By: Jodi Phillips

It’s amazing how quickly five years can feel when an anniversary returns.  Half a decade ago, the music world lost a legend in Michael Jackson.  Many people still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news.

But, instead of mourning the loss, let’s celebrate the life of a musical mastermind.  While his discography is extravagant, there are a handful of MJ songs many people have forgotten.

Check out WPGC’s Top 10 favorite Michael Jackson songs and a look back at his life in pictures, while you’re at it.


Off his 2001 release Invincible, “Butterflies” was critically-acclaimed as the best song on the album.  Though it was only released for radio airplay, this song peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard charts.  It was the third and final single off the album and also the final single Michael Jackson ever released.

‘We’ve Had Enough’

This song was written about the Iraq war with dynamic and powerful lyrics.  The song chronicles two individuals whose parents were killed in the line of battle.  Previously unreleased, the song shares a powerful message for many.

‘The Lady in My Life’

While his Thriller album had seven released singles, “The Lady in My Life” was only one of two songs not officially released as singles.

‘Human Nature’

This hit managed to bump another Jackson song from the Thriller tracklisting after the singer heard a rough demo and fell in love with the tune.  It was the fifth single released from the album and became his fifth Top 10 in a row from Thriller.


This song was written by The Beatles’ own Paul McCartney, who wrote it specifically with Michael Jackson in mind.  After recording it with his own band Wings, Quincy Jones took the track and had Jackson record it for his 1978 album Off The Wall.

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