Michael Jackson was the ‘King of Pop’, even if you are not a pop music fan. There are few artists that change the way music is played, viewed or in this case danced to.
When I think to myself about the classic hits of Jackson’s career, I think of never being able to go to a wedding without hearing at least 3 to 5 of his hits, which then immediately fills the dance floor.
Personally I am more of a rock n’ roll guy, but I will admit I don’t enjoy dancing to anyone else’s songs much more. The way this guy moved on stage set the tone for all single pop acts after him. You look at one of today’s biggest acts, Justin Timberlake who’s career aims at the exact audience of Michael Jackson’s. Timberlake has basically said that he is just trying to be like Jackson. Originality is rare and can be revolutionary.
Michael Jackson continues the line of troubled mega-stars like Elvis, or in a sense the Beatles. With all of his recent problems and physical difficulties, may he rest in peace.
My final note is from my rock n roll perspective- check out how Jackson incorporated a rock solo played by Eddie Van Halen into a classic pop hit- ‘Beat It’.