The 25 Best Songs to Kick Off Your Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration

Michael JacksonHappy birthday, MJ! Today, the beloved King of Pop—and my first celebrity boyfriend, thank you very much—would have turned 54. Super fans stood outside of his childhood home in Gary, Indiana, like they usually do, but this was the first year that Michael’s mom, Katherine, and his three kids, Paris, Prince, and Blanket, have participated in the week of festivities.

Mrs. Jackson says she wants the trio of children to “know their roots,” which included lighting upon the tiny two-bedroom rancher that produced three of the world’s most legendary music acts: the Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, and of course, Michael Jackson himself. (Latoya and Rebbie both briefly tried their hand at music but ... yeah. Not so much.)


We can’t be camped out in front of the little Indiana bungalow but we can have a little musical throwdown in MJ’s honor. Behold, the best songs to party to in celebration of his born day. Moonwalk and sequined garments are optional.

25. “The Girl Is Mine” (featuring Paul McCartney)

24. “Baby Be Mine”

23. “Jam”

22. “The Love You Save”

21. “Bad”

20. “The Way You Make Me Feel”

19. “Off the Wall

18. “Smooth Criminal”

17. “ABC”

16. “Remember the Time"

15. “Dangerous”

14. “Dancing Machine”

13. “I Want You Back”

12. “Thriller”

11. “Butterflies”

10. “Workin’ Day and Night”

9. “Human Nature

8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

7. “I’ll Be There”

6. "Scream" (featuring Janet Jackson)

5. “Beat It”

4. “Billie Jean”

3. “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”

2. “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough”

1. “Rock With You

Which Michael Jackson song always makes you get up and dance?

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