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#67: Michael Jackson ‘I Can’t Help It’

Off_the_wall.jpgThis is the Michael Jackson so many of us long for. It should come as no surprise that Stevie Wonder was involved in "I Can't Help It," a track that has seen remakes and reiterations by Davina, Mary J. Blige, and De La Soul. "I Can't Help It," in spirit, lives on sister Janet's "Can't B Good," further illustrating its relevance and gentle majesty.

There's something in the creeping bassline that kicks the song off and the simple A-B A-B scheme of the lyrics that makes the song instantly alluring. Also, there's something to be said for MJ's slow jams. Most of them to this day hold up extremely well and don't sound as dated as his uptempo tracks. Especially this one, an understated gem on an album packed with Disco burners.

Michael Jackson: "I Can't Help It"


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    Man I really like this album, I go back and forth beetween this and Thriller as my fav MJ stuff.. 2nd fav singer of all time behind stevie
    Stevie wonder wrote this for him.

  2. One of my favorites, mannnnnnnnnnn!Just too smooth.

  3. Y'all are killing me today w/all these great tracks. This song is one of the reasons I love Michael so much as a performer.

  4. I think of the Supremes co-wrote it also, I want to say Scherrie or Jean.

  5. I love his and Davina's version!!! This song is hot!

  6. Man, man, man!!! Now this is just good music! Makes your ears lean forward so they can hear better!

  7. This has always been one of my favorite tracks from "Off the Wall!" Smooth, innocent, Mike @ his best.

  8. "gentle majesty" indeed. Norwegian re-edit king Todd "Tango" Terje worked his magic on this MJ track. Highly recommended.
    http://www.juno.co.uk/products/178905-01.htm

  9. Should've used this in my remake post! LOVED Mary's version.
    Probably my fave MJ album so any and everything that came off of this one gets my vote.



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