Michael Jackson

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2001

Inducted by: N Sync

Nominated in: 2001

First Eligible: 1998 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1998 (ranked #16) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Off the Wall (1979)
Thriller (1982)
Bad (1987)
Dangerous (1991)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (1979)
Rock With You (1979)
Human Nature (1982)
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (1982)
Wanna Be Startin' Something (1982)
Thriller (1982)
Billie Jean (1982)
Beat It (1982)
Dirty Diana (1987)
The Way You Make Me Feel (1987)
Man In The Mirror (1987)
Smooth Criminal (1987)
Bad (1987)
Black Or White (1991)
Scream (1995)

Michael Jackson @ Wikipedia

Michael Jackson Videos


50 comments so far (post your own)

michael deserves to be in the hall of fame. wonderful performer producer songwriter dancer all around entertainer. longevity talented beyond his years a living legend. K.O.P

Posted by andryce76 on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 17:16pm

Michael is KING OF POP!
Is Best-selling of time!!!!!

Posted by Billy Joe on Saturday, 03.24.07 @ 22:25pm

His songs have been covered (Remember Smooth Criminal?) and he's done a lot. He deserves his spot in the hall.

Posted by maplejet on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 10:15am

Oh Beat-it

Posted by StarMan on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:39pm

Am I the only one who finds it funny that he was nominated by N Sync? Anyways, yeah, ignoring his personal life (Which I won't get into right now) he was basically the highest selling pop singer in history.

Posted by Trey on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 16:13pm


The Halls of Fame biographies


Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.28.08 @ 12:33pm

Ok, it's becoming pretty clear that these Michael Jackson concerts in London were never ever going to happen. First there were delays because of rehearsals or something and now he's had a heart attack.

This whole thing is a huge fraud. Sure, they may have to refund the fans some of the ticket price, but I bet they keep all of the fees. This was an easy way for MJ to try to climb out of bankruptcy. There is just no way he's in any condition to perform.. I think he's a permanent mess.

Posted by Carl on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 15:08pm

Actually - he is permanently dead. The man was a month younger than me. That sux!

I cannot say that I am a fan; but R.I.P. dude.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 16:36pm

I'm not a fan either, but rest in peace.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 16:55pm

I liked some of his music, he might have been a messed up person but he could really sing and perform, I will give him that much.

RIP Michael

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 17:59pm

WOW...musically speaking, just an indescribable loss. I grew up listening to him & his brothers like a lot of others on this site...just an amazing talent. It's really too bad that his personal conflicts have tarnished his legacy, but music has a tendency to live on, which his will for some time.

I hope he has finally found peace...rest well and thanks for the music, Michael...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 18:02pm

thank you for the music and RIP Michael Jackson.

Posted by akeem on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 20:17pm

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Posted by Steve Z on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 20:53pm

Just a ridiculous talent... He was to the 80's what the Beatles were to the 60's. RIP Michael. You left us great music.

Posted by Al on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 21:20pm


The are currently 40 Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 studio and greatest hits albums on Amazon.com's Top 100 selling CDs. 15 of them are in the top 15 spots: 1-15.

23 albums in the Top 100 on Barnesandnoble

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 04:21am

19 Albums in Top 100 on iTunes right now.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 04:25am

WHat would we do without you Roy?

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 07:26am

Rest In Peace, Michael. May you finally find peace, and be surrounded by people who are kinder to you than they were in this life.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 18:25pm

Now it's 44/100 on Amazon.com for Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 19:14pm

I think people should be respectful of Micheal Jackson as a Amazing Performer, singer/songwriter and An Amazing Dancer.
It is a shame he couldn't accept who he was,
An Amazing Black Entertainer from such an early age. He should not have tried to reinvent himself time after time and I feel that, was his undoing.
I truly hope he is finally at peace.

Posted by galwaygirl on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 19:35pm

galwaygirl... artists do need to reinvent themselves. That's part of evolving a sound and staying current. That is a good thing.

Unfortunately, in Michael's case, he was afraid that OTHERS wouldn't accept who he was. He started taking those hormone pills to keep his voice sounding young. He realized what happened to Frankie Lymon when puberty hit him, and felt he had to keep himself sounding young. He did it to keep people loving him and buying his music. IMO, that's what undid him, and again, I do hope he finds peace.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 19:41pm

James Dean - 24
Marilyn Monroe - 36
Elvis Presley - 42
John Lennon - 40
Princess Diana - 36
John F. Kennedy Jr. - 38
Michael Jackson - 50

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 07:34am

What is your point Roy? Who cares?

