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Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs

Updated on October 5, 2014
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Since starting his singing career with his brothers in the group the Jackson Five Michael Jackson has continued to entertain with his singing and dancing. In the eighties Michael Jackson was crowned the King of Pop it's a title that he never relinquished until 2009 when he passed away.

It is hard to think of Michael Jackson's top ten songs as he had so many. His album Thriller was released in 1982 and still holds the record of the biggest selling album ever.


As a child star Michael Jackson lived his life in the public eye.......that didn't stop him from producing a huge repertoire of music.

I am sure you will not all agree with my top ten favorite Michael Jackson songs, but there are so many to choose from it was a very hard list to make.

Please add your top ten Michael Jackson songs to the comments section at the bottom of my list.

Here is mine -

  • Man in the Mirror
  • Billie Jean
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  • One Day in Your Life
  • Beat It
  • The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Thriller
  • Smooth Criminal
  • Ben
  • Don't Stop Till You Get Enough


Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson

Man in the Mirror was off of Michael Jackson's Bad album and was released as a single in January 1988. It was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett and produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

I just love this song and the record buying public did too which meant another Number 1 single for Michael Jackson.

Man in the Mirror Video

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson

Billie Jean was written by Michael Jackson and was produced by Quincy Jones (who actually didn't like the single). Released in 1983 it was the first video of a black artist that MTV played and became an MTV favorite.

It was actually during a performance of Billie Jean that Michael Jackson moonwalked for the first time.....I still can't moonwalk(!)

Billie Jean Music Video

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin"

Michael Jackson

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' was the fourth single released off of Michael Jackson's hugely successful Thriller album. This single was again written by Michael Jackson himself and produced by both Michael and Quincy Jones.

I find the song really poppy and it certainly feels the dance floor quickly, I certainly can't sit still if I hear it...

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Music Video

One Day in Your Life

Michael Jackson

One Day in Your Life was written by Sam Brown and Renee Armand and was Michael Jackson's first UK number one hit single in 1981.

One Day in Your Life Music Video

Beat It

Michael Jackson

Beat It was also written by Michael Jackson and he told Rolling Stone during an interview that when he was writing this song he wanted to write the type of rock song that he personally would go out and buy......

I'm not sure what that means about his other songs.

I just love the beat, again Michael Jackson knows how to write and record a great dance record.

The Way You Make Me Feel

Michael Jackson

The Way You Make Me Feel was another song that Michael Jackson wrote himself and it was the third single off of his Bad album. This song has such a catchy sound that it has been covered by several other artists including Jesse McCartney and Jordan Sparks.

The Way You Make Me Feel Music Video

Thriller

Michael Jackson

"What? Thriller's at number 7, are you crazy??" I can hear everyone from here, but as much as I liked Thriller and the video was - a m a z i n g - I really don't think it was his best, although it's definitely in his top ten.

This song was written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones and is probably the first Michael Jackson song someone would name if they were put on the spot, that's how huge it's impact was.

Smooth Criminal

Michael Jackson

Smooth Criminal was released off of Michael Jackson's Bad album and didn't do as well as I personally felt it deserved. I'm not alone in thinking that this single (written by Michael Jackson) should have done better Alien Ant Farm also thought so and released their own cover of the single in 2001, this time it made the number one spot.

Smooth Criminal Music Video

Ben

Michael Jackson

Ben was a number one hit single for Michael Jackson in 1972 at the tender age of fourteen. It is just a beautiful song....originally written for Donny Osmond, I can't imagine anyone other that Michael Jackson singing it now.

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

Michael Jackson

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough was the debut single off of Michael Jackson's 1979 Off The Wall album. Written by Michael Jackson this song also won him his first Grammy.

Number one around the world this song showcases Michael Jackson's voice really well and is a fun disco/dance combination song that is still fresh sounding today.

Another Michael Jackson Top 10

1. Man in the Mirror

2. Billie Jean

3. Thriller

4. Smooth Criminal

5. The Way You Make Me Feel

6. Beat It

7. Earth Song

8. Human Nature

9. Bad

10 Heal the World

I've gone through pages of comments where you've told me your favorite MJ song and have come up with the top ten above which still has Man in the Mirror at number one spot, but you'll see a few changes in the list with the inclusion of songs such as Earth Song and Human Nature. Black or White, Wanna Be Starting Something and You are not Alone were very close to making the top ten, but just got edged out. Be sure to leave your favorites below to be included in the next update.

What is Your Favorite Michael Jackson Song?

