Top 20 Michael Jackson Songs

Michael Jackson first hit the charts as a solo artist while still part of the Jackson 5. He late became one of the acme pop stars of all time. 01
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“ Got To Be There ” ( 1971 )

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The Jackson 5 had released four consecutive # 1 charting pop singles followed by two circus tent 2 smash hits in a biennial time period of prison term when 13-year-old Michael Jackson released his introduction solo single. “ Got To Be There ” continued the hit streak by climbing to # 4 on the pop charts in the US and # 5 in the UK. Chaka Khan former had a acme 5 R & B hit covering the song in the 1980s. “ Got To Be There ” became the style song for Michael Jackson ‘s introduction album. The album besides included the shoot single “ Rockin ‘ Robin ” adenine well as covers of Bill Withers ‘ “ Ai n’t No Sunshine ” and Carole King ‘s “ You ‘ve Got a Friend. “ ​​ “ Got To Be There ” is the best-known sung written by Elliot Willensky who besides served as the music coordinator for Tony Orlando and Dawn ‘s 1970s television diverseness show .
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“ Rockin ‘ Robin ” ( 1972 )

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For an encore, Michael Jackson released his cover version of “ Rockin ‘ Robin ” as a unmarried just four months after “ Got To Be There. ” The birdcall had first hit the charts in 1958 in a interpretation by rock and roll singer Bobby Day. Michael Jackson took the song all the way to # 2 and it helped firm establish Michael Jackson ‘s credentials as a solo headliner beyond his solve with his brothers in the Jackson 5. “ Rockin ‘ Robin ” has been covered by many other artists. It is the entirely cover of an earlier hit included in the list of Michael Jackson ‘s circus tent 20 dad hits .
” Rockin ‘ Robin ” was written by Leon Rene under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas. He is besides long-familiar for the pop standard “ When the Swallows Come Back To Capistrano. ” Leon Rene founded the course Records label which released Bobby Day ‘s hit version of “ Rockin ‘ Robin. ”
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“ Ben ” ( 1972 )

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” Ben, ” the style song from the film of the like name, was in the first place intended for Donny Osmond. however, when he was unavailable, it was offered to Michael Jackson. The song from a horror movie about a rat became Michael Jackson ‘s first # 1 start shoot. It was besides nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song, and Michael Jackson performed it live at the ceremonies. “ Ben ” lost its Academy Award bid to “ The dawn After ” from The Poseidon Adventure, but it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song. When “ Ben ” hit # 1, Michael Jackson, at age 14, became the third youngest artist ever to reach # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. merely Stevie Wonder and Donny Osmond were younger. “ Ben ” is performed in the movie by child actor Lee Montgomery. The Michael Jackson adaptation is played over the close credits .
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“ Do n’t Stop ‘Til You Get enough ” ( 1979 )

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Heading into the read of his album Off the Wall, young adult Michael Jackson was given potent creative manipulate over his work. He collaborated with producer Quincy Jones to craft this blend of R & B and dance beats that went all the way to # 1 on the pop singles graph. Coming in at a distance of over six minutes, it was longer than most contemporaneous hit songs. It was accompanied by Michael Jackson ‘s foremost official music video as a solo artist. Michael Jackson won his beginning alone Grammy Award when “ Do n’t Stop ‘Til You Get enough ” won Best Male R & B Vocal Performance. Musically, the birdcall is a bridge between disco and the R & B sound of the 80s .
This song introduced Jackson ‘s vocal hiccups that would soon become a trademark of his sound. In concert, he frequently blended “ Do n’t Stop ‘Til You Get adequate ” with other songs. The technique included singing lyric lines to the background of the Jackson Five ‘s “ Shake Your Body Down to the prime ” and combining it in a medley with other songs from the Off the Wall album .
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“ rock candy With You ” ( 1979 )