My ex-girlfriend - 23
girlfriend - 26
Friend - 27
friend - 29
friend - 17
cousin - 30
cousin - 3
cousin - 5
grandfather - 48

People die young and it doesn't matter if they are famous or not.

Can you please stop these ridiculous posts!

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 09:43am

James Dean - 24
Marilyn Monroe - 36
Elvis Presley - 42
John Lennon - 40
Marvin Gaye - 45
Princess Diana - 36
John F. Kennedy Jr. - 38
Michael Jackson - 50

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 12:45pm


Oh, he was a light star
Tripping on a high wire
Bulldog stubborn, born uneven
A classless creature, a man for all seasons
But don't bet them
That they can't take him
To the very bottom.
'Cause they made him and they'll waste him
And I don't believe that I want to watch them.

'Cause the 50's shifted out of gear
He was an idol then
Now, he's an idol here
But his face has changed
He's not the same no more,
And I have to say that I like the way his music sounded before.

He was tight-assed
Walking on broken glass
Highly prized in the wallet size
The number one crush in a schoolgirl's eyes
But don't pretend that it won't end
In the depth of your despair
You went from lame' suits right down to tennis shoes
To peanuts, from the lion's share

Lyric by Bernie Taupin
Dedicated to Michael Jackson
I hope you have found peace.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 14:28pm

About Michael Jackson, Roy wrote:

James Dean - 24
Marilyn Monroe - 36
Elvis Presley - 42
John Lennon - 40
Marvin Gaye - 45
Princess Diana - 36
John F. Kennedy Jr. - 38
Michael Jackson - 50
Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 12:45pm

Can you talk in sentences or is listing the only language you know?

Posted by joker on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 15:58pm


like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too sonn

Like a rainbow
Fading in a twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying at the rising of the moon
Gone too soon

Gone too soon

Lyrics by Michael Jackson. From the album "Dangerous"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 06:44am

I haven't been on this site for about a week or so, so I'll pay my respects now by saying RIP MJ

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 19:57pm

One thing that hasn't gone totally unnoticed (at least by me, anyway) in all of this is his dad...what a piece of work that guy is!!!!

I've seen people more upset about their fish dying...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 20:03pm

I haven't heard about his dad, and really don't care to right now. I'm just glad the custody battle for his children got decided so soon, for the sake of the children.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 20:11pm

ohhhh...i still can't believe he's dead. anyway, RIP Michael.


like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too sonn

Like a rainbow
Fading in a twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying at the rising of the moon
Gone too soon

Gone too soon

Posted by akeem on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 09:59am

Mike's father Joseph suspects Foul Play. He's not the only one who thinks that way.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 12:37pm

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Michael Jackson and David Bowie penned a song together it would be called...

What is "Billie Jean Genie"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 22:29pm

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Michael Jackson and Pete Townshend collaborated, it would be called...

What is "Go To The Man In The Mirror, Boy"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 19:55pm

Everybody knows he is the king of pop, but has anyone merged rock and pop together better than Michael??? Beat It with Van Halen, obviously, but also Black or White with Slash of GNR/Velvet Revolver/Slash's Snakepit on guitars... R.I.P.

Posted by Chris on Sunday, 11.15.09 @ 23:10pm

"Everybody knows he is the king of pop, but has anyone merged rock and pop together better than Michael???" I'll have to check out the Slash collaboration, but Prince>>>MJ's biggest hits. Just check out the Hits 1; no comparison. Smoking hot guitar playing from Prince to go with some great songs.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 17:27pm

I'm not much of a Michael fan but I recognize his talent and he deserved his induction. I hope he's found peace.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 06.26.10 @ 17:47pm

Idol was a song written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John about Elvis Presley. It's on the Blue Moves album from 1976 by Elton John.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.13.10 @ 06:41am


Robert Hilburn: Michael Jackson: the wounds, the broken heart

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.10.11 @ 15:49pm


Michael Jackson Manager Frank Dileo Dead at 63

Former record industry executive worked with singer at peak of his career

AUGUST 25, 2011 9:05 AM ET

Frank Dileo, who managed Michael Jackson during his commercial peak in the '80s and returned to work with the star before his death in 2009, has died at the age of 63. The cause of Dileo's death has not been made public, but he had recently experienced complications following heart surgery.

In addition to his work as a manager, Dileo had a sideline career as a character actor, most notably starring in small roles in Martin Scorese's Goodfellas and both of the Wayne's World movies.

