100 Greatest Artists Panel Talks Michael Jackson

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As if Michael Jackson hasn’t been celebrated enough (his birthday yesterday was treated like a minor national holiday — why don’t I have off today?!?), the video above contains some more kind words for the King of Pop. A teaser for next week’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time countdown on VH1, the clip above features the likes of Chamillionaire, Jay Sean, Andrew WK, Temper Trap, and producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart waxing nostalgic on MJ. Last week, we announced that Michael will place in the Top 5 of our 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. You can find out his exact position (and what it all means!) by watching the countdown, which begins next week at 10/9c on VH1.

Check out more preview clips of the countdown at its video page.

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  1. ELKE says:

    Michael Jackson is undoubtedly the greatest Artist of all Time!

  2. Mr.White says:

    mj sold alot of records.great dancer.and great videos.
    you can say the same about madonna
    his art however lacks a certain quality
    top 20 yes.top 5 no way.
    he focused too much on how much things cost or how much he sold.the actual quality of his music dropped aftre thriller.

  3. MJFan says:

    Mr. White

    You obviously don’t know what u are talking about. MJ sold over 750M records worldwide. He invented the music video/short film. No other artist had done that before him. He was a fantastic singer. One of the greatest dancers in history. I say one of b/c he was inspired by greats like James Brown, Sammy Davis,Jr., Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. He wrote songs that had meaning and heart. He loved his fans as if they were family. Everything he did was for love of others. Too many other celebs focus on themselves. He was a great humanitarian, father, brother, son. He inspired and continues to inspire billions of people around the world. And you dare say that a cheap suit like Madonna compares? Stop hating! MJ is the best. :)

  4. Pat says:

    Michael Jackson is unquestionably the BEST. He created it all and then others followed him. Every single artist today tries to do it like Michael. Yet no one can compare! There is Michael Jackson on top then a huge gap followed by everybody else! The most important part of it all is that he did it with a huge HEART! Whatever he did, it was always for others. He set a standard so high, no one else will ever reach it! MICHAEL JACKSON – THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER THAT EVER LIVED AND EVER WILL LIVE!

  5. john says:

    There is only one true KING of music-ELVIS PRESLEY!

  6. Bob says:

    Michael Jackson – The King of Pop, Rock and Soul forever.

  7. john says:

    ELVIS IS THE GREATES PERFORMER OF ALL ELVIS COULD PERFORM ALL TYPES OF MUSIC! HAVE YOU EVER HEARD MICHAEL JACKSON SING GOSPEL WORTH A DARN. MICHAEL AS A ROLE MODEL, YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME! ELVIS SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH PRIDE AND HONOR! WHY MUST THE PRESENT GENERATION HONOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED TALENT AND LIMITED EHTICS!HOW MANY ON THE ABOVE LIST EVER SERVED THEIR COUNTRY, OR AT LEAST DID NOT PROTEST AGAINST THOSE WHO DID SERVE!

  8. Daniel says:

    Elvis who???

  9. dylanb says:

    Michael Jackson definitely did not invent the music video. Artists had been doing that since the 60′s. Look at Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” or the Beatles “Paperback Writer/Rain”

  10. GNRfan says:

    i’d say Michael jackson is the best artist of all time, no one can compare! elvis is cool, but MJ is the real king.

  11. Kay says:

    MJ deserves the Top 5! His music,impact and style are still fresh and unique. He is magic and no one had that kind of impact on people(all kinds,all ages,all over the world) like he did…NOBODY. He wrote,he danced,he sang,he inspired,he styled,he gave,he broke barriers…HE is POP CULTURE. If you dont get it you are dead inside,sorry.

  12. Sandy says:

    There have been the greatest of the great like Dylan, Hendrix, Stones, Beatles, James,etc but Michael WAS THE TOTAL PACKAGE. Thats what sets him apart and the fact that the man had fans like I never seen. Michael was so great he even had the unusual extra fans like the kids,grown men,people who didn’t speak English,etc just all knocked the hell out and mesmerized. You can’t fade that.

  13. john says:

    TO ALL YOU MICHAEL JACKZSON FANS! YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME! THIS SICK INDIVIDUAL SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TOP TEN PERFORMERS! HE WAS VERY LIMITED IN HIS MUSICAL STYLE! ELVIS PRESLEY IGNITED THE MUSIC WORLD EVENAFTER HIS DEATH HE IS STILL #1! IF JACKSON HADNOT DIED HE MIGHT OF BEEN SINGING OF OF HIS HIGH NOTES IN PRISON!

  14. john says:

    P.S. TO SICKO-OBAMA IS AS LOUSY A PRESIDENT AS JACKSON IS A PERFORMER! TO BAD WE COULD NOT IMPEACH AN GET RID OF BOTH OF THEM!

  15. taylar says:

    Lets also talk about your obama comment john. Obama is trying to clean up the mess that Bush made. Of course, everyone is goin to blame the economic crisis on him but no one had the balls to say anything when bush took 2 weeks before answering the SOS call from katrina or when he sat on his ass in the last months of his term when the economy was going done instead when the new black guy comes in we blame him for everything. while ur at it people might as well blame him for the terrorist attacks in 2001 after all his middle name is hussein even though he wasnt president people always seem to blame the person who is trying to help insted of the dumbass who is at fault. Michael Jackson is the best no doubt about it.

