The King of Pop is behind such a lengthy string of hits that still deliver the same impassioned energy they did when he first created them. Michael Jackson‘s songs and star power are undeniable, and his influence is evident in various ways — including the surplus of Michael Jackson remixes that now exist online.
Here are 20 of the best Michael Jackson songs remixed and covered out there.
Michael Jackson – “Human Nature” (Mercer Remix)
French DJ/producer Mercer describes it best, calling his groovy rendition of the Michael Jackson song “nothing but a summer jam.”
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” (Fedde Le Grand Remix Radio Edit)
This heart-pounding remix jumps right into the thick of things with a repetitive, synth heavy hook that only slows down briefly mid-track before kicking things into even higher gear.
Michael Jackson – “Slave To The Rhythm” (Audien Remix)
Audien packs a lot of punch into this track that’s under two-minutes in length, as he keeps the original grit intact while adding layers of high-energy electro-pop to deliver an irresistibly catchy remix.
Michael Jackson – “Speed Demon” (Nero Remix)
Much like the title suggests, this Michael Jackson song has a need for speed. And true to remix form, it incorporates an intense drop early on that’s a doozy.
Michael Jackson – “Ghosts” (Mousse T’s Club Mix)
This frill-free remix offers up a track similar to the original, save for the groovy and danceable backbeat.
Michael Jackson – “Bad” (Regrooved by The Captain)
This remix takes elements from the original version though sonically restructures them into a completely new format, leaving in little from the original except for Jackson’s vocals — which surely need no remixing.
Michael Jackson – “Beat It” (Mutrix Remix)
The intensity of this remix is palpable, and proper considering the original is a hard-hitting, pump up pop tune that still resonates today.
Michael Jackson – “Hollywood Tonight” (Chuckie Remix Radio Edit)
The chorus of this tune is even more catchy than the original Michael Jackson song, as it’s sped up a bit and supported by danceable techno beats.
Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal” (Earstrip and Torha Bootleg Mix)
This appropriately smooth version puts a new spin the original with the help of a drum machine and subtle synth.
Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal” (Haywyre Remix)
In an alternate take on the same Michael Jackson song, this remix revamps the original (and takes a turn from the previous remix) by incorporating electric elements and speeding up the vocals to match the energy and pace produced.
Pentatonix – “Evolution of Michael Jackson”
This five-piece acapella group will show you how easy it is to love Michael Jackson through the years. It starts with the Jackson 5, works its way through Michael’s solo breakthrough, works through Thriller, Beat It, and all the songs that finally crowned the white-gloved magic man the ultimate King of Pop.
Alien Ant Farm – “Smooth Criminal”
Everything about this video cover is classic, from the light-up sidewalks to the leaning stance and the screaming crotch grab. It’s usually dangerous to cover a song as iconic as “Smooth Criminal,” but Alien Ant Farm somehow put the perfect crunchy spin on the dance floor favorite.
Kurt Hugo Schneider – “Michael Jackson Medley”
Let’s slow it down now and remember the touching moments of Michael’s career. This is the Michael Jackson medley you slow dance to, and can you believe it’s all one man’s vocals? It starts with heartwarming tunes “I’ll Be There” and “Man In The Mirror,” but don’t worry. There’s a fun dance section, too.
Sungha Jung – “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson Cover)
A solid musical foundation begin with classics. Feed your kids a steady diet of The Beatles and Michael Jackson, and they’re basically guaranteed to have great taste. We can’t promise they’ll be as talented as young Sungha Jung over here. This acoustic guitar “Billie Jean” cover would bring a tear to Jackson’s eye, we’re sure.
2CELLOS – “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson Cover)
Whoever told you cellos weren’t hard was full of dumb. These 2CELLOS will strike fear into your heart and groove into your soul. It’s a haunting cover of a timeless classic as performed by timeless, percussive strings. It’s the most primal version of a Michael Jackson song you’ve ever heard.
Fall Out Boy Cover Feat. John Mayer – “Beat It” (Michael Jackson Cover)
“Will You Be There” is one of the most touching songs in Michael Jackson’s catalog. It isn’t the first go-to for casual listeners, but it was a giant anthem when it came out, and every time it comes on, you’re reminded of why. It’s a powerful performance matched by a rightfully stark and beautiful piano rendition from Boyce Anderson.
Bruno Mars – “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Bruno Mars was born with the spirit of pop brilliance inside him. He echoes the charm and sensuality of Prince, and here, he brings everything that was slick and cool about Michael Jackson back with seemingly effortless grace. He definitely working, though. He also gives a good little ditty on “Proud Mary.”
Beyoncé‘s Tribute to Michael Jackson
You know it’s a big deal when Michael Jackson’s children Prince, Paris and Blanket make it out on stage. Queen Bey is one of the true heirs to Jackson’s talent, and of course she was incredibly honored and humbled to bring his legacy to life. If this performance doesn’t give you goosebumps, you might be dead.
Mike Tompkins – “P.Y.T” (Michael Jackson A Capella Cover)
Shortly after Jackon’s unfortunate passing, Mike Tompkins hopped behind the mic and created this fun and colorful acapella rendition of “P.Y.T.,” one of Michael’s most energetic classics.