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Michael Jackson’s Top Ten Protest Songs

Whether protesting environmental destruction, racism, media distortion, materialism, war or injustice, Michael Jackson consistently used music as a means to challenge the status quo and change the world. While critics have been slow to acknowledge his dissident role, he stands alongside musicians like Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Radiohead as one of the most astute and powerful protest artists of the past century. Below are what I feel are ten of his best defiant songs.

1. Earth Song

Probably the most epic protest song in popular music history. Here’s why.

Key lyric: “Now I don’t know where we are/ Although I know we’ve drifted far.”

2. They Don’t Care About Us

Sharp, militant, direct — a rallying call for the voiceless and oppressed.

Key lyric: “I can’t believe this is the land from which I came.”

3. Is It Scary

Shrewd use of the Gothic tradition to turn the tables on a judgmental society.

Key lyric: “Am I amusing you/Or just confusing you/Am I the beast you visualized?”

4. Scream

Pent-up angst unleashed with a vengeance.

Key lyric: “Tired of injustice/Tired of the schemes.”

5. We’ve Had Enough

Easily one of the best anti-war songs of the decade.

Key lyric: “It seems as if we have no voice/ It’s time for us to make a choice.”

6. Money

Denunciation of materialism and greed that rivals Pink Floyd.

Key lyric: “Are you infected with the same disease/ Of lust, gluttony and greed.”

7. Tabloid Junkie

Probably MJ’s best polemic against the media.

Key lyric: “You’re parasites in black and white/ Do anything for news.”

8. Black or White

Inspiring call for racial harmony with an undercurrent of indignation.

Key lyric: “Don’t tell me you agree with me/ When I saw you kickin’ dirt in my eye.”

9. Jam

Signaled MJ’s dramatic shift to more socially-conscious music in the early 90s, as he fends off the surrounding madness with music.

Key lyric: “The world keeps changing/Rearranging minds.”

10. Threatened

MJ takes on the role of monster again to highlight society’s fears and obsessions.

Key lyric: “You should feel threatened by me.”

Honorable mention: Shout, Why You Wanna Trip On Me, Be Not Always, D.S., There Must Be More to Life Than This

What do you think? What’s your Top Ten? What’s missing?

{ 47 comments… add one }
  • Angel Arkhangael July 9, 2011, 9:44 am

    “I can’t believe this is the land from which I came” is indeed the most striking lyric from “They don’t really care about us”. It would catch my attention every time I’d listen to it, and I am an avid MJ listener. It still strikes my attention to this day.
    I too couldn’t believe that was the land from which he came.
    I think it was enough for the authorities and media to have him scrutinized and his life kept under close investigation always. Enough for some to try shut him down. Isn’t it true, D.S.?
    As the voice of the voiceless, he was, with this song, a man who sreamed a message so powerful out loud to an ENTIRE WORLD listening, that he became too powerful for a single person to be out there and free to sing (rather than speak) his mind and opinions.

    His life was never to be the same after those times.

    Even though: I’d have put “They don’t really care about us” atop my personal list, with “Earth Song” as the real close runner-up and of course, “Scream” and “Black or White” would immediately follow.
    An order would not be necessary, I think. The songs speak by themselves. They aim to make the Powerful shudder and think wisely (if they are capable of that) about what they are really doing.
    Because what you do gives, not the insight, but the true vision of who you really are. Think twice.

    Three world-renowned protest hit songs from the same album, and maybe the most famous protest songs of the two previous decades.
    ‘The land from which he came’ for sure gave him Hell on Earth for that.

    The Earth misses you, Michael.. but I hope you are happier where you are now.

  • But The Heart Said No July 9, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I would also include “Superfly Sister” as Michael’s indictment of the social mores he saw around him. I have always wondered when he sang “Mother’s preaching Abraham, brother’s they don’t give a damn” whether he was speaking of his own family or society in general. I’ve ordered your book, Joe. I’m hoping you have addressed this.

