August 29, 1958. Seems like a fairly insignificant date, right? But that was the day a legend was born. A legend who would change the face of pop music forever. His name was Michael Jackson.
There was no doubt that Michael was destined for greatness. After all, he charmed everyone with his vocals, right from the tender age of 7. He truly was the King of Pop. But what most people don’t know is that MJ was also the King of Cover Songs. Throughout his career, and even posthumously, Michael’s covers have put some iconic originals to shame. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here are 10 songs that prove that MJ was the King of Cover Songs:
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day by Stevie Wonder
If there was one musician in history who could do justice to a Stevie Wonder cover, it was Michael Jackson. His cover of Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day is proof of just that.
Love Never Felt So Good by Johnny Mathis
What do you get when you put Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake together? Pop perfection, across two generations! The duo’s cover of Love Never Felt So Good is a stunning interpretation of Johnny Mathis‘ iconic song.
Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
A life without Michael Jackson‘s music is a life where there Ain’t No Sunshine. Fortunately, we can keep listening to glorious covers like his rendition of Bill Withers‘ classic.
With a Child’s Heart by Stevie Wonder
If you’re ever stressed, just listen to MJ‘s cover of With a Child’s Heart. Nothing can cheer you up like his soothing voice telling you that there’s no need to worry or fear!
Come Together by The Beatles
One song that has some truly magnificent covers is The Beatles‘ Come Together. From Aerosmith to the Arctic Monkeys, many icons have put their own, wonderful spin on this track. Michael Jackson‘s rockin’ rendition gives all of them a run for their money!
You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King
Just like Come Together, Carole King‘s classic You’ve Got a Friend has been covered by some real legends. These include Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor and of course, Michael Jackson.
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me by The Miracles
Farewell My Summer Love is one of Michael‘s most underrated albums. And if there’s one track that truly made us love the LP, it’s his cover of The Miracles‘ hit, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.
There Must Be More to Life Than This by Freddie Mercury
What happens when one legend covers another? The answer is Michael Jackson‘s cover of There Must Be More to Life Than This. His vocals in the soul-stirring track show us exactly why MJ‘s music will live on forever.
Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone by The Supremes
At 13, Michael Jackson belted out this dazzling cover of The Supremes‘ Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone. Meanwhile, other kids his age were still using their hairbrushes as microphones.
Fly Away by Rebbie Jackson
Michael Jackson is single-handedly responsible for making Bad seem so good! Don’t believe us? Listen to his cover of Fly Away from his record, Bad.