Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop

In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the record books: As a solo artist, 13 of his singles went to No. 1 -- the most by a male artist -- and an additional four songs by the Jackson 5 also topped the chart.

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Here, Jackson's top 50 singles are ranked based on a track's performance on the Hot 100. (Nielsen SoundScan started tabulating sales data for Billboard in 1991; as many Jackson songs were released before then, a measurement based on strict sales numbers would be incomplete.) Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. (For all of the details on how this chart was compiled, scroll to the bottom of this page.)

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  1. 50

    "Lookin' Through The Windows" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 16
    Peak Date: August 26, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 10
    Jackson's Billboard chart history began with a streak of extraordinary success, as the Jackson 5's first 20 entries on what's now known as R&B/Hip-Hop Songs all reached the top 10. This song marked the 10th top 10 in-a-row for the act on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, reaching No. 5 in 1972. On the Billboard Hot 100, the track peaked at No. 16. The title cut from the group's fifth studio album illustrated the maturation of Michael, then 13, from boy soprano to the tenor who would subsequently reign as the King of Pop.

  2. 49

    "Torture" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 28
    Peak Date: October 6, 1973
    Weeks On Chart: 13
    The Jacksons' 1984 "Victory" album spawned multiple hits, including this funky rock number, which peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100. While it was the second single from "Victory," it yielded the first music video produced for the album. Ironically, though Michael and Jermaine Jackson share lead on the song, neither appears in the clip, which was choreographed by Paula Abdul.

  3. 48

    "Get It Together" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 28
    Peak Date: October 6, 1973
    Weeks On Chart: 13

    In 1973, Michael and his brothers weren't begging girls to stick around just yet. In fact, the Jackson 5's funk-flavored pop single "Get It Together" featured sweet vocals delivering a not-so-sweet message: "Get up off your high horse, girl." The band wasn't messing around in its lyrics or on the charts. Although the song peaked at No. 28 on the Hot 100, it was a No. 2 smash for the group on Billboard's R&B songs chart.

  4. 47

    "You Rock My World" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 10
    Peak Date: September 22, 2001
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    The lead single from Jackson's 2001 studio album "Invincible" peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, marking the King of Pop's final top 10 hit on the tally to-date. Co-produced by Jackson and Rodney Jerkins, the song was ushered in by an unsurprisingly lavish music video directed by Paul Hunter. The clip features Chris Tucker as Jackson's comic foil, along with turns from Michael Madsen and Marlon Brando.

  5. 46

    "Heartbreak Hotel" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 22
    Peak Date: February 14, 1981
    Weeks On Chart: 16

    "Heartbreak Hotel" was released June 17, 1980, and was the second single off the Jacksons' "Triumph" album. It peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100. "One time Michael called me into a Hollywood studio to play a solo on a song that turned out to be 'Heartbreak Hotel,' " says Paul Jackson Jr., his longtime guitarist. "I asked him what kind of solo he wanted. The solo I played on the record is what he sang to me note for note."

  6. 45

    "Corner Of The Sky" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 18
    Peak Date: December 16, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 12

    The Jackson 5 lent its soulful pop to the 1970s musical "Pippin" in the form of the track "Corner Of The Sky." In line with the musical's plot, "Corner Of The Sky" is about seeking out happiness in life ("But I won't rest/ 'Til I know I have it all"). The song, which also appeared on the Jackson 5's 1973 album "Skywriter," hit No. 18 on the Hot 100 and No. 9 on Billboard's R&B songs chart.

  7. 44

    "Little Bitty Pretty One" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 13
    Peak Date: May 27, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 9

    Few songs show off artists' vocal chops as well as this one, and the Jackson 5 reinforced their timeless family harmonies on this well-loved doo-wop classic. Thurston Harris introduced the song to pop audiences in 1957 and it has since been recorded by a wide range of acts, including the Allman Brothers, Huey Lewis & the News and Aaron Carter. The Jackson 5's version of the song reached No. 8 on R&B songs chart and No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 1972.

  8. 43

    "I Want To Be Where You Are" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 16
    Peak Date: July 15, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 11

    "I Want to Be Where You Are" was released May 2, 1972, and appears on the album "Got to Be There." It was Jackson's third consecutive top 40 pop hit in the beginning of his solo career with Motown. The single peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 and would become one of Jackson's most covered songs, with Marvin Gaye, the Fugees and Jason Weaver doing their own renditions.