    • Joe Vogel July 9, 2011, 7:16 pm

      Good call on “Superfly Sister.” You’re absolutely right and yes, I do discuss it in the book.

  • pavitra July 9, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Tabloid junkie is the TRUTH.everything in the song happened to him while he was alive and after he passed away.

    In the hood
    Frame him if you could
    Shoot to kill
    To blame him if you will
    If he dies sympathize
    Such false witnesses
    Damn self righteousness
    In the black
    Stab me in the back
    In the face
    To lie and shame the race
    Heroine and Marilyn
    As the headline stories of
    All your glory

  • Bruce July 9, 2011, 4:11 pm

    One thing of many that I’ve always loved about MJ is how socially conscious and sensitive he was. Even in his early years with the Jackson 5 you saw it in songs such as “People Make the World Go ‘Round,” “It’s Too Late To Change The Time,” and “The Young Folks.”

    The themes continued and grew more powerful with The Jacksons songs such as “Can You Feel It,” “Be Not Always,” and “We Can Change The World.”

    As you’ve pointed out, these themes reached their zenith in his later years with the songs you mentioned. It’s an amazing progression of continuity, depth, power and emotion. Surely this was a large part of who MJ was. A champion of the oppressed and an illuminator of injustice. It’s amazing to me that more people haven’t seen this in his work. Thank you for helping to change that.

    • Joe Vogel July 9, 2011, 7:20 pm

      Good points, Bruce. Even a song like “Ben” is making a social statement, though I wouldn’t consider it a protest song in the strictest sense. “Be Not Always” is beautiful and moving. I also thought about including his child advocate songs (“Little Susie,” Do You Know,” Lost Children”, etc)

  • Bruce July 9, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Thinking about your list some more, I’m not too sure why you put ‘Threatened’ on the list. I’ve never thought of it as a protest song or of having socially conscious themes and have instead always seen it in nearly the same light as ‘Unbreakable’ or ‘Invincible.’ Fun, funky and posturing while skimming the surface of themes relating to MJ himself. What about the song makes you see it as a protest song?

    Even though songs like “Cry,” “Man In The Mirror,” and “What More Can I Give” would normally be categorized as inspirational songs they do challenge the status quo and try to broaden minds. I think I’d have to include a few of those songs on a list like this as well.

    • Joe Vogel July 9, 2011, 7:25 pm

      I definitely feel “Threatened” is a direct challenge to cultural norms. It goes beyond “Thriller” — it shares more in common with the Gothic songs on Blood on the Dance Floor, which are all about social decay, ignorance and prejudice.

      “Man in the Mirror” et al, to me, are a close call. I put them in a different category personally. Definitely social anthems, but I’m not sure they are protest songs.

  • Damien July 9, 2011, 11:54 pm

    If it can be considered a protest song; Do You Know Where Your Children Are.

    I consider this to be amongst MJ’s most heavy hitting tracks even though it remains unreleased. Michael’s heart is on his sleeve as he leaves himself open to criticism by attacking and addressing issues that other artists prefer to shy away from.

    Michael Jackson is truly the voice for the voiceless and this song typifies why his music reached more people around the world than any other artist. Not only is this a catchy pop song with a vibrant melody and blistering vocals, but lyrically it delves deep and speaks truths and realities that exist in society. He doesn’t think of more “acceptable” ways to word the cry for help. He says it as it is.

    This song NEEDS to be released. I think it would make a perfect song for a movie soundtrack with the same theme.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 9:55 pm

      Great song. You make a solid case for it as a “protest” song.

  • Damien July 10, 2011, 12:03 am

    Oh and also; Wanna Be Startin’ Something (again, if that can be considered a protest song)

    Great selections you made though! Is It Scary was a surprise but a worthy one. We’ve Had Enough is one of my all time favourite songs and should be on an LP, with a video, as a single. Absolutely gold!

