“Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson (1979)

Dear Michael Jackson, welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” was where Michael stopped being the lead singer of the Jacksons and became Michael Fucking Jackson. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” transcended boy bands, transcended disco, transcended those silly “Star Wars”-esque references about the… Read More “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson (1979)

“Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Dancing Machine” was notable because after 18 months or so of J5 singles that weren’t exactly big hits, “Dancing Machine” (which turned out to be the brothers’ highest charting single in three years) seemed to right the ship. Turned out that “Dancing Machine” was only a temporary fix, and the Jackson brothers departed Motown less… Read More “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Can’t Let Her Get Away” by Michael Jackson (1991)

Teddy Riley was the best option for Michael Jackson when he was elected to take the reins of production from Quincy Jones. Q was famously behind the boards for MJ’s three career-making albums; 1979’s Off The Wall, 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad. Even by the time the last album was recorded, pop and R&B music… Read More “Can’t Let Her Get Away” by Michael Jackson (1991)

“Can You Feel It?” by The Jacksons (1980)/”Can You Feel It?” by Mr. Fingers (1988)

One nation under a groove, indeed. Both of these “Can You Feel It” songs are lyrically focused on bringing people together. While The Jacksons’ song is an all-encompassing call to arms similar to “Heal The World” and “We Are The World” (to name two songs MJ wrote with a similar lyrical trope), Mr. Fingers’ “Can You Feel… Read More “Can You Feel It?” by The Jacksons (1980)/”Can You Feel It?” by Mr. Fingers (1988)

“Butterflies” by Michael Jackson (2001)

Invincible, the last studio album Michael Jackson made in his lifetime, is pretty fuckin’ messy. But “messy” doesn’t necessarily mean bad, and there were 6 or so gems buried in the album. “Butterflies” was one of those gems, and could’ve been a blockbuster…had it been properly promoted. Mike was looking for ways to update his… Read More “Butterflies” by Michael Jackson (2001)

“Broken Hearts Heal” by Janet Jackson (2014)

I was one of the millions who was devastated when Michael Jackson passed away. As much as I mourned though, I can’t imagine anything I felt was anywhere near the same ballpark as the anguish his family underwent following Michael’s death. Wow, that still feels weird to write and it’s been almost nine years. “Broken… Read More “Broken Hearts Heal” by Janet Jackson (2014)