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Michael Jackson

After rising above his circumstances in the humble, working class town of Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson started his incredible career leading Motown sensation the Jackson Five through ’60s smashes like “ABC,” “I’ll Be There” and “I Want You Back.” As the disco era dawned, The Jacksons continued to conquer the charts thanks to jams like “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and “Blame It on the Boogie.”

The true measure of Jackson’s talent was exhibited in 1982 when his solo masterpiece Thriller, became the best-selling album of all time. The newly named “King of Pop” quickly ruled MTV with his Moonwalking-filled videos, eventually being celebrated by the Guinness World Records as the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time.”

Though his erratic behavior detracted from his popularity, Jackson was on the verge of a complete comeback in 2009 with 50 sold-out This Is It concerts in London. In the midst of rehearsals, however, he suddenly fell ill and later died. His untimely passing devastated the masses, but his album sales endure while stars of every stripe continue to sing his praises.

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