  9. 42

    "Butterflies" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 14
    Peak Date: January 26, 2002
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    In what remains his last studio album, "Invincible" in 2001 served as the long-awaited follow-up to 1991's "Dangerous." The former set featured three neo-soul-styled tracks, including "Butterflies." With the help of British duo Floetry on backing vocals, the single peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100.

  10. 41

    "I Am Love (Parts I & II)" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 15
    Peak Date: March 22, 1975
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    1975's "I Am Love" by the Jackson 5 was part soulful ballad (led by Jermaine) and part Michael-fronted, danceable funk/rock. But no matter the musical style, the message was the same: the brothers weren't letting their loves get away. The song was the Jackson 5's last top 20 hit with Motown, reaching No. 15 on the Hot 100 in 1975. It also went to No. 5 on Billboard's R&B songs chart.

    NEXT: 40-31

     

    How This Chart Was Created
    The ranking of Michael Jackson's top 50 Billboard hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For example, while "Billie Jean" spent one more week at No. 1 and two more weeks on the chart than "Say Say Say," Jackson's collaboration with Paul McCartney spent more weeks in the top 10 (13-11), the top 20 (16-12) and more weeks in the top 40 (18-17) than "Jean" did.
    Prior to the Hot 100's implementation in 1991 of enhanced radio and sales information from Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, songs had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from Michael Jackson's entire recording career, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.

  11. 40

    "Lovely One" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 12
    Peak Date: November 15, 1980
    Weeks On Chart: 18

    Once the Jackson 5 grew up and parted ways with Motown, they became the Jacksons -- and they knew all about the growing pains that come with young romance. The 1980 funk song "Lovely One" sees Michael, backed by brothers Jackie, Tito, Randy and Marlon, confronting a skeptical lover and trying to prove his dedication. The track peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 but hit No. 2 on Billboard's R&B songs chart and No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.

  12. 39

    "Another Part Of Me" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 11
    Peak Date: September 10, 1988
    Weeks On Chart: 13

    Released as the sixth single from Jackson's "Bad" album in summer 1988, the synthy uptempo hit was actually first heard nearly two years earlier, in the most unlikely of places. On Sept. 12, 1986, visitors at the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Fla. got the first public taste of the song, one of two new compositions recorded for Jackson's star turn in the 3D film "Captain EO," which premiered that day in the park. The song ultimately reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. By 1998, all of the "Captain EO" attractions had ended their runs at the assorted Disney Parks throughout the world. The company was moved, however, to return the show to its parks in 2010, starting with Disneyland's version.

  13. 38

    "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 10
    Peak Date: November 26, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 16

    "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" was released Sept. 19, 1983, as the sixth single from the "Thriller" album and featured Janet Jackson and LaToya Jackson on backup vocals. The single peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, becoming the sixth consecutive top 10 song from the album. "P.Y.T." has been sampled by many artists, including Monica on "All Eyez on Me" and Kanye West on "Good Life."

  14. 37

    "Sugar Daddy" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 10
    Peak Date: January 22, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 10

    Written and produced by The Corporation, a Motown collective assembled specifically for cranking out Jackson hits, "Sugar Daddy" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B songs chart. Older brothers Tito and Jermaine backed up Michael on the poppy, organ-filled ditty, which featured multiple food-related entendres ("I've got your lollipop/ Well, my flavor's long lastin', girl"). It was included as a new track on the group's 1971 "Greatest Hits" album.

  15. 36

    "In The Closet" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 6
    Peak Date: May 30, 1992
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    When the public first got a listen of "In the Closet" on Jackson's 1991 "Dangerous" album, people immediately began to wonder who his female duet partner was on the song. She was billed only as "Mystery Girl" in the set's liner notes and some began to assume -- perhaps because of her whispery, come-hither vibe -- that it was Madonna. As it turns out, the mysterious woman was revealed to be, of all people, Princess Stephanie of Monaco. But folks weren't far off in their theories: "In the Closet" was initially conceived as a collaboration between the King and Queen of Pop. The pair, however, couldn't come to an agreement on the song's direction and the singers parted ways.

