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14. Smooth Criminal (1988)

Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal Single Cover

'Smooth Criminal' from album 'Bad' is probably best known for the 1988 movie adaptation 'Moonwalker' which starred Jackson and Joe Pesci ('Goodfellas' star). It was the main theme song throughout, though the movie version where Jackson performed the dance routine at the nightclub was considerably longer than the album version. It was particularly well-received in Spain, topping the charts in 1988 and re-entering at number one in 2006 for a total of 6 weeks. Jackson's famous anti-gravity lean also made its debut with this song with the star patenting a complicated mechanism that allowed him to perform it. The most popular cover version of this song is by Alien Ant Farm, though violinist David Garrett recorded a classical instrumental version for his 'Encore' album.
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13. Man in the Mirror (1988)

Michael Jackson Man In The Mirror Single Cover

One of the reasons Michael Jackson was such an important figure in entertainment was his penchant for writing deep and meaningful songs with timeless messages and global significance. 'Man in the Mirror' is a fine example of this and became one of his most critically acclaimed singles, even being nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys and remaining at number one in the US for 2 weeks. His use of a Gospel choir on the track makes it all the more special and his inspiration for the song is put across on the video which features clips of various events in history including Ethiopian famine, Live Aid, the Kennedy assassinations and the Vietnam War as well as various important figures from Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi. Cover versions of the song include renditions from James Morrison, 'Glee' and acoustic guitarist Tuck Andress.
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12. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (1979)

Michael Jackson Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Single Cover

From the early 'Off the Wall' album, this track is one of Jackson's first major solo hits earning him his first Grammy since leaving his brothers and introducing most of the characteristic Jackson vocals such as vocal 'hiccups' and his falsetto. The accompanying music video was his first since going it alone and the song earned a number one spot on the US chart for a week as well as a further 3 weeks in Australia. It has since been covered numerous times with a version being recorded by Chris Tucker and Adrienne Bailon for the film 'Rush Hour 2' and such artists as Westlife, U2, Prince and Usher performing the seminal track on their various tours.
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11. I Just Can't Stop Loving You [ft. Siedah Garrett] (1987)

Michael Jackson I Just Can't Stop Loving You Single Cover

The 'Bad' album's hit single 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' was originally meant to feature vocals from Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston but neither were available to record which is when Quincy Jones suggested Siedah Garrett who had previously co-written 'Man in the Mirror'. It was another one of Jackson's romance hits and remained atop of the UK charts for 2 weeks (one week more than the US); it even reached number one on its re-release in 2012. The song was performed by Gloria Estefan and James Ingram during the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special and has also been covered by jazz artist Chuck Loeb and 'Glee' in a 2012 tribute episode.
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10. Blood on the Dance Floor (1997)

Michael Jackson Blood On The Dance Floor Single Review

'Blood on the Dance Floor' served as the first song to be released from his 1997 remix record 'Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix'. It is one of a handful of songs by Jackson with a chilling and somewhat grisly storyline with the video focusing on a salsa dancer called Susie who seduces the star by table-dancing above him before producing a switchblade. It had limited popularity in the US which contrasted massively to the reception in Europe. The song was at number one for 7 weeks in Spain, plus 1 week in the UK.
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I wasn't expecting this order

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Elvis or who u r want to suggest...MJ is.....is MJ.So we don't care what they say.

1 year 10 months ago
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corlista

Elvis never left the United States. Michael was a global entertainer whose influence was felt all over the world and still is. There's no comparison.

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Are you people at Contactmusic all on crack?? Which part of global do you need to get someone to explain to you? Michael Jackson by passed Elvis in record sales, in the amount of money made, and in time spent in show business. WHY is it so hard for all of you so called experts to just admit it once and for all that MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NOT ONLY NUMBER ONE BUT HE WAS BETTER THAN ELVIS AND THE BEATLES. This man started as a young child genius and continued until the day he died 40 years later. Even you had to admit he is/was "A GLOBAL PHENOM", which is something Elvis wished he could have done. There was nothing that MJ didn't do in the entertainment business from singing, writing, acting, humanitariun, a scholar. He was without a doubt the most wonderful man, son, brother, uncle and father. Shaking your hips like Elvis doesn't put you in front of all the accomplishiments of Michael Jackson which is still continuing to this very day. If you can't admit that then the time has come for you to quit!!

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MJ is the biggest selling solo artist--globally. He fared much worse in his own country than Elvis Presley, however (where after all the media lynching took place--that boy had to be kept down.) Presley was not the songwriter or innovator that Jackson was but he was extremely prolific, churning out close to 100 albums, considerably affecting quality. Given Jackson's originality, superior talent, groundbreaking contribution, and lasting influence on other artists, it seems likely his sales will in time surpass those of Elvis even in the good ol' USA.

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Can you please explain AND provide proof of how Elvis is the biggest selling solo artist of all time when Michael Jackson has the world's top album selling of all time? I don't understand how you came up with that determination.

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vallieegirl

Can you please explain AND provide proof of how Elvis has beaten Michael when he has best selling album in the entire world? That statement doesn't make sense to me.

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