11. "In the Closet" (1992)
"It's not about outrageous sets and 50 dancers this time," said director Herb Ritts. "It's really about bringing Michael's energy out in a new way." With Jackson's curls confined to a tight ponytail and his wardrobe little more than an undershirt and jeans, this is the most sexually charged performance of his career. Ritts, who died in 2002, was an acclaimed fashion photographer who had shot everyone from supermodels to world leaders – including Jackson for a 1992 Rolling Stone cover. Here, he got pop's most kinetic body to cavort in the dusty desert with a young Naomi Campbell.