  16. 35

    "Off The Wall" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 10
    Peak Date: April 12, 1980
    Weeks On Chart: 17

    When the title track to his fifth studio album debuted on the Hot 100 dated Feb. 16, 1980, Jackson was following up back-to-back No. 1s for the first time in his solo career. The single could not match the success of the album's previous singles, but managed to land the album's third top 10 peak, reaching No. 10 in April 1980.

  17. 34

    "She's Out Of My Life" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 10
    Peak Date: June 21, 1980
    Weeks On Chart: 16

    Quincy Jones used simple instrumentation to produce this ballad from "Off the Wall." Over the lyrics "I don't know whether to laugh or cry / I don't know whether to live or die," the song's tempo sounds nearly at a stand-still compared to his best-known dance jams. (Jackson is even heard crying at song's end). The cut peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100 in 1980.

  18. 33

    "Scream/Childhood" Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 5
    Peak Date: June 17, 1995
    Weeks On Chart: 17

    The double A-side single was released as the lead off Jackson's 1995 set, "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I." "Scream" was his first duet with sister Janet Jackson; the song is an effort to retaliate against the media's obsession with his personal life and it resulted in a memorable video directed by Mark Romanek. "Childhood" was solely written and composed by Michael. The single peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100.

  19. 32

    "Will You Be There" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
    Peak Date: September 11, 1993
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    This gospel-tinged track became the seventh song to reach the Hot 100's top 40 from Jackson's "Dangerous" album, peaking at No. 7 in 1993. The song was truly a whale of a hit: doubling as the theme to the film "Free Willy," it won the MTV Movie Award for "Best Song in a Movie" in 1994. "American Idol " season nine finalist Michael Lynche introduced the song to a new generation with his faithful rendition.

  20. 31

    "Human Nature" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
    Peak Date: September 17, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    As one of seven consecutive Hot 100 top 10s from Jackson's "Thriller" album, "Human Nature" was the mellowest. It also spent the least amount of time on the chart of the set's seven singles (14 weeks), peaking at No. 7. Female R&B trio SWV carried elements of the song to No. 2 in 1993 with its "Right Here"/"Human Nature" mash-up sampling Jackson's original recording.

    NEXT: 30-21

  21. 30

    "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
    Peak Date: January 14, 1989
    Weeks On Chart: 15

    "Smooth Criminal," like "Thriller," is one of Michael Jackson's songs whose memory in the public's collective consciousness is intrinsically tied to its music video. With "Smooth Criminal," Jackson further lifted the art of music videos, serving as the centerpiece of his theatrical film "Moonwalker," co-starring Joe Pesci. "Smooth Criminal" was the seventh and final single from Jackson's "Bad" album, peaking at No. 7 on the Hot 100 in January 1989.

  22. 29

    "Mama's Pearl" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
    Peak Date: February 27, 1971
    Weeks On Chart: 10

    "Mama's Pearl" features pretty mature lyrics for the young Michael: "You send cold chills up and down my spine/ We kiss for thrills, then you draw the line," he belts over classic Motown string arrangements and plucky piano. Peaking at No. 2 on both the Hot 100 and Billboard's R&B songs charts in 1971, the song was the second single from the group's "Third Album."

  23. 28

    "Thriller" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 4
    Peak Date: March 3, 1984
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    "Thriller" was one of seven top 10 singles from the groundbreaking album of the same name, now tied (according to the RIAA) with the Eagles' "Greatest Hits 1971-1975" as the best-selling U.S. album. Written by Rod Temperton and featuring Vincent Price's iconic cameo, Jackson's zombie fest peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. "After 'Off the Wall,' " producer Quincy Jones recalls, "we were kicking booty and fearless; ready to do anything. It was a very exciting time."

  24. 27

    "Enjoy Yourself" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 6
    Peak Date: February 19, 1977
    Weeks On Chart: 21

    The Jacksons' first single after their departure from Motown and subsequent name change from the Jackson 5, 1976's "Enjoy Yourself" featured jazzy, cheery horns and a funky guitar lick. Imploring the listener to "enjoy yourself with me," the voice of the then 18-year-old Michael bridged the gap between his cutesy pre-adolescent falsetto and his more mature adult tone. Audiences apparently enjoyed the track -- it hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on Billboard's R&B songs chart.

