Remembering MJ: Michael Jackson’s Most Underrated Gems

Published: Thursday 25th Jun 2015 by Sam
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Six years ago today, the late great King of Pop Michael Jackson passed onto eternity aged just 50.

And while he may be gone in the flesh, his legacy remains everlasting.

To celebrate his indisputable impact on Pop music and culture, That Grape Juice are spotlighting some of our favourite underrated MJ gems. Because, despite the trailblazing success of cuts such as ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Bad,’ and ‘Remember The Time,’ even Michael wasn’t exempt from releasing songs that – for one reason or the other – went under the radar.

Our picks await below in no particular order…

Unbreakable

A phrase that has attracted headlines of late thanks to sister Janet’s like titled world tour. For us, though, ‘Unbreakable’ is most synonymous with the funky, flavoursome fire that was this 2001 cut expertly carved by Rodney Jerkins and featured the late Notorious B.I.G.

We’ve Had Enough

Housed on 2004’s ‘Ultimate Collection’, this bonus track has us wondering why it wasn’t a full fledged single 11 years on. Said to have been recorded during–sessions-, ‘Enough’ boasts the passionate, progressiveness of ‘Earth Song’ and elevates said sound with its rockier production and captivating lyrical narrative.

Cry

Another cousin of Earth Song, this rousing R. Kelly song sat on MJ’s last traditional album, 2001’s ‘Invincible.’ Sadly, like much of its parent LP, ‘Cry’ is criminally underrated. An attempt was made to make it a single following ‘You Rock My World’ and a Michael-less video was even serviced. However, a very public spat between Michael and label Sony nipped those plans in the bud.

One More Chance

This beautiful ballad couldn’t have been any more unfortunate its timing, The sole new number of Michael’s 2003 ‘Number Ones’ compilation, it told the tale of a man pleading for “One More Chance at love.” Synonymously, there was a sense that the song’s lyrics saw Jackson asking to be re-embraced by a public whose opinion of him wasn’t as universally positive as it it had been in previous years. Sadly, allegations (from which he was eventually vindicated from) marred the release of the song and it’s already shot video.

2 Bad

Featured on Jackson’s 1995 ‘History’ greatest hits/ new album hybrid, this Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis production served as one of project’s standout numbers. For, despite the set’s angry under and overtones, ‘2 Bad’ pierced through on its own accord. Dynamic, danceable, and best listened to at dizzying decibels.

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  1. Molly June 25, 2015

    My favorite song from Michael is Dirty Diana. R.I.P.

    • HotBoyz June 26, 2015

      YESSSSSS That is my all time fav from him

  2. #TeamTinashe Stan June 25, 2015

    He is the King of Music period. No one can’t achieve what he did ever again.

    • King B June 25, 2015

      Beyonce did already. So she is the king. Sit down!

      • OMG Logic!!! June 25, 2015

        Thighyonce isn’t even on the level of modern greats like Adele much less All-Time legends like like MJ. Sit b1tch HIVe.

      • #TeamTinashe Stan June 25, 2015

        @KingB when? *sigh* You need to tumble a few stairs down off from my reply section…… like now. I’ve dealt with way too many delusions today.
        https://youtu.be/x2LHiKk0vRs

      • Stay on top June 25, 2015

        At this King B troll, stop trolling.

      • Brap Brap Brap June 26, 2015

        B**** Better Have My Money

    • Yonce June 25, 2015

      Bey already surpassed him. The world knows Bey is king of music.

      • OMG Logic!!! June 25, 2015

        Thighyonce’s receipts don’t match your claims though…

      • RihAmerican (hives scared of R8) June 26, 2015

        Flopyonce can’t even pass Rihanna lol you tried it!

  3. AALIYAH_ ANGEL June 25, 2015

    RIP! YALL BETTER DO ARTICLE FOR AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON ON HER UP COMING ANNIVERSARY! SHE IS LEGEND

    • #TeamTinashe Stan June 25, 2015

      They always do.

      • AALIYAH_ ANGEL June 25, 2015

        Yassssss. They need to Stan for the queen

  4. OMG Logic!!! June 25, 2015

    I was partial to Stranger in Moscow. It always felt like a slightly underrated MJ song.

  5. LB June 25, 2015

    Suicide, I love you but try it on this post today and I’ll read you so far we finna finish the whole Game of Thrones book series. I have my reading glasses on.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan June 25, 2015

      Lol why?

