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.
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|
|MAN IN THE MIRROR||2||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…
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