When you think of Michael Jackson, you can't help but think of his music videos, a back catalogue of 'short films' that defined the first decade of the MTV revolution.
Working with Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, MJ transformed the music video from a promotional tool and into an art form.
With unique dance moves, to A-List celebrity cameos, to ground breaking special effects, the King of Pop's videos were as highly anticipated as the release of each new album.
As a tribute we have compiled the Top 10 greatest Michael Jack music videos.
10 Say Say Say (1982)
Written and performed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, video directed by Bob Giraldi (1982)
Filmed in Santa Ynez Valley, California, this video features cameo appearances by Linda McCartney, La Toya Jackson and Harry Dean Stanton. Credited as the first music video to introduce dialogue and storyline.
9 Bad (1987)
Written and performed by Michael Jackson, video directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starred one of the first appearances of yet-undiscovered Wesley Snipes. The music video received one nomination at the Video Music Awards in 1988.
8 Remember The Time (1992)
Written and performed by Michael Jackson, video directed by John Singleton. The nine-minute film starred Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson and Iman, with whom Michael was once in love.
7 The way you make me feel (1987)
Written and performed by Michael Jackson, video directed by Joe Pytka. The video received one nomination at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony.
6 Black or White (1991)
Written and performed by Michael Jackson, video directed by John Landis, who previously directed 'Thriller'. Featuring cameos by Macaulay Culkin, Tess Harper, and George Wendt. The highlight was an innovative sequence in which the faces of various people were digitally morphed into each other.
5 Scream (1995)
Michael Jackson's duet with younger sister Janet Jackson, video directed by Mark Romanek. With a price tag of $7 million, 'Scream' is still officially the most expensive music video ever made.
4 Beat It (1983)
Written and directed by Michael Jackson, video directed by Bob Giraldi. The music video for "Beat It" helped establish Jackson as an international pop icon. Featuring MJ's zippered red leather jacket and a large group dance scene that would come to be one of his trademarks.
3 Smooth Criminal (1987)
Written and directed by Michael Jackson, video directed by Marc Klasfeld. The song was adapted into a short film which was the centerpiece of the 1988 film Moonwalker starring Michael Jackson and Joe Pesci in the lead roles.
2 Billie Jean (1982)
Written and directed by Michael Jackson, video directed by Steve Barron. Considered the video that brought MTV, a fairly new and unknown music channel, into mainstream attention. It was the first video by a black artist to be aired regularly by the channel, as the network's executives felt black music wasn't "rock" enough.
1 Thriller (1983)
Written and directed by Michael Jackson, video directed by John Landis. This 3-minute-and-43-second-long music video has been voted as the most influential pop music video of all time.
RIP Michael Jackson, 29 August 1958 – 25 June 2009
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