    • What now June 25, 2015

      KIII

  6. RoyalKev June 25, 2015

    My favorite underrated MJ gems are ‘Baby Be Mine’ (Thriller) and ‘Girlfriend'(Off the wall). The success Michael saw at the peak of his career is amazing! For an album to sell 65 – 110 million copies ww … It seems unreal! R.I.P MJ

  7. What now June 25, 2015

    MY FAV MJ SONG IS YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE. SUCH GREAT HARMONIES WITH AN AMAZING MELODY. HE IS KING. RIP MJ.

  8. Nippy ( I will always love you) June 25, 2015

    Sooooo, now we’re glorifying p********* who were in their 50’s but acted like a child? This man was obvioussily mentally Ill. Who holds a baby outside the window? Who changed their appearance to look white? ( bleaching, nose job and relaxer) MJ was just a self hating, p********, mentally ILL person. Who needed to be listed as a child predator in the looney house taking hourly mess instead of being honored smh.

    • What now June 25, 2015

      WE GET IT TROLL. NO ONE IS GOING TO DRAG NIPPY JUST BC U CAME TO TROLL ON THE KING’S POST. GO SUCK A D*** UNTIL YOU KICK THE BUCKET YOUR DAMN SELF

  9. Nippy ( I will always love you) June 25, 2015

    This man needed medication and to be locked up. Not money and dams

  10. LB June 25, 2015

    Michael Jackson is probably greatest performer of all time, he also some some of the most generic music of all time.

    He ruled the 90s with iron clad hits, but his music could not hold a candle to what BabyFace or Pedo_Kelly were cooking up.

    That said, his legacy and impact is undeniable, he is most likely one of the biggest artists ever and the biggest entertainer ever. He impacted and inspired billions around he world and opened doors for many in the music industry. His legacy is solid and undeniable.

    Michael’s shoes are just too big to fill, he is a once in a 100 years type of entertainer.

    Having said that, here are my top Michael Jackson pics below.

    5. I’ll be there
    https://youtu.be/b0yNdCCubyI

    • RoyalKev June 25, 2015

      You are trying so hard!
      First Brandy says …
      Then Monica says …
      Now Nippy… LOL

      Who is next? Janet, Madonna, Mariah, Celine … Oprah?
      Let me guess, your saving these names for a Bey or Rih post?

      The thirst!

  11. Blank June 25, 2015

    My favorite MJ song is Baby Be Mine off the Thriller album

  12. BeyRihLiyah June 25, 2015

    R.I.P to the legendary king of pop

    • Iconic Cici June 25, 2015

      RIP to Rihannas walls

      • BeyRihLiyah June 25, 2015

        Rip to trannyaras career rip to trannyara relevancy

  13. PYTFROMAL June 25, 2015

    YES TGJ! Michael had so many underrated songs. There was so much more to him than Thriller, Bad etc. He was so versatile, so creative so innovative with his sound. He was pop, soul, disco, rock you name it! There wasn’t a genre the King couldn’t do and might in add he did it WELL. Upon his death, I immediately went and bought his #1s album, watched his documentaries and tried to understand the man behind the music and i am so appreciative of his talent, his craft.

    One more chance is one of my FAVORITE songs by Michael, Break of Dawn and State of Shock with Freddie Mercury.

    Man I get so emotional every year. RIP TO THE MOTHAFKIN KING!!

    • RoyalKev June 25, 2015

      State of Shock with Freddie Mercury
      __________________________

      ^ This happened? I have to see if this one sounds familiar.

      • PYTFROMAL June 25, 2015

        Hey RoyalKev! When I first heard it I thought it was so DOPE. Two legends together. I can’t tell if it’s a demo or a song

    • RoyalKev June 25, 2015

      Wow, I like it! MJ sounds a little different on this song!

    • pat June 25, 2015

      I listened to break of dawn today. Definitely a gem

    • Sandra June 25, 2015

      @pytfromal

      Amen to that

    • Iconic Cici June 25, 2015

      But Rihanna didn’t have enough money to bury Grandolly

  14. Iconic Cici June 25, 2015

    Icon, Legend, Groundbreaking.

  15. Weezy Tha G.O.A.T June 25, 2015

    Rip King. Their will never be another MJ????????????

  16. Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) June 25, 2015

    Legend.

  17. ratedxxx June 25, 2015

    That’s the thing with real artist like Michael as many album he sold worldwide

    How many grammys and number 1 hits he had?

