Thriller: Celebrate Michael Jackson With His Top 15 Amazing Videos And Live Performances

Sources: Express.co.uk – By Stefan Kyriazis

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MICHAEL JACKSON lives on in some of the greatest pop videos of all time: We celebrate the anniversary of his death with our Top 15 magical MJ moments.

Six years ago on June 25, 2009, The King of Pop passed away.

Michael Jackson’s death due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest was a shocking end to a glorious talent.

That talent, though, lives on in his remarkable music and seminal music videos.

We celebrate Jackson’s unparalleled life and work with our countdown of some of his finest moments on film. As well as his iconic pop videos, we’ve also found some breathtaking live performances and a fan-made tribute to his top ten classic dance moves.

First up is an incredible 15-minute live performance where the superstar, at the height of his fame, performs a medley of his greatest hits.

1. 1995 MTV Awards

Michael Jackson performs the songs The Way You Make Me Feel, Scream, Black Or White, Billie Jean, Dangerous and You Are Not Alone.

There is a memorable guitar solo from Slash, plus Michael’s sister Janet Jackson and wife Lisa Marie Presley Jackson are seen watching in the audience.

2. Billie Jean

The 1992 video is credited with launching the MTV music channel phenomenon and is still considered one of the best videos of all time.

Even if we thought for years that he was actually singing “The killer’s not my son” instead of “the kid.”

3. Can You Feel It

The first of out two eco-friendly tracks is the 1981 classic by The Jackson Five.

The video is an ambitious display of cutting-edge special effects from the time and the song, written by Michael, foreshadows the heartfelt plea of the next track…

4. Earth Song

This 1995 smash hit was an environment-focused plea to save our planet. The epic video was shot on four continents and won numerous awards.

Earth Song remains Jackson’s top-selling single of all time.

3. Can You Feel It

The first of out two eco-friendly tracks is the 1981 classic by The Jackson Five.

The video is an ambitious display of cutting-edge special effects from the time and the song, written by Michael, foreshadows the heartfelt plea of the next track…

4. Earth Song

This 1995 smash hit was an environment-focused plea to save our planet. The epic video was shot on four continents and won numerous awards.

Earth Song remains Jackson’s top-selling single of all time.

5. Black or White

Jackson didn’t only generate controversy in his personal life.

The video for Black or White was broadcast in 27 countries to an audience of 500 million viewers, the most ever at one time for a music video.

Featuring a cameo from McCaulay Culkin, the video should have been remarkable for the innovative face-morphing technology it used.

Instead, it hit headlines for featuring sexually suggestive scenes and racial graffiti.

6: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

This funked-up pop classic from 1979 marks his first solo video.

Compared to the bombast and scale of his later effortd it is remarkably simple but his charm, charisma and effortless dancing already mark him out as a huge star.

The video also showcases his trademark black trousers and loafers with white socks.

A segment where he dances with himself marks him out as the modern-day successor to Gene Kelly.

7. She’s Out Of My Life

A change of pace in another classic from 1979.

Long before Sinead O”Connor braved a tearful close-up in Nothing Compares To You, Jackson bared his soul in an intimate video shot in a single take.

“What you’re seeing on there is one complete take, it was shot multi-camera,” recalls director Bruce Gowers.

“Very emotional he was in that. I was worried that he was actually going to break down and cry – which would have probably been a bit wonderful if we got some tears rolling down the face. That almost happened but not quite.”

8. Blame It On The Boogie

Strictly speaking this 1978 hit is by The Jacksons – Michael with brothers Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie.

Confusingly written by UK singer Mick Jackson, it was a Top 10 hit in the UK but failed to crack the Top 50 in the US.

9. Say Say Say

What happens when you bring together two of the biggest names of all time?

Well, you get a pleasantly catchy pop song and a brilliantly bonkers video with the pair posing as con artist Vaudeville performers.

Exactly what Linda McCartney was up to is anyone’s guess.

10. Billie Jean Live

This is just one of many incredible live performances of his signature song with all the classic moves, from the leg wiggle to the Moon Walk.

Recorded in 1983 for the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever gala concert, it is a supreme example of a master at work.

11. Leave Me Alone

This 1989 hit has an irresistibly jaunty hook and playfully colourful video which disguises the very serious tone of the song.

The video took nine months to animate and three days to shoot the live sections and is a powerful anti-media rant.

The director, Jim Blashfield was impressed by Jackson’s willingness to also skewer his own plastic surgery obsession.

“The fact that he would think it would be OK to represent his plastic surgey, with the nose and the scalpel, it was just pretty great.

“I heard through the grapevine Michael’s mother didn’t like that particular image that much,” Blashfield said.

12. Jackson’s Top Ten Dance Moves.

This fan-made tribute counts down all the classic MJ moves.

13. Beat It

Jackson took the turf war between the Jets and Sharks in West Side Story to a modern audience in 1983 with his dance-fuelled showdown.

The track won the Grammy for Record of the Year and helped propel the Thriller album to becoming the best-selling album of all time.

With certified sales of over 42 million, it is unlikely to ever be surpassed.

14. Bad

The video for this 1987 hit was directed by Martion Scorcese, who knows a thing or two about tough guys.,

It also features an early uncredited appearance by future film star Wesley Snipes.

15. Thriller

For fans of a certain age, nothing will ever compare to the excitement this short film caused.

It had its live premiere on national TV in the UK and a generation of teens begged to be allowed to stay up late and watch it, while religious and conservative groups raged at the shocking imagery.

Try not to get chills when Vincent Price starts to intone that iconic intro: “Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand…”

Mind you, when Michael also tells his blushing girlfriend, ” I’m not like other guys,” it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow.

Luckily it’s all soon forgotten in the monster mayhem of the magnificent John Landis video.

 

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