Awesome Michael Jackson

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.

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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.

Amazing Guitar Harmonics

Amazing Guitar Harmonics

Guitarist Miguel Rivera turns in an incredible acoustic rendition of Michael Jackson’s classic Beat It, finessing out wondrous rhythms and crazy harmonics along the way. You can download his originals over on Bandcamp.

Pentatonix x Michael Jackson

Pentatonix x Michael Jackson

The incredibly talented a Capella vocalists of Pentatonix present a medley of hit songs spanning Michael Jackson’s expansive career, from I Want You Back to Thriller to You Are Not Alone.

Game of Thrillers

Game of Thrillers

(Spoilers) Mashup maker Simonb02 saw an opportunity at the end of the amazing Hardhome episode of Game of Thrones – and decided to set the epic battle sequence to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Also, this.

I Want You Bach

I Want You Bach

The Piano Guys mash up the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back – which is now permanently intertwined in our minds with Dancing Baby Groot – who should now be wearing a powdered wig.

McDonald’s: Clean It

McDonald’s: Clean It

Not to be outdone by Wendy’s classic training videos, McDonald’s created this cheesetastic Michael Jackson inspired video to motivate its employees to keep the joint clean. An oddly appropriate companion piece to Weird Al’s Eat It.

20 Ways to Sing Thriller

20 Ways to Sing Thriller

Anthony Vincent went all out for the Halloween episode of Ten Second Songs, dressing up as zombie Michael Jackson and singing the King of Pop’s Thriller in a variety of voices, from Oingo Boingo to Scary Spice.

King of Pop x Kings of Popping

King of Pop x Kings of Popping

Dancers Ricardo Walker and Poppin John show off their incredible control as they perform to a dubstep remix of Michael Jackson’s Beat It. But instead of a dance battle breaking out, it’s a seamless collaboration between the two.

The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

Musician Kawehi records unique cover versions of popular songs and original tracks by combining electronic loops with her soothing vocals. Here, she covers one of Michael Jackson’s classics. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel.

Marching Band King of Pop Tribute

Marching Band King of Pop Tribute

Michael Jackson may be gone, but his musical legacy will outlive all of us. In tribute to the 25th anniversary of his hit album Bad, the OSU Marching Band paid their respects to the King of Pop during their halftime against Iowa.

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LEGO Thriller

LEGO Thriller

We can’t imagine how much work it took Annette Jung to recreate the opening scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video using only LEGO bricks, but it’s pretty damned awesome. Now we want the whole video. For now, just watch this.

Nonstop: Thriller

Nonstop: Thriller

Marquese “Nonstop” Scott pays homage to Michael Jackson by applying his mind-boggling style to Thriller. We might be able to outrun a Nonstop zombie. Then again we’re not sure what his moonwalk’s top speed is.

Michael Jackson Guitar Percussion

Michael Jackson Guitar Percussion

Guitarist Sam Westphalen is wearing a hole in his acoustic six-string as he plays a rousing percussive rendition of Michael Jackson’s Black or White. More here. We’re particularly taken by White Wedding. Previously: U Can’t Touch This.

Metal Michael Jackson

Metal Michael Jackson

Erock returns with another rockin’ arrangement, this time shredding The King of Pop’s classics Smooth Criminal and Beat It on his electric guitar. We’re betting he couldn’t play as fast wearing a sequined glove though.

Get Lucky f/Michael Jackson

Get Lucky f/Michael Jackson

By pitch-shifting Pharrell’s vocals, YouTuber Maim Ixed envisions an alternate reality where Michael Jackson was still with us and teams up with Daft Punk and Nile Rogers for what could have been the best collaboration of his career.

Shadow Dancing

Shadow Dancing

Artist Diet Wiegman creates sculptures that just look like random assemblages of junk – that is until they’re illuminated from just the right angle. See more of his works here.

Easy Star’s Thrillah

Easy Star’s Thrillah

An lineup of vocalists and performers from reggae groups like Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse cover Michael Jackson’s entire Thriller album, reggae style. Check out more tracks over on YouTube.

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P.Y.T. A Capella Cover

P.Y.T. A Capella Cover

If Billboard had a separate chart for YouTube pop stars, Mike Tompkins would be one of the mainstays on it. His beatbox skills, production and – let’s face it – charm are on par with his singing.

The Life of Michael Jackson

The Life of Michael Jackson

Part of Thomas Pavitte’s Transformation Series, a complex two-part connect the dots that to gradually form both a portrait of the King of Pop as a child and as an adult. Printed on A2 or A3 art paper.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket

The iconic Marc Laurent Paris red and black calf leather jacket signed and originally given back by the King of Pop to the garment’s designers. Could fetch between $200,000 to $400,000.

Smooth Criminal Cello Duet

Smooth Criminal Cello Duet

If we could bottle and sell just a tiny amount of the passion that Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser have playing their cellos in this gorgeous looking and sounding video, we’d surely be rich by now. Bravo!

Best Basketball Fan Dance

Best Basketball Fan Dance

No offense LeBron, but even you didn’t have a chance for the spotlight against this talented Charlotte Bobcats fan, who proved his skills on the dance cam during the Heat game. (Thanks Lisa!)

Halloween Light Show

Halloween Light Show

This guy put together an insane Halloween light show on the front of his house that’s perfectly synchronized to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. His neighbors must love him.

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