    • Suvie August 23, 2011, 1:54 pm

      Yes Damien, there is something about “We have had enough”…as the song reaches the end their is such energy rushing through….that I want to run and run and DO SOMETHING to change the status quo! 🙂

  • Rhea July 10, 2011, 7:19 am

    Great topic! LOVE to turn those songs up LOUD, in the car especially & OFTEN! I know some people who’ve been annoyed by Michael’s ‘angry music’, and that really confuses me because I feel he’s spot on, and I so appreciate how much energy Michael put into caring! Michael tried SO hard to get us to pay attention…

  • lina July 10, 2011, 4:13 pm

    They Don’t Care About Us should be no.1

  • lina July 10, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Honestly, I really know who’s and what Michael is fighting for. All his lyrics is BIG message! They Don’t Care About Us should be no.1. The song was not allowed to be released, He has to rewrite one part of the lyrics then onlt the song is allowed to be released. Check out back what was the lyric he has to change. Even BAD, he’s attacking those people. Even some of his costumes are full of message like BAD. The Black Panther dance, its not just a dance sequence,its a big message for us human being. All of the part is fighting those people, that’s why it was banned. Earth Song performances, super bowl, Jam, and so much more! Its all about fighting those people. And Michael is using his extra extra extraordinary out of this world talent to show the message. I love you endlessly Michael.

  • Greet Boete July 10, 2011, 7:38 pm

    I feel moral messages in all Michael’s songs. But I wonder why nobody mentioned HISTOTY yet, or did I miss it ? I think the whole song is a protest, but especially

    How many people have to cry
    The song of pain and grief across the land
    And how many children have to die
    Before we stand to lend a healing hand
    Everybody sing…

    and :

    How many victims must there be
    Slaughtered in vain across the land
    And how many children must we see
    Before we learn to live as brothers
    And leave one family oh…

    They are all number one’s in my opinion, the only difference is in the message that is different. If you study his total volume of work, he spans everything possible I guess. He really IS a mirror.
    Thank you Mr. Vogel for your dedication. I will certainly buy your book.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 9:59 pm

      “History” is certainly a worthy choice that I overlooked for the list. Not sure what I would bump out to include it though.

  • R.R.Bent July 10, 2011, 10:29 pm

    I hope that more is written about the message in Michael’s music. It is disheartening when publications such as Rolling Stone can’t seem to get beyond Thriller; continue to posit that Michael “lost his way” after Quincy Jones left the picture; and consistently dismiss Michael’s later music as just posturing of one kind or another.

    Such critics seem to forget about songs like Be Not Always and Can You Feel It. Michael was always going to say something with his music. My personal view is that he may have needed to jettison Quincy to say what he needed to say. It was thereafter that his music went from being what Nelson George called “glorious pop” to being great music in the prophetic sense.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:00 pm

      You may be right about that, as great as the chemistry was with Quincy.

  • Chris Kohler July 11, 2011, 1:13 am

    Joe, we can count on you to make us revisit Michael Jackson’s music and look at it with fresh eyes, over and over – thank you!

    Your “protest” category was on my list as his “angry” songs (probably because I have an association in my mind to the sixties type of folksy protest songs and somehow MJ’s approach always seemed so personal and much more vivid.

    I’m thrilled to see “Is It Scary” on your list because it is my favorite of ALL his songs and in my opinion there is so much meat there… and such a subtle form of protest to boot. The lyrics and his delivery are just astounding.

    As someone else has said, I would definitely put History on the short list too. And we mustn’t forget “This Time Around”, another intensely personal protest against all he had been experiencing to that point from so-called representatives of the law, and also one interesting song that attracts a variety of remixes because it’s good!

    You took me by surprise with “Threatened” – which till now I had considered a prime example of a very intelligent man using his art to symbolically air his satiric and sardonic side, his sarcasm, and maybe a dash of bitterness for poignancy. Thank you for tweaking my ears on that song.

    And please keep your thoughts coming!

