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50 Years Of Music And Influence For Michael Jackson's 50th Anniversary

In 1964, Michael Jackson started performing with his brothers. Now, he exists yesterday, today, and forever.

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1. "My Girl" - Jackson 5 (1966)

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2. Jackson 5 Motown Audition (1968)

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3. "I Want You Back" Jackson 5 Cartoon Clip (1970)

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4. "Ben" Live at the Oscars (1973)

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Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief, this song was not about MJ's pet rat, but was for a horror film of the same name.

5. "You Can't Win" from The Wiz (1978)

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6. "Off The Wall" Live from The Jackson's Destiny Tour (1979)

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7. "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" (1979)

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8. "Wanna Be Startin' Something" Demo from This Is It

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9. "Thriller" (1983)

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10. "Billie Jean" (1983)

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Fun Fact: This video was one of the first videos by a black artist to be aired regularly on MTV.

11. "Billie Jean" at Motown 25 (1983)

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Fun Fact: Fred Astaire (one of MJ's inspirations) called Michael the day after the performance and praised him.

12. "Beat It" (1983)

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13. "Beat It" from The Jacksons' Victory Tour (1984) - With Eddie Van Halen

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14. "Human Nature" Music Video (1983)

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Fun Fact: A small clip of this video can be seen in the film Moonwalker.

15. "Captain EO" Full Film (1986)

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Fun Fact: Francis Ford Coopola, the director, came up with the name Captain EO from "Eos", the goddess of the dawn from Greek mythology.

16. "Bad" Long Version Part 1 (1987)

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17. "Bad" Long Version Part 2

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18. "Smooth Criminal" (1988) from the film Moonwalker

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Fun Fact: The method for doing the anti-gravity lean became patented in 1993.

19. "Dirty Diana" from The Bad World Tour (1988)

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20. "Man In The Mirror" Bad World Tour Montage With Live Audio

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21. "Black or White" (1991)

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22. "Remember The Time" (1992)

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23. "Will You Be There" from the Dangerous Tour in Bucharest (1992)

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24. Superbowl Halftime Show (1993)

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25. "Earth Song" (1995)

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26. MTV Video Music Awards Performance (1995)

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27. "They Don't Care About Us" Prison Version (1996)

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Fun Fact: This version and the version set in Rio de Janiero were directed by Spike Lee.

28. "Smooth Criminal" Live in Munich HIStory Tour (1997)

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29. "You Rock My World" Extended Version (2001)

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30. Surprise Appearance With N'Sync at the MTV VMA's (2001)

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31. "What More Can I Give?" featuring various artists (2001)

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Fun Fact: The song intended to raise money for the families and survivors of September 11th, but the plan fell through for unknown reasons.

32. Michael Jackson and James Brown at The BET Awards (2003)

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33. "They Don't Care About Us" Rehearsal for This Is It Tour (2009)

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34. Dancing Legacy: "Hollywood Tonight" featuring dancer Sofia Boutella (2011)

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Other Dancers Influenced by MJ: Ne-Yo, Ciara

35. Music Video Legacy: "Moon Trance" Lindsey Stirling (2012)

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Other Musicians Influenced by MJ's videos: Janelle Monáe, Linkin Park

36. Performance Legacy: "I Want You Back" and "ABC" - Janelle Monáe (2014)

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Other MJ Influenced Performers: Madonna, Justin Timberlake

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