Michael Jackson's top 10 career moments
Happy 55th Birthday, Michael Jackson!-10959
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.
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Motown signs The Jackson 5, 1968-10959
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.
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'The Wiz' and 'Off the Wall,' 1978-1979-10959
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."
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"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.
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The Moonwalk, 1983-10959
Jackson debuted his iconic dance move during a March 1983 TV performance of "Billie Jean."
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'We Are The World,' 1985-10959
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.
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"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.
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'Black or White,' 1991-10959
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.
"Black or White" music video
Prince, Paris and Blanket, 1997-2002-10959
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."
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2001-10959
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."
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Death and tribute, 2009-10959
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.
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