  16. greg balteff says:

    elvis, as bono would say was the big bang of music…life magazine and a plethora of others listed the 100 most influential people of all time ,only 3 muscians were on it …louis armstrong,the beatles AND ELVIS AARON PRESLEY…1. HE GAVE TEENAGERS AN IDENTITY 2.BROUGHT BLACK MUSIC TO THE MASSES3. STARTED THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION WITH HEFNER, NEED I SAY MORE

  17. john says:

    TALAR GET REAL! WHY IS EVERYTHING WITH SOME PEOPLE A RACE ISSUE! OBAMA IS A HORRIBLE PRESIDENT! JUST ASK THE MEN AND WOMAN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR ALL OF US. OBAMA DEMEANS THEM EVERYDAY! I ADMIRE PRESIDENT BUSH , HE STOOD UP TO OUR ENEMIES AFTER 9/11! OBAMA IS A COWARD AND DOESNOT DESERVE TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY! THAK GOD HE WASNNOT AROUND IN WW2 WE AQLL WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOSE-STEPPING! ELVIS NEVER MADE A RACIAL STATEMENT LIKE THAT! ARE YOU JEALOUS THAT HE COULD OUT PERFORM JACKSON! DON NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT DRUGS JACCKSON’S DEATH DO TO DRUGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL. LET US NOT FORGET HIS SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINOR CHILDREN. MOST IMPORTANT ELVIS WAS AND IS KWOWN AROUND THE WORLD-REMEMBER THE HAWAII CONCERT SEEN BY 1 OUT 3 LIVING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AT THAT TIME! LOOK AT THE FACTS! YOU MUST BE ABLE TO READ AND COMPREHEND INFORMATION!

  18. smart_brother says:

    There is no way that any other artist besides Michael Jackson could be in the number one spot. No other artist had the impact and influence that Michael had. He was worldwide, innovative, and groundbreaking. His music crossed all barriers. He made grown men cry at is concerts. Everyone from the young, old, white, black, men, and women knew and appreciated his music. Elvis sold a great deal of records but he wasn’t worldwide like Michael. The Beatles were known all over the world but they did nothing innovative and only a select group of people listened to their music. Michael Jackson is the King of Music.

  19. john says:

    PS TALAR HOW STUPID MUST YOU BE NOT TO GET OUT OF A CITY WITH A CLASS 4-5 HURRICANE APPROACHING! WHAT WHERE THEY WAITING FOR GOVERMENT HANDOUT! THOSE WHO DECIDED TO STAY STOLE NOT FOOD OR WATER BUT TELEVISIONS! A REAL SMART MOVE! OBAMA REALLY HANDLED THE OIL SPILL! HOW MANY WEEKS DID IT TAKE FOR HIM TO ACT! WHAT A FAILURE! THIS IDIOT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED FOR TREASON AND SEDITION!

  20. john says:

    TO SMART BROTHER; ELVIS WAS AND IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD LONG BEFORE JACKSON CAME ON THE SCENE! HE IS A BIGGER NAME AROUND THE WORLD THAN JACKSON WILL EVER BE EXCEPT IN POLICE FILES! YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING, WATCHING HIM PERFORM MAKES YOU CRY FOR WAISTING TIME AND MONEY ON THAT JUNK!

  21. susie says:

    MICHAEL JACKSON – A GREATEST ARTIST of All Times, period.

  22. susie says:

    MICHAEL JACKSON! MICHAEL JACKSON! King of music! Greatest of all greats! Most beloved of all times! Most talented of all talents!

  23. sicko says:

    TO JOHN:
    I BET YOURE ONE OF THOSE TWIN FANS AND VIKING FANS. JACKSON WAS THE GREATEST WHO EVER LIVED AND COULD OUTSING AND OUT DANCE ELVIS ANYDAY. MJ IS TO MUSIC AS ALBERT PUJOLS IS TO BASEBALL…THE GREATEST EVER

  24. john says:

    TO SUSIE; ARE YOU BRAIN DEAD! JACKSON IS SO LIMITED IN HIS STYLE OF MUSIC! ELVIS COULD SING ROCK, COUNTRY, GOSPEL, AND BLUES! ALL JACKSON COULD DO WAS GRAB HIS CROTCH AN MOONWALK! ELVIS WAS ALSO A MARTIAL ARTIST-BLACKBELT IN TWO STYLES! JACKSON IN ATHLETICS-IDO NOT THINK SO! PEOPLE COME TO GRACELAND FROM AL OVER THE WORLD TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO ELVIS! JACKSON WILL NOT BE REMEMBERED IN 30 YEARS EXCEPT BY HIS FAMILY! INDIVIDUALS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR ACTIONS IF I WERE JACKSON I WOULD BE WORRIED!

