Musical Burst: ‘Man in the Mirror’ is Michael Jackson’s Most Downloaded Song Since His Death
Wednesday, June 25, marked the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Although the King of Pop is gone, he lives on through his music and legacy. For this somber anniversary, UK Offiical Charts Company has listed the ten most downloaded Jackson songs since the musical genius’s death in 2009, with ‘Man in the Mirror’ at the top.
Jackson’s estate has released two posthumous albums, both of which earned him spots on the top charts. 2010’s Michael peaked at Number 4 on the Official Albums Chart and XSCAPE was the UK Number 1 album last month, marking a career tenth time the singer has held the top spot. Since his death, 3.8 million copies of Michael’s albums and four million singles have been purchased in the UK alone.
1. Man in the Mirror
Originally released in 1988, ‘Man in the Mirror’ is the fourth single from his album Bad. The song peaked at Number 21 on the Official Singles Chart and re-entered the Top 40 at Number 2 along with 12 other classic songs after Jackson’s death. Since then, ‘Man In The Mirror’ has been downloaded 413,000 times.
‘Thriller’ from the 1982 album is the second most downloaded track since Jackson’s death, with more than 244,000 downloads. In 1983, the popular song peaked at Number 10 and, the week after his death, at Number 12.
The classics continue to dominate the top five most downloaded tracks. In third with 224,000 downloads, ‘Billie Jean’ earned Jackson his second UK Number 1 solo single in January 1983. ‘Smooth Criminal’comes in fourth with 189,000 downloads and ‘Beat It’ fifth with 171,000.
3. Billie Jean
4. Smooth Criminal
5. Beat It
The top ten most downloaded Jackson songs since his death also include recently released singles ‘Hold My Hand’ featuring Akon and ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ featuring Justin Timberlake. ‘Hold My Hand’ from 2010’s Michael album which has 162,000 downloads takes the sixth spot on the most downloaded list and ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ from XSCAPE ranks seventh with 140,000 downloads.
Watch videos for these songs and the rest of the top ten below!
6. Hold My Hand (feat. Akon)
7. Love Never Felt So Good (feat. Justin Timberlake)
8. Dirty Diana
9. The Way You Make Me Feel
10. Black or White
What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song?