Nobody will ever replace the one and only King of Pop, and today, on the 5th anniversary of his death, we celebrate the times when he, and others who were lucky enough to work with him, spread joy and love through music.
Michael Jackson had more epic moments throughout his career than one could count, as the video above highlights the legend’s greatest milestones. Although he was taken too soon, there were a lucky few who were able to dance, sing and act with him, creating groundbreaking moments in entertainment that we’ll never forget. What do you get when two or more music legends come together? History.
From Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross and Paul McCartney to his sister, Janet, these collaborations were some of MJ’s greatest moments. We’ll never forget the “The Way You Make Me Feel” performance with Britney Spears and “You Rock My World” with Usher and Chris Tucker. Although he’s passed, he’s not done yet. In 2010 he brought us “Hold My Hand” with Akon and this year “Love Never Felt So Good” with Justin Timberlake, and we have a feeling there’s even more to come.
No holograms here, this is all Michael.
Michael Jackson ft. Janet Jackson – “Scream” (1995)
Could this dynamic duo be anymore badass?
Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good” (2014)
Five years after his death, and we still can’t help but move to MJ’s feel-good tunes. Justin and the rest of the crew taking on his iconic dance moves in this video is everything.
Michael Performs “You Rock My World” Joined by Usher and Chris Tucker (2001)
Chris Tucker trying the classic MJ kick is hilarious, but bless his heart for trying. Michael brings the voice, Usher brings the dance, Chris brings the funny. We could watch these three all day.
Michael Performs “The Way You Make Me Feel” with Britney Britney Spears (2001)
What do you get when the King and Queen of Pop come together? A perfect pop culture moment in time.
Michael Performs “Black or White” with Slash (2001)
Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist + a Michael Jackson pop hit = magic.
Michael Jackson and Akon – “Hold My Hand” (2010)
Two angelic voices and a beautiful music video tribute – we dare you not to get chills.
Michael Jackson with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles – “We Are the World” (1985)
Michael wrote this charity single with Lionel Richie, which was recorded by USA For Africa and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men Perform “Heal the World” and “We Are the World” (1995)
A decade after the iconic single “We Are the World” was recorded, Michael made a special appearance performing the song alongside Boyz II Men at VH1 Honors in one of his many performances making TV history.
Michael Jackson ft. Siedah Garrett – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (1987)
This duet was the first single released from Michael’s iconic album, Bad. Cue the lighters and swaying to fully enjoy the classic ballad.
Michael Jackson ft. Stevie Wonder – “Get It” (1987)
This wasn’t the first or last time the King of Pop and the soul sensation made music magic together.
Michael Jackson with Carlos Santana, Beyonce, Celion Dion, Usher, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin – “What More Can I Give” (2003)
Michael wrote this song that he performed with a star-studded group of powerhouse performers in response to the 9/11 terrorists attacks.
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – “Say Say Say” (1983)
Out of their three collaborations together, this song was the only one to get a music video… and we’re sure happy it did (HINT: Acting and old time costumes ARE involved).
Michael Jackson ft. Lenny Kravitz – “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” (2010)
After this song was leaked as a short, 90-second preview, Lenny Kravitz decided to release the full-length single. Funk + pop + rock = explosion of musical amazingness.
[Photo Credit: Getty/MJJ Productions Inc.]