In honor of Michael Jackson's 55th birthday, ABC News has compiled a list of his top 10 career moments.
In honor of Michael Jackson's 55th birthday, ABC News has compiled a list of his top 10 career moments. Take a look back at the King of Pop's journey.
The Jackson 5's first four singles -- "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" -- all reached the top of the charts. Jackson was just short of 10 years old at the time.
While filming "The Wiz," the urban take on "The Wizard of Oz," with Diana Ross, Jackson met Quincy Jones. Jones went on to produce Jackson's first adult solo album, "Off the Wall."
"Thriller," released Nov. 30, 1982, had seven top 10 singles on the Billboard chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the record at 20 on the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Jackson debuted his iconic dance move during a March 1983 TV performance of "Billie Jean."
Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song to help hunger relief efforts in Africa. The effort raised more than $60 million in aid. The track also featured Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
"Bad" topped the charts for eight weeks after its Aug. 31, 1987, release. The album has several top singles, including "Man in the Mirror," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Smooth Criminal." The album won two Grammy Awards.
The song "Black or White" hit No. 1 within three weeks of its release. The video, which featured child star Macaulay Culkin, was broadcast by MTV, VH1, BET and Fox, and reached an audience of 500 million.
Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe had a son, Prince, and a daughter, Paris. In 2002 with a surrogate, Jackson had Prince Michael II, aka "Blanket."
In his acceptance speech, Jackson said, "For me, the gift of music has been a blessing from God. To my mother Katherine and to my father Joseph Jackson, I love you both. To my brothers and my sisters, thank you, you're so wonderful."
Jackson died June 25, 2009, from cardiac arrest. A public memorial service was held July 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. More than 31 million people tuned in to the broadcast of the service.