  25. 26

    "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
    Peak Date: May 19, 1979
    Weeks On Chart: 22

    In one of the most familiar hooks in dance music history, Michael Jackson implores listeners, "Let's dance/ Let's shout/ Shake your body down to the ground." The track was produced, written, and performed by the talented brothers and ended up being their biggest dance record ever. The song was a mainstream success and charted at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B songs chart, and No. 7 on the Hot 100.

  26. 25

    "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 5
    Peak Date: July 16, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 15

    To say that 1983 was the year of Michael Jackson would be a gross understatement. Between January and December, he charted seven Hot 100 top 10 hits, six from "Thriller." This single was the fourth released from the Epic set and peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100. The song returned to the chart in 2008 after Jackson reissued "Thriller" in an expanded 25th anniversary form, with a remix of this song by Akon. The redux peaked at No. 81.

  27. 24

    "Remember The Time" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 3
    Peak Date: March 7, 1992
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    Partnered with producer Teddy Riley, Jackson's eighth studio album "Dangerous" in 1991 marked the singer's leap into New Jack Swing. This single peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in March 1992. Its video premiered not just on cable (BET and MTV), but the Fox network, as well. The star-studded clip includes appearances by Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

     

  28. 23

    "State Of Shock" The Jacksons

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 3
    Peak Date: August 4, 1984
    Weeks On Chart: 15

    With lead vocals shared between Michael and the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, "State of Shock" was the first single from the Jacksons' much-anticipated 1984 reunion album "Victory." The single entered the Hot 100 at No. 30 on June 30 -- at that point the second-highest entry of the year -- and peaked at No. 3. "State of Shock" initially began as a duet between Jackson and Queen's Freddie Mercury when the two were collaborating on material in the early '80s. Though the Mercury version was never released, you can easily find demo recordings of it floating around the Web.

  29. 22

    "You Are Not Alone" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week)
    Peak Date: September 2, 1995
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    Written and co-produced by R. Kelly, "You Are Not Alone" made history as the first song to enter the Hot 100 at No. 1, bowing atop the chart dated Sept. 2, 1995. The ballad became Jackson's last No. 1 to date and the 13th of his solo career, a sum that stands as the most by a male artist in the chart's 55-year history.

  30. 21

    "Ben" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week)
    Peak Date: October 14, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 16

    Jackson scored his first No. 1 Hot 100 single as a solo artist with this love song to a trained rat. The title track to the 1972 hit movie spent one week at No. 1 in mid-October. In "The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits," the song's co-writer Don Black says, "When Michael saw the song, he was anxious to do it. He [was] quite an animal lover -- very sensitive. He enjoyed anything that crawls or flies."

    NEXT: 20-11

  31. 20

    "Never Can Say Goodbye" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
    Peak Date: May 8, 1971
    Weeks On Chart: 12

    Not many 12-year-olds can maturely depict a romantic situation like Michael did in the Jackson 5's hit single, "Never Can Say Goodbye." Michael describes a situation where he is incapable of leaving his partner, no matter how close he gets. "There's that same unhappy feeling/ There's that anguish/ There's that doubt," Michael expertly croons in the ballad. The song struck a chord with a relating crowd, charting at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B songs chart and No. 2 on the Hot 100.

  32. 19

    "Rockin' Robin" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
    Peak Date: April 22, 1972
    Weeks On Chart: 13

    Michael Jackson's cover of "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and Billboard's R&B songs chart in 1972. 13-year-old Michael brings playfulness to the classic, with more advanced production including a bird-like melody. The star keenly reports on a popular local songbird, "All the little birdies on Jaybird street/ Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet" -- not dissimilar from the effect Jackson's singing had on his audience.

  33. 18

    "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
    Peak Date: October 13, 1979
    Weeks On Chart: 21

    While Michael had first topped the Hot 100 apart from the Jackson 5 with the ballad "Ben" at age 14 in 1972, his second No. 1 and first on Epic Records set in motion his monumental rise to superstardom as a solo performer, while introducing fans to a more mature artist in both sound and lyrical content. This song ushered in Jackson's "Off the Wall" album and became the first of the set's four Hot 100 top 10s.