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” rock candy With You ” was written by Rod Temperton, once of the R & B group Heatwave. It became Michael Jackson ‘s second consecutive # 1 dad hit single from his album Off the Wall. The birdcall was a midtempo soul and disco shoot. It besides topped the R & B singles chart american samoa well as going to # 7 in the UK. Spending four weeks at the top, “ rock ‘n’ roll With You ” is considered by many to be one of the last major disco hits. The write and production team of Rod Temperton and Quincy Jones worked together on three songs on Michael Jackson ‘s next album Thriller .
” rock With You ” was the second straight # 1 hit unmarried from the album Off the Wall. The album hard established Jackson as an adult recording artist. He besides became a leader in developing the future sound of R & B music .
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“ The Girl Is Mine ” with Paul McCartney ( 1982 )

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Michael Jackson has said that working on “ The Girl Is Mine ” with Paul McCartney was one of his favorite studio apartment experiences. however, many critics gave the sung assorted reviews. Jackson wrote the song in reaction to Quincy Jones ‘ trace that he write a song about two men fighting over a daughter. He woke up in the middle of the night with the mind and sang everything into a tape fipple flute including the implemental arrangement. It was released as the beginning individual from the ​ Thriller album project. It peaked at # 2 on the US pop singles chart and sold over a million copies. “ The Girl Is Mine ” was subject to two plagiarism lawsuits in 1984 and 1993. Michael Jackson won both cases .
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“ Billie Jean ” ( 1983 )

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” Billie Jean ” is the moment single released from the Thriller album and the first # 1 hit. It stayed at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. It stayed even longer at the top of the R & B chart lasting nine weeks. Michael Jackson said the song is about the groupies encountered by himself and his brothers when touring as the Jacksons. It received about universally positive critical reviews and won two Grammy Awards including Best R & B Song .
In the record and production of “ Billie Jean, ” Jackson and producer Quincy Jones had multiple disagreements, but the singer won out on most of them in the end. Quincy Jones wanted to call the song “ not My Lover ” to avoid confusion with tennis star Billie Jean King. He besides wanted to cut the intro to the song, but Michael Jackson insisted that was the share of the song that made him want to dance .
The music video is a landmark. It became one of the beginning clips by a Black artist to receive extensive maneuver on MTV. Jackson introduced his celebrated “ moonwalk ” dancing when performing “ Billie Jean ” survive at the tap of the Motown 25 television special in 1983. In the wake of Michael Jackson ‘s death, “ Billie Jean ” returned to # 4 on the pop singles chart .
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“ Beat It ” ( 1983 )

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” Beat It ” was the most rock-oriented of Michael Jackson ‘s singles up to the time. It included a blistering guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen, member of the rock group Van Halen. The accompanying music television is one of the most acclaim of all time. “ Beat It ” won a Grammy Award for Record of the class and went to # 1 on the crop up singles chart. It went to # 1 in a number of early countries around the world. Michael Jackson besides won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal, a rare happening for a Black singer. The music television including dancing gang members is one of the top music video recording of all time. Along with “ Billie Jean, ” it tore down discolor barriers at MTV .
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“ Wan sodium Be Startin ‘ Somethin ‘ ” ( 1983 )

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” Wan sodium Be Startin ‘ Somethin ‘ ” is arguably the song from Michael Jackson ‘s Thriller that sounds most like his music from the preceding album Off the Wall. He borrowed the line “ Mama-say Mama-sa Mama-koo-sa ” from Manu Dibango ‘s proto-disco classic “ Soul Makossa. ” Makossa is a music style that originated in the central african nation Cameroon. Manu Dibango sued Jackson and ultimately settled out of court and waived future rights to this song, but not rights to the function of “ Soul Makossa ” in future recordings .
Released as the fourth one from Thriller, the birdcall went all the way to # 5 on the US pop chart and # 5 on the R & B chart. “ Wan sodium Be Startin ‘ Somethin ‘ ” was primitively written to be recorded by Michael Jackson ‘s sister La Toya .
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“ Say Say Say ” with Paul McCartney ( 1983 )

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After Paul McCartney helped contribute the hit individual “ The Girl Is Mine ” to Michael Jackson ‘s album Thriller, Michael Jackson returned the party favor by working on “ Say Say Say ” for Paul McCartney ‘s Pipes of Peace. It was an moment success and was promoted by a music television directed by Bob Giraldi who had worked on the “ Beat It ” clip. “ Say Say Say ” was a # 1 hit in the US and a # 2 success in the UK. It became Michael Jackson ‘s one-seventh top-10 stumble during the 1983 calendar year. “ Say Say Say ” was originally recorded during the sessions that led to Paul McCartney ‘s 1982 Tug of War album, but it was not released until 1983. The recording was produced by George Martin, the legendary british manufacturer who worked with the Beatles throughout their career .
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“ thriller ” ( 1983 )