    He made music not hits for the charts

    • Kris June 25, 2015

      Beyonce shade?

      • ratedxxx June 25, 2015

        What?

        Is she the only singer on the planet?

        Im talking about multiple artists

        Who gets Grammys after grammys for crappy songs or albums

        If I wanted to say beyondfakes
        i would

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig June 26, 2015

        LOL she’s too scared to say that name, after the way her body got sent to the emergency room two nights ago.

  18. Mark111 June 25, 2015

    Kong of Pop! The GOAT! This will not be a rough queen or an angry White boys battle field.

  19. Jose June 25, 2015

    wass waiting to see when the trolls would show up but I see I’m late they’re here smh y’all are so childish on here…..Long live the king!

  20. ratedxxx June 25, 2015

    Damn dude used to make people cry at his concerts

    The closest person that can touch him performance wise is janet

    I can watch janet perform on mute like no other….shes captivating. ..

    • Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) June 25, 2015

      LMFAOOO B******! I can’t stand your ass but I about choked at “I can watch Janet perform on mute like no other…she’s captivating” ????????????????????????????????????????????????????.

  21. Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) June 25, 2015

    And LMFAO at y’all coming for Suicide when he hasn’t even commented yet ????☕️

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig June 26, 2015

      PUNK ASS CLĮTLESS TROLLING ASS CÜNT 😆 hahaha I saw your little flop ass comment. I work 9-5 GMT time and I have a social life which I was I why I didn’t clock that ass kissing ass yesterday. You’re a troll that used to rock the name “Hydroquinone’ when you were trolling ‘I stan(d) for flops’, then your ass got dragged and resurrected this flop ass @rihslavey account to go and troll the navy. Just like a weak dog ass Mimi-Faust-Looking Ass ho, you’re on here being a pússsy claiming that you want a ‘truce’ so you can avoid a dragging. Me, @Slay_Hive, @DelBey, @Tyler, @Naomi, @Richie_Rich, are the originals and you are just a farrah franklin understudy that has been brought on to fill the gap @Beysus left when stopped commenting. You’re my slave that I used and abused, and now I have sold you off to the rest of the hive, so always remember where your bread buttered.. BÏTCH

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig June 26, 2015

        Also @DiggerBey, @Fatusankoh, @Suprise(Dec13), @YouTriedIt, @TruthSerum, @CarryOn etc are true fans that don’t change their standpoints just because of peer pressure. Come correct the next time you namedrop the CEO AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig 😆

  22. Mark111 June 25, 2015

    You know you’re powerful when you make people go crazy and faint by just standing in place for a minute.

  23. Carry On June 25, 2015

    ….and no one in this history should Nev-VER re-do and can’t actually re-do a classic “Lady in my life”. Thank you

  24. June 25, 2015

    i never hear a micheal jackson song i didn’t like, so miss me with that underrated gem talk sam.not everything got to be top 100 are top 50 to be good.

    • Stay on top June 25, 2015

      Exactly!

  25. Jose June 25, 2015

    I see somebody mentioned lady in my life chillleeeeee that’s a classic underrated jam grown and s***

  26. JOSE June 25, 2015

    Dedicated to Suicide Blonde since you love Michael and the Beatles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHp0s2wKajw

    I see you rocking from side to side LMAO! “Paul I thought I told you, Imma LOVER NOT A FIGHTER”-MJ

  27. JOSE June 25, 2015

  28. JOSE June 25, 2015

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRqYVFr7sL4

    This song is so sad tho, if you listen to the lyrics, he was so tortured and felt alone and he reflected it in his music, they tore that man down I still feel bad for him I hope he’s at peace.

  29. Rima June 25, 2015

    R.I.P Michael you and Gaga have truly changed my life. Gaga imo is my Michael Jackson she has an impact on me and others. MJ you’ll always be king.

  30. Sandra June 25, 2015

    How did the years go by so quickly? Where did these 6 years go? Time really flies. I still can not accept or believe that Michael is gone from this world 🙁
    Michael’s most underrated songs are Heaven Can Wait, Stranger in Moscow, and Another Part of Me. And the unreleased song called Carousal has always been a favorite of mine. He has a very strong discography. There is something for everyone.
    R.I.P Michael Jackson <3<3

  31. Rima June 25, 2015

    Little monsters love you mj

  32. Shady81 June 25, 2015

    My favorite songs by Michael were Liberian Girl, Off The Wall Scream (Him & Janet’s harmonies were incredible on that song) Stranger in Moscow.
    Favorite videos were Smooth Criminal and the mashup of Two Bad and Ghost he upped his Game with that video from what he did with Thriller especially the dancing.

