5. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
This tremor-inducing jam represents the moment Michael Jackson was transfigured from the lead singer of a very successful boy band into the King of Pop – or, at the very least, its young prince. Taking the proto-disco single-mindedness of the J5's "Dancing Machine," it added a kinetic dose of Sly and the Family Stone-crossover soul and Stevie Wonder-style synth funk, alongside percussive vocals and Michael's still-teenage yet unmistakably post-pubescent exhortations and squeals. Significantly, Destiny was the first self-produced LP by the brother group, who had rechristened themselves the Jacksons (following their split with older brother Jermaine and their departure from Motown). The song peaked at Number Seven on the pop chart, but that belies its profound pop prescience. It would be memorably sampled on Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "Get on the Dance Floor," among other hip-hop songs. And it was covered in 2013 by Justin Timberlake – a man who owes Michael quite a lot indeed.