Essential Michael Jackson
Released: Jul 2005
Before the King of Pop became the Thing of Pop, Michael Jackson made us all want to moonwalk. This compilation begins with his Jackson 5 years before segueing into his disco-tinged dance-floor hits (just try not to move when the intro hook breaks on "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"). His duet with Sir Paul McCartney on "Say Say Say" is not here, but the equally smooth duet between the two on "The Girl Is Mine" shows up right before the epic "Billy Jean." In fact, most of his obvious hits up to Dangerous are here, but we all know that Thriller was the apex of his career.