10 Underrated Michael Jackson Songs (With Two Honorable Mentions)

10 Underrated Michael Jackson Songs (With Two Honorable Mentions)

Some excellent tunes from the 'King of Pop' that I think never received the recognition that they truly deserved

Michael Jackson was an artist that despite his questionable behavior and issues, especially among the media, was still an innovator of pop music and music in general. He changed the way pop music was with his incredible dance moves, philanthropic efforts by creating several different charities, and powerful messages in his songs. Through these achievements, Jackson influenced the progression of pop music and we can still find bits of the sound he created in modern pop today through the many present day artists he heavy influenced like Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. Now, while everybody knows the obvious songs that were recorded by Jackson like "Thriller," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Bad," "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough," and many others, I thought I would highlight some tunes from the 'King of Pop' that seemed to go under the radar during his career and didn't get the recognition that I feel they deserved. Some of these were released as singles, but a few of these songs are deep cuts as well. First, I'll start with a couple honorable mentions and then the actual list. In the end, despite the allegations and controversies that he faced throughout his lifetime, you can't deny that this man was the greatest pop artist, let alone entertainer, to ever walk the earth.

Honorable Mentions:

1. "Streetwalker"- Bad (2001 Special Edition Bonus Track Version)

"I have to tell ya that you give me strong hot fever, my every thought is you and that's a fact, yeah yeah."

I decided to put this Jackson song as an honorable mention simply because it was intended to be a song included on Bad, but it was cut from the album's track listing at the last minute. While I can see why it was left off because it doesn't really fit the overall sound of Bad and it's message is pretty simple, it goes to show that even songs that Jackson didn't include on his records were incredibly catchy and classic!

2. "The Lady in My Life"- Thriller

"So I promise you tonight, that you will always be the lady in my life."

It was hard to keep this song off of my actual list because I believe that it is one of the most romantic love songs ever written. However, there is still one other song off of Thriller that I consider to be more underrated, which I will get to later on in the list, so I decided to keep it off. One thing I can guarantee about this song though is that it will without a doubt be played at my future wedding, whenever that'll be, after all I'm only 21. Got a long way to go before that ever happens.

The Actual List:

10. "Workin' Day And Night"- Off The Wall

"But what is love girl, if I'm always out of sight."

I have always considered Off The Wall to be Michael Jackson's most underrated album, especially compared to Thriller, Bad, and Dangerous, simply because this was just when Jackson was starting to rise into the pop music scene as a solo artist, with help from legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones, and it contains some of the funkiest songs to ever be recorded. I personally would be dancing to this song while flipping burgers on the grill at my job just because it would fit the mood, but of course that would never happen as I would be fired and sent off to a world of not being able to dance for all the rest of eternity (okay, not really). However, if you somehow have a boss that lets you listen to music while you work, put this song on and you'll get through your shift in no time!

9. "Speed Demon"- Bad

"Pull over boy and get your ticket right."

This is one of my absolute favorite songs off of Bad because this was around the time where Jackson was beginning to experiment with adding rock elements into his songs to broaden his audience, and it certainly worked. The biggest reason why I love this track is because the instrumentation makes you feel that your actually driving fast in a car on a freeway somewhere and putting the "pedal to the medal" So, If you need a new song to drive on the highway to, by all means turn to this funk rock jam. However, don't go too crazy out on the roads and as Michael says, if you get caught "pull over boy and get your ticket right."

8. "2 Bad" (featuring Shaquille O'Neal)- HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I

"You're aiming just for me, you are disgustin' me, just want your cut from me, but too bad, too bad."

This song has such a great beat on it that makes me just want to get moving on a dancefloor when I hear it. Not to mention it has a rap feature from the one, the only, Shaquille O'Neal (aka Shaq Diesel), and believe it or not, his guest verse actually works in this song. I mean, "Nine five Shaq represent with the Thrilla, grab my crotch, twist my knee, then I'm through, Mike's bad, I'm bad who are you," that's pretty good lyricism from a guy as cheesy as Shaq, I don't know about you.

7. "Privacy"- Invincible

"Cause your cameras can't control, the minds of those who know, that you'll even sell your soul just to get a story sold."

