manager, attourney and brother appear in the video as dancers and extras.  Lorne Michaels even loaned Lauper his new million-dollar digital editing equipment to create the final product. Also remarkable: the fashion.

Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel:  Although the technology was not new at the time, the stop-motion animation in Peter Gabriel’s video for “Sledgehammer” brought the lyrics of the song to life and lead to Gabriel winning nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. According to MTV, it quickly became the most played music video in the history of the channel.  It took a large team of animators, including the studio famous for Wallace and Gromit, and required Gabriel to sit under a large sheet of glass for 16 hours, filming one frame at a time.  The video also features Gabriel’s two young daughters, winning him the Coolest Dad of the Year award from daughters everywhere.

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Michael Jackson Love Songs

Source: All Things Michael | Michael Jackson


This list of love song spans Michael’s entire discography from Steeltown Records  to his adult solo career.  It covers not only his songs about love and romance, but also inspirational themes with a message. They are listed by era, but in no particular order.

These songs will take you back to that special place when you first heard them!

If I’ve missed any, please let me know in the comments and I will add them.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥

From All Things Michael

JACKSON 5 ERA (Covers Songs With Michael As Lead Or Co-Lead)


Wings of My Love

Maria (You Were The Only One)

Girl Don’t Take Your Love From Me

Coming Home


I Wanna Be Where You Are

Love Song

Who’s Lovin’ You

A Fool For You

Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone

If I Don’t Love You This Way

We’ve Got A Good Thing Going

Ain’t No Sunshine 

Got To Be There

All The Things You Are

Up Again

Too Young

Doggin’ Around

Cinderella Stay Awhile


We Got Forever

We’re Almost There

Take Me Back

One Day In Your Life

Just A Little Bit of You

You Are There

Dear Michael (Love Song To His Fans)

I’ll Come Home To You

Just A Misunderstanding

Farewell My Summer Love

You Really Got A Hold On Me


Touch The One You Love

Girl You’re So Together

Call On Me

Here I am (Come And Take Me)

Darlin’ Dear

I Want You Back

You Made Me What I Am

You’re My Best Friend, My Love

That’s What Love Is Made Of

Love’s Gone Bad

When I Come of Age

It’s Too Late to Change the Time

Never Can Say Goodbye

The Love You Save

I’ll Be There

Maybe Tomorrow


The Wall


If I Have To Move A Mountain

Don’t Want To See Tomorrow

(We’ve Got) Blue Skies

My Little Baby

It’s Great To Be Here

Honey Chile


I Was Made To Love Her

Don’t Know Why I Love You

It All Begins And Ends With Love

Love Is The Thing You Need

(Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need


Never Had A Dream Come True

True Love Can Be Beautiful

La La Means I Love You

Get It Together

Don’t Say Good Bye Again

Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

We Can Have Fun

Ready or Not (Here I Come)

Can I See You In The Morning

The Love Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

Lavender Blue

Don’t Let Your Baby Catch You

You Ain’t Giving Me What I Want (So I’m Taking It All Back)

I Hear a Symphony

Lookin’ Through The Window

LTTW short clip

I Can Only Give You Love

You Can Cry on My Shoulder

Little Bitty Pretty One

Man’s Temptation

To Know


That’s How Love Is

Love Call


Loves In Different Flavors

Born To Love You

Can You Remember

Standing in the Shadows of Love

Big Boy (Steeltown)

We Don’t Have To Be Over 21 To Fall In Love (Steeltown)

You’ve Changed

Lucky Day

One More Chance

Moving Violation

Through Thick and Thin

My Forever Came Today

(You Were Made) Especially For Me

Honey Love

All I Do Is Think Of You


Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You


I Can’t Quit Your Love


Make Tonight All Mine

Pride and Joy

Window Shopping

Michael The Lover (Steeltown Records)

My Girl (Steeltown Records)

Under The Boardwalk (Steeltown Records)



Lovely One

This Place Hotel (aka Heartbreak Hotel)

