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The Immortals: The Greatest Artists of All Time, #35

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Michael Jackson is the world's greatest entertainer. One of the most explosive performances I've ever witnessed was Jackson sliding across the stage at the Motown twenty-fifth anniversary show. Just watching that made us all know: That's what greatness is, and anything that doesn't measure up to that is beneath greatness….? Read the rest of Antonio "LA" Reid's tribute

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Michael Jackson

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #20, Thriller

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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #20, Thriller

Michael Jackson towered over the 1980s the way Elvis Presley dominated the 1950s, and Thriller is the reason why. Still in his early twenties when Thriller was released, the R&B child star of the 1970s had ripened into a Technicolor soulman, a singer, dancer and songwriter with incomparable crossover instincts….

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Michael Jackson

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #68, Off the Wall

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #68, Off the Wall

"The ballads were what made Off the Wall a Michael Jackson album," Jackson remembered of his big solo splash. "I'd done ballads with [my] brothers, but they had never been too enthusiastic about them and did them more as a concession to me than anything else."…

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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #202, Bad

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #202, Bad

Excessive? Michael Jackson? His follow-up to Thriller — and his last album with producer Quincy Jones — was preceded by a seventeen-minute video by Martin Scorcese….

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Michael Jackson

The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: #25

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The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: #25

Michael Jackson is a perfect storm of innate talent and training. His singing as a child is astounding: He just nailed "I Want You Back" — there's maybe one bum note on that song, which is crazy to me, because he was only 11 years old. One of the key elements of his style is how he uses his voice as an instrument….

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