Now, obviously Invincible was an album that was poorly received among both fans and critics alike, with some considering this to be Jackson's worst album. While I too consider this to be his weakest album, it isn't as awful as some think of it to be. Many of the songs off this record I actually enjoy quite a bit, like "You Rock My World," and "Butterflies" both of which were successful charting singles, but songs such as "Privacy." have made Invincible a "semi-enjoyable" listen in my opinion. I thought this song was a highlight on the album for me because while Michael had made many songs throughout his career slamming on the paparazzi by the way they would portray him in the news, like "Leave Me Alone" and "Tabloid Junkie," I thought that this song was the best "f*** the press" type of song Jackson recorded because of the powerful words he uses throughout the song. The instrumentation is interesting to listen to as well, but I would try hearing what Jackson is trying to say in the lyrics to get something from this tune because he gives you an insight on how he really felt about the press and the way they made him look to the world.

6. "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"- Dangerous

"You got world hunger, not enough to eat, so there's really no time to be trippin' on me."

I've always had mixed reactions about Dangerous because while it has some great tunes on it like "Remember The Time," "Black Or White," and "In The Closet," it is hard for me to listen to the album as a whole, mostly because some of the instrumentation on the deep cuts don't do much for me. However, with this song, I absolutely love the message that Jackson says on it because while it is repetitive, especially near the end of the track where he just sings the chorus over and over again, Jackson is simply asking us why should we care what he's doing during his every day life (hence "why you wanna trip on me?) when there are a number of problems to worry about going on in the world that have yet to be resolved that we should address? So, while Dangerous might not be my favorite record by Jackson, it certainly is an enjoyable listen that includes elements of new jack swing, rock, gospel, and hip hop, just to name a few.

5. "Burn This Disco Out"- Off The Wall

"So D.J. spin the sounds, there ain't no way that you're gonna let us down, gonna dance, gonna shout, gonna burn this disco out."

This was such a great song to close out Off The Wall and I can never get enough of the background vocals during the chorus on this track. "Groove all night, Get that sound" man, soooo good!

4. "Childhood"- HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I

"It's been my fate to compensate for the childhood, I've never known."

HIStory was actually the first Michael Jackson album I ever listened to and it was perfect for me since it had his greatest hits as well as an album of new songs on it too. While there are some great tracks on this record with cuts like "They Don't Really Care About Us," "D.S.," and the awesome collaborative song "Scream" that he sang with his sister Janet, I always find myself coming back to this song the most. I'm sure we all had some very memorable times during our childhoods, myself included, but there are people like Jackson who technically didn't have a childhood growing up. This is mostly due to the fact that he was the lead singer of a boy band with his four brothers (Jackson 5) and was on a busy touring schedule at a very young age. Therefore, I think this song is Jackson singing about how he has lived the childhood he never had as he has grown up through life and is still looking for more to make up for the "childhood" he missed having as a kid. While this song has a nice message to it, My favorite element to this song has to be the instrumentation and if you don't believe me, just listen to the orchestral part played during the bridge of the song and you'll see what I mean. It honestly makes me tear up every time I hear it.

3. "Unbreakable" (Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) - Invincible

"You'll never break me, 'cause I'm unbreakable."

Next to "Wanna Be Startin' Something" being the opening track to Thriller, I think this track is the second best opening tune that Jackson ever made for any of his records, simply because it makes sense for kicking off Invincible. Based on the fact that this album came out around the height of Jackson's child molestation accusations that were coming into effect, I get the feeling that this track was basically a message to his haters and the paparazzi that you can try to bring him down and continue giving him a bad name with these allegations, but through it all he is "unbreakable." After all, one of the parts of the song has Jackson singing, "You can try to stop me, but it won't do a thing. No matter what you do, I'm still gonna be here."

2. "Get On The Floor"- Off The Wall

"There's a chance for groovin' and it will be soothin' with a song."

Only one thing to say about this song to make you give it a listen: the bass guitar. It may be a funky disco track, and I know disco is long gone or at least it seems like it, but rest assured that you will at least be groovin' to this song a little bit if you turn it up, especially on a dance floor.

1. "Baby Be Mine"- Thriller

"I don't need no dreams when I'm by your side."

