Shortlist for Official Charts Pop Gem #71: Michael Jackson

To mark what would’ve been the King Of Pop’s 56th birthday, we dedicate our Pop Gem this week to Michael Jackson – but which MJ tracks have made the final cut?

Every week, we ask for your nominations for our Pop Gem – overlooked tunes that never got the attention they deserved or big hits from back in the day that deserve a bang up to date celebration.

And every week, there’s a different theme for your nominations. This week, to honour what would’ve been the late, great Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday, we decided to devote this week’s Pop Gem to all things MJ.

But which song would you pick from a back catalogue of a man with a slew of Top 40 hits, including seven Number 1s and some of the most famous tunes in the world? Had we bitten off more than we could chew?

Your Pop Gem suggestions came in thick and fast and, after much deliberation, we narrowed it down to 14 contenders. And, no, Billie Jean and Thriller did not make it – we are brutal.

Check out our playlist of all our MJ Pop Gem contenders – not to mention our super-duper Spotify and Deezer playlists of every Pop Gem we ever picked.

The final 14. Who are you backing?

TRACK PEAK POSITION YEAR OF ORIGINAL RELEASE
YOU ROCK MY WORLD 2 2001
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR 1 1997
STRANGER IN MOSCOW 4 1996
THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US 4 1996
SCREAM (WITH JANET JACKSON) 3 1995
GIVE IN TO ME 2 1993
WILL YOU BE THERE 9 1993
LEAVE ME ALONE 2 1989
SMOOTH CRIMINAL 8 1988
MAN IN THE MIRROR 2 1988
DIRTY DIANA 4 1988
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL 3 1987
WANNA BE STARTIN' SOMETHING 8 1983
SAY SAY SAY (WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY) 2 1983

And the winner is…

All will be revealed on Saturday, when we announce our Pop Gem pick on Facebook and Twitter.

Playlists

Fancy an MJ marathon of some of his biggest hits, plus the ones you might not remember so well? Our video playlist has more pop muscle than you’ll know what to do with.

Every Pop Gem ever

Fancy reliving those perfect Pop Gems we already picked all over again? No worries, get your ears wrapped round these playlists on Spotify and Deezer. SLAY.

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