THE BEST Michael Jackson

Bad Bluegrass

Bad Bluegrass

YouTube channel There I Ruined It is in the business of messing with popular songs and, well, ruining them by covering them in a totally inappropriate style. Their bluegrass reworking of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is so wrong that it’s right. We also chuckled at their swing version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”

Michael Jackson Fingerstyle

Michael Jackson Fingerstyle

Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his impressive acoustic guitar chops once more, with a couple of great fingerstyle covers of two very different Michael Jackson tunes, Human Nature, Thriller, Rock with You, and the Justin Timberlake collab Love Never Felt So Good.

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Billie Jean: Door Stopper Edition

Billie Jean: Door Stopper Edition

Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit Billie Jean is one of the most played music tracks of all time. But we’ve never heard it played almost entirely on one of those springy door stopper things – until now. Musician Beeble recorded a variety of sproingy sounds and edited them together to create this very silly version.

Smoothed-out Criminal

Smoothed-out Criminal

YouTube channel EveryOtherBeat has a single gimmick – removing every other beat from popular songs. Sometimes it works, and other times it’s downright strange. But in the case of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, the result is simply magical.

Melodica Thriller

Melodica Thriller

Enjoy a little Halloween fun with this not-so-evil version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller played by the Melodica Men, as they ham it up and terrorize y’alls neighborhood with the funk of 40,000 years.

Thriller: Fingerstyle

Thriller: Fingerstyle

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark… Fortunately, musician Luca Stricagnoli is here to shine his light on it, with a simply fantastic fingerstyle cover version of Michael Jackson’s 1984 megahit Thriller.

Billie Jean Accordion Orchestra

Billie Jean Accordion Orchestra

Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina music school JU muzička škola Prijedor turn in an energetic performance of Michael Jackson’s 1983 classic, played on more than a dozen accordions. Just one question: are these kids all agents for the Men in Black?

Beat It: Piano Cover

Beat It: Piano Cover

Musician Peter Bence previously wowed us with his cover of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Now, he’s back to blow us away with an incredibly energetic version of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, performed on the grand piano, with the help of some looping and effects pedals.

Smooth Ukulele Criminal

Smooth Ukulele Criminal

The last time we checked in with the talented young Feng E, he was entertaining audiences in the park. Now he’s wowing us from the back seat of a car, and asking Annie if she’s okay with a fantastic ukulele cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.

Scandroid: Thriller

Scandroid: Thriller

Electronic musician Scandroid presents his take on Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic Thriller, applying his synthwave style to the track, along with a great ’80s-look music video, complete with a trio of awesome dancing robots.

Billie Jean Sitar Cover

Billie Jean Sitar Cover

We can pretty much guarantee that you’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean quite like this. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful cover version played on the sitar by musician Ronobir Lahiri, who gives the King of Pop’s megahit a whole new vibe.

How Michael Jackson Made a Song

How Michael Jackson Made a Song

Michael Jackson truly lived up to his “King of Pop” nickname. Nerdwriter1 looks back on the musical mastermind, and attempts to deconstruct what made his tunes so popular. As we previously learned, repetition and variation in rhythms had something to do with it.

Can’t Stop Feeling Billie Jean’s Face

Can’t Stop Feeling Billie Jean’s Face

The guys from Pomplamoose are back with another great mashup, this time combining Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling, and The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face into a single seamless track. It’s basically the live equivalent of a dance mix.

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Smooth Metal Criminal

Smooth Metal Criminal

Leo Moracchioli intensifies Michael Jackson’s already taut pop-rock track by infusing the 1987 mega-hit Smooth Criminal with his trademark blend of gravely, headbanging heavy metal that puts Alien Ant Farm’s rock cover to shame.

This Is The Way America Makes Me Feel

This Is The Way America Makes Me Feel

DJ Cummerbund smashes up Michael Jackson’s classic The Way You Make Me Feel with Childish Gambino’s This Is America, yet again deftly melding two very different songs with very different meanings into something totally new and refreshing.

How to Play Thriller

How to Play Thriller

With the right synth patches, bass, brass section, and recording talent, Doctor Mix shows us how its possible to replicate the distinctive sound of Michael Jackson’s 1984 mega-hit Thriller incredibly well. Even with the King of Pop’s vocals gone, it’s an amazing performance.

Billie Eilish: Bad

Billie Eilish: Bad

Musician Billie Eilish applies her resounding jazz vocals to Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit Bad, with this smooth and soulful reinterpretation. We have little doubt that this will turn up in a movie trailer as some character walks away from a giant explosion or some other badass move.

They Don’t Care about Bagpipes

They Don’t Care about Bagpipes

Musician Amine Ayadi performs the strangest cover version of a Michael Jackson song ever – They Don’t Care About Us played on the mizwad – a middle eastern bagpipe. His performance will pull you in regardless if the instrument sounds like a goat being strangled.

Billie Jean: Accordion Cover

Billie Jean: Accordion Cover

Musician Douglas Borsatti cranks out a wonderful and unique cover version of the King of Pop’s 1982 uber-hit on his squeezebox. If Michael Jackson performed while strolling the streets of Paris wearing a beret, we imagine this is what his music might have sounded like.

Michael Jackson’s CD Tour

Michael Jackson’s CD Tour

Back in 1995, Michael Jackson asked someone at Sony Music to explain how Compact Discs were manufactured, so they put together this factory tour video just for him, while producing his album History. It’s a fun time capsule, and a perfectly awkward corporate video.

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Michael, The Weeknd & Phil

Michael, The Weeknd & Phil

(PG-13: Language) Zveki put together this fantastic mashup of music from Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd. The track blends together Starboy, In the Air Tonight, and They Don’t Care About Us, resulting in They Don’t Care About the Starboy in the Air.

Bottle Boys: Beat It

Bottle Boys: Beat It

Every time we hear the Bottle Boys perform a tune, we think it’s the calliope on a New Orleans riverboat. Here, they turn in an impressive cover version of Michael Jackson’s 1982 pop juggernaut, Beat It, performed on a variety of bottles and plastic pipes.

Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Alexandr Misko performs a wonderful fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the King of Pop’s massive hit, infusing new life into the 1982 track. His covers of The Cranberries’ Zombie and System of a Down’s Chop Suey! are equally sublime. (Thanks Nathan!)

Michael Jackson Violin Tribute

Michael Jackson Violin Tribute

Musician Brian King Joseph (aka “Brian’s Violin“) delivers a wonderfully different sort of tribute to the King of Pop on his electric violin, with this fantastic and passionate performance of the 1982 classic Human Nature.

Barrel Organ Smooth Criminal

Barrel Organ Smooth Criminal

Our arm is sore from just watching musician Patrick Mathis turn the crank on this vintage instrument called a Barrel Organ. But what makes it more compelling is the track being played – Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. His Miles Davis is pretty awesome too.

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Bamboo flautist (we just like that word) Yoshimi Tsujimoto is accompanied by two talented koto players for a truly unique rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic Smooth Criminal, with a traditional Japanese flair.

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