On this sad day of the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death, it’s fair to pay homage to his musical legacy. The King of Pop stays a true music legend and the artist who broke all the records. You observe it easily on internet every day with tons of homages and covers from anonymous fans. But as James Brown and Quincy Jones did for him, MJ keeps influencing major artists as well!
From Prince to Chris Brown to the late Amy Winehouse or Justin Timberlake, numerous popular artists made their own version of one of MJ’s songs. So here are 5 of the best existing covers of Michael Jackson!
The Weeknd – D.D.
Young Canadian R&B singer covered MJ’s “Dirty Diana” two years ago. The original is one of the rare rock song made by Michael Jackson and tells the story of an obscene girl who tries to seduce him as all the other man surrounding her.
Bruno Mars – Medley
To play some of the King of Pop’s songs during his live shows is one of Bruno Mars‘s favorite passions. Here is a medley of his best MJ’s renditions.
R. Kelly – You’re Not Alone
When a legend covers another legend. In 2010, R. Kelly decided to cover Bambi’s balad “You’re Not Alone”. An easy choice for him, as he wrote the original version for MJ!
SWV – Right Here (Human Nature)
This song is SWV‘s biggest hit. Released in late 1991, “Right Here” spent 54 weeks in US charts. It samples Michael’s “Human Nature”. 21 seconds into the song, you’ll hear Pharrell’s voice for one of his first appearance on record.
Junior Reid – Human Nature
Less than one year after MJ released “Human Nature”, Junior Reid proved how much Michael’s music is universal by performing this classic reggae cover.