The social pariah's 1983 hit 'Billie Jean' has been voted the greatest dance record of all time according to the UK's BBC radio poll.
Written by MJ, who is turning 50 next month, and co-produced by Quincy Jones, 'Billie Jean' sold a jaw dropping 5.25 million copies worldwide and helped propel the album 'Thriller' past the 100 million mark, making it one of the biggest selling albums of all times. 'Billie Jean' went on to win two Grammy awards in 1984 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best New Rhythm & Blues song.
Sound engineer Bruce Swedien said Jackson asked for the song to have the greatest sonic personality that you can possibley put on a track starting with the drums. And that's exactly what he got.
Quincy Jones had other ideas. He thought the intro was too long and wanted to get to the melody quicker but Michael knew what made him want to dance. And dance he did. Wearing a fedora, sequined suit and single white glove, Jackson moonwalked his way into dance music history creating a signature move that is synonymous with the song and has been imitated on dance floors around the world.
A panel of music experts including DJ's Trevor Nelson and Danny Rampling, drew up a shortlinst of 20 records from 1966 to 2001, which were then voted for by listeners online.
The classic 1983 single pipped Donna Summer's I Feel Love and James Brown's Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine into second and third place respectively.
Yes, he may have a few roos loose in the top paddock and occasional divulge in some screw ball behaviour but despite all that, there is no denying 'Billie Jean' is indeed superb and Michael is a genius.
Sure he's a little different from the rest of us, but at least we can take solace in the fact he's not creating the rumoured 50-foot robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert after all. He's too broke for that.
Just save it all for the album MJ we wait with baited breath.
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