There’s good reason Michael Jackson was crowned the King of Pop.
For at least a decade-and-a-half, he was near-untouchable. His commercial success was wholly dominant: the albums he released from 1979 to 1995 — starting with the disco-tinged masterpiece of Off The Wall and ending with the 30-song behemoth HIStory — are all among the highest-selling albums of all time.
And he was an icon, truly. The word is too often attributed without warrant, but with Jackson it was entirely deserved. His music, his fashion, his dance moves — all of it contributed to a cult of personality quite unlike anything before or after it. The public, visceral outpouring of grief in the wake of his passing in 2009 is testament to that.
Today would have been his 60th birthday. To celebrate the landmark, we’ve put together a rundown of his greatest ever tracks.