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:05 pm

      Thanks, Chris! Good call with “This Time Around.” Not sure it’s Top Ten for me, but definitely deserves honorable mention. 😉

      I’ve always been fascinated with how MJ decided to end albums, especially as executive producer. He was very shrewd about it and “Threatened” was such a compelling choice to end Invincible, esp. with that final line.

  • Weffie July 11, 2011, 5:12 am

    One indicator of They Don’t Care About Us being a top protest song is the amount of censorship it received. First, it was censored for using supposedly anti-semetic language – which was a very superficial read of the song. Then, when Michael re-released the video with the prison version, that was censored by MTV and other outlets for being “too violent”. Yet, it would have been quite easy to see the same level of violence or worse on prime-time TV. The difference is that it was *real* – violence that truly occurred in our society. People were afraid the prison video would encourage violent protest. That tells me it was very powerful.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:10 pm

      Very good points. I go with “Earth Song” because of its sheer scope and frame of reference. The climax of that song to me is one of the most astounding moments I’ve ever heard in music. But “They Don’t Care About Us” packs a punch, no question. I think it’s not only one of his best protest songs, but one of the best protest songs by any artist in the past 20 years.

      • Weffie July 12, 2011, 12:01 am

        I agree that Earth Song tops TDCAU, but it’s close. But I was always astounded at MTV’s decision to not air the prison video. I am sure there are/were much more violent videos and certainly more exploitative videos out there.

        • Joe Vogel July 12, 2011, 12:44 am

          Exactly. With the videos and lyrics it was his most controversial song. But it wasn’t “publicity stunt” controversy. It was the bluntness; it was making people feel uncomfortable because “some things in life they just don’t want to see.”

  • morinen July 11, 2011, 5:22 am

    Oh yes, it became one of the central topics of Michael’s art since Dangerous, and yet it was largely ignored by critics. MJ was always praised for dance music, or for his ballads, while THIS is what stands out a lot more, imo. And I hope he will eventually be rememebered for these songs.

    I agree with the list in general, but in my personal list “Be Not Always” is number 1. Most people haven’t even heard of this song, because it’s on one of those many Jacksons’ albums, but I think it’s incredible. Michael wrote it when he was how old? 21-22? Most people don’t even think about themes like this at that age, let alone have such a comprehension and look on things from above, over time and history. But he did. And listen how he delivers it – on the verge of breaking down, so you can tell it’s painful for him. This single song is enough for me to prove he was a genius.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:14 pm

      I completely agree. Beautiful, haunting song. What current pop star could write something like this and deliver it so honestly?

      • Deborah Ffrench October 22, 2011, 12:38 am

        Pretty much none. Incredible song.

  • sc341 July 11, 2011, 6:22 am


    Michael Jackson – Can You Feel It


    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it
    If you look around
    The whole world is coming together now, baby
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it
    Feel it in the air,
    The wind is taking it everywhere, yeah
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it
    All the colors of the world should be
    Lovin each other wholeheartedly
    Yes, its all right
    Take my message to your brother
    And tell him twice
    Spread the word and try to teach the man
    Whos hating his brother,
    When hate wont do, ooh
    Cause were all the same, yes
    The blood inside of me is inside of you
    Now, tell me
    Can you feel it,
    Tell me Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it, oh
    When you see it´s going down
    Can you see it in your bones?
    Can´t you feel it, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, oh
    Every breath you take
    Is someones death in another place
    (Another place)
    Every healthy smile
    Is hunger and strife to another child
    (Another child)
    But the stars do shine
    In promising salvation, is near this time
    (Near this time)
    Can you feel it now
    So brothers and sisters show me know how
    Now, tell me
    Can you feel it,
    Tell me can you feel it,
    Can you feel it hey hey
    Talk to your self now
    This feeling is going down
    Open up your mind
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it
    All the children in the world should be
    Loving each other wholeheartedly
    Yes, its all right
    Take my message to your brother
    And tell him twice
    Take the news to the marching men
    Who are killing their brothers
    When death wont do, ooh
    Yes were all the same
    Yes, the blood inside of my vein is inside of you
    Now, tell me
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it,
    Can you feel it
    Can you
    Can you
    (Can you feel it)
    (Can you feel it)
    (Can you feel it)

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:16 pm

      This would fall more into the social anthem category for me (blurry line, I know). “Man in the Mirror,” Heal the World, What More Can I Give, etc.

