Whether protesting environmental destruction, racism, media distortion, materialism, war or injustice, Michael Jackson consistently used music as a means to challenge the status quo and change the world. While critics have been slow to acknowledge his dissident role, he stands alongside musicians like Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Radiohead as one of the most astute and powerful protest artists of the past century. Below are what I feel are ten of his best defiant songs.
1. Earth Song
Probably the most epic protest song in popular music history. Here’s why.
Key lyric: “Now I don’t know where we are/ Although I know we’ve drifted far.”
2. They Don't Care About Us
Sharp, militant, direct — a rallying call for the voiceless and oppressed.
Key lyric: “I can’t believe this is the land from which I came.”
3. Is It Scary
Shrewd use of the Gothic tradition to turn the tables on a judgmental society.
Key lyric: “Am I amusing you/ Or just confusing you/ Am I the beast you visualized?”
Pent-up angst unleashed with a vengeance.
Key lyric: “Tired of injustice/ Tired of the schemes.”
5. We've Had Enough
Easily one of the best anti-war songs of the decade.
Key lyric: “It seems as if we have no voice/ It’s time for us to make a choice.”
Denunciation of materialism and greed that rivals Pink Floyd.
Key lyric: “Are you infected with the same disease/ Of lust, gluttony and greed?”
7. Tabloid Junkie
Probably MJ’s best polemic against the media.
Key lyric: “You’re parasites in black and white/ Do anything for news.”
8. Black Or White
Inspiring call for racial harmony with an undercurrent of indignation.
Key lyric: “Don’t tell me you agree with me/ When I saw you kickin’ dirt in my eye.”
Signaled MJ’s dramatic shift to more socially-conscious music in the early 90s, as he fends off the surrounding madness with music.
Key lyric: “The world keeps changing/ Rearranging minds.”
MJ takes on the role of monster again to highlight society’s fears and obsessions.
Key lyric: “You should feel threatened by me.”
Honorable Mentions : Shout, Why You Wanna Trip On Me, Be Not Always, D.S., There Must Be More To Life Than This
Source : JoeVogel.net
i love how JV is such a huge MJ fan! i don't like the term "Stan" or at least what it's become, i think people can take fandom too far
like what you like for good reasons, no point in defending who or what you like beyond reason
to quote someone "the day i start stanning is the day i get paid" MMMHMM!
anyways JV did a great job, he even has Be Not Always! Man Of War also came to mind
MJ had a lot of great protest and motivational stuff
gif : BillieJeanIsForLovers.tumblr
Last edited by kissablekae; 11-07-2011 at 06:23 PM.
i was watching The Vampire Diaries and Bryton James(McClure) is on that show!
Richie from Family Matters even with a shaved head i recognized him, minus his signature BAD jheri curl
he was next to Mariah Carey during the What More Can I Give performance
someone picked out You Are Not Alone at karaoke for me, perfect since i was sick my voice was abnormally high, i did all of the hiccups
we also did Man In The Mirror, a bit of I'll Be There again, by the time i got to Ben my voice was gone!
Man In The Mirror
it's like you can hear the chimes looking at this photo