Some popular Michael Jackson songs are "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It" and "Bad." Some others are "Smooth Criminal," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Dirty Diana" and "Black or White."
"Billie Jean," released in 1982, is based on Jackson's real experiences with a woman who claimed he had fathered one of her children. A music video that was also a short horror film accompanied 1983's "Thriller." The Library of Congress has called it the most famous music video of all time. "Beat It" came out the same year and was Jackson's artistic, and admittedly naive, take on gang rivalries. "Bad" came out in 1987 and featured an edgier side of the singer.
"Smooth Criminal" was also released in 1987 on the album "Bad." The video featured Jackson and his backup dancers performing a 45-degree lean, which he recreated during live performances for years. "The Way You Make Me Feel" was one of five No. 1 hits from the "Bad" album. "Dirty Diana" comes from the same album and is about female fans willing to do anything to spend time with popular musicians. "Black Or White," featured on 1992's "Dangerous" album, contains some of Jackson's sentiments on racial equality. A video accompanied it, featuring a face-morphing sequence using technology that was very innovative at the time .