  • Paul July 11, 2011, 7:56 am

    “Be not always” – This song touches the soul. Michael with his voice could convey important content. We understand his pain, his plea, his despair, his hope. We share these feelings with him, because he touches the man to the core. It is so deep and touching.

  • Angel Arkhangael July 11, 2011, 7:11 pm

    Hi Joe and Friends of Michael..

    Did it hit anyone that we missed Morphine? It just dawned on me while reading the new posts.
    This may not be a typical protest-song, but it’s definitely a song to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use, or abuse, be it legally prescribed by a doctor or not. Because, whether we like it or not, just like with Methadone, people become addicted to powerful substances like those two openly mentioned in the lyrics.

    (If ever)Michael wrote the song based upon his own experiences while battling overdue use of precription drugs, it is ‘quite’ clear to me that he needed to shout about the tragedy of a person having to ‘willingly’ go through a real life-ordeal in view of curing the current problem or situation.
    A current situation where the solution (the addictive prescribed drug) is worse than the problem (the current health related affliction).

    One may argue there is no proof that Michael had been addicted to Morphine and/or Demerol, and that these names were used in his lyrics to provoke a larger impact upon our ear and senses.

    Indeed, Michael Jackson sung ‘Morphine’, a really heavy sounding song, radically different than anything he had previously recorded. He produced and created an Industrial/Trash sound (which always made me, in the first place, think of Hospitals or Asylums, even when I didn’t know what on Earth Demerol was), also with eerie moments (that recall someonetelling you: ‘You’re going to be alright’ while you lay on your Death-Bed) to make us sure that the song was about something being wrong in our Mecical Facilities, even if you paid the right price to the complacent practitioner, with your own hard earned ‘Money’ – which sounds as wrong as paying the drug dealer with your own money.

    We now already know in our (broken) heart of hearts that precribed drugs can be fatal to a human being.

    With ‘Morphine’, he maybe adressed the fatality of someone being overdosed by a doctor performing unethical acts, such as Propofol injections.

    In the light of which I consider ‘Morphine’ now as a Protest-Song, while I previously only thought of it as a brillantly produced track, and as a trait of his genius at work.

    • Joe Vogel July 11, 2011, 10:21 pm

      Great observations, Angel. Such a powerful song. It will probably go in another best-of list for me (and it will def. be near the top). Have you read my article on this for HuffPost? I’d love to do a longer piece (ala Earth Song) for this some day.

      • Angel Arkhangael July 12, 2011, 9:34 am

        Dear Joe,
        Thanks for your reply.
        No, I haven’t read your article on ‘Morphine’, the song, if this is what you mean.
        Could you then direct me to it via a link or tell me how to get there?
        I’m not very brilliant regarding Internet researches, specially within another website/blog. I get ‘lost’ easily.

        Best regards,

        • Suvie August 23, 2011, 2:45 pm

          Hi Angel,
          This is 2 late I know but still here is the link, “http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/michael-jackson-man-in-th_b_221797.html.

          Best regards,

  • Ann July 12, 2011, 4:27 am

    I also put together my own list of MJ protest songs (or songs advocating social change that are not necessarily protest songs) over a year ago with the intention to blog about them and am glad to see them here. I was inspired by radio commentary Mumia Abul Jamal (his radio essay on June 26, 2009, “Michael Jackson Master Entertainer”) and the July 2009 tribute by Hard Knock Radio on kpfa. I also included ‘Man of War’ (by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) from the Jacksons’ “Goin’ Places” album although you might only mention it as a side note since MJ didn’t write it himself.

