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Michael Jackson’s 40 Greatest Songs

From the time Michael Jackson hit the music scene as a child, it was obvious his unique talent would carry him for years to come. With today marking what would have been his 55th birthday, we take a look at the King of Pop’s extensive career and highlight his best hits.

We’ve teamed up with our friends who produce The Greatest to put together this official VH1 list of The 40 Greatest Michael Jackson Songs. Check out which tracks made the cut, and don’t forget to fire up our Spotify playlist to keep the celebration going all day long! Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think of our rankings and you can also debate our choices on Twitter by hitting us @VH1.

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Venturing Inside The Hard Rock Memorabilia Vault: A Music Fanatic’s Heaven

Rock and roll is filled with rags to riches stories, and the Hard Rock Cafe is no different. It started off as a humble musician’s hang-out in the heart of London, specializing in down-home American cooking. Guitar god Eric Clapton was a frequent customer, and he decided to mark his favorite seat by hanging his old Fender Lead II guitar overhead. Not to be outdone, Pete Townshend of the Who soon sent his own black Gibson Les Paul over with a note: “Mine’s as good as his. Love, Pete.”

From this playful game of one-upmanship grew a collection that weighs in at over 77,000 pieces to date, the largest assortment of pop music memorabilia on the planet. Much of their stash is on display in restaurants around the world, but I’m about to hit the mother-lode: An invitation to tour their Rock Vault in Florida! Off limits to the public, the vault is the epicenter for their restoration work, as well as the home-base for all of their priceless treasures. For anyone passionate about music history, or sound in general, this is sacred ground. And for me personally, it’s a dream come true.

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The 15 Most WTF Moments In VMA History

Each and every year since the program debuted in 1984, audiences have been tuning into the Video Music Awards en masse for a chance to see two things: That year’s hottest musical acts perform live AND what happens when you put said hottest musical acts together in a relatively confined space. Thankfully for viewers, the combination of the intense media spotlight, oversized egos, and chemical stimulants have resulted in some truly memorable jaw-dropping moments over the show’s 29 year history, moments that we have collected together into the following list: The 15 Most WTF Moments In VMA History.
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Who Died and Made You Yeezus? 10 Artists With Major God Complexes!

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Part of being an artist is believing that you’re the chosen one. The one and only messianic megastar to save the masses from musical mediocrity! No wonder every top-selling pop star we can think of has a staggering God complex. From Kanye West naming his new album Yeezus (really, dude?) to John Lennon proclaiming that “the Beatles are bigger than Jesus,” these narcissistic icons take hero worship to biblical levels.

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Famous First Drafts: Rejected First Versions Of 15 Iconic Album Covers

Alternate Covers Of Famous Albums

Some of the most enduring images in pop culture have come straight off of famous record sleeves, becoming almost as important as the songs contained within. It sounds silly, but it’s actually a little upsetting to imagine zillion-selling, generation-defining records looking different! Obviously it shouldn’t matter, the music stays the same. But thinking of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon without the prism, or Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction without the skulls, or the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper without the crowd…it bums us out, man! It’s freaky to know how close we came to having totally different images grace the covers of these famous works. Either censorship reared its ugly head, or the band simply changed their mind, but some of these iconic shots were not the first choice. Head down below and see some early alternate versions of super famous album covers that we know and love.

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The 15 Shortest Marriages In Rock ‘n’ Roll History

15 Shortest Marriages In Rock History

Love and marriage, love and marriage, they go together like…well, definitely not rock and roll! Showbiz in general isn’t a very hospitable place for stable romantic relationships, but the life of an arena-packing musician seems to hold particular hazards ready to divide even the strongest unions. The constant travel and time apart, seemingly non-stop party, and untold number of groupies all could spell divorce…oh, and also paternity suits.

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Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me: 15 Massive Tours Cancelled Due To Epic Injury

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Rock ‘n’ roll is a dangerous business! Just ask Lady Gaga, who spent the better part of this spring laid up in a wheelchair after injuring her hip, resulting in the cancellation of her epic Born This Way tour. The surgery sounded pretty rough, but we didn’t realize just how fearless Mother Monster truly is until she described the gruesome process in a recent interview!

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Friday Face-Off Comic-Con Edition: Kanye West Vs. Michael Jackson

Comic-Con started yesterday, the ultimate convention of all things geeked-out, comic book-clad and science fiction-saturated. So give a nod to the nerds and vote to tell us whether you think Kanye West’s “Heartless” or Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” does animation better. May the (music) force be with you. Read more…