THE 50 MICHAEL JACKSON SONGS YOU HAVE TO HEAR

Jay C. Brandriet

9/3/18

 

The “King of Pop” would have been sixty years old this last week. Michael Jackson not only changed the way music sounded, he changed the way it looked. I believe he is the greatest entertainer to ever live. Focusing on the music itself, I asked myself which were my favorite songs? I included all of his “Jackson 5” work. These are the 50 Michael Jackson songs you have to hear.

 

#50- “BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE”

Destiny (1978)

#49- “GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY” 

The Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)

#48- “IN THE CLOSET” 

Dangerous (1991)

#47- “SMOOTH CRIMINAL”

Bad (1987)

#46- “DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH”

Off the Wall (1979)

#45- “THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL”

Bad (1987)

#44- “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” 

ABC (1970)

#43- “ABC”

ABC (1970)

#42- “BEN” 

Ben (1972)

#41- “BLACK OR WHITE” 

Dangerous (1991)

“Thriller” was more than just one of the great albums of all time. This short film changed music on television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#40- “WORKING DAY AND NIGHT” 

Off the Wall (1979)

#39- “SPEED DEMON” 

Bad (1987)

#38- “I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU” 

Bad (1987)

#37- “WILL YOU BE THERE” 

Dangerous (1993)

#36- “THIS TIME AROUND” 

History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (1995)

#35- “BAD”

Bad (1987)

#34- “REMEMBER THE TIME”

Dangerous (1991)

#33- “SPEECHLESS”

Invincible (2001)

#32- “KEEP THE FAITH” 

Dangerous (1991)

#31- “WHO IS IT” 

Dangerous (1991)

#30- “CAN YOU FEEL IT” 

Triumph (1981)

Michael’s vocals were underrated. Him singing “Who’s lovin’ you” at age 11 was proof of an old soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#29- “I’LL BE THERE” 

Third Album (1970)

#28- “I WANT YOU BACK” 

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969)

#27- “GOT TO BE THERE”

Got to Be There (1972)

#26- “GIRLFRIEND”

Off the Wall (1979)

#25- “SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE”

Off the Wall (1979)

#24- “SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND)”

Destiny (1979)

#23- “BUTTERFLIES”

Invincible (2002)

#22- “THE GIRL IS MINE” 

Thriller (1983)

#21- “YOU ROCK MY WORLD” 

Invincible (2001)

#20- “BEAT IT” 

Thriller (1983)

On the 2001 hit “Butterflies” , MJ sings with a unique pace. It’s like he is strutting with his voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#19- “MAN IN THE MIRROR”

Bad (1988)

#18- “HISTORY” 

History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (1995)

#17- “DIRTY DIANA” 

Bad (1988)

#16- “WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN'” 

Thriller (1983)

#15- “I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE”

Got to Be There (1972)

#14- “OFF THE WALL” 

Off the Wall (1979)

#13- “MUSIC AND ME”

Music and Me (1973)

#12- “WE ARE THE WORLD” 

We Are the World (1985)

#11- “THRILLER”

Thriller (1982)

#10- “DANGEROUS”

Dangerous (1991)

My favorite music is 1990’s R & B. “You are not alone” was MJ’s epic contribution to that sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9- “MAYBE TOMORROW” 

Maybe Tomorrow (1971)

#8- “HEAL THE WORLD”

Dangerous (1992)

#7- “HUMAN NATURE” 

Thriller (1982)

#6- “P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING)”

Thriller (1983)

#5- “SAY SAY SAY” 

Pipes of Peace (1983)

#4- “WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU”

Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969)

#3- “ROCK WITH YOU” 

Off the Wall (1979)

#2- “BILLIE JEAN”

Thriller (1983)

#1- “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” 

History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (1995)

 

Jay C. Brandriet

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