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      Alan Sharpe 2 years ago from Whitehouse, Texas

      I love Music & Me, the raw talent & emotion of the young Michael. I also love Keep The Faith, the way it builds. I think Dangerous, while not his best album, is underrated and arguably his last really good album.

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      Earth Song and Billie Jean are my favorite and in fact, all the songs are superb. Nice lens.

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      waelalseiadi 4 years ago

      he is my best singer .we miss u michael

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I ordered MJ's greatest hits online, my favorite song is Billy Jean.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Rockin' Robin with the Jackson 5 was the first song I remember from MJ growing up, and I think his best piece of work was "They Don't Care About Us". It is an awesome political statement.

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      Ben is my all-time favorite.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I absolutely love that song! 2 Bad 2 Bad about it! Why don't you scream and shout it! The lyrics were so true and the message was and still is very powerful. More people should really listen and take what he says in his songs to heart.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      2 bad

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Michael jackson songs, Ill tell ya now it's too hard to pick a favourite because they are all so great

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my top ten are thriller,smooth criminal,the way you make me feel,beat it, you rock my world,billie jean, man in the mirror,girl is mine,bad,and they don't really care about us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      EARTH SONG

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      for me the best songs are smooth criminal , beat it and the earth song

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i forgot to add man in the mirror

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thriller, Billie Jean, the girl is mine, you rock my world, you are not alone, smooth criminal, rock with you, money, morphine

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Keep your head up no1 song for me it z really heartfull song

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Man in the mirror is my best favorite song!!!

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Man in the mirror most definitely, I love the lyrics.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like bad

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      Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: It's not in my top ten, but a number of people have added it. I probably should've made a top 20 as Michael Jackson had so many great songs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about Earth Song?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thet don't care about us

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Nice collection ! Thanks for sharing.

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      great collection of songs!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      human nature!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the way you make me feel

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I Miss Michael jackson! loved his music

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      great lens - thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      bad ,smooth criminal,dangerous

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      human nature. the lady in my life and give in to me!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love songs of Michael! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dirty Diana, brilliant

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      tcapling 5 years ago

      Thriller! Love that video, best video of all time!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Human Nature...great picks, thumbs up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Im a great fan of mj and my favourite song is thriller

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      MsModernMary 5 years ago

      My personal favorite is "They Don't Care About Us". Although "Smooth Criminal" comes pretty close. It's simple, yet once you start listening to it it's hard to stop, lol. This list isn't too bad; I couldn't do a top 10, so I did a top 15 myself, lol.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Very hard to choose a top 10, but these are definitely 10 of my favorite MJ songs... in random order:

      Smooth Criminal

      Earth Song

      Black or White

      You Are Not Alone

      Man In The Mirror

      Heal The World

      Bad

      Thriller

      Human Nature

      Another Part Of Me

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      TrevorLedford 5 years ago

      Great list, and very close to my own MJ favorites. Actually, the first 2, "Man in the Mirror" & "Billie Jean" are my tops. I had that MJ doll as a kid too ; )

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      great lens! Thanks for posting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      C'mon what can i say more ..i mean he is the King ;)

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      Funny_Beekeeper 5 years ago

      MJ is my favorite musician of all times so it's quite hard to decide which particular song I like the most. I like all of them but if I have to decide just for one it would be Billie Jean....and Beat it. OK, that's two, I'm breaking the rules :))

      Thank you for creating and sharing such a nice lens, keep up the good work ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great tribute to a guy who sure could sing and perform!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      There could be only one king of pop!

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      adamfader 5 years ago

      Nice salute to the king of pop:)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Nice List and Nice Lens.

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      TrevorLedford 5 years ago

      Gotta be "Man in the mirror" for the lyrics . "Billie Jean" for the beat!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my favorite song of mj is childhood very moving song and that was him

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      dyingdeals 5 years ago

      I like "heal the world". Love MJ

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite has to be "They Don't Care About Us" or "Earth Song"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yeah mj rock though he died he is kickass......................

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      Iain84 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I love MJ - gotta be Bad for me though, shamone....

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      Beat It for that bassline. Love it. Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i m the fan of michael jackson............. since about

      1991

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my fav is bille jean n smooth criminals

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i feel wonder about jackson and pakistani artist nusrat fateh ali khan.these two were the number 1 in the world music.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      billie jean, thriller, smooth criminal, dangerous, they don't care about us, black or white, leave me alone, don't stop till you get enough, jam, off the wall.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Great lens in the memory of Michael!

      He was a maestro in music and dance, so sensitive and unique as creativity...

