A Preemptive Strike: How The ‘Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs’ Countdown Works

For those of you who have been readers of SoulBounce from its inception or close to it, thank you so much for continuing to ride with us for all this time. For those of you who are relatively new to the site, welcome to SoulBounce! We hope your stay here will continue to be a pleasant one. 

We realize that we will continue to gather more readers as we countdown the Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs as determined by us, the editorial crew of SoulBounce. This is why we felt it necessary to explain a bit about how this here countdown works.


We realize that any type of countdown ranking our opinion of our favorite songs that the Greatest Entertainer Who Ever Lived is going to garner critical analysis, disagreement, intense speculation and general disdain for those of you who feel that one song should be ranked higher than the other. We welcome all of this type of criticism and in fact we expect it and love that this is but one way we can continue to keep Michael's musical legacy and place in history alive. But let's return to the the first sentence of this particular paragraph. This is our list. On our website. This list was not based upon how popular a song was, how many units it sold, how our mamas feel about it or how many shamons it contained. Catch our drift? 

Believe us when we tell you: no one editor was pleased with this list in its entirety. No one. So if you don't think a song should be ranked where it is, believe me when I tell you that we all feel that way. Flurries of opinionated emails have rained down upon all of our heads and in the end we had to let go of our personal feelings and live with the fact that this list is based upon the rankings that we all submitted. Not one of us. And not you. 
I apologize for sounding catty and mean for that last statement, but trust me there are songs on this list that I am furious about that didn't even show up. But you know what? That's fine. I have a Top 50 list Of Greatest Michael Jackson Songs Ever Compiled By Me and I play it on my iPod whenever the urge strikes.
In short, this is going to be a fun ride, but let's just all take a collective pause and praise the greatest to ever do it. Let's enjoy the music that he created. And let's just thank God that we had an artist during all of our lifetimes that loved his fans and music so much that we can even have a Top 50 devoted to just one person.
That being said, let's get this show on the road. Just know that no one comment is going to stop this show. Thanks for reading. 

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8 Responses

  1. There are always a few that people forget about>
    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. Just read the comments under song #49 and now I see why this was written.
    I don't care what order they're in, I just want to enjoy a nice lengthy tribute and so far I like it.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. @2damnfunny:
    It wasn't only written for anyone in particular but moreso for the maelstrom of comments we received in the past when we did our Top 100 R&B/Soul Songs Countdown. We had to post a similar response then, too. Again, we're happy that this list is being taken so seriously and garnering discussion from all of our readers.

  4. Wow, an entire article devoted to OPINIONS. As a long-time SoulBounce reader myself, I'm honored, ill mami. Really I am. I like being the anonymously-named punching bag.
    Based on this post & some of the other responses I've received in regards to my comment, I would say the last 72hrs. or so have been anything but "welcoming" of all types of criticism. Please believe me when I say that I have much love & respect for the editors of SB & all that you ladies/gents continue to provide your readers.
    If you go back to the follow-up statement to my initial comment under the #49 song, you'll see I clearly acknowledge that this is SOULBOUNCE's countdown. NOT FireMadeFlesh's. I know that & I'm sure the rest of your readers know that. However, I still thought this was an American-based website where people of like-minded interests could come & freely converse about those interests; whether you agree or disagree with their perspective(s). I could be wrong, but that is why you have a 'comments' section under your postings, no? Speaking for myself, that's what make it fun & engaging.
    [By the way, an SB forum would make this a lot easier, but I guess I'll get hateful remarks for that suggestion too]
    At any rate, I'm not trying to tell you guys how to run your site (and I repeat: I AM NOT TRYING TO TELL YOU GUYS HOW TO RUN YOUR SITE) nor did I approach your placement of The Girl Is Mine nastily as if saying, "Ya'll SB mofos don't know what you're talkin' about! This sh*t is No. 1!" There was none of that. Simply a difference of opinion that was attacked. Yes, I said "attacked."
    As lovers of this thing called "music," (that we all profess to be) opinions of all forms should be welcomed--honestly. Not just because it sounds like a good motto. True art often garners that sort of thing and undoubtedly Michael was an "artist" in every sense of the word. As I've said before, we can agree to disagree on the placement of the songs, but to condescendingly suggest "You don't know MJ like we know MJ" as some of your readers have is totally uncalled for. To add to that, an article which chastises & rejects the whole idea of having a 'comments' section in the first place.
    Am I saying everyone has to accept my opinion? Absolutely not.--But to dismiss it as "Oh, he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about" or "F*** you, FMF, this is OUR site" is not only disrespectful--especially to one of your avid visitors--it's down right wrong. (back to that "respect" word again)
    In the future, if a difference of opinion from myself or any other SB reader receives this kind of treatment, then unfortunately I know SB isn't the place I thought it was & I'll just take my music-lovin', reading ass elsewhere. Agreed?
    Love ya, mami. Just sayin'. 😉

  5. "Wow, an entire article devoted to OPINIONS. As a long-time SoulBounce reader myself, I'm honored, ill mami. Really I am. I like being the anonymously-named punching bag."
    uh, did I miss something? WOW lol...all that?
    the guy eddie who you went back and forth with on #49 is not affiliated with SB. this post is definitely not about you. I'm not sure why you'd take it so personal.

  6. @huny
    Obviously Eddie Adams falls under the "readers that condescendingly suggest "You don't know MJ like we know MJ" category. I've been visiting this site long enough to distinguish SB personnel from its readers.
    ill Mami can say it's not a direct assault on anyone, but generally speaking, it sounds hypocritical when you say you're "welcoming" to all type criticism yet you lampoon those readers who perspectives may differ from yours. Clearly this article is a testament to such. Debating and having an all-out tirade against those whose opinions opposes the author's P.O.V. are two different things.
    Anyway, out of respect for SB & love for Michael Jackson, I'm through commenting on this subject. It's taking all the fun out of it. I miss HawthoRNe last night because of this. Dammit. lol

  7. @FireMadeFlesh, nobody on our staff did any of that to you. the only 2 exchanges you've had on SB were between you and eddie and you and butta, the latter of which which seemed quite light hearted to me. so again - why you took this so personal is beyond me. but do you.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the countdown, regardless. we're having a blast with it.

  8. i'm an MJ stan, and couldn't follow up with the top 50 when it was going on, but i am so glad i missed the pathetic dialogue to have lead to SoulBounce writing this. i understood it clearly and's THEIR site. OF COURSE it's gonna be THEIR top 50, just like i have my top 50. That is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo soooo sooo sad and pathetic that ppl have flooded this site's inbox with outrage. How stupid are people these days? It's a BLOG/SITE not a definite truth! Good lord....
    Ah, musical snobbery....
    (And as i can see they got the #1 right so that's all that matters LOL j/k)