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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

A very entertaining and energy-filled conversation broke out in the breakroom at lunch the other day.  And it all started with a cell phone ring tone…

One of the girl’s eating with us got a call and our ears were filled with Michael Jackson while her phone rang.  The conversation among the rest of us quickly turned to MJ and soon after the question was asked, ‘What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?’

Well, there were seven of us in there, and six different songs were named as favorites.  But we all left the conversation with the conclusion that everyone has a favorite tune by Michael.

So, without further ado, here are my ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’.

Honorable Mention:  Say Say Say, Remember The Time, This Is It, Bad, Black or White, Working Day & Night, You Are Not Alone, Off The Wall, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, and Man In The Mirror.

10 – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

9 – Will You Be There

8 – Thriller

7 – Billie Jean

6 – The Way You Make Me Feel

5 – Another Part Of Me

4 – Dirty Diana

3 – Pretty Young Thing

2 – Beat It

1 – Smooth Criminal

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WOW!!!  Great stuff from an iconic performer!

Next week, it is back to baseball…  I promise!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Concerts Attended’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Concerts Attended’

I love me some good music.  And it has been that way all of my life.  In total, I have probably been to between 50 and 60 live shows.  From 200-seat theaters to 70,000-seat stadiums and everything in between.  And the genres are just as vast – country, rock and roll, heavy metal, pop, and classic rock – I have seen it all…

And when I try to rank the ‘Top Ten Concerts’ that I have attended, it is much easier than I thought.  There are shows that I have seen and forgotten about, and then there are those that will never fade from my memory.

Ready?  Lets do this!!

Honorable Mention:  Phil Collins, Creed, Phish, Chicago, Crosby/Stills/Nash, The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Rod Stewart, and Bob Dylan.

10 – Billy Joel & Elton John.  Two classic performers with a ton of hits.  The show was full of their best songs and the crowd sang along the entire night.

9 – Jimmy Buffett.  Possibly the most fun show of them all.  The crowd takes over the show and Jimmy just leads them through all of his hits.  Lots of ladies, lots of beer, and lots of fun!!

8 – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.  This show was at a park in Miami and it was a very relaxed and fun day – all day.  Ziggy Marley is a fantastic musician and he throws in a bit of his brother’s music to please the crowd.

7 – REM.  At the peak of their popularity, REM put on a nice show with tons of lights and lasers.  Michael Stipe commands your attention while on stage and the bands plays very well live.

6 – Eric Clapton.  Just three days before REM, I saw Clapton.  It was part of his ‘Blues’ tour so he didn’t play any of his hits.  He sat on a stool for the entire show and changed guitars between every song.  He is a classic musician and it was pretty neat to see a different side of him in person.  Still would have like to have heard ‘Pretending’.

5 – Aerosmith.  Fun, Fun, Fun.  The summertime in Chicago at an outdoor venue with Aerosmith on the stage is nothing but a good time.  I have seen them play live three different times, but this show with great friends by my side was the most memorable.

4 – Guns-N-Roses.  Unquestionably the best band going at the time, GNR did not disappoint with their performance.  It just started 2 hors late.  Scheduled to go on at 9PM, they didn’t start until close to 11, and finished after 1AM with Paradise City.  Oh, and Smashing Pumpkins opened for them – before they hit it big…  And yes, I made it to school on time the next day.  🙂

3 – The Jacksons.  Michael and his brothers were fantastic at the Orange Bowl.  I have vivid memories of Michael being left on stage to perform Billie Jean by himself and it was fantastic – easily the highlight for the 70,000 in attendance.

2 – The Grateful Dead.  I have seen 9 Grateful Dead shows from Chicago to Tampa to DC.  Each show is an experience and I have never in my life experienced anything close to it since.  Sting was a phenomenal opening act.

1 – Lenny Kravitz.  My favorite artist of all-time.  I have seen Lenny four times, and am looking forward to his 2011 concert tour.  This show was held at a small venue in South Miami and the seats we had were perfect.  Lenny is an absolute master performer and represents everything that a rock and roll musician should be.  His band is unreal – and the energy that they put into each and every performance is second to none!

