Michael Jackson has hit the вверх of the pop singles chart with 13 different singles as a solo artist. These are the 10 biggest of those hits. He easily ranks as one of the most successful and innovative pop artists of all time. All 10 of these songs are essential to any comprehensive pop Музыка collection.
1. "Billie Jean" - 1983 link
If any single song signaled that Michael Jackson's legacy as one of the вверх pop artists of all time would be secure, it was "Billie Jean." The song remains a pop milestone and masterpiece. It was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones. Inspired by a real life experience in which Jackson was accused of fathering a baby of one of his fans, the slight sense of paranoia, instantly memorable бас, бас-гитара line, and Michale Jackson's trademark vocal yelps and hiccups combined to make "Billie Jean," the секунда single from Thriller, a keystone in Michael Jackson's career. It spent seven weeks at the вверх of the pop singles chart in 1983.
2. "Black или White" - 1991 link
It had been four years since the album Bad generated five consecutive #1 singles and some in the Музыка industry wondered if Michael Jackson would maintain his commercial clout when Dangerous was released in 1991. All of those Вопросы were soon answered as the lead single "Black или White" became the секунда biggest hit single of Michael Jackson's career staying at #1 или seven weeks. All stops were out on celebrity participation with Оружие 'n Roses' Слэш contributing a гитара solo and Главная Alone's Macaulay Culkin starring in the accompanying video. The song itself is a powerful plea for racial unity.
3. "Say Say Say" with Paul McCartney - 1983 link
The first time Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up on "The Girl Is Mine" in 1982 it was a smash success hitting #2 on the pop singles chart. The pair went back to the studio with Beatles producer George Martin for "Say Say Say" and the result was an even bigger hit staying at #1 for six weeks.
4. "Rock With You" - 1979 link
Following the uptempo smash "Don' Stop 'Till Ты Get Enough" that introduced the album Off the Wall, Michael Jackson proved he was adept with a laidback, soulful tune as well. Rod Temperton wrote "Rock With You," and it was part of the last gasp of the disco era.
5. "Beat It!" - 1983 link
The album Thriller, was already a smash hit, and "Billie Jean" was an acknowledged classic. Then the third single from the album, "Beat It!," tore down any remaining walls for Michael Jackson as a recording artist. Featuring a blistering гитара solo from rocker Eddie фургон, ван Halen and accompanied by a video that tore down barriers for black recording artists at MTV, "Beat It!" was an instant hit.
6. "Man In the Mirror" - 1988 link
Accompanied by a gospel choir, "Man In the Mirror" is known as one of Michael Jackson's most uplifting hit songs. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Released in January of 1988, the song was the fourth consecutive #1 hit from the album Bad.
7. "Bad" - 1987 link
The Название song from Michael Jackson's Bad was the секунда consecutive #1 hit from the album. It was originally conceived as a duet with Prince. "Bad" was accompanied by an 18 минута short film as its Музыка video. It only took the song six weeks to hit the вверх of the charts.
8. "Don't Stop 'Til Ты Get Enough" - 1979 link
Michael Jackson's group with his brothers, the Jackson 5, was one of the most successful family acts of all time. They first hit the pop charts in 1969 when Michael Jackson was 11. By 1979, Jackson was a young adult, and he had not released a major solo hit in seven years. He collaborated with Quincy Jones to blend disco and contemporary R&B with vocals featuring one of the most arresting falsetto voices in pop music. "Don't Stop 'Til Ты Get Enough" hit the вверх of the charts, and Michael Jackson's adult recording career had begun.
9. "You Are Not Alone" - 1995 link
Singer R. Kelly wrote this song in response to his own personal difficulties. When a demo reached Michael Jackson he decided to record "You Are Not Alone" as part of his greatest hits collection HIStory. Co-produced by Kelly, the song debuted at the вверх of the pop singles chart, the first hit to do so in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
10. "The Way Ты Make Me Feel" - 1987 link
"The Way Ты Make Me Feel" was the third #1 hit from the album Bad. Reportedly, Michael Jackson recorded the song in response to a request from his mother Katherine to record a song with a shuffling rhythm. Michael Jackson performed the song live at the 1988 Grammy Awards.