  34. 17

    "Dirty Diana" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
    Peak Date: July 2, 1988
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    In the world of stalky, creepy women in Michael Jackson's lyrics, "Dirty Diana" is right up there with "Billie Jean" and Susie from "Blood on the Dance Floor." The R&B/rock tune about a groupie gone all sorts of wrong features Steve Stevens on guitar and became the "Bad" album's fifth and final No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1988. With the song's coronation, Jackson set a record that still stands for most Hot 100 No. 1s (five) from one album. (Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" equaled the mark with five No. 1s in 2010-11.)

  35. 16

    "Got To Be There" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 4
    Peak Date: December 11, 1971
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    Smartly capitalizing on the group's immense success, Motown Records released Michael's debut single while the Jackson 5 was still enjoying chart achievements with its third album. "Got to Be There" peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 11, 1971, the same date as the debut of the Jackson 5's "Sugar Daddy," which would later peak at No. 10.

  36. 15

    "Bad" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (2 weeks)
    Peak Date: October 24, 1987
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    Although braggadocious at first listen, Jackson's "Bad" was actually inspired by a real-life story about a boy who went off to a private boarding school and was murdered out of jealousy when he returned back home. The track was helmed by longtime producer Quincy Jones and released as the second single from the "Bad" album. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100, staying there for two weeks.

  37. 14

    "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
    Peak Date: September 19, 1987
    Weeks On Chart: 14

    Despite the majority of uptempo tracks on "Bad," Epic introduced the follow-up album to "Thriller" with a sleek, sultry love song. This duet with Quincy Jones protégé Siedah Garrett soared to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in its seventh week in September 1987. The cut scaled Adult Contemporary even more quickly, reaching the summit in four weeks to become Jackson's second of two career leaders on the list, following "The Girl Is Mine," with Paul McCartney, in 1982-83.

  38. 13

    "Black Or White" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (7 weeks)
    Peak Date: December 7, 1991
    Weeks On Chart: 20

    The pop music landscape was shifting in late 1991, with Nirvana introducing grunge and rap gaining a larger foothold. Jackson's appeal, however, proved impenetrable with the first single from "Dangerous." Featuring guitarist Slash, "Black or White" tallied seven weeks atop the Hot 100, matching "Billie Jean" for Jackson's longest reign. The song's video remains memorable for its pioneering use of morphing technology and subsequently deleted scenes of Jackson violently smashing car windows against a backdrop of racist graffiti.

  39. 12

    "The Way You Make Me Feel" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
    Peak Date: January 23, 1988
    Weeks On Chart: 18

    The third single from "Bad" became the album's third consecutive Hot 100 No. 1 in January 1988, marking Jackson's only set to yield more than two toppers ("Bad" would eventually yield a record five Hot 100 leaders; see No. 17, "Dirty Diana"). In 2005, veteran pop crooner Paul Anka stamped a lounge spin on the song on his jazz-inflected covers album, "Rock Swings."

  40. 11

    "The Love You Save/ I Found That Girl" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (2 weeks)
    Peak Date: June 27, 1970
    Weeks On Chart: 13

    Jackson knew all about growing up too fast and trying to preserve youth. That's why it comes as no surprise that 1970's "The Love You Save," by the Jackson 5, finds him, along with brother Jermaine, warning a "fast" girl to slow down atop an uptempo production. "The Jackson 5 was the only group in history to have their first four singles go to [No. 1]," Motown founder Berry Gordy wrote in the introduction to "Moonwalk." "For Michael, it was the inspiration to break all the rest [of the chart records]. And he did."

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  41. 10

    "The Girl Is Mine" Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
    Peak Date: January 8, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 18

    Surprising to some, "The Girl Is Mine" was actually the first single from Michael Jackson's 1982 "Thriller" album -- not "Billie Jean" or "Beat It." A duet with McCartney, the song was released in October 1982 and quickly debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 45, eventually rising to No. 2. "The Girl Is Mine" also famously kicked off an incredible run of hits from the "Thriller" album; It was the first of seven straight Hot 100 top 10 hits from the release, the first album to yield such a streak.