So there you have it.  A pretty good mix of music and artists.  I have a ton of memories packed into these concerts – and I only hope that I am able to add some more to my memory bank in the future.

I am eager to hear what kind of music the ’30-YOC’ reader listens to.  Let me hear it – I want to know the best shows you’ve seen too.

For next week’s ‘Top Ten List’ I was thinking about ‘Top Ten Iconic Movies From The 1980s’.

See you next Sunday – but hopefully before that too…  🙂

Thanks!

Ken Griffey Jr. Honors Michael Jackson

Always a class act, I wanted to pass along this story about Ken Griffey Jr.  Enjoy!!!

From Yahoo Sports – July 8, 2009 – Written by David Brown

As Mariners slugger Ken Griffey Jr.(notes)strolled to the plate for his first at-bat Tuesday night, the sound system at Safeco Field grooved to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Griffey’s apparent tribute to the King of Pop, who was memorialized Tuesday, extended beyond the sonic. Close inspection of Griff Jr.’s grip on the bat showed a bare left hand and a white batting glove worn on his right.

Griffey usually wears dark blue gloves on both hands.

From Jim Moore in SeattlePI.com:

Before Tuesday night’s game at Safeco Field, Ken Griffey Jr. said he was going to honor Michael Jackson by wearing one white batting glove in his first at-bat, and I thought he was kidding.

“Man, you’re gullible,” Griffey said.

Tricky. Griffey’s tribute turned out to be earnest and effective. He drew a walk but — sorry — he didn’t moonwalk to first base (VIDEO). If he had, Griffey would have been the first big leaguer since Jimmy Piersall in 1963 to go backward ’round the bases.

In his subsequent at-bats, Griffey reverted to his usual two-gloved stance. He finished 1-for-2. No one wants to be defeated, but Griffey’s M’s were, 12-4, by the Orioles.

After the jump, check out a close-up of Griffey’s tribute and an old-school shot of Jackson with everyone’s Mommy and Daddy from the ’80s.

Griffey struck an accurate pose — MJ also wore his sequined glove on the right hand while going au naturel on the left.

Griffey was barely in his teens when Jackson, at his zenith of popularity, visited the White House in 1984.

Remembering Michael Jackson.

I’m not trying to report this news days after the world was shocked and saddened by the death of Michael Jackson.

I, like many of you, have spent a lot more time in the last few days thinking about Michael and the incredible talents he shared with us.  I dug out my CD’s and have been glued to the constant stream of programming that has been airing about Michael since Thursday.  And while I became less of a fan of his work after his ‘Bad’ album, there is no denying the impact he has left on the music, pop, and dance industries.   He will always be remembered as an entertainer first, which is exactly how a ground breaking artist should be thought of!!!

It has taken a few days to dig out, and that is the reason this post is a few days late, but I have found a ticket stub from my very first concert.  As a 9-year old boy, my family went to the Orange Bowl in Miami to see Michael and the Jackson 5’s Victory tour.  My memories of the show are vague, but I do recall a sold out stadium of 60,000+ fans screaming for hours as the ‘King of Pop’ and his talented brothers entertained us for a few hours on that night.  I remember the screaming girls, the lights, and what stands out the most was the reaction of the crowd when Michael was alone on the stage performing ‘Billie Jean’ for all of us.

It was an amazing night, and even though I was very far away from the stage I had an awesome experience and it is one that I will never forget.

Here is the ticket from that amazing concert. jacksons

Rest in peace, Michael!!!

The King of Pop is 50 Years Old Today!!!

What is left to say about Michael Jackson that hasn’t already been said??  Probably nothing at all.

So I will just say ‘Happy Birthday Michael’. 

I remember seeing you in concert in 1984 when I was 9 years old.  I was in the last row of the upper deck at the Orange Bowl in Miami with my family.  I remember wearing my Silver glove to the show and staying out way past my bedtime.  At the time you were at the pinnacle of your career with the release of ‘Thriller’.

With everything that you have been through and supposedly put others through over the last 20 years, I will sit back and prefer to remember you this way and this was only…

Man I feel old!