Michael Jackson, 'Bad' (1987)
Bad was Michael Jackson's long-awaited follow-up to Thriller, and as such, the expectations were astronomical. Luckily, it delivered. Bad saw Jackson tapping more deeply into his own psyche and drawing from his own life and experiences more than ever before – not to mention co-producing the album with Jones. That said, Jones took credit for it. "All the turmoil [in Jackson's life] was starting to mount up, so I said I thought it was time for him to do a very honest album writing all the songs. I suggested that for Bad," he told Rolling Stone. Whatever the impetus, the album was a far more personal expression of Jackson's increasingly troubled and introspective state of mind during the whirlwind post-Thriller years. From the sparkling romanticism of "The Way You Make Me Feel" to the soul-searching balladry of "Man in the Mirror," Bad is a compelling chronicle of the collaboration between Jackson and Jones, two titans who together altered the way pop music looked, sounded and felt. It would also be their final partnership – but what a way to go out.