🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Michael Jackson

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Doors 2.89
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

And now, let’s see how this goes shall we?

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  • Got To Be There
  • Ben
  • Music & Me
  • Forever, Michael
  • Off The Wall
  • Thriller
  • Bad
  • Dangerous
  • HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book I
  • Invincible

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From ‘The Essential’ compilation

  • Got To Be There
  • Ben
  • Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
  • Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  • Off The Wall
  • Rock With You
  • She’s Out Of My Life
  • Can You Feel It
  • The Girl Is Mine
  • Billie Jean
  • Beat It
  • Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  • Human Nature
  • P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  • I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Thriller
  • Bad
  • The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Man In The Mirror
  • Dirty Diana
  • Another Part Of Me
  • Smooth Criminal
  • Leave Me Alone
  • Black Or White
  • Remember The Time
  • In The Closet
  • Who Is It
  • Heal The World
  • Will You Be There
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Earth Song
  • They Don’t Care About Us
  • You Rock My World

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This is tough.


Love the music but can never listen to it and can’t bring myself to rate it.


Remember seeing the Black And White video on TOTP when I was about 7 and being blown away, I’d never hated music before but I hated that. Never understood why he was/is so revered musically. 1/5 and the 1 is for Dirty Diana. Always thought he was absolute shite.


If I never hear one of his songs again I’ll be ok with that.
He does nothing for me at all.


Good to have this back @anon19035908 :metal:

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He’s bad. He’s dead and I’m glad.



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Shoved a vote into the album and single choices but I’m not sure I can give a score to someone I have no intention of listening to again. :confused:

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Not sure it matters how good he was really.


Can’t vote won’t vote. I used to love the music but csn never listen to it again. Strange choice for this thread tbh

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Funkhouser has returned and brought the very maw of hell with him.

I was never a huge fan, although I do regard Billie Jean and Thriller as almost perfect pieces of music they stand mostly alone amongst the catalogue, Black or White is alright too I guess. Always found the rest overrated - Don’t Stop is one of the most annoying sounding things ever recorded and Man in the Mirror is just the most mawkish slab of cheese.

Putting on my most naive hat and saying “even if he didn’t do what he is accused of”, then he still had numerous weird creepy and innapropriate relationships with young boys which would have him rightly drummed out of any other profession and ostracised from society.

He can fuck off and die. Again.

2 for Billie Jean / Thriller
But of course it’s a fucking 1.


Also, welcome back @anon19035908 - this is truly a public service during this new lockdown heckscape.


Might seem like an unnecessary or ‘strange’ choice of thread, and I’ve been trying to decide whether we should do this one since the start but I figured that any reassessment or comprehensive look at the big names in music history should include him, regardless of what the discussion points become or the nature of the thread. People really read too much into the name of these threads btw and try and analyse how it should affect their score. That’s silly imo, these threads were nearly called ‘Are They Shit’, just vote with your first instinct.


It would seem stranger not to mention him, as he’s one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century whether we like it or not.


When I was a kid we had this video tape of his concert somewhere and my favourite bit was the fans fainting and trying to run onto the stage and security trying to stop them. His music was there a lot in my childhood and though I don’t listen to it anymore (not even that I’m forcibly stopping myself as well, it just doesn’t do much for me), think I picked ben because of the Simpsons, think it was the first celebrity cameo I was actually like “I know who this is” back in the 90s

Wish Ian Brown would just go back to being an embarrassment for recording bad Michael Jackson covers…