His music was undeniably thrilling. He broke records. And he made history one album at a time. We're talking about the iconic superstar Michael Jackson.
During the 60s, he, as well as his older brothers, formed the popular Jackson 5, a family band. Soon after, he became a solo artist in the 70s and 80s with hits like "Got To Be With You", "Rock With You", "Thriller", "Beat It" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" storming the charts, NPR.org reports.
Known as the king of pop, Michael Jackson remains a global phenomenon with fans all around the world.
According to the Record Industry Association of America, Michael Jackson's album 'Thriller' topped 100 million sales worldwide, was the first album certified by the RIAA and is still considered the biggest album of all time. The song reached #1 in countries like the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
His artistic abilities, choreography, and electrifying music have been integrated into the songs of pop, soul, hip-hop and r&b artists of today. There's no doubt, he will continue to inspire future generations of artists.
In honor of this legendary singer, we have chosen the perfect Michael Jackson song for all your occasions. You won't be disappointed!
Halloween Party: "Thriller"
Naturally, we had to pick this one first! Halloween is all about the killer clowns, scary ghouls and something evil lurking from the dark. Gather your friends, clear an area, and get your spook on like Michael Jackson and his monsters. Consider this a time to celebrate the star's fascination with all things creepy! Happy Halloween!
Music video by Michael Jackson performing Thriller. (C) 1982 MJJ Productions Inc. #VEVOCertified on October 29, 2010. http://www.vevo.com/certified http://www.youtube.com/vevocertified
Birthday Party: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
Don't stop until you've had enough! After all, you're only turning this age once! Make your birthday party one you won't forget. Down several of your favorite drinks, eat two pieces of cake, do that dare your closest pal put you up to, sing like no one is watching, dance until your legs fall off and snap the whole experience. Don't stop, darlin'. Happy birthday Michael Jackson style!
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" was the first short film of Michael Jackson's solo career, filmed in 1979 for the No. 1 hit single from 'Off the Wall.' "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," directed by Nick Saxon, was the jumping off point for the elaborateand groundbreaking "short films" Michael would go on to create throughout his career.
It's over. Those long nights in the library and endless amounts of blood, sweat, and tears that went into studying for final exams. All so you can one day land that dream job you've spent your life working for. But you survived and graduated with a hard-earned degree! Say hello to real life. But first, you deserve to celebrate your journey and party up all your accomplishments. That's why we chose MJ's "Bad" because it's time to live a little. Take that fifth shot of Vodka, go buy that expensive watch you've always wanted and overindulge on your favorite meal and dessert. Let your friends know you mean business.
For the first short film for one of five consecutive record-breaking No. 1 hits from Bad, Michael Jackson and director Martin Scorsese created an epic 18-minute tale of urban and racial challenges in the 1980s. "Bad" was named the second greatest of Michael's short films by Rolling Stone in 2014.
Wedding Ceremony/After Party: "The Way You Make Me Feel"
You knock me off of my feet! You're so in love with your soulmate, your life-long partner. And today is your big wedding day where you exchange the "I do's." You look into each other eyes, lock lips and make a commitment for a lifetime. Once the necessary wedding vows have been taken care of, it's time to celebrate your marriage! This flirtatious song is sure to wear you out before the night ends, we're talking about your feet and your jaw. Make your husband or wife feel like he or she is on cloud 9.
"The Way You Make Me Feel" short film was designed to show off a more flirtatious and romantic yet still edgy side of Michael Jackson. The Joe Pytka-directed short film was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award for Best Choreography in 1988.
New Job: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
You want to be startin' a new job or something? Big congrats! Let Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" remind you that you are about to embark on a new journey with a new company. So before you start that next chapter in your life, put your hands up in the air with a cold one in hand and keep your body moving until the sun comes up. MJ would be proud!
Michael Jackson - Thriller - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' He really is the King Of Pop!
New Baby: "Pretty Young Thing"
You're about to give birth to a cute bundle of joy. You couldn't be more ecstatic about this new addition to your family. But that baby will change your life. Before you both become responsible parents, turn on MJ's "Pretty Young Thing". Make it a party for two. Set the mood and think back to all those blissful moments you shared together and the decision you made to bring a small blessing into this world. And for the ladies, invite all your girlfriends over, play this faintly in the background while playing some naughty baby shower games that will make you laugh so hard, you cry.
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) · Michael Jackson / 麥可傑克森 Thriller ℗ 1982 MJJ Productions Inc. Released on: 1983-07-29 Background Vocal, Keyboards, Arranger, Composer, Lyricist: James Ingram / 詹姆士殷格朗 Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer: Quincy Jones / 長斯瓊斯與他的管弦樂團 Background Vocal: Howard Hewett Guitar: Paul Jackson Jr.
Anniversary Celebration: "Rock With You"
If this isn't just the right song for you and your significant other, then we don't know what is! You two love birds will rock the night away and share that beat of love with this song. After a romantic dinner and a couple of wine glasses, get the party started and dance to this calm, but danceable hit.
"Rock With You" was Michael Jackson's second short film, filmed in 1979 for the second No. 1 hit single from 'Off the Wall.' The Bruce Gowers-directed short film, featuring Michael dancing in a sequined jumpsuit and matching boots against a set of shimmering lasers, was ranked No.
Company Outing: "Beat It"
Is the work day over yet? It seems like an eternity before you can sip some craft beer and mixed drinks during happy hour with your coworkers. You want to tell those endless piles of paperwork and assignments to just beat it. But when your shift finally ends, you somehow become overwhelmed with energy you thought you never had. "Beat It" is a great song for a company outing as it unleashes all the negative feels from your work day and brings out the fun in you!
Music video by Michael Jackson performing Beat It. © 1982 MJJ Productions Inc.
Other infamous MJ songs you should add to your perfect party playlist are "Billie Jean", "Man In The Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal".
Who are we kidding? There's a time and place for every Michael Jackson song.
Sarah Francis is a half-Palestinian journalism junkie, a proud Charlotte, NC native with an oversized sweet tooth, and an active world traveler. Ask her where she's headed next. (@Sarah_Francis25)