For a lot of people, myself included, Michael Jackson’s death brings up a lot of conflicting feelings. We mourn the musician whose incredible talent changed music forever. But we can’t help but think about the weirdo who dangled his baby over a balcony, disfigured his face with plastic surgery and was charged not once, but twice with child molestation. It’s hard to reconcile those two very different characters.
But for myself, I guess I like to go with the old adage of dealing with grief by “remembering him as he was.” The Michael I loved best—the young, talented singer who danced on stage with his brothers as part of the Jackson Five, who moonwalked into pop culture history with the string of hits off his Thriller album, who provided the soundtrack to my childhood—is the Michael I’ll remember.
Because though he was a deeply troubled, fucked up individual who did many very questionable (and possibly criminal) things, he was also one of the greatest artists of our time. He influenced countless musicians and performers, and his music brought people of all ages, races and classes together. And for that, he will be truly missed.
And now, I’d just like to share a few more of my favorite MJ songs. Enjoy!