Remembering Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26, 2009

With the passing of Michael Jackson yesterday I started to wonder; is this the biggest icon to die in my life? The answer is, without a doubt in my mind, yes.

Michael Jackson, though I did not see him in his Jackson 5 days, has always been the top music icon of my generation. Other musicians have come and gone and rarely have the top names continued to remain prominent through the years. Other than Madonna what other musician could grab headlines at will (or against their will) without so much as blinking an eye?

While his legacy may be tarnished in the recent point of view by scandalous allegations and rumors, down the road when people think about Jackson they will think of his impact on the music industry. Music videos would probably not be where they are today if not for Jackson. Fourteen number one songs in the United States. Nineteen Grammy awards. Thirteen Guinness world records. Twelve world music awards. One memorable episode of The Simpsons.

The impact left by Jackson will be huge for a long time. How many weddings will you go to in your life? Each of them will play at least one classic hit from the King of Pop, whether it be from his solo career or his days with the Jackson 5.

How many musicians had a video game casting him as the main character? Jackson had his on the Sega Genesis. Fittingly it was called Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.

There are many songs that will be etched in our collective memories for the rest of our lives. Jackson provided us with songs we will never forget. What is your favorite Jackson song? What will you remember most about Jackson?

Feel free to share your thoughts and memories in the comment section.

EDIT: Also be sure to read my quick Penn State take on the passing of Jackson over at NittanyWhiteOut.

Michael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

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