June 25, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.
I remember the day of Michael Jackson’s death very well. My parents were glued to the TV – they couldn’t believe that the pop star they grew up listening and dancing to had died so young. I knew who Michael Jackson was and I understood why they might be sad about his death, but I didn’t realize just how iconic a man he was until his face and his music took over news outlets for a full week or more.
It was impossible to escape Michael’s music, but I didn’t mind. Previously unaware of his talent and musical charisma, Michael gained a fan in me posthumously. I bought all of his biggest hits on iTunes and spent (too much) time on YouTube watching his videos.
With the anniversary of his death coming up tomorrow, I decided to revisit some of the music videos that captivated me six years ago and brought me to understand the world’s and my parents’ grief at his death. The “King of Pop” was one of the most talented musicians and performers in the world. Though his life was controversial at times, the quality of his music has never been anything less than the best.
Here are five of MJ’s music videos that are worth watching again (…and again, and again…).
This was one of the first videos by a black artist to be aired on MTV. It is also considered to be the music video that made MTV, still very new in 1983, mainstream. Featuring Michael’s killer dance moves, this video is a classic.
This video was a game changer (so I hear). Michael caught on to the “thrill” of zombies and werewolves before The Walking Dead and Twilight, and captured pure fun with ‘the “Thriller” dance.’ The video has over 246 million views on YouTube. Impressive.
Once you’ve seen this music video you never look at a parking garage the same way again.
“Black or White”
There is no arguing against the fact that this video is entirely bizarre, but its beauty and importance cannot be lost in its eccentricity. Years later, the message of “Black or White” is still relevant. The last minute of the video remains my favorite segment of any music video that I have seen. (This video gets bonus points for including a young and badass Macaulay Culkin.)
“Love Never Felt So Good”
Released posthumously, and featuring Justin Timberlake, this video is an amazing tribute to Michael and his career.
Take some time today and tomorrow to remember the man who gave music so much, and our parents their dancing shoes.