SoulBounce’s Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #22 ‘I Cant Help It’

I can't help but love you
It's getting better all the time


Glancing at my music library right now, I see three different versions of Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It." While some of you were a bit dismayed as to why this song has to be picked to always be remade out of Michael's entire catalog, can you really blame them? It is both one of his smoothest songs ever released, while simultaneously being one of the most beautifully and simply penned tracks ever made. 

"I Can't Help It" always evokes thoughts of late '70's dance floors--Off The Wall was released in 1979--so the disco fever of nattily-dressed couples gliding over floors of flashing multicolored lights is not too far-fetched. If anything, this song exemplifies what magic was inherent in the air when Michael and Quincy Jones collaborated on their first album together. It's hilarious to think that not everyone believed that Mike could pull off an album of its eventual magnitude on his own. Like Thriller did a few years later, Off The Wall was a perfect encapsulation of '70's overindulgence and the '80's decadence that would soon follow. Interestingly, it is this song co-written by Stevie Wonder, not the title track, that transitioned those who heard it into an unfamiliar decade full of promise.       

Michael Jackson: "I Can't Help It"

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15 Responses

  1. I didn't get into this song--and Off The Wall in general until later in my life, but I'm so glad I did. its perfection.

  2. SIMPLY lovely.

  3. okay....I been tryna be open-minded about some of these rankings, but I'm straight up BAMBOOZLED that this song isn't in the Top 10.....seriously, I love ya'll but like someone said last week, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON UP AT SOULBOUNCE HEADQUARTERS?

  4. i love this song it's so smooth...#21 mmmkay i thought this would be a top 20.

  5. #22? Da hell? This song is the essence of smooth when it comes to Michael Jackson. His voice is pure heaven, effervescent even, on this joint. This my all-time #1 MJ cut! Stevie Wonder did the damn thing when he wrote this song! Then again, it's Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, so that's a win/win in any day of the week.

  6. I'm cosigning pretty much everything Soulrific sayed.

  7. Y'all are funny. If we ranked every song that people thought should have been higher higher, then our top 10 would be 25 songs long. LOL
    Nonetheless, I think that people will be satisfied with our top 20, top 15, top 10 and top 5. And, if not, then *insert shrug here* and love y'all anyway. 🙂

  8. 2nd Soulrific's comments.
    This song is romantic, sweet, jazzy and sexy.
    It's also timeless. It's sound just as fresh now as it did 30 years ago.

  9. Yesss, I was waiting for this one. 1 of my favorites period.

  10. well Butta, like u said, ya'll coulda did the Top 100 MJ songs....then again, I guess that would be even more hardship since he has plethora of great music.

  11. i love this song..,so sexy and soothing..,classic!

  12. michael was a visionary and will be forever the king of pop and an extraordinary human being will love you michael

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    I absolutely LOVE this song, so beautiful it has brought me to tears.
    I hear a bit of this in "Say You'll Go" by Janelle Monae also.

  14. I love this song. It makes me want to weep.

  15. He was beautiful in this photo.