Photos: Michael Jackson Remembered

Dileo bonded with Jackson during his stint as an executive at CBS Records at the time of Thriller. Dileo pushed to release "Beat It" as a single while "Billie Jean" was still Number One on the charts, an unorthodox move that resulted in both songs being massive hits simultaneously. Jackson recruited Dileo to become his manager in 1984, and he went on to executive produce the Moonwalker movie and presided over a series of Pepsi advertisements featuring the singer.

Photos: Michael Jackson Immortalized

In addition to managing Jackson, Dileo also worked with Prince, Taylor Dane, Laura Branigan, Jodeci and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.27.11 @ 22:30pm

firstly mjs one of musics best selling solo artists but elvis is much bettrr than mj elvis is the best selling solo artist in history look in guiness book records 2012 what more can i say

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Thursday, 01.19.12 @ 15:37pm

Even though MJ has done a lot in his life, but he is a POP vocalist, not a rock n roll or metal vocalist! Just because he did a collaberation with Eddie Van Halen doesn't mean he deserves to be in the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!

Posted by a REAL metalhead on Sunday, 02.5.12 @ 12:50pm

metal ain't part of rock either, you saying we should kick that out?

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 02.5.12 @ 13:29pm


Michael Jackson Song Files Stolen by Hackers, Sony Confirms

Hackers have stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop.

According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, the theft took place in April last year when hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and stole the personal data of 77 million registered users. The simultaneous copying of over 50,000 music files was discovered by Sony several weeks later, says the Sunday Times, but has only now come to light. An exact breakdown of artists and repertoire included among the 50,000 illegally downloaded songs is not known, but it is said to contain Jackson's entire back catalog, including previously unheard duets with Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am and the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

Sony today confirmed the report to the BBC.

In March 2010, Sony paid the Jackson estate a $200 million guaranteed contract (potentially rising to $250 million) in return for 10 projects over seven years. Included in the terms of the deal was unreleased material from "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" studio sessions, as well as the right to exploit Jackson's catalog in video games, amusement park rides, television adverts and memorabilia. The deal took place nine months after Jackson died, aged 50, from a drugs overdose.

The Sunday Times quotes a well-placed source as saying, "Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised." According to the Sunday Times, the theft of Jackson's catalog was discovered in the weeks following the initial attack on Sony's PlayStation Network through routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums.

"It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach," the paper's label source is quoted as saying, adding, "Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap."

Sony Music did not respond to requests to comment when contacted by Billboard, although The Sunday Times claims that major has confirmed the theft of Jackson's catalog. It refused to comment on how many tracks were downloaded, or whether any other Sony artists were among those whose repertoire was stolen. In addition to Michael Jackson, Sony Music distributes the catalog for Jimi Hendrix, while Chris Brown, Leonard Cohen, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon and Avril Lavigne are among the big name artists signed to the music major.

The Sunday Times reports that Sony informed the Jackson estate about the theft as soon as it was discovered before contacting the cybercrime wing of the U.K. Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who took over the case. On Friday March 2, two men appeared at Leicester crown court accused of offences in connection with the alleged security breach. Both men denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act and were released on bail, reports U.K. newspaper The Guardian. They will stand trial next January.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 03.11.12 @ 20:32pm

Why no urgency to release The Making of Thriller on DVD? Any legal problems? Royalty payments for all the actors? You would think something like this would have been put out on DVD already. You can find used VHS copies on ebay and amazon.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.20.14 @ 20:11pm



Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 12.16.15 @ 13:03pm

I think they mean "records" as opposed to "copies". As it stands, Thriller's total sales should stand at 70 million at least. But I remember last year they had this plaque saying Thriller had sold a cumulative 100 million records or so... which makes better sense than 100 million copies.

C'mon, we shouldn't be fooled by PR. During last years of MJ's life, they came out with the 104 million figure, then after his death, they said 110 million but many stated those sales were either exaggerations at best. No harm in saying 70 million copies.

But anyway congrats to MJ for making history once again. A Janet Jackson induction would make it a very good week for the entire Jackson family.

Posted by Tim on Wednesday, 12.16.15 @ 13:54pm


10 Things We Learned From Spike Lee's New Michael Jackson Doc

How Studio 54 and 'The Wiz' paved the way for Jackson's solo breakthrough, and other revelations from Lee's latest MJ chronicle

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.6.16 @ 16:34pm

RIP Rod Temperton

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.6.16 @ 06:06am


Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” Drummer Ndugu Chancler Dead at 65

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.5.18 @ 13:55pm

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