Michael Jackson and Steve Rubell in the DJ booth at Studio 54, circa 1977
Four years ago Michael Jackson cleared the world’s dancefloor (and shut down the internet) when he passed on this date in 2009. It’s hard to fathom that it’s been four years since we lost the King of Pop and it is just possible that pop music, too, is dead and just hasn’t realized it yet (at least that’s the way some people in this office see it).
But wherever you rate Michael’s contribution in your personal canon of musical saints, it is only right and meet that we remember him today, a little sadly, but with music. In that spirit Okayplayer presents the Top 5 Michael Jackson remixes–our absolute favorite reworks and re-imaginings of classic jams from MJ’s decades-long catalogue by some of the best DJs and producers in the entire world. Without further ado, let’s dust of the mirrorball and step into the booth. The King is dead…long live the King.