Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller,' a look back at the late King of Pop's most memorable chart reigns.

THRILLERS: Jackson's signature opus "Thriller" became the first album to generate seven Hot 100 top 10 titles. Here is a look at the songs' Hot 100 chart performances:

Peak Pos., Title, Peak Date
No. 2, "The Girl Is Mine" (Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney), Jan. 8, 1983
No. 1 (seven weeks), "Billie Jean," March 5, 1983
No. 1 (three weeks), "Beat It," April 30, 1983
No. 5, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," July 16, 1983
No. 7, "Human Nature," Sept. 17, 1983
No. 10, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," Nov. 26, 1983
No. 4, "Thriller," March 3, 1984

Only two other artists have subsequently accomplished the feat. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." included seven top 10s in 1984-86, as did Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" in 1989-91. (Jackson's sibling would have likely housed an eighth top 10, as "State of the World" reached No. 5 on Radio Songs in 1991. Because it was not a commercially-available single, however, the track was not allowed to appear on the Hot 100, per chart rules at the time).

Michael Jackson narrowly missed repeating such sevenfold success with "Bad," the follow-up to "Thriller." Six of the set's seven singles reached the top 10; only the album's sixth single, "Another Part of Me," fell oh-so-short of the top tier, peaking at No. 11 in September 1988.

NUMBER ONES: "Bad" did, however, become the first album, and still only one by a male, in the Hot 100's history to yield five No. 1s:

Peak Pos., Title, Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (with Siedah Garrett), one, Sept. 19, 1987
"Bad," two, Oct. 24, 1987
"The Way You Make Me Feel," one, Jan. 23, 1988
"Man in the Mirror," two, March 26, 1988
"Dirty Diana," one, July 2, 1988

(Janet Jackson came close to equaling her brother's accomplishment. "Rhythm Nation 1814" sported four No. 1s, while two tracks - "Rhythm Nation" and "Come Back to Me" - stopped at No. 2.)

In 2010-11, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" became the second set to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s.

ROCK WITH YOU: In addition to his command of the Hot 100 (48 total solo entries), R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (52), Adult Contemporary (26) and Dance/Club Play Songs (24), Jackson crossed three songs over to Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart at the height of "Thriller" hysteria. Thanks to Eddie Van Halen's guitar work, "Beat It" rose the highest of the trio, to No. 14, in 1983.

HISTORY: When "You Rock My World" peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100 the week of Sept. 22, 2001, Jackson became the only solo artist to post top 10 titles on the chart in each of the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. (And, that's not including the 17-8 rise of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" on the last Hot 100 of the '60s, dated Dec. 27, 1969).

Aerosmith is the only other act to collect top 10s in each decade from the '70s through the '00s.

INVINCIBLE: Jackson's catalog has continued to live on in the work of artists across various genres.

In 2008, Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," featuring its sample of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," granted Jackson his highest writing credit on the Hot 100 since "Remember the Time" in 1992 (each peaking at No. 3), while two rock-centric covers reached the Hot 100's top 40: Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal" hit No. 23 in 2001 and Fall Out Boy's "Beat It," featuring John Mayer, climbed to No. 19 in 2008.

On the chart dated Feb. 27, 2010, Artists for Haiti's update of "We Are the World" bowed at No. 2, marking Jackson's highest-charting writing credit since "Black or White" totaled seven weeks at No. 1 in 1991-92.

As an artist, Jackson last appeared on the Hot 100 when "Hold My Hand," with Akon, rose at No. 39 the week of Jan. 1, 2011, granting Jackson yet another impressive honor: he's the only artist to grace the top 40 in the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.

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