Maharashtra govt decides to drop Rs 3.4 cr entertainment tax on Michael Jackson's 1996 show – Economic Times

Michael Jackson, possibly one of the finest entertainers the world has ever seen, would have celebrated his 60th birthday today.

Jackson made a foray into the world of music and showbiz as a singer in ‘Jackson 5’ in 1964.

The star went solo in 1971 and released a string of record-breaking albums, enthralling performances, shock-value music videos, and electrified stadium audiences around the globe.

Audiences loved him the world-over with his kinetic live shows. He has to his credit numerous awards and honours.

As supremely gifted a songwriter as he was a dancer and choreographer, Jackson seemed incapable of penning anything other than a hit in his prime.

Here’s a look at his top 5 tracks which topped Billboard charts:
The track peaked on the charts on March 5, 1983, remained at the peak position for 7 weeks, and was on the charts for a straight 25 weeks.

The track was one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and became the biggest-selling single for Jackson as a solo artist. It was written and composed by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones and Jackson.

The song was awarded numerous honours, including two Grammy Awards and an American Music Award.
Listen to the song here.
The track peaked on the charts on April 30, 1983, remained at peak position for 3 weeks,and was on the charts for 25 weeks straight.

It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and received the 1984 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as two American Music Awards.

The song is also notable for its famous music video, which featured Jackson bringing two gangsters together through the power of music and dance, and for Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo.
Listen to the song here.
The track peaked on the charts on January 19, 1980, remained at peak position for four weeks, and made its presence felt on the charts for 24 weeks.

The song was written by English songwriter Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. It was released on November 3, 1979 as the second single from Jackson’s fifth solo album, ‘Off the Wall’ (1979).

It was also the third number one hit of the 1980s,a decade whose pop singles chart would soon be dominated by Jackson.

According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. It is also considered one of the last hits of the disco era.

In Pic: Michael Jackson is seen here with his father Joe Jackson.

Listen to the song here.
The track peaked on the charts on December 10, 1983, remained at peak position for six weeks, and remained there for 22 weeks.

The song written and performed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, released in 1983. It was produced by George Martin for McCartney’s album, ‘Pipes of Peace’.

The song was recorded during production of McCartney’s 1982 ‘Tug of War’ album.

The video, filmed in Santa Ynez Valley, California, features cameo appearances by Linda McCartney, La Toya Jackson and Giraldi.
Listen to the song here.
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