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Audiences around the world were first in awe of Michael Jackson’s talent in 1969 when the wunderkind was still only 11 years of age and singing lead on “I Want You Back”. Soon, his solo career would eclipse the Jackson 5’s success. The brothers would quit the Motown label in 1975 and became The Jacksons. Michael remained a member, but his solo output went into overdrive with the albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and the record-breaking ‘Thriller’. This period forever cemented his place among pop music’s greatest influences. Here are the 100 most essential recordings- solo and with his siblings- in terms of influence, popularity and quality. The tracks span the years 1969-2014.
MAN IN THE MIRROR
Seidah Garrett penned "The Man in The Mirror" with Glen Ballard. She contributed background vocals on the track, alongside The Winans and The Andrea Crouch Singers. The track contains elements of pop, soul and gospel. It was the 4th single lifted off 'Bad'. In 1988, the song topped the US R&B and Pop charts. On the Adult Contemporary equivalent, it peaked at #2.
REMEMBER THE TIME
'Dangerous' was unleashed in 1991. The following year, "Remember The Time" was selected as the 2nd single from that album; his first without Quincy Jones. This time, Teddy Riley joined Michael at the helm as co-producers. The 2 co-wrote the funky song with Bernard Belle. The single topped the American R&B Chart. It was a Top 10 hit in the USA, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Michael was keen to name his follow-up to the 'Thriller' album 'Smooth Criminal'. His record label disapproved the idea and the LP came to be entitled 'Bad'. "Smooth Criminal" was written by Michael. It made the Top 10 in America and Britain. In 2001, it became a hit again when Alien Ant Farm totally transformed the song for their remake. The cover topped the Australian chart and reached #3 In the UK.
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE
Many assume "Blame It On The Boogie" was written by Michael or one of his brothers. The writing credits mention a Mick Jackson among the composers, but it refers to a similarly- named British musician. The latter released the original version of the song in 1978. The American Jacksons covered it on 'Destiny'. In 1980, the group's remake reached #3 on the US R&B Chart. The disco floor-filler shot into the Top 10 in Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The title track from Michael's 1987 album release was originally slated as a duet by him and Prince. When the latter declined, "Bad" became a solo recording by MJ. In America, the funky upbeat track topped the R&B, Pop and Dance charts. Elsewhere, the single sped into the Top 10.