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It’s time for another Top Five Friday! I love my top five lists and I haven’t done one since my Top Five Hip Hop Movies of all time.

So I am DJing the dance tonight at the school where I work. It is our Halloween dance…kind of. The theme is Michael Jackson and we are celebrating every era of MJ. Kids will be dressing like him and everything. So to celebrate the dance and the man, here are my top five Michael Jackson Songs:

5. Billie Jean

While this is a great song, I think the image of Michael’s first moonwalk at the Motown 25th Anniversary celebration is what cements this in the top 5 for me.

Billie Jean

4. Remember The Time

This song was as much about great songwriting as it was about Mike’s performance. The song was co-written by MJ, Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle. It’s such a timeless classic that brings back great memories for me.

Remember The Time

3. Thriller

I remember when I was about 11 and I rented the Making Of Thriller video (yes, cassette tape) and I watched that thing like 20 times. It was a little bit scary but it was soooo cool. Especially the break dancing zombies at the end. Remember the Taiwanese prison where the inmates re-enacted the entire routine? Ha!

Thriller

2. Smooth Criminal

The video was Michael’s key to adult success. First of all, that white suit with the blue dress shirt, black tie and black armband was so damn smooth. And the the lean that everybody busted their face trying to do…classic. You add that to a nasty guitar riff, and it’s another MJ classic!

Smooth Criminal

1. Bad

The year was 1987. Simultaneous to the release of LL Cool J’s I’m Bad, Michael Jackson confirmed bad as the thing to be. I know how corny it sounds now, but I guess you had to be there. My favorite part of this video was the guy rollerskating at the end.

Bad

The effect that Michael Jackson had on music as a whole cannot be understated. everyone listened to his music. That’s why he was the king of pop. Pop music is defined as music that reaches the most people in terms of popularity. His music was rock, R&B, pop and hip hop. Moreover, because he was a black entertainer, black people could identify with him and his music so culturally, his influence on urban music is undeniable. Without Michael, there are no Chris Browns, no Usher, T-Pain, Diddy, Drake, Ne-yo, Kanye West, Jay-Z. etc. This is a generation of performers who grew up on Michael Jackson.

Here is a list of songs that sample his songs:

Good Life-Kanye West & T-Pain

Love Will Be Right Here-SWV

O.P.P.-Naughty By Nature

H To The Izzo-Jay-Z Produced by Kanye West

Baby-Fabulous

Hey Lover-LL Cool J Featuring Boyz II Men

It Ain’t Hard To Tell-Nas

Good Good-Ashanti

One More Drink-Ludacris

Ill Na Na-Foxy Brown

…Just to name a few

And for the record he was spoofed by Weird Al Yankovic…twice:

Weird Al

Weird Al 2

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