This is unquestionably the most underrated Michael Jackson song in my opinion. Why is that? Because of the rest of the songs that this tune is surrounded by. I mean, Thriller is still the highest selling album of all time and one of the greatest albums from a musical standpoint as well. The fact that this song, along with "Lady In My Life" were the only songs off this record that didn't chart just baffles me because the instrumentation on this song is irresistible, thanks in part to the synthesizers and horns that are played throughout the track. However, because of other tunes like "Thriller," "Beat it," "Billie Jean," and "Wanna Be Startin' Something" appearing on this masterpiece of a pop record, "Baby Be Mine" has never been able to see the light of day, until now! Please check this song out if you haven't heard it. I realize it might not be a song for everybody, but you should definitely give it a chance, especially if you consider yourself to be a Michael Jackson fan.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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The End Of An Odyssey: My Time As A Writer

Like all chapters in life, there has to come an end. This ending is by no means easy, but rather one that is bittersweet. But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.


When I first decided I wanted to write for the Odyssey, I was going into my senior year at the University of Maine. I had always been an avid reader of Odyssey articles, whether it was to seek advice, comfort, or sole entertainment. I was always inspired by how raw and honest each article was, and I really wanted to have the chance to write such types of articles as well. When I applied and later got the call that I had made it onto the Odyssey team at UMaine, I was ecstatic! I felt like now was finally the time I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings publicly and work on becoming a better writer.

I have always loved to write. Since the day I first picked up a pencil, writing has been a passion of mine. Now as an Odyssey member, I knew this was my chance to be truly heard.

I began by writing solely political articles, as I was a political science student and loved to shed light on controversial topics. My first article was about the then-recent presidential election. I was full of nerves the day it got published, and rightfully so, as my post drew in many critics. Facebook is a shark-tank of sorts, everyone there is waiting for just the right bait to come out and attack. However, I loved the fact that my opinions were being formally materialized for everyone to see. Pretty much anyone in the world could read my article, which served as an inspiration to keep writing.

What started as a political-only "blog" of sorts slowly evolved into a diary-like platform. I found that writing about whatever hardship I had been going through at the time helped me process it and move forward. Writing is very therapeutic, and I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to put my private emotions out in the open, though I had received much backlash for it from many.

Yet what kept me motivated to keep pushing the envelope and staying true to my word-literally, was my amazing, influential Odyssey team. We all would share our topics for the week and vent about any criticisms we may have received after one of our articles had been published. I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive, caring team of Odyssey writers, else I likely would've regressed back to writing neutral articles.

So as weeks turned to months, writing for Odyssey felt like second nature. The pride I would feel once an article went public was indescribable. Looking back now at the 70+ articles I wrote, I can literally be transported back to a certain point in my life with every past article. I can see how much I've grown as a person and can acknowledge that I successfully was able to overcome certain obstacles I never thought possible.

Writing, just like time, heals everything.

The Odyssey saw me through the toughest times of my life, and no matter how uncertain things may have seemed at the time, what was for sure was the fact that I had the written word to fall back on. With each article that I wrote, I felt like a weight had been lifted. And not only that but also knowing that any particular article may have served to help someone else who may have been going through a similar situation, only inspired me more.

So, my decision to stop writing for the Odyssey came with great difficulty, as it has become such a huge part of my life. The adult world is very hectic, and responsibilities pile up as fast as bills. Lately, I just felt like I haven't been putting the time and effort into writing articles like I did during college. I owe it to the Odyssey community to be honest, as a privilege like this should never be seen as a chore.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience for the past year and a half of my life. Now, I have a permanent online library that represents who I truly am, and for the rest of my life I can look back at these articles and relive some of those memories. The Odyssey helped me to grow emotionally, and I met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way.

But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and read my articles. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to hear someone say how much they loved a certain article or how relatable another one was. Thank you to my Odyssey team for always encouraging me to write from the heart and never be too afraid to speak my mind.

And lastly, thank you to Odyssey, for serving as a safe, encouraging place for young people to voice their opinions and ideas freely. I will forever be thankful for this journey of growth, reflection, and expression.

Off to the next odyssey.

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