On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died. He was 50 years old.
The five years since The King of Pop’s sudden death stunned the world saw the release of a Movie (Michael Jackson’s This Is It), A video game on multiple consoles (The Michael Jackson Experience) and two new Albums (Michael and Xscape). Only a month after his death, Michael Jackson surpassed Elvis Presley to become the richest dead musician in history. Yet another record he broke that will likely ever be surpassed.
As many of you know, I am a lifetime fan of his music and have nothing but respect for the man behind the music. As many people all over the world take a moment to remember the King of Pop, now more than ever his music is a great source for inspiration.
Here is my Top 20 list of songs meant to inspire with the Album they come from in parentheses. I was originally going to only list 10 but let’s face it, that wouldn’t be enough 😄
- Human Nature (Thriller)
- They Don’t Really Care About Us (HIStory: Past, Present and Future)
- Man in the Mirror (Bad)
- Jam (Dangerous)
- Heal the World (Dangerous)
- Black or White (Dangerous)
- Will You Be There (Dangerous)
- Gone Too Soon (Dangerous)
- Keep the Faith (Dangerous)
- History (HIStoryL Past, Present and Future)
- Speechless (Invincible)
- Cry (Invincible)
- Hold My Hand (Michael)
- Keep Your Head Up (Michael)
- Best of Joy (Michael)
- A Place With No Name – Both Versions (Xscape: Deluxe Edition)*
- Love Never Felt So Good – Both Versions (Xscape: Deluxe Edition)*
- You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal)
- Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal)
- Never Can Say Goodbye (Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection and Jackson 5: Anthology)
* Only the Deluxe Album has both versions of this song. The Standard Version only has the remixes.
Let’s be honest: All of his songs are inspiring. This playlist in and of itself…whew.
In a separate blog post we will explore so of Michael Jackson’s more…forboding songs. It’s sure to be interesting ^_^