Can’t Hardly Wait: Happy birthday, Michael Jackson

The King of Pop in his prime. Photo courtesy of
The King of Pop in his prime. Photo courtesy of

Why am I looking up my favorite Michael Jackson YouTubes instead of working today? Why has “PYT” not left my head since waking up? Why, on Earth, did my sister never hand-down her “Beat It”-era MJ jacket to me?

The King of Pop would have been 53 years old today, and on days like this, it’s quite natural to spend your present reliving the past. Here’s one of his epic videos — this one for “Smooth Criminal” — to remind you of his genius with a melody, his brilliance with choreography and his ease of movement.

Happy birthday, Michael. You’re not forgotten.

Quiz: How many Michael Jackson songs can you name? Vote here.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.