It’s been more than four years since Michael Jackson unexpectedly passed away, but in many ways, nothing has really changed. His surviving family members are still fighting, and his name still regularly graces the front pages thanks to odd rumors and crazy headlines. In fact, a case could be made that he was far more famous for his eccentricities near the end of his life and even now than he was for his actual music, which is crazy because while he’s one of the weirder people who ever lived, he’s arguably the single greatest entertainer who ever lived.

Today is Michael’s birthday. Had he survived, he would have been fifty-five-years-old and still more than capable of churning out hit songs and lighting up the dance floor. That’s why sometimes it’s best to forget all the drama for a few minutes and just remember how insanely brilliant MJ really was. He could sing. He could dance, and he could write a hell of a pop song. When he was on stage, it was impossible to watch anyone else because at any given moment, you had the sense he could do something wonderful. You couldn’t risk missing it.

Now that he’s gone, that impulse element and potential for further greatness is gone, but luckily, he left behind an expansive and intensely re-listenable catalog of songs. He left behind a legacy that’s up there with the Beatles and Elvis Presley, and on his birthday, that seems worth honoring. So, regardless of however busy you might be today, take a few minutes of time to listen to a few MJ songs and think about the little kid from Gary, Indiana. I’m sure you’ve heard them all dozens of times, but that doesn’t make them any less fun.

I’ve gone ahead and embedded 5 of my favorite videos below. Have at them…


Billie Jean….


Man In The Mirror

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