Michael Jackson , the greatest pop artist that ever lived, has a career that spans more than 40 of his 50 years. The de facto star of Motown's boundary-breaking Jackson 5, the sensitive solo singer behind Seventies hits, the vanguard of the MTV era and the timeless voice behind some of the only multi-million-selling Nineties records you could safely call "slept-on. Backed by Motown house band the Funk Brothers, Michael pushes himself to the top of his range, ripping into every word of Robinson's heartbroken lyrics.
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There was really something about Michael Jackson. He was so likable. You rooted for him, were happy for him. Jackson was the most sensational performer — the full package — of his era.
In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot , however, that entered him into the record books: As a solo artist, 13 of his singles went to No. Here, the top 50 Michael Jackson songs are ranked based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot , through the Sept. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods. On the Billboard Hot , the track peaked at No. The title cut from the group's fifth studio album illustrated the maturation of Michael, then 13, from boy soprano to the tenor who would subsequently reign as the King of Pop. While it was the second single from Victory , it yielded the first music video produced for the album. Ironically, though Michael and Jermaine Jackson share lead on the song, neither appears in the clip, which was choreographed by Paula Abdul. In , Michael and his brothers weren't begging girls to stick around just yet.
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, has more No. With 13 No. Where to start with "We Are the World," the biggest charity single of all time, which recruited 46 singers to contribute a few words each to raise funds to combat poverty in Africa.