    I’m glad you mentioned fairly unknown ‘Be Not Always’ from the Victory album. A beautiful song how a protest song can also be poignant rather than strident. In Jet magazine, Feb 1984 he was quoted as saying “We wrote a song called Be Not Always and it’s about children. We just have this thing about kids. We should listen to what children have to say…They don’t have a racial problem. They don’t know Black and White. They just love and get vibes from love.” It’s probably also one of the songs where it helps with understanding how he was inspired by children.

    “Be Not Always” reminds me of “In Our Small Way” from his 1972 “Ben” album, which also speaks of the ability of the hopefulness and innocence of children to inspire social change. Not really protest songs but I would say We the World, Man in the Mirror, Heal the World, HIStory, Cry, The Lost Children, also speak of social change and humanitarianism.

    With discussion of protest songs, there is opportunity for more discussion of his place in African American history. The significance of being born in 1958 when lynchings were common and the place of the Jacksons in the political/social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Although as a pop performer, he was somewhat constrained from speaking out (as were other Motown artists) to maintain mass appeal, from his interviews in old issues of Ebony & Jet magazines (e.g. the Aug 16, 1979 Jet article “Michael Jackson: Nearly 21..” and Ebony in Dec 1984) you learn about his social awareness, his views on racism, that he admired the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On”, was mistreated in the Southern U.S., etc.

    Former UN ambassador and Atlanta mayor Andrew Young recalled how Jackson was arrested in Atlanta the early 1980s because he was casually dressed young black male asking to see a $2000 bracelet. Katherine Jackson recalled in her book how he spent time jail because a police officer thought his car “looked stolen”. So there were experiences that he could not openly speak about in the wider “white media” although he must have always been aware.

    Mumia Abul Jamal said, “For those who feel his music was mere bubblegum pop, and thus devoid of serious social commentary, check out one of his post ‘Thriller’ songs; “They Don’t Care About Us.” So it seems there may be a lack of awareness of this music, his social consciousness and there were a few songs even before ‘Thriller’. I was also interested to find his “Handwritten lyrics for “Palestine” and “Palestine Don’t Cry”” Lot 424, Music Icons auction at Julien’s on June 24, 2010
    A protest song that may never have been recorded but still noteworthy in understanding his social awareness.

  • manu July 15, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Key Lyrics for me for We’ve Had Enough are
    What did these soldiers come here for
    If they’re for peace, why is there war

    • Terry Dutton July 19, 2011, 3:43 pm

      I have ordered your book and cannot wait to read it in November. This is the analysis that all of Michael Jackson’s fans and admirers have been seeking for quite awhile.
      I will just add that I always considered myself a fan early on…but truthfully did not listen to much popular music in the nineties so I missed out on a lot of his later music till unfortunately after he passed. But now that I have discovered it I am shaking my head and thinking constantly why did people not pay attention to some of it because so much of it was so very compelling.
      I love what is referred to here sometimes as his “angry” music. I believe strongly that a lot of it is dismissed as Michael posturing or moaning and groaning over his “situation.” But in reality he was writing not only about himself but also about the bigger picture of how society and the cult of personality so to speak can harm the human condition in so many ways.
      John Lennon wrote a lot of very personal songs about what was going on in his life and were filled with a lot of venom and cynicism but nonetheless were very great songs. So many people seem to recall only Lennon’s last album or the ever popular Imagine –but he also had a lot of his own “angry” music.
      Thanks again, and cannot wait to read your book.

