The world today remembers a music legend who thrilled the world with his unique brand of music.  Michael Jackson was an enigma, his spell-binding songs will forever ‘live’ with the human race.

Born on August 29,1958, Michael, the eighth child of the Jacksons, made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder
brothers; Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5, and began his solo career in 1971.

Newslegend.com.ng’s IZUCHUKWU OKOSI highlights seven of the most popular hit songs of the  iconic superstar who died seven years ago today (June 25, 2009).

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The seven songs on this Feature are subjective. Readers are free to send in their views on the best songs of Michael
Jackson which deserve to be on the list.

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1. Song-“Thriller”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 4
Peak Date: March 3, 1984
Weeks On Chart: 14

“Thriller” was one of seven top 10 singles from the groundbreaking album of the same name, now tied (according to the
RIAA) with the Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” as the best-selling U.S. album. Written by Rod Temperton and featuring
Vincent Price’s iconic cameo, Jackson’s zombie fest peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. “After ‘Off the Wall,’ ” producer
Quincy Jones recalls, “we were kicking booty and fearless; ready to do anything. It was a very exciting time.”

2. Song-“Remember The Time”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 3
Peak Date: March 7, 1992
Weeks On Chart: 20

Partnered with producer Teddy Riley, Jackson’s eighth studio album “Dangerous” in 1991 marked the singer’s leap into New
Jack Swing. This single peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in March 1992. Its video premiered not just on cable (BET and
MTV), but the Fox network, as well. The star-studded clip includes appearances by Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman and
Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

3. Song-“Dirty Diana”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
Peak Date: July 2, 1988
Weeks On Chart: 14

In the world of stalky, creepy women in Michael Jackson’s lyrics, “Dirty Diana” is right up there with “Billie Jean” and
Susie from “Blood on the Dance Floor.” The R&B/rock tune about a groupie gone all sorts of wrong features Steve Stevens
on guitar and became the “Bad” album’s fifth and final No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1988. With the song’s coronation, Jackson
set a record that still stands for most Hot 100 No. 1s (five) from one album. (Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” equaled the
mark with five No. 1s in 2010-11.)

4. Song-“Billie Jean”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (7 weeks)
Peak Date: March 5, 1983
Weeks On Chart: 24

Jackson was already a superstar after earning three solo Hot 100 No. 1s — including two from “Off the Wall,” his first
album for Epic — but “Billie Jean” propelled the singer to a true worldwide sensation. With seven weeks at No. 1, the
song introduced the iconic “Thriller” album to the masses.

 

5. Song-“Black Or White”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (7 weeks)
Peak Date: December 7, 1991
Weeks On Chart: 20

The pop music landscape was shifting in late 1991, with Nirvana introducing grunge and rap gaining a larger foothold.
Jackson’s appeal, however, proved impenetrable with the first single from “Dangerous.” Featuring guitarist Slash, “Black
or White” tallied seven weeks atop the Hot 100, matching “Billie Jean” for Jackson’s longest reign. The song’s video
remains memorable for its pioneering use of morphing technology and subsequently deleted scenes of Jackson violently
smashing car windows against a backdrop of racist graffiti.
6. Song-“Bad”

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (2 weeks)
Peak Date: October 24, 1987
Weeks On Chart: 14

Although braggadocious at first listen, Jackson’s “Bad” was actually inspired by a real-life story about a boy who went
off to a private boarding school and was murdered out of jealousy when he returned back home. The track was helmed by
longtime producer Quincy Jones and released as the second single from the “Bad” album. The song peaked at No. 1 on the
Hot 100, staying there for two weeks.
7. Song-“Never Can Say Goodbye” (The Jackson 5)

Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
Peak Date: May 8, 1971
Weeks On Chart: 12

Not many 12-year-olds can maturely depict a romantic situation like Michael did in the Jackson 5’s hit single, “Never
Can Say Goodbye.” Michael describes a situation where he is incapable of leaving his partner, no matter how close he
gets. “There’s that same unhappy feeling/ There’s that anguish/ There’s that doubt,” Michael expertly croons in the
ballad. The song struck a chord with a relating crowd, charting at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B songs chart and No. 2 on the
Hot 100.