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The sung “ Thriller ” was written by Rod Temperton who wrote Michael Jackson ‘s # 1 crop up hit “ Rock With You. ” It is best known for the inadequate film music video recording directed by John Landis, who was well-known at the time for his work on the strike movie An american english Werewolf In London. The song includes a spoken parole segment from seasoned repugnance film actor Vincent Price and features classical repugnance movie sound effects like creaking doors, howling dogs, and big h. “ Thriller ” became the seventh peak 10 pop hit from the album Thriller and went to # 1 on the dance club chart. In 2009, the “ Thriller ” music video recording was added to the National Film Registry.

The song “ Thriller ” was in the first place called “ Starlight. ” According to Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones said, “ You managed to come up with a style for the last album, see what you can do for this album. ” He wrote toss off two or three hundred possible titles and settled on “ Midnight man. ” That was when the one word “ thriller ” entered his mind and would n’t let go .
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“ I Just Ca n’t Stop Loving You ” ( 1987 )

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” I Just Ca n’t Stop Loving You ” is a Michael Jackson couple with rising R & B singer Siedah Garrett that became the first single from his album Bad. Siedah Garrett co-wrote “ Man In the Mirror, ” another # 1 Michael Jackson hit from the Bad album. reportedly Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston were first choices as duet partners for the song, but they turned it down. It went to # 1 on the dad singles chart and kicked off a string of five chart-topping hits from the Bad album. “ I Just Ca n’t Stop Loving You ” became alone the second Michael Jackson song to hit # 1 on the adult contemporary chart .
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“ Bad ” ( 1987 )

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Michael Jackson ‘s “ Bad ” presented him as an edgier artist than in the past. Celebrated film director Martin Scorsese worked on the accompanying music video recording. The clip besides featured a new Wesley Snipes. The plot and dance sequences were heavily influenced by the song “ Cool ” from legendary musical West Side Story. “ Bad ” was a # 1 pop hit one, and it besides went to the top of the dance club graph and the UK pop singles chart. reportedly, early plan for “ Bad ” considered having the sung be a duet between Michael Jackson and Prince. A new remix of ‘Bad ” reached the crown 20 on the dance chart in 2012 .
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“ The Way You Make maine Feel ” ( 1987 )

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Michael Jackson ‘s “ The Way You Make maine Feel ” rolls along to a congenial shuffle beat. It continued the hot streak of # 1 hits from Bad. It was besides a lead 10 toss off hit in most major pop markets around the global going to # 1 on the R & B and Dance Club charts in the US as well. It even crossed over to the top 10 on the adult contemporary graph .
Michael Nesmith of the Monkees produced the music video recording for “ The Way You Make maine Feel. ” The full adaptation of the video is nine and a half minutes long. “ The Way You Make maine Feel ” was intended to show a coquettish side to Jackson ‘s personality after “ Bad ” presented the edgy streetwise elements and “ I Just Ca n’t Stop Loving You ” showcased the lover. Michael Jackson ‘s baby La Toya appears in the music video as a friend of the female child he wants to meet .
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“ man in the Mirror ” ( 1988 )

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Unlike many of Michael Jackson ‘s biggest hits of the period, “ man In the Mirror ” was not written by him. It was co-written by Siedah Garrett, his couple collaborator on “ I Just Ca n’t Stop Loving You, ” and Glen Ballard, best known for his exploit with Alanis Morissette. Gospel artists The Winans and the Andrae Crouch Choir are included among the stand-in vocalists. “ man In the Mirror ” received a Grammy Award nomination for record of the year. It is one of the most inspirational songs in Michael Jackson ‘s catalog. Michael Jackson does not appear in the accompanying music video. alternatively, it compiles a collage of major newsworthiness events of the last half of the twentieth century. “ man In the Mirror ” hit # 1 on pop and R & B charts and climbed to # 2 on the adult contemporary chart .
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“ Dirty Diana ” ( 1988 )

