Michael Jackson Love Songs & Dance Hits for Weddings

Last Updated: July 11, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

Michael Jackson is proclaimed the “King of Pop”. Michael contributed to pop culture through his music, fashion, dancing, and personal life. He originally started as a member of the Jackson Five in 1964.

Jackson has 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career. He has 13 Grammy Awards and 26 American Music Awards. Jackson became the first artist in history to have a top ten single on the Billboard Top 100 in five different decades.

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My list of top Michael Jackson songs is comprised of his solo career only. It does not include his time as a member of the Jackson 5.

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#1 Billie Jean
Released in 1983 on the album Thriller

People of the era will not forget the video of Michael dancing on the sidewalk as the squares light up. The song refers to Billie Jeans – a girl groupie.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

song on Amazon

#2 Man In The Mirror
Released in 1988 on the album Bad

The song speaks of changing the world but it first must start with changing the man in the mirror.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place

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#3 Thriller
Released in 1983 on the album Thriller

One of the greatest accompanied music videos of all time. The video is impersonated in many choreographed dance routines.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
There ain’t no second chance
Against the thing with the forty eyes

song on Amazon

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#4 Beat It
Released in 1983 on the album Thriller

The song charted at number one for three weeks and also the video had lasting impressions in pop culture.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man
You wanna stay alive, better do what you can
So beat it, just beat it

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#5 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Released in 1983 on the album Thriller

Even though the song peaked at number ten, it remains one of the greatest dance party songs.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And I’ll Take You There
I Want To Love You (P.Y.T.)
Pretty Young Thing
You Need Some Lovin’ (T.L.C.)
Tender Lovin’ Care

song on Amazon

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#6 The Way You Make Me Feel
Released in 1987 on the album Bad

The song illustrates being in love, as well as the feeling of loving someone.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I like the feelin’ you’re givin’ me
Just hold me baby and I’m in ecstasy
Oh I’ll be workin’ from nine to five
To buy you things to keep you by my side

song on Amazon

#7 Smooth Criminal
Released in 1988 on the album Bad

The song is about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked in her apartment by a smooth assailant.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

He came into your apartment
Left the bloodstains on the carpet
And then you ran into the bedroom
You were struck down
It was your doom

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#8 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Released in 1979 on the album Off the Wall

The song topped the charts for six weeks. The song also won Jackson a solo Grammy and American Music Award.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Touch me and I feel on fire
Ain’t nothing like a love desire
I’m melting (I’m melting)
Like hot candle wax

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#9 Rock With You
Released in 1979 on the album Off the Wall

The song signaled the end of the disco era.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I want to rock with you (all night)
Dance you into day (sunlight)
I want to rock with you (all night)
Rock the night away

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#10 Bad
Released in 1987 on the album Bad

The song topped the charts for two weeks.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Well they say the sky’s the limit
And to me that’s really true
But my friend you have seen nothin’
Just wait ’til I get through

song on Amazon

Listen to The Jackson 5 biggest hits.

Michael Jackson Highest-Charting Singles – US

  • #1 Ben, 1972
  • #1 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, 1979
  • #1 Rock with You, 1979
  • #1 Billie Jean, 1983
  • #1 Beat It, 1983
  • #1 Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney), 1983
  • #1 We Are the World (as a member of USA for Africa), 1985
  • #1 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett), 1987
  • #1 Bad, 1987
  • #1 The Way You Make Me Feel, 1987
  • #1 Man in the Mirror, 1988
  • #1 Dirty Diana, 1988
  • #1 Black or White, 1991
  • #1 You Are Not Alone, 1995
  • #2 Rockin’ Robin, 1972
  • #2 The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney), 1972
  • #2 Somebody’s Watching Me (with Rockwell), 1984
  • #3 Remember the Time, 1992
  • #4 Got to Be There, 1971
  • #4 Thriller, 1984
  • #5 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, 1983
  • #5 Scream (with Janet Jackson), 1995

Have a favorite Michael Jackson song not on our list? Be sure to comment on it below.

About Matthew Campbell

DJ, Editor, Music Lover


Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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