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Great lens too many great songs to choose from but my most memorable is smooth criminal

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      I think my favorite song is "The Way You Make Me Feel," but I didn't care for the video. But geeze, as soona s I post this comment, I know I'll think of another one. He was an amazing talent and it's such a shame that his life went so off track.

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      OctavioMelesio 5 years ago

      Hi everybody, Michael best of the best => Billie Jean... I LIKE THIS LENS... success and blessings always

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      klopcic 5 years ago

      Earth song is one of the best songs ever and I would put in my top ten from Michael Jackson.

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      CaliforniaGrown 5 years ago

      I kind of like the song Michael did with his sister Janet called "Scream". It was a cool song, and made me want to break things.

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      brando87 6 years ago

      Human nature

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      mnl7362 6 years ago

      Man in the Mirror has always been a favorite of mine. But I also love P.Y.T. Great Lens! :)

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      Cathy Slaght 6 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      Man in the mirror is my favorite also. Am a big fan of michael jackson and feel he is one of the few atists who tried to buck the system by writing a little music to imspire positive change. I have a lens also on this subject, "missing-michael-jackson"

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      ShortNSweet LM 6 years ago

      I think you got this list pretty perfect! Not a single song out of order in my opinion!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      He is a legend, to bad he is not with us anymore. My favourite song is Bilie Jean

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      Kim Snow 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      My list is a little different. I loved the "Dangerous" era, so many of the songs from that album are among my favourites.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      You've captured all his wonderful songs. Beautiful lens. Blessed by The Squid Angels Epic Back To School Bus Trip!

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      tyler70 6 years ago

      Will be remembered forever! Great lens and love all the songs!!

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      A legend like none other! great work :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can't ever get enough of MJ. Never ever could say g'bye. MJ music lives on forever.

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      arunii lm 6 years ago

      excellent lens on michael jackson. I love his music very much

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      AceofHearts 6 years ago

      Great Lens. I would have added "Black or White." Thanks for all your hard work. I enjoyed your postings.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      He is a legend. Thanks for sharing!!

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      andhag 6 years ago

      music has no expiration date. forever a legend! smooth criminal!

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      solutum 6 years ago

      billie jean without a doubt

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      I know most of his songs because my idol Sarah Geronimo looks up to him with high appreciation. Now I know why she likes Michael Jackson too much. Nice lens! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Was getting nervous as I scrolled down the page that "Don't Stop" was left off the list - definitely the number 1 on my list

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      arpak12 6 years ago

      My favorite is Billy Jean. I also like Thriller and Man in the Mirror. Oh and I also like most of his other songs. ^_^ It's tough to narrow down songs from a great artist.

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      brilliant

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite right now is 'Give in to Me', but it changes all the time

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      davidber 6 years ago

      He had really good music

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stranger in Moscow, One of the best productions of all time.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      heal the world,you r not alone

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @svarun: wow that is what i really call a list

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @sharioleary: the one who loves music has to be michael jacksons fan

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Gosh, try to narrow down a list. I'd say Smooth Criminal, Thriller, Earth Song come to mind. He was a master at music videos and I prefer to watch them than just listen to the songs.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Great 10 chooses, I agree. Thanks

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      mrniceguy11 6 years ago

      Great list. I love that you put all the music videos on here so I could go through them all again. Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Michael Jackson will always be my favorite singer!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      While I did not care for his personal life, I do have to say he was a great entertainer.

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      glitterfrog 6 years ago

      I remember staying up late the night the Thriller video came out. I think I was 14 at the time. I begged my mom to let me stay up late to watch it and she actually did! Good times back then.

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      DigitalBuilder 6 years ago

      Very nice lens,

      I have many of these songs on my iPod playlist!

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      i love michael jackson! this is a great list of his songs :) i have just made a lens about michael jackson fancy dress costumes, which i hope is the first of many MJ lenses!

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      RollinJ1 6 years ago

      he was one of the greatest entertainers of all time for sure. its too bad that he had to die so young.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      My favorite MJ song is Billie Jean. Great lens you have here!!! :)

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      Heard_Zazzle 6 years ago

      Really hard to choose just one. Narrow down from Thriller, Man In The Mirror, Beat It, and Billy Jean... I'm going with Beat It. Love the beat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      human nature, earth song

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      I'm nowhere close to an expert on Michael Jackson but of the few songs I've heard my favorite is probably Billie Jean. He's such a talented dancer!

      Blessed by a SquidAngel....

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I think I have to go with the way you make me feel