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” Dirty Diana ” returned Michael Jackson to the heavier rock heavy of “ Beat It. ” The guitar solo are by Steve Stevens, best known for his ferment as Billy Idol ‘s guitarist. early suggestions were made that the sung was either about Diana Ross or Princess Diana, but Jackson late confirmed that like “ Billie Jean, ” “ Dirty Diana ” is a song about groupies. It received mix reviews from critics but became the fifth consecutive # 1 pop hit from the Bad album. The song ‘s performance on the R & B graph was weaker, lone climbing to # 8. It was besides a lead 5 hit on the UK pop singles chart .
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“ black Or White ” ( 1991 )

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” Black Or White ” was the first unmarried from Michael Jackson ‘s album Dangerous, and it was released with fantastic ostentation. The song was co-written by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell, who by and by co-wrote Sheryl Crow ‘s Grammy-winning discovery individual “ All I Wan sodium Do. ” John Landis directed the music video with guest stars Macaulay Culkin, Tess Harper, and George Wendt. It was given a global coincident premier to an estimated television consultation of 500 million. The music video generated controversy for sexually suggestive substantial in the latter function of the trot. The song was a # 1 smash strike around the populace and hit # 1 in the US after fair three weeks of exhaust. It had the quickest trip to # 1 since the Beatle ‘s “ Get Back ” in 1969. “ Black Or White ” earned a Grammy Award nominating speech for Best Male Pop Vocal .
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“ Remember the Time ” ( 1992 )

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Michael Jackson ‘s “ Remember the Time ” incorporated elements of the then-popular new jack swing expressive style. It was co-written and co-produced by Teddy Riley, a key architect of the style. “ Remember the Time ” went to # 3 on pop singles charts in both the US and the UK. It besides topped the R & B chart and went to # 2 on the dancing chart. It was the second hit single from the album Dangerous. Michael Jackson dedicated “ Remember the Time ” to Diana Ross .
The music video recording was directed by film director John Singleton, Academy Award-nominated for Boyz n the Hood. It was an expensive output and included guest appearances by comedian Eddie Murphy and basketball legend Magic Johnson among others. It besides featured Michael Jackson ‘s first on-screen kiss .
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“ shout ” with Janet Jackson ( 1995 )

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In 1995 Michael Jackson and his sister Janet Jackson put together their musical reception to tabloid journalism with the stimulate single “ Scream. ” The song was the foremost recorded collaboration by the match since Janet Jackson provided back vocals for her brother ‘s 1982 hit “ P.Y.T. ( Pretty Young Things ) ” from Thriller. “ Scream ” was accompanied by one of the most critically acclaimed and expensive music television of all time. Mark Romanek directed the clip and it earned 11 MTV Video Music Award nominations. It won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. The birdcall itself peaked at # 5 on the pop singles graph and topped the dancing club chart. “ Scream ” was released as the lead unmarried for Michael Jackson ‘s compilation album HIStory : Past, Present, and Future Book 1. “ Scream ” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The album earned a nomination for Album of the year .
” scream ” was written and recorded after never prove allegations of child sexual abuse on the separate of Michael Jackson, and his subsequent refuse in health. When Janet Jackson expressed an interest in working on the project, she brought her frequent collaborators, songwriters, and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, along .
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“ You Are not alone ” ( 1995 )

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Michael Jackson ‘s final # 1 pop hit individual was written by R & B singer R. Kelly. It became the first song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at # 1. It was Michael Jackson ‘s moment individual from the compilation album history : Past, Present, and Future Book 1. The song hit # 1 across pop, pornographic contemporary, and adult start charts vitamin a well as going to # 1 in the UK. “ You Are not alone ” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal. Both R. Kelly and Diana Ross have recorded cover versions of “ You Are not alone. ”
The accompanying music video co-stars Michael Jackson ‘s then-wife Lisa Marie Presley. It generated tabloid headlines for the semi-nude scene of the copulate. The clip is besides luminary for its court to the painting of Maxfield Parrish .
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