Song of the Day #2,569: ‘Billie Jean’ – Michael Jackson

michael_jackson_thrillerMy #2 album of 1982 may well have been the #1, were it not for a classic record by a personal favorite. But Michael Jackson’s Thriller will have to settle for being the world’s all-time top selling album.

All these years later, after Jackson’s many scandals and unseemly death, it’s hard to recall what a fresh and dominating presence he was in the music world. Taylor Swift could only wish for his level of cultural dominance.

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Song of the Day #2,158: ‘Billie Jean (Live at Wembley ’88)’ – Michael Jackson

brett_nichols_billie_jeanHere’s a perfect example of YouTube’s effect on the Billboard charts.

How does a live version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ wind up at #14 on the Hot 100 in 2014? Thanks to a viral video, of course.

High school junior Brett Nichols performed a dance routine to ‘Billie Jean’ in front of a packed gymnasium and footage of the performance spread across the web like wildfire.

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