Time Waits for No One

Your Ways

Give It Up

Enjoy Yourself

Good Times

Blue Away

Find Me A Girl

Style of Life

Push Me Away

Different Kind Of Lady

Even Though You’re Gone

Heaven Knows I Love You Girl 




I Can’t Help It

It’s The Falling In Love

Rock With You

She’s Out Of My Life



The Girl Is Mine

The Lady In My Life (Full Version)

Baby Be Mine

P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)

Human Nature

Got The Hots




The Way You Make Me Feel

Liberian Girl (Especially for Valentine’s Day)

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

Get It – Stevie Wonder featuring Michael Jackson

Fly Away

“Todo Mi amor eres tu” (I Can’t Stop Loving You- Spanish)

Je ne veux pas la fin de nous (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – French)



Remember The Time

In The Closet

She Drives Me Wild

Someone Put Your Hand Out

Give In To Me

If You Don’t Love Me (Unreleased)

Can’t Let Her Get Away

She’s Got It (Unreleased)

Serious Effect (Unreleased)




You Are Not Alone


06/00/2002. *EXCLUSIVE* Michael Jackson visits England

Heaven Can Wait


Break of Dawn

One More Chance

Behind The Mask

Strength of One Man

You Rock My World

Beautiful Girl

You Are My Life

Whatever Happens

Love Never Felt So Good


(I Like) The Way You Love Me

Best of Joy

Much Too Soon

Loving You


Source: Extreme Michael Jackson

Source: Extreme Michael Jackson

Man In The Mirror

Children of The Light

We Are The World

Show You The Way To Go

Living Together

Be Not Always

Think Happy

Someone In The Dark

We Are Here To Change The World

Can You Feel It

I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)

Another Part Of Me

In Our Small Way

Doctor My Eyes


Christmas Won’t Be The Same This Year

We’ve Already Had Enough

Reach In

Heal The World

Black or White

Will You Be There (NAACP Love Tribute To Michael For Entertainer of The Year)

Eternal Light

World of Sunshine

Man of War

Do What You Wanna

Jump For Joy


With a Child’s Heart


Lost Children

Earth Song

Keep The Faith

Someday At Christmas

Give Love On Christmas Day

We’re Here To Entertain You

Tony Succar’s Latin MJ Tribute: “The One Thing That Stood Out In Michael’s Music Was Love”

Sources: Latin Post – By Melissa Catellanos | All Things Michael


What do you get when you combine fiercely talented Latinos, award-winning multi-instrumentalists, artists, and a Peruvian-American musical arranger who loves salsa and Michael Jackson?

The first-ever Latin album salute to the King of Pop called “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” which is the brainchild of producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar.

Succar, a young Peruvian-American percussionist who was born in Lima, Peru and lives in Miami, Florida, has been a huge MJ fan his entire life. After the pop icon’s passing, he was inspired to carry on his legacy and revive Jackson’s sound, but with a Latin spin.

“Michael influenced me so much and inspired all of us,” Succar said. He also reiterated that Jackson’s songs not only celebrate all different cultures and racial backgrounds, but the overall “unification of human beings for a better tomorrow.”

“The one thing that stood out in Michael’s music was love. The reality was unity,” Succar added. “I also wanted the title to stand for something: a real marriage between Latin roots and American pop culture, and to help keep Michael’s legacy alive.”

“Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” which will be released on April 14, 2015, will feature over 100 musicians including Latin superstars Tito Nieves, Jon Secada, Obie Bermúdez, among many other notable artists and musicians.

“I think you’re going to love this project and enjoy the experience,” Secada said.

“The result is Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as ‘Thriller,’ ‘Billie Jean,’ and ‘I Want You Back’ married with glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, resulting in innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy,” according to Universal Music Latino.

Puerto Rican singer Jean Rodriguez lends his suave vocals to Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the first single from the project.

