“The King of Pop” left us far too early. If you’re in the mood for something a little off the beaten path, here’s a playlist of some of Michael Jackson’s greatest songs reinterpreted by many artists you may never have expected. Marilyn Manson’s lead guitarist? 90’s hip hop star, Brandy? Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell? “I Will Survive’s” Gloria Gaynor? How about Alien Art Farm? Even John Mayer sneaks on the list for a beautiful instrumental. Of course, Mariah Carey’s inspiring version of “I’ll Be There” needs to close the set.
The playlist takes us back the early days with some soulful R&B covers, then rocks hard with some heavy metal tributes, before slowing things down with 2 MJ classics.
“NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE” Gloria Gaynor
“ROCK WITH YOU” Brandy with Heavy D
“I WANT YOU BACK” David Ruffin
“YOU ARE NOT ALONE” R. Kelly
“BEAT IT” John 5
“SMOOTH CRIMINAL” Alien Ant Farm
“DIRTY DIANA” DoryDrive
“BILLIE JEAN” Chris Cornell
“HUMAN NATURE” John Mayer (Instrumental)
“I’LL BE THERE” Mariah Carey