Monday, 2 July 2012

Best Michael Jackson Songs

Superstar Michael Jackson had many hit songs (13 number ones on Billboard singles chart) these are possibly his biggest and most defining:

1. Beat It (1982): With it's sizzling Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, this track helped Jackson cross over from R&B to mainstream rock / pop. The video features Michael in his iconic red leather jacket.

2. Billie Jean (1982): Michael mania really takes off with this track, the second single off the Thriller and the album's first number one.

3. Thriller (1982): The video was directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf In London, Coming To America) and featured monster make up by Rick Baker (also An American Werewolf In London). Horror actor Vincent Price makes a guest appearance on the single.

4. Smooth Criminal (1987): The seventh single off the album Bad. It was also featured in the movie Moonwalker (1988).

5. Say Say Say (1983): The first single off the Thriller was the duet with Paul McCartney The Girl Is Mine. The follow up collaboration between the two was Say Say Say, released off Paul's Pipes Of Peace Album.

6. Bad (1987): The title track off Michael's long awaited follow up album to Thriller. The video was directed by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).

7. Black Or White (1991): The first single off Dangerous. The video was also directed by John Landis, and co stars Macaulay Culkin and George Wendt (Norm from TV's Cheers).

8. Rock With You (1979): From the album Off The Wall

9. Man In The Mirror (1987): One of Jackson's most emotional songs. This song was co written by Siedah Garrett, who also duets with him on I Just Can't Stop Loving You. The video is very powerful to watch and features many famous people including Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Gandhi and John Lennon.

10. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (1979): The first single from the album Off The Wall and Michael's first Number one since Ben (1972).

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