10 best Michael Jackson songs

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Best Michael Jackson songs . Source: people.com

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist. Jackson was called the "King of Pop". In general, he is considered one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century.

Singer's Room writes, "Over the course of his forty-year career, he made a huge contribution to music, dance and fashion and became a top figure in popular culture. Here are the top 10 tracks by Michael Jackson, according to the site

"Billie Jean"

The song "Billie Jean" was released by Epic Records on January 2, 1983 as the second single of the sixth studio album Thriller (1982). The composition was written and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. The song "Billie Jean" combines post-disco, R&B, funk and dance-pop.

The plot of the song is dedicated to a woman, Billie Jean, who claims that the singer is the father of her newborn son, which he, of course, denies. According to Jackson, the lyrics describe a real-life situation that happened to one of his brothers when they were touring together as part of the Jackson 5.

The song "Billie Jean" took the first place on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart for three weeks, was a number one hit in the UK, Canada, France, Switzerland and Belgium, and entered the top ten in many other countries.

"Billie Jean" became one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and helped the album Thriller become the best-selling album of all time, as well as Jackson's successful solo single.

"Beat It"

"Beat It" is a track by Michael Jackson from his sixth studio album Thriller (1982). It was written and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones, who advised Jackson to include it on the album. Jackson later said, "I wanted to write the kind of song that I would buy if I wanted to buy a rock song... and I wanted it to really appeal to kids, high school and college kids." The song features a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen.

"Thriller"

"Thriller" (Epic Records January 23, 1984) is the seventh and last single from the sixth studio album Thriller. It's a funky song with a synthesizer bassline and horror movie-like lyrics, with sound effects such as thunder, creaking doors, and wolf howls. At the end of the song, the words of actor Vincent Price are heard.

The song was produced by Quincy Jones and written by Rod Temperton, who wanted to write a theme song because of Jackson's love of movies.

"Man in the Mirror"

"Man in the Mirror" was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett and released on February 6, 1988 as the fourth single from Jackson's seventh solo album, Bad (1987).

"Man in the Mirror" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming Jackson's tenth number one single on the chart, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song was also nominated for 31 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year.

"Smooth Criminal"

"Smooth Criminal" was released on November 14, 1988 as part of Jackson's album Bad (1987). The lyrics tell the story of a woman who was attacked in her apartment by a "smooth criminal".

The music video for "Smooth Criminal," which premiered internationally on MTV on October 13, 1988, became the centerpiece of the 1988 film Moonwalker.

Jackson's 1930s setting, white suit, and fedora pay homage to Fred Astaire's musical comedy "Bandwagon".

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is a single written and recorded by Michael Jackson. The track was released under the Epic Records label on July 10, 1979. This song was the first composition of Jackson's fifth studio album Off the Wall (1979). And it was the first solo recording over which Jackson had creative control.

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" became Jackson's second single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Ben" and his first number one solo hit on the Billboard Soul Singles chart. It remained at number one on the Billboard Soul Singles chart for six weeks. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the song platinum.

"Rock with You"

The song "Rock with You" was written by Rod Temperton. He first offered it to Karen Carpenter, who was working on her first solo album, but she refused.

"Rock with You" was released on November 3, 1979 as the second single on Jackson's fifth solo studio album Off the Wall (1979). It became his third number one hit in the 1980s when Jackson dominated the pop singles chart.

"Bad"

"Bad" (Epic Records, September 7, 1987) is the second single from Michael Jackson's album Bad. It was inspired by a story Jackson had read: it is about a young man who tried to escape poverty by attending a private school but was killed when he returned home.

"The Way You Make Me Feel"

"The Way You Make Me Feel" (Epic Records November 9, 1987) is the third single from the album Bad. The author of the song is Michael Jackson.

The composition received positive reviews from critics. "The Way You Make Me Feel" became Bad's third consecutive single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and internationally, it was mostly in the top ten and twenty. At the same time, a video for this song was released, in which Jackson danced with model Tatiana Thumbtzen.

"Black or White"

"Black or White" (Epic Records November 11, 1991) The first single from the eighth studio album Dangerous (1991). Jackson wrote and produced it with Bill Bottrell. The song is a fusion of pop rock, dance and hip-hop. Epic Records describes it as "a danceable rock 'n' roll song about racial harmony".

The song "Black or White" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 7, 1991 and stayed there for seven weeks, making Jackson the first artist to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart multiple times in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The song "Black or White" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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