  33. Stephon Maurice Jackson June 25, 2015

    THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP

    This man truly was the ‘King Of Popular’ music. His catalog is so memorable & timeless. Ok, here’s my top 50 Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 songs (In No Particular Order):

    1.) Stranger In Moscow
    2.) They Don’t Really Care About Us
    3.) With A Child’s Heart
    4.) I Wanna Be Where You Are
    5.) Give In To Me
    6.) The Way You Make Me Feel
    7.) Heartbreak Hotel
    8.) I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
    9.) Remember The Time
    10.) Bad
    11.) Smooth Criminal
    12.) Who Is It
    13.) The Lady Of My Life
    14.) Off The Wall
    15.) One Day In Your Life
    16.) Say, Say, Say
    17.) Beat It
    18.) Pretty Young Thing
    19.) Billie Jean
    20.) Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
    21.) Rock With You
    22.) Wanna Be Startin Somethin
    23.) Human Nature
    24.) Someone Put Your Hand Out
    25.) Heaven Can Wait
    26.) Scream
    27.) You Rock My World
    28.) Butterflies
    29.) Got To Be There
    30.) Ben
    31.) Ain’t No Sunshine
    32.) Jam
    33.) Will You Be There
    34.) Earth Song
    35.) You Are Not Alone
    36.) Rockin Robin
    37.) The Love You Save
    38.) I’ll Be There
    39.) Whatever Happens
    40.) Lovely One
    41.) Can You Feel It
    42.) Dirty Diana
    43.) Man In The Mirror
    44.) Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming
    45.) Music & Me
    46.) Another Part Of Me
    47.) I Can’t Help It
    48.) Unbreakable
    49.) Heal The World
    50.) Understand Your Ways

    Also, I didn’t even mention “Thriller, Black Or White, Dangerous, The Girl Is Mine, Show You The Way To Go, She’s Out Of My Life, Blame It On The Boogie, Shake Your Body, Enjoy Yourself, Leave Me Alone, Keep The Faith” etc… This man just had a career FULL of excellent/hit songs. Just incredible. RIP MJ.

  34. ratedxxx June 25, 2015

    Swagger so bright I don’t even need lights, I’m with a model broad she dont even eat rice

  35. Stephon Maurice Jackson June 25, 2015

    Beyonce has not & probably will NEVER surpass Michael Jackson. Her catalog of music just doesn’t compete with his (she can’t even touch Madonnas, Janet’s & Mariah’s catalog either imo). But, Beyonce is the closest LIVE performer in the industry… That can kinda create that type of intensity & excitement on stage. But, Beyonce is no where near MJ’s thrown. She needs to build her catalog up more.. And, create more CLASSICS. She’s a better VOCALIST than MJ tho. That’s it.

  36. Keri Qween June 25, 2015

    I don’t think you can have a favorite Michael jackson song, his discography is so wide and great and elite its impossible

  37. Stevie Nicks stan June 25, 2015

    Can’t believe people hate on “The Girl is Mine” SMH
    Anyway the only person in history who can be compared to Mike is none other than Prince.They both released the best two albums of the 1980s and to this day im torn between Thriller and Purple Rain

  38. ratedxxx June 25, 2015

    Thats michael..his swagger so bright he doesn’t even lights

    Meaning he didn’t need to be all over the charts because his albums spoke for him

    People now and days wouldnt be able to handle his music..because everything is about hits

    The majority of his songs were not hits

  39. ratedxxx June 25, 2015

    I’m sorry there’s no way in helllllll that beyonce is a better vocalist than michael….

    Michael can do things to his voice that nobody can do

    He can go from pop to r&b to rock to soul in just one song

    Even my neighbors cat is a better vocalist than b eyonce..I want to choke his furry asss many times

    Dont do it..not today sir

    • HYISI June 25, 2015

      Girl shut up, you only get up here to shade Beyonce, this is about Michael Jackson! Take your tired shade and attempts at dragging to another post and yes she is a better vocailist but not a better performer and most definitely not the better artist. Beyonce shits all over that hippo you stan for though In every way possible, I’d be pressed for almost a decade too if my fave turned out to be a run of the mill fluke who couldn’t push 100K with streams included or go gold when when most R&B albums were still doing that with ease. Jazmine fatback Sullivan flop circa 2008 and beyond!

