Most connoisseurs of popular music are derisive of that era because it was dominated by disco music. This is unjustified because the era also produced what I consider unquestionably the most memorable music of all time.
From the 1980s, Michael Jackson and Madonna are the only two that I can relate to (and I guess is true for most of the people of my generation) because most of the 1980s music is cringe-inducing (Bangles – Walk like an Egyptian, anyone?).
Jackson’s song that I love the most is one that few would count as his best.
It has the most embarrassingly inane lyrics, even by Michael Jackson’s standards. It’s from his Dangerous album – and the number is probably popular because of Slash’s (Guns N’ Roses) deft guitar work.
I love it. Period.
Thought I must share this with my world, when I saw the NYT poll (though this number doesn't make it to his best eight listed by NYT).
Michael Jackson’s contribution to music: Before him, we heard music. He made us see music.Image: Michael Jackson & Madonna. Photoshop work on photo from http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/06/26/alg_michael-madonna.jpg