  42. 9

    "ABC" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (2 weeks)
    Peak Date: April 25, 1970
    Weeks On Chart: 13

    In somewhat of a case of chart fortune-telling, it was perhaps fitting that the Jackson 5's second Hot 100 No. 1 dislodged the Beatles' second-to-last No. 1, "Let It Be," from the top of the chart dated April 25, 1970, as arguably the most influential group in the history of pop music symbolically passed the baton to the format's future King. The Jackson 5's next leader, "The Love You Save" (see No. 11), would likewise bump the Beatles' last No. 1, "The Long and Winding Road," from the summit in June 1970.

  43. 8

    "I Want You Back" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (1 week)
    Peak Date: January 31, 1970
    Weeks On Chart: 19

    A new era in Motown's storied history -- and one of the most impressive chart resumes in Billboard's archives -- began rather unassumingly. Michael Jackson's six-decade tenancy on the Billboard charts began the week of Nov. 15, 1969, when the then-11-year-old and his four brothers entered the chart at No. 90 with "I Want You Back." On Jan. 31, 1970, the song completed the first of Jackson's 17 trips to the top (four with the Jackson 5, 13 solo).

  44. 7

    "Man In The Mirror" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (2 weeks)
    Peak Date: March 26, 1988
    Weeks On Chart: 17

    When "Man in the Mirror" reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1988, Jackson became the first artist in the chart's history to pull four No. 1 songs from one album -- in this case, "Bad." After Jackson's death in 2009, "Mirror" re-entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 11 and peaked at No. 2. "I wrote the music, and [Siedah Garrett] wrote the words," co-writer Glen Ballard told Billboard in 2001. "It only took a couple of hours to write."

  45. 6

    "Dancing Machine" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
    Peak Date: May 18, 1974
    Weeks On Chart: 22

    The funky, early-disco title track from the group's 1974 album danced close to the top of the Hot 100, halting at No. 2 (stuck behind Ray Stevens' "The Streak.") "Dancing Machine" was the final Hot 100 top 10 for the group on Motown Records, as the act departed the label for Epic in 1976, re-christened as The Jacksons.

  46. 5

    "Rock With You" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (4 weeks)
    Peak Date: January 19, 1980
    Weeks On Chart: 24

    Penned by British songwriter Rod Temperton of the R&B group Heatwave, Jackson's third No. 1 spent four weeks in the Hot 100's top slot, the longest of any of his singles at the time. The track ranked at No. 4 on Billboard's top Hot 100 songs of 1980, helping Jackson earn Top Singles Artist honors that year.

  47. 4

    "Beat It" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (3 weeks)
    Peak Date: April 30, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 25

    Jackson wasted little time in achieving his second Hot 100 No. 1 from "Thriller," with only two weeks separating the last of seven weeks on top for "Billie Jean" and the first frame in charge for "Beat It." The dancefloor gem "Beat It" also reached No. 14 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, thanks to Eddie Van Halen's guitar work.

  48. 3

    "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (5 weeks)
    Peak Date: October 17, 1970
    Weeks On Chart: 16

    This single was the last and longest-reigning (five weeks) of four consecutive Hot 100 No. 1s in 1970 for the brothers from Gary, Ind. The group earned seven more Hot 100 top 10s by the end of its active recording career in 1989 but never again reached No. 1. Mariah Carey -- who was seven months old when the Jackson 5's version of the song topped the Hot 100 -- returned the composition to the chart's top spot when her version from MTV's "Unplugged" series led the list for two weeks in 1992.

  49. 2

    "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (7 weeks)
    Peak Date: March 5, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 24

    Jackson was already a superstar after earning three solo Hot 100 No. 1s -- including two from "Off the Wall," his first album for Epic -- but "Billie Jean" propelled the singer to a true worldwide sensation. With seven weeks at No. 1, the song introduced the iconic "Thriller" album to the masses.

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    "Say Say Say" Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

    Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (six weeks)
    Peak Date: December 10, 1983
    Weeks On Chart: 22

    After the success of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine" duet, the former Beatle recruited the King of Pop for this collaboration on his 1983 album, "Pipes of Peace." "Paul and I shared the same idea of how a pop song should work and it was a real treat to work with him," Jackson wrote in his 1988 autobiography, "Moonwalk."

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