Michael Jackson rose to the top of the music industry as "The King of Pop." He dominated the 1980s with his landmark albums "Thriller" in 1982 , "Bad" in 1987, and "Dangerous" in 1991. Aside from his hit singles, he was also a cultural icon with his signature outfit and dance step - the moonwalk.
As "The King of Pop," he managed to create hits not only on his own but also in collaboration with other artists. Here are three of Michael Jackson's hit songs in partnership with other artists:
"Say Say Say" with Paul McCartney
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney co-wrote the song, which they recorded together. It appeared in Macca's fourth solo album, 1983's "Pipes of Peace." It was also produced by the "Fifth Beatle" George Martin, a year before their first released duet "The Girl Is Mine."
Shortly after its release in October 1983, it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated December 10, 1983. It was Jackson's seven top-ten single in just the same year. It has also performed well in several countries including Canada, Norway, Australia, and Switzerland.
It featured a music video/ short film, showing The King of Pop and McCartney as traveling conmen selling miracle drugs. It also featured Paul's wife, Linda McCartney, as well as Michael's older sister, LaToya Jackson.
"Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 due to overdose. Most of his written and recorded material were released as subsequent posthumous albums. Almost five years later, The King of Pop would posthumously break through the Hot 100 Top 10 with "Love Never Felt So Good," this time with Justin Timberlake.
The Billboard Top 10 with Justin Timberlake was a rework of a 1983 demo co-written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka. It was included in The King of Pop's second posthumous album, 2014's "Xscape." Megaproducers Timbaland and J-Roc were also brought in the updated reworking of the track.
It peaked at No. 9 on the chart dated May 31, 2014. It marked Jackson as the first artist in history to have at least one Top 10 song in five separate decades. Both Justin Timberlake and Rich Lee directed the music video for the track. It featured a younger generation of artists and dancers performing lip syncing the lyrics and performing his dance moves.
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with Siedah Garrett
Flexing Michael Jackson's impressive vocals, he teamed up with singer Siedah Garrett in this romantic ballad. It was included in The King of Pop's seventh studio album, the groundbreaking "Bad." MJ wrote the song himself, with industry legend Quincy Jones co-producing the track. Garrett was tasked to sing on the track after Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston.
It topped the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1987. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" would mark Jackson's first chart-topper in a string of five songs from the album "Bad" alone. It also topped the Adult Contemporary charts, his second after the McCartney-duet "The Girl Is Mine." It was among the few hits from The King of Pop without an accompanying music video upon its release.