Michael Jackson spent the majority of his life entertaining audiences with his amazing voice and legendary dance moves. With 40 years of music as part of his legacy, it’s a daunting task to pick the ten best, but we were up to the challenge…
10) “Butterflies” (Invincible, 2001)
Written by Marsha Ambrosius, “Butterflies” was the stand out single from Jackson’s final album, Invincible. The song relies on Michael’s normal singing voice rather than the heavily percussive vocal style he began using heavily around the time of his Dangerous album.
9) “Stranger In Moscow” (HIStory: Past Present & Future Book 1, 1995)
The criminally overlooked “Stranger In Moscow” featured Michael Jackson lamenting the loneliness of fame with such an unflinching honesty, it’s amazing that Jackson released it as single!
8) “I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Got To Be There, 1972)
“I Wanna Be Where You Are” was the third single taken from MJ’s first solo album, Got To Be There. The song was written by Leon Ware and T-Boy Ross, Diana Ross’ brother. The pair went on to write Marvin Gaye’s entire I Want You album, which included a version of this song.
7) “Remember The Time” (Dangerous, 1991)
Produced by Teddy Riley, “Remember The Time” may be the last Michael Jackson song that all of his fans would unanimously agree is a classic. Though rooted in the new jack swing style made popular by Riley in the late 80s and early 90s, the song manages to not sound overly-dated. Kinda ironic for a song with this title, no?
6) “Got To Be There” (Got To Be There, 1971)
Released as the first solo single from Michael Jackson, “Got To Be There” showcases what a powerhouse vocalist Michael was even at the age of 13.
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5) “Rock With You” (Off The Wall, 1978)
Any time this song is played, someone within listening range is probably doing a mean two-step.
4) “I Can’t Help It” (Off The Wall, 1978)
Written by Stevie Wonder, “I Can’t Help It” has a jazzy sensibility that had rarely been heard from Michael before. Definitely a classic.
3) “Human Nature” (Thriller, 1982)
One of the most beautiful songs in Jackson’s catalog. “Human Nature” has remained a fan favorite since it’s release.
2) “Billie Jean” (Thriller, 1982)
“Billie Jean” became one of the biggest hits on the Thriller album, but almost didn’t make the album because Jackson & producer Quincy Jones disagreed over the quality of the song. Fortunately Michael won and the rest is HIStory…
1) “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Off The Wall, 1978)
“Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” has remained a party staple for nearly 35 years. Guaranteed to get the party started, the song packs a ton of energy that’s best released on a dancefloor.
What are your top ten favorite Michael Jackson songs? Let us know in the comments!