“The song seems set for Latin dance floors and radio from the first minute, thanks to the congas and horns punctuating the framework of the original song — plus, Rodriguez brings some urban Latino love to the English vocals,” Billboard added.

“This album has a lot of potential,” Rodriguez said.

“American funk, soul, jazz-all those styles that were influencing Michael- were inspired from African music,” Succar added. “Same with Afro-Peruvian music, Cuban music. These songs were meant to be. Their original flavor lends itself to these Latin rhythms.”

You can’t keep Jackson’s legacy alive without help from the masters who were behind the King of Pop.

“Even the horn lines, I would transcribe them from Quincy Jones’ productions and then apply them to the arrangement in a different way,” Succar explained. “The essence of every song was respected. I gave it my best to create this very thin line between what Michael did with his production and what I brought to the project.”

While Succar is the producer and arranger, “Unity” also features two tracks – “Earth Song” and “Smooth Criminal,” which are mixed by Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien with Nick Valentín. Grammy winner Carlos Álvarez engineered the rest of the album and achieved “a sonically crisp sound.”

How did Succar’s musical labor of love come to fruition?

Succar recorded a salsa arrangement of “Thriller” for a Halloween party, which received a lot of buzz and an encouraging reaction after he put it on iTunes. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs. After such a welcoming reception, the idea for the album was born.

“That sparked it,” Succar explained. “I was such a fan. I felt like I had to do something.”

With that said, Succar spearheaded a $10,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the album, according to Billboard. The album also supports The UNITY Project, “an innovative sound that interconnects elements of American Pop, Jazz, Tropical, and World Music with the enduring foundations of the King of Pop.”

While pulling off the recording was “not as easy or economical as Succar had originally predicted,” Kickstarter backers will finally see Succar’s hard work come to fruition this Spring. Universal Music Classics in partnership with Universal Music Latin Entertainment will release the album.

The 2015 Grammys may have just wrapped up, but Latino music lovers and American pop culture aficionados can get still their music fix with a creative Latin spin on Jackson’s most celebrated hits.

“It’s also a reminder to the world that Latinos love Michael Jackson,” added La India, a featured vocalist on “Unity.”

“Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson” will be released on April 14, 2015.

Check out “UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson Teaser 2015.”

Also, check out the video for the first single for “Smooth Criminal,” which premiered on Vevo January 13, 2015.

Here’s also a complete track listing for “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson:”

01: I Want You Back (featuring Tito Nieves)

02: Billie Jean (featuring Jean Rodriguez)

03: Man in the Mirror (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

04: Sera Que No Me Amas (featuring Michael Stuart)

05: Earth Song (featuring India)

06: Human Nature (featuring Jon Secada)

07: Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (featuring Obie Bermúdez & Jennifer Peña)

08: Black or White (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

09: Smooth Criminal (featuring Jean Rodriguez)

10: They Don’t Care About Us (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

11: Thriller (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

12: You Are Not Alone (featuring Tito Nieves and Tito Nieves Jr.)

(Produced and arranged by Tony Succar, mixed by: Carlos Alvarez, Bruce Swedien* & Nick Valentin* (*track 5 and 9)


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Students Study Michael Jackson For Black History Month

Source: Loudoun County Schools | All Things Michael

American pop-star Michael Jackson performs during his "HIStory World Tour" concert in Vienna in this file photo

Loudoun County, VA – Loundoun County Public Schools will celebrate National African American History Month for February in honor of the achievements and culture of black Americans.

Catoctin Elementary will feature an activity called, “Discovering the Composer, the Singer, the Songwriter, the Dancer, the Experience of Michael Jackson” for the entire month of February. Students will experience the music of African-American musician Michael Jackson. They will use the interactive Nintendo Wii Michael Jackson game to dance and listen to his music.

MJ neverland

Legacy Elementary will study African-American music. Students will perform African-American singing games and songs, experience African-American styles of music, such as ragtime, blues and jazz. Students also will study the music of famous African-American musicians including: Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Marian Anderson, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson. This activity will also take place throughout the month of February.

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