The music world has lost a great – The King of Pop; the entertainer, dancer, singer, and icon; the visionary, maverick, artist, and ground-breaker. The legacy of Michael Jackson lives in four decades of timeless music and a sea of artists and performers for whom MJ paved the way and inspired.
Here are some musical highlights from the decorated, eccentric, and talented life of MJ:
- 1970: Their first album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, includes the hit singles I Want You Back and I’ll Be There, which go to No. 1.
- 1979: Jackson’s first solo album as an adult, Off the Wall, is released. He becomes the first solo artist to place four singles from the same record in the top 10.
- 1982: His album Thriller wins a record eight Grammys and becomes the world’s biggest selling record of all time. Along with the title track, it includes the songs Billie Jean and Beat It.
- 1983: Jackson electrifies the 50 million viewers of the Motown 25 television special by singing and dancing to Billie Jean while wearing a black fedora, one white glove, and pants that end above his ankles.
- 1985: Jackson and Lionel Richie write what becomes one of the fastest-selling singles ever with We Are the World. The song was produced to raise money for victims of the Ethiopian famine. Jackson also pays $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
- 1987: His album Bad produces five No. 1 singles and sells at least 22 million copies worldwide.
- 1995: Releases the album HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I. In August, the song You Are Not Alone becomes the first single in pop music history to enter the Billboard chart at No. 1.
|Song Title||Val's Playlist||Genre||Tempo||Length||Hear Song|
|Billie Jean||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||4:52||Hear Song|
|Billie Jean||Pop||Medium||4:52||Hear Song|
|Black or White||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:22||Hear Song|
|Black or White||Pop||Fast||3:22||Hear Song|
|Can You Feel It||DANCE :: Boogie Shoes; MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:50||Hear Song|
|Can You Feel It||Pop||Fast||3:51||Hear Song|
|Can You Feel It||Pop||Fast||3:50||Hear Song|
|Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||5:51||Hear Song|
|Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough||Pop||Fast||5:51||Hear Song|
|Earth Song||HARDSHIP :: We're In This Together||Pop||6:46||Hear Song|
|Got to Be There||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||R&B/Soul||3:24||Hear Song|
|Got to Be There||Pop||Slow||3:24||Hear Song|
|Human Nature||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:45||Hear Song|
|Human Nature||Pop||Slow||3:45||Hear Song|
|Off the Wall||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:45||Hear Song|
|Off the Wall||Pop||Fast||3:45||Hear Song|
|P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:58||Hear Song|
|P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)||Pop||Fast||3:58||Hear Song|
|Remember the Time||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:59||Hear Song|
|Remember the Time||Pop||Medium||3:59||Hear Song|
|Rock With You||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:23||Hear Song|
|Rock With You||Pop||Medium||3:23||Hear Song|
|Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||3:44||Hear Song|
|Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)||Pop||Fast||3:44||Hear Song|
|The Way You Make Me Feel||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||4:26||Hear Song|
|The Way You Make Me Feel||Pop||Medium||4:26||Hear Song|
|Thriller||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||5:12||Hear Song|
|Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'||MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World||Pop||4:17||Hear Song|
|Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'||Pop||Medium||4:17||Hear Song|
|You Rock My World||Pop||Medium||5:08||Hear Song|
|You Rock My World||SCOUT - dance; MICHAEL JACKSON :: You Rocked Our World; COCKTAIL PARTY :: Mingle||Pop||5:08||Hear Song|
|You Rock My World||Pop||Slow||5:08||Hear Song|