  • Jaden July 21, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I would like to nominate “Man of War” for this list. The lyrics in plain words, make their case :

    Man of war
    Don’t go to war no more
    Why don’t you
    Why don’t you study peace
    Man of war
    Don’t go to war no more
    Study peace
    Cause peace is what we need

    You think your way
    Is the best way for all
    You don’t know everything
    You don’t know it all
    You got respect a man
    For the way he feels
    You can’t make people do
    Things against their will


    Just because your army
    Gives you strength and might
    Truth is gonna win…wrong will
    Never conquer right
    Every man has the right to
    Think and be free
    You’re like a spoiled brat
    You want everything you see

    You think you bombs guns, and planes
    Make you a big man
    When you invade
    Another man’s land
    Tryin’ to make him be what
    You want him be
    Tryin’ to make him do
    What you want him to
    Tryin’ to make him say
    What you want him to say
    I know there’s got to
    Be a better way

    You think your way
    Is the best way for all
    You don’t know everything
    You don’t know it all
    You got respect a man
    For the way he feels
    You can’t make people do
    Things against their will

    • Juli August 12, 2011, 11:13 pm

      What about Stranger in Moscow? Not protest precisely, but it’s certainly a lament about alienation …

  • Grace August 12, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I think all Michael Jackson songs have an element of protest about them.
    ‘We are the world’ springs to my mind.

    There comes a time
    When we head a certain call
    When the world must come together as one
    There are people dying
    And it’s time to lend a hand to life
    The greatest gift of all

    We can’t go on
    Pretneding day by day
    That someone, somewhere will soon make a change

    and HISTory

    He got kicked in the back
    He say that he needed that
    He hot willed in the face
    Keep daring to motivate

    Thank you for being the voice of sanity. Book ordered – I can’t wait.

  • bakoory-5 August 12, 2011, 11:42 pm

    . They Don’t Care About Us

  • Robyn August 13, 2011, 12:56 am


    & I LOVE “Is It Scary?”

  • Longcreek1961 August 14, 2011, 6:22 am

    Michael Jackson, Ebony in 1984, On how he best communicated his feelings he answered:
    “I try to write, put it into song. Put it into dance. Put it in my art to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, I want to do it. We have to do it. Artists put it in paintings. Poets put it in poems, novels. That’s what we have to do….” ~Michael Jackson

  • Sue Adams August 14, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Earth Song for me purely because the first time I heard this song was when I saw the short film for it! The visuals and lyrics truly ‘hit home’ and sat there with tears streaming down my cheeks so it had done what Michael obviously intended the song/short film to do ie have an effect on people’s emotions/consciousnesses!

  • Luzana August 23, 2011, 11:41 pm

    I think Money needs more attention. The same attention you gave to Earth Song probably.

    I know this is a topic nobody like to read about but the allegations in 1993 weren’t settled the way people think it was. Tom Mesereau, MJ’s attorney in 2003 said in court in a document that the case was settled by MJ’s insurance company when there wasn’t other option. Transamerican Insurance is the company named by Lisa Campbell in her book “MJ the darkest hour”.
    Anyway, settlement agreements don’t mention insurance companies because the insurance company isn’t a party in the dispute. It’s how it works in every “Negligence” accusation. Insurance Companies wash their hands in that part.
    The Chandlers change the accusations of molestation for “negligence” so they can have the money.
    It was against MJ’s wishes. Mike saw himself against the wall and Of course he and his personal legal counsel protested. The law back then permitted a civil trial before a criminal trial (not anymore). In a civil case of “Negligence” anyone can win because there’s no need for proves like an criminal trial. And the trial can go on for even 10 years.

    The insurance don’t care if you are innocent or want to continue the legal battle, they go to settle, If you don’t agree they leave you on your own. Every famous person have an Insurance company to “back them up” but who are they working for?

    MJ didn’t mentioned that in interviews (he always said he couldn’t talk about the case because legal issues) but this part of the lyrics in Money said it all:

    Where do your loyalties lie?
    Is that your alibi?
    I don’t think so
    You don’t care
    You’d do her for the money
    Say it’s fair
    You sue her for the money”

    By the way, I love the comparison with Pink Floyd.

  • Daniela November 2, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I think Tabloid Junkie id the top ten. I love this song, and, to me it needess a video. I even can imagine a great vido for this music. Michael throwing the truth in the midia’s face and in the gossipy public’s face . It’s just great.