Our Top 10 Michael Jackson Albums Covers looks back at the best album covers by an artist that was once known as the King Of Pop. It’s hard to know where to start when writing anything on the music of Michael Jackson. For a moment in time, he was the biggest pop star in the world. No one else has ever been as big as Michael Jackson was in the early 80s when the Thriller album broke all sales records. That was before it got kind of weird. It was also before many other accusations were brought against him. Yet, we are not gonna get into any of that here because this article is just about his album covers.
There are multiple shifts in the career of Michael Jackson. There is the Jackson 5 part. There are the early Michael Jackson solo years when he was still a pre-teen. There is the pre-Thriller section. Of course, there is the Thriller era that would include the album Bad. There is the era that included everything that came after Bad and before his sudden passing. There is also the posthumous era of album releases that have never really sold anything like the albums sold during his golden years.
Our Top 10 Michale Jackson album cover list takes everything into account and picks ten album covers from all his album releases. This includes all Michale Jackson solo albums from every era including all the compilations and posthumous releases. Michale Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009.
# 10 – Number Ones
We open up our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List with this fantastic cover for his greatest hits album based on all his number one singles. Michael Jackson is captured on the cover in his legendary dance pose. It’s just a perfect presentation of Michael Jackson the performer who blew up the music world in the early 1980s. The album titled Number Ones was released on November 18, 2003 The album hit number one in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it did not even break the top ten stalling at number thirteen on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts.
# 9 – Scream
Continuing with our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List we move on to the awesome album cover entitled Scream. This is a posthumous album that also stands as one of the most recent Michale Jackson releases. It is a compilation album with a Halloween theme. It’s actually one of our favorite Michael Jackson compilations. The album cover is just so perfect for the theme of the record. The album was released on September 29, 2017. The album hit number thirty three on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts.
# 8 – Dangerous
In the number eight spot on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List we present the album entitled Dangerous. The cover of the album was painted by the artist Mark Ryden. It was interesting that Ryed painted P. T. Barnum on the cover making the meaning behind the cover even more interesting and open to many wide interpretations. The Dangerous album was released on November 26, 1991. It served as the follow-up album to Bad. It did almost as well as Bad did. The Dangerous album went all the way to number one in the countries of the United States, Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It’s sold 32 million copies worldwide just 3 million copies less than Bad sold.
# 7 – Xscape
In the number seven position on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List is the album entitled Xscape . Once again, we take a look at a Michael Jackson posthumous album cover. This cover has a sort of “Michael Jackson lives on,” feel to it. What we like about it is the science fiction simplicity. It really is a well-designed album cover. The album was released on May 9, 2014. The album hit number two on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts. It went all the way to number one in the United Kingdom.
# 6 – Michael
Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List we present the album entitled Michael. This was the first album to be released after Michael Jackson had passed away. The cover is pretty much a tribute to Michael Jackson that was originally an oil painting done by Kadir Nelson. It was supposed to show all the different eras of Michale Jackson’s career. The crown supposedly symbolizes Michael Jackson as royalty. In the end, it’s a beautiful painting. The album was released on December 10, 2010. The album hit number three on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts. It hit number one in Germany.
# 5 – Got to Be There
At the halfway point on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List is the album entitled Got to Be There. This is the Michael Jackson that those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s remember. Got To Be There was Michael Jackson’s debut solo album. The album was released on January 24, 1972. The album hit number fourteen on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts.
# 4 – Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
At the number four spot on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List we present the album entitled Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. This is one of those amazing covers that many people have never seen before. The artwork on this one is just spectacular. The album was released on May 20, 1997. The album hit number one in the United Kingdom as well as hitting number one in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and France.
# 3 – Off The Wall
The next era of Michale Jackson’s career was beginning with the release of his great Off The Wall album. Many fans feel this was his best album. It was completely lost in the shadows of Thriller that came out a few years later. The cover defines where Michael Jackson was at that particular point in time. It looks like it was a good place. The album was released on August 10, 1979. It would become Michael Jackson’s first top 10 album on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts where it peaked at number three. His life would change dramatically on his next album.
# 2 – Thriller
Just of the top spot on our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List we showcase the album entitled Thriller. The cover of the biggest selling album of all time still depicted Michael Jackson in the image that we had all known. Do you think anyone in his camp including Michael Jackson himself would have ever expected this album to become as big as it did? They knew they had something special, but this was an album that would eventually sell 70 million copies worldwide. The album was released on November 30, 1982. Thriller hit number one in just about every country on the planet where people were allowed to listen to music. It even hit number one on the moon.
# 1 – Bad
We wrap up our top 10 Michael Jackson Album Covers List with the album entitled Bad. This was the perfect Michael Jackson album cover. No one will ever forget that jacket. The titles on the right in black and red just looked so ….bad! If you know what I mean. This was probably one of the most anticipated albums of all time. The album was released on August 31, 1987. It took Michael Jackson five years to follow up Thriller. The Bad album hit number one on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts and once again pretty much every other country in the world.
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