  25. john says:

    TO SICKO; YOUR TASTE IN ATHLETES IS AS POOR AS YOUR TASTE IN PERFORMERS! JACKSON WAS A LOW CLASS PERFORMER AND PERVERT! VERY LIMITED IN MUSIC STYLE AND PERFORMANCE ABILITY! FOR YOU TO IDIOLIZE THIS WASTE OF PROTOPLASM TELLS ME SOMMETHING ABOUT YOU AND YOU INTELLIGENCE! GET REAL AND READ A BOOK!

  26. travis says:

    MJ should be #1. He is the greatest artist in so many ways. In response to the comment that MJ doesn’t sing gospel… download KEEP THE FAITH and WILL YOU BE THERE, and you’ve just lost your argument.

    Elvis stole music from black street singers, and did nothing but shake his hips. MJ was a true pioneer, making history from dance moves he mostly made up himself. MJ also wrote his biggest hits (Elvis did not), and sold hundreds of millions of records. In 2009 alone MJ sold 33 million albums around the world plus an additional 30 million digital downloads according to Billboard. No other artist has ever done that, not even in the record buying heyday!

    MJ is the ultimate artist. No argument can win against it!

  27. taylar says:

    John, the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday would not have to if bush didn’t send them to war.
    There is nothing obama can do about the oil spill its bp fault and they have to clean it up not the president. If you really think that a whole city can get out of state before a hurricane can come you are just plain stupid. It doesn’t matter if they stayed or not what the government is supposed to do is help those people get to safety and help them get back on their feet not have them wandering around in dirty water looking for shelter or food or stuck on roofs because everything is completely submerged. I you did your research on your precious elvis then you will know that everyone said it because it was greatly publicized and some people disliked for it.

  28. taylar says:

    And John if you really think that mj’s performances are junk then you have never ever seen this man perform or yu can’t comprehend your talent. im not saying elvis is bad im just saying he is not the best

  29. sicko says:

    TO JOHN:
    WHY DONT YOU TURN THAT TV THAT YOURE SITTING NEXT TO ON AND GET SOME CULTURE AND QUIT WEARING THOSE CUT OFFS YOU TOOL!

  30. john says:

    TO SUSIE AN SICKO; MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A LIMITED TALENT WHO BECAME AFREAK SIDESHOW! TO JACKSON FANS-YOU KEEP QUOATING THAT HE SOLD 750 MILLION UNITS. WHY SO FEW- ELVIS HAS SOLD OVER 1,5 BILLION UNITES AND CLIMBING IN NUMBER1

  31. john says:

    TO SICKO, I DONOT NEED TO WATCH T.V. TO SEE A LACK OF CULTURE AND EDUCATION! I LEARNED TO READ BACK IN PRESCHOOL! SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE PICK UP A BOOK AND ATTEMPT TO READ IT!

  32. john says:

    to taylar. FIRST, DO YOU BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING YOU ARE TOLD-DRINK THE KOOLAID! ELVIS NEVER SAID THAT STATEMENT! READ AND LEARN FACTS BEFORE YOU MAKE DUMB STATEMENTS! ABOUT OUR LOUSY PRESIDENT OBAMA-HE IS A DISGRACE TO THE OFFICE HE HOLDS-HE IS A COWARD! YOU MUST STAND UP TO OTHERS WHEN ATTACKED HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN 9-11! THAT IS RIGHT, YOU ARE LIVING ON THE FREEDOM PROVIDED BY SOMEONE ELSE! TYPICAL!

  33. oscar says:

    MJ FOREVER!!! (:
    THAT MAN CHANGED MY LIFE!!!
    ILY SO MUCH MJ

  34. sofi says:

    You say the King of MUSIC is Elvis? but Did he write the songs? NO! A Black man wrote his songs for him, and the man died and was penniless cuz he never got paid. Thats who you call The King of MUSIC? Well Michael Wrote ALmost all his songs, Danced like NO OTHER! Was a humanitarian, LOVED People all around the world, He has the 1st and 2nd Best singles of all time (Thriller and BAD), He Gave 45 years of his life to the world, to us…Now that is A Legend, A King, A Man of Many talents!

    Michael, I love you! GOD Bless you! And thankyou! <3

    L.o.v.e.

  35. Jason says:

    Who is Elvis???

    Well, Michael Jackson is the King forever. Go MJ!!!

  36. shannen says:

    JOURNEY TOP TEN what 96 someone screwed up BAD this is retarded

  37. allen says:

    Michael Jackson is the ARTIST! MJ is on the throne forever! His music, dance, style, creativity, should I go on? Michael is the KING of all Entertainment. I think his Birthday should be a Global Holiday. lol…. I love you Michael since I was 12 and I am now 38. Your music is still as fresh today as it was the first time I heard it. If you disagree than I advise you to pull out the albums and listen. off the wall, thriller, bad, dangerous, History, blood on the dancefloor, and Invincible.

  38. Ms Smith says:

    Michael Jackson is number ONE! Michael Jackson was and is international! MJ touched peoples lives (literally millions and millions all over this world) in such a positive way with his music, dance, humanitarian & environmental efforts. There will never be another like the King! This is not even a question.

  39. Gabrielle says:

    Michael Jackson BETTER be number 1 because he doesn’t DESERVE anything lower… he had the BEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME and he is the MOST DOWNLOADED ARