Michael Joseph Jackson known as the King of Pop was an American singer who redefined the pop music and made it lovable enough to grasp the Grammys and many other awards, globally. Let have a look at Jackson’s best 30 songs of all time.
1. Billie Jean
Billie Jean is a pop song released in November 1982. The song is about a woman who asserted that Jackson was the father of one of her twins. Jackson claimed the woman used to stalk him and write him letters about a son. The song was his way of conveying his feelings without mentioning her directly. It was on the same song Jackson premiered his moonwalk dance later.
2. Beat it
“Beat it ” is a hard rock song and was released on 14 February 1983. The song was on the thriller album and was shot to be one of the world’s best-selling album of all time. The song features Eddie Van Halen as a guitar soloist. It won two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. Its video is also adjudged one of the best of all time.
3. Don’t stop till you get enough
The song was released in October 1979. It was the first song from the Off The Wall album. The song also won Jackson his first Grammys and many other awards later. Jackson’s mother thought people will misconstrue the title of the song for sex and asked for a change of title but Jackson assured her that the song was not actually a reference to sex, but means whatever people wanted it to.
Thriller is the title track of the world’s best-selling album. The song also features horror icon Vincent Price and was released in October 1979. There was a 14-minute film made for the song which Jackson turns into a zombie and performs a dance. It has often been voted the greatest music video ever made.
5. The way you make me feel
This song is the fifth song on the “bad” album and was released in November 1988. The song was written and composed by Jackson himself and reached number one on the Billboard charts.
6. Man in the mirror
Man in the mirror was written by Glen Ballard and Siedar Garrett and was released on 6 February 1988. The song is about making a change and realizing that it has to start with you. The song was downloaded the most after the death of Jackson in 2009.
7. Rock with you
The song was originally written by Rod Thompson and was one of the songs offered to Karen Carpenter which she turned down. The song was originally titled I want to eat you up but Jackson changed the title when he accepted the offer from Thompson.
8. I just can’t stop loving you
It was released on 20th July 1987 as a single and it features Siedah Garrett. The song was supposed to be a duet with Barbra Streisand, then with Whitney Houston; though finally became a duet with Siedah Garrett who was a co writer of Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”
9. Black or White
Black or White is one of the singles from the “Dangerous” album which was released November 11, 1991. He co wrote produced and recorded the song with Bill Bottrell. The song was about bringing together to black and white race and kicking strongly against racial discrimination and abuse.
10. Smooth Criminal
The song was written in 1986 and released in October 1988. Smooth Criminal is one of Jackson’s songs in the Bad and Bad 25 albums. The song is about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked by a “smooth” assailant. The most popular period of the music video for the song is the 45 degrees lean Jackson and his backup dancers did defying gravity.
11. Human nature
The song us a ballard was was originally written by Steve Porcaro. The song was rewritten by John Bettis. The song whose lyrics were about a passerby in New York City. It was produced by Jones and performed by Jackson and others.
12. Wanna be startin somethin
This is the fourth single from the Thriller album. The lyrics are about strangers spreading rumours to start up arguments for no good justification.
13. You rock my world
The song was the first single in the “invisible” album released in 2001. Jackson teamed up with Fred and Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels and Nora Payne to write the song and it was produced by Rodney Jerkins.
14. Pretty Young Thing
This is the 6th song from the Thriller album. The song was written by Jackson and Greg Phillinganes. Two of Jackson’s sisters, Janet and La Toya, provided backing to the song.
15. Leave me alone
The song is a rebuttal to ill rumors about Jackson that began surfacing in the media in the mid-1980s, such as alleging that he slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow the aging process, his pet chimpanzee Bubbles, and many other ill rumors. The other songs that make the top 30 are :
- 16. Blood on the dance floor
- 17. Butterflies
- 18. You are not alone
- 19. Jam
- 20. You will be there
- 21. Scream
- 22. Heal the world
- 23. Go to be there
- 24. Ben
- 25. Earth strong
- 27. Remember the time
- 28. Human nature
- 29. Off the wall
- 30.In the closet