When it comes to measuring the level of creativity and innovation that Michael Jackson brought to the industry, no one tops his achievements. Having started from humble beginnings in Gary, Indianapolis, he soon became the shining star in the Jackson 5 with his brothers Jermaine (later replaced by Randy), Tito, Marlon, and Jackie.
Signed to Motown Records, the brothers became a household name in the music industry after opening up for Diana Ross in 1969 and later releasing their first single, “I Want You Back.” Ross later bestowed the honor of inducting them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. But, it was Michael’s vocals that got them in the door, his rendition of “My Girl” swept a local talent competition in 1966 and casted a light on the brothers. The Jackson 5 went on to make 16 studio albums together with hits, “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There.”
Michael later ventured out onto his solo career and Off The Wall made him a major superstar and Thriller arguably made him the biggest star on the planet.
We remember Michael Jackson by ranking his top 20 music videos that made him the King of Pop.