American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson recorded songs for ten studio albums , two posthumous studio albums , seventy two compilation albums , three soundtrack albums , one live album and seven remix albums. He has provided background vocals for songs recorded by other artists, as well as featured on duets. Jackson debuted on the professional music scene at age five as a member of The Jackson 5.
A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop.
There was really something about Michael Jackson. He was so likable. You rooted for him, were happy for him. Jackson was the most sensational performer — the full package — of his era. From his voice to his image to his dancing, it was so easy to get swept up in his High Pop Art.
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Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, has more No. With 13 No. Where to start with "We Are the World," the biggest charity single of all time, which recruited 46 singers to contribute a few words each to raise funds to combat poverty in Africa. After becoming the youngest artist to collaborate on a No. In a more just world, Jackson's final No. With "Bad," Jackson became the first and only male artist to chart five No. From "Weird Al" Yankovic's immortal "Eat It" to Fall Out Boy's considerably less-immortal cover, there's a cartoonish aspect to "Beat It" that makes it prime for parody — or fools lesser artists into thinking they can appropriately do the track justice. Yet "Beat It" is a top-tier Jackson single because of how absurd, purposefully or otherwise, anyone else singing it sounds.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop. In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts.