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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40. “Torture (with The Jackson 5)”
Album: Victory
Year: 1984

39. “Will You Be There”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

38. “Ben”
Album: Ben
Year: 1972

37. “Jam”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

36. “In The Closet”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

35. “Another Part Of Me”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

34. “Rockin’ Robin”
Album: Got To Be There
Year: 1972

33. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

32. “You Are Not Alone”
Album: HIStory: Past, Present And Future
Year: 1995

31. “Childhood (Theme From Free Willy 2)”
Album: HIStory: Past, Present And Future
Year: 1995

30. “Heal The World”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

29. “Leave Me Alone”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

28. “Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney)”
Album: Pipes Of Peace
Year: 1983

27. “It’s Great To Be Here”
Album: Maybe Tomorrow
Year: 1971

26. “Remember The Time”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

25. “Dancing Machine”
Album: Dancing Machine
Year: 1974

24. “Get On The Floor”
Album: Off The Wall
Year: 1979

23. “They Don’t Care About Us”
Album: HIStory: Past, Present And Future
Year: 1995

22. “You Rock My World”
Album: Invincible
Year: 2001

21. “She’s Out Of My Life”
Album: Off The Wall
Year: 1979

20. “Man In The Mirror”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

19. “Scream (featuring Janet Jackson)”
Album: HIStory: Past, Present And Future
Year: 1995


18. “The Love You Save”
Album: ABC
Year: 1970

17. “Bad”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

16. “The Girl Is Mine (featuring Paul McCartney)”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

15. “Black Or White”
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991

14. “Wanna be Startin’ Somethin'”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

13. “Smooth Criminal”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

12. “ABC”
Album: ABC
Year: 1970

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11. “I Want You Back”
Album: Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Year: 1969

10. “Thriller”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

9. “Dirty Diana”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

8. “Human Nature”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

7. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

6. “I’ll Be There”
Album: Third Album
Year: 1970

5. “Beat It”
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982

4. “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Album: Bad
Year: 1987

3. “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”
Album: Off The Wall
Year: 1979

2. “Rock With You”
Album: Off The Wall
Year: 1979

1. “Billie Jean
Album: Thriller
Year: 1982