Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: Michael Jackson Top 60 Hits

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson’s 1987 album Bad spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”, becoming the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation. He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres.

Jackson became a figure of controversy in the 1980s due to his changing physical appearance, his relationships and behavior. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend; the case led to an investigation but was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world. Forbes ranked Jackson as the top-earning deceased celebrity for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. His estate earned $825 million in 2016, the highest yearly amount ever recorded by the magazine. – Wikipedia

1 We Are the World (as a member of the USA for Africa)
2 Black or White
3 Billie Jean
4 Beat It
5 Bad
6 You Are Not Alone
7 Scream (with Janet Jackson)
8 Remember the Time
9 Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney)
10 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)
11 Somebody’s Watching Me (with Rockwell and Jermaine Jackson)
12 Thriller
13 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
14 You Rock My World
15 Dirty Diana
16 The Way You Make Me Feel
17 Blood on the Dance Floor
18 Heal the World
19 In the Closet
20 Love Never Felt So Good (with Justin Timberlake)
21 Jam
22 Who Is It
23 Another Part of Me
24 Rock with You
25 Earth Song
26 They Don’t Care About Us
27 Smooth Criminal
28 Man in the Mirror
29 Will You Be There
30 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
31 Stranger in Moscow
32 Do the Bartman (with The Simpsons)
33 Give In to Me
34 The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
35 Leave Me Alone
36 Ben
37 History
38 Muscles (with Diana Ross)
39 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
40 Human Nature
41 Liberian Girl
42 She’s Out of My Life
43 Off the Wall
44 Gone Too Soon
45 Rockin’ Robin
46 Farewell My Summer Love
47 One Day in Your Life
48 Get It (with Stevie Wonder)
49 We’re Almost There
50 Got to Be There
51 Ease on Down the Road (with Diana Ross)
52 State of Independence (with Donna Summer & Friends)
53 Happy
54 Ain’t No Sunshine
55 Centipede (with Rebbie Jackson & The Weather Girls)
56 Hollywood Tonight
57 Just a Little Bit of You
58 I Wanna Be Where You Are
59 Girlfriend
60 Butterflies

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