  40. Mark111 June 25, 2015

    Even his demos sh1t on 99% of other artist.
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  41. Mark111 June 25, 2015

    This was a pretty smooth jam as well. Man, 2001 had some great albums. I think almost everyone dropped an album that year.
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  42. Dossome June 25, 2015

    RIP MJ,he actually died a day before my 21 birthday 🙁

    Favorite MJ songs:-
    1.All In Your Name (with Barry Gibb)
    2.Speechless
    3.Will You Be There
    4.Lady In My Life
    5.Stranger In Moscow
    6.Liberian Girl
    7.Smooth Criminal
    8.Black Or White
    9.Ben
    10.Butterflies
    11.You Rock My World
    12.Gone Too Soon
    13.Cry
    14.Dirty Diana
    15.She’s Out Of My Life
    16.You Are Not Alone
    17.They Don’t Care About Us
    18.Who Is It.
    19.Remember The Time
    20.In The Closet

  43. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money June 26, 2015

    My favorite mj song are bad and remember the time also screams feat his sister Janet Jackson

  44. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money June 26, 2015

    Micheal Jackson is the best performance rip to him

  45. Dossome June 26, 2015

    I noticed something,MJ died at 50,Nippy died at 48…All of a sudden everybody’s like “He/she died so young” but if they were still alive and actively putting out music,the same people would be like “Retire already,you are too old”.SMH

  46. lolhart June 26, 2015

    Too many great songs, but I love Speechless from the Invincible album. You can really hear the emotion in Michael’s voice. Amazing vocal as well.

  47. Sandra June 26, 2015

    Legenddddd <3

  48. Mad-on-her June 26, 2015

    1. Like A Prayer
    2. Vogue
    3. The Power Of Goodbye
    4. Frozen
    5. Ray Of Light
    6. Material Girl
    7. Hung Up
    8. Into the Groove
    9. Like A Virgin
    10. Music
    11. La Isla Bonita
    12. Rebel Heart (Avicci demo version)
    13. Express Yourself
    14. Open Your Heart
    15. Papa Don’t Preach
    16. Don’t Tell Me
    17. Bedtime Story
    18. Beautiful Stranger
    19. 4 Minutes
    20. Til Death Do Us Part
    21. Nothing Really Matters
    22. Drowned World/Substitute For Love
    23. You’ll See
    24. Celebration
    25. Sorry
    26. Impressive Instant
    27. Easy Ride
    28. Die Another Day
    29. American Life
    30. Cherish
    31. I’m Addicted
    32. Gang Bang
    33. Give Me All Your Luvin’
    34. Human Nature
    35. Dress You Up
    36. Holiday
    37. Ghosttown
    38. Nothing Fails
    39. Take A Bow
    40. Secret
    41. Oh Father
    42. Heartbeat
    43. Love Spent
    44. Hollywood
    45. Live To Tell
    46. True Blue
    47. Justify My Love
    48. Erotica
    49. Spanish Eyes
    50. Wash All Over Me

    And that’s without even mentioning Everybody, Crazy For You, Love Song with Prince, Rescue Me, This Used To Be My Playground, I’ll Remember, Deeper and Deeper, Rain, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Swim, Skin, Sky Fits Heaven, What It Feels Like For A Girl, Gone, Paradise (Not For Me), Love Profusion, Mother and Father, Nobody Knows Me, Get Together, Jump, Push, How High, Give It 2 Me, Miles Away, Devil Wouldn’t Recognise You, She’s Not Me, Turn Up The Radio, Some Girls, Masterpiece, Inside Out…
    and a wealth of amazing unreleased tracks.
    No one else’s catalogue even compares.

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson June 26, 2015

      Nice try, Suicide Blonde. But, this is a MJ post. Nothing to do with the Witch. And, most of those songs you named aren’t even memorable to the general public.

      • Mad-on-her June 26, 2015

        37 of the songs were Top Ten hits in either the UK or US – or both. And she has Number 1 hits in both the UK and US that aren’t even on this list. Who else could? Only Madonna. Deal.

      • Stephon Maurice Jackson June 26, 2015

        And? Most of those songs are forgettable “dance hits”. Lol, Michael Jackson has THE most memorable pop catalog of all time. Period. And, he sold more record than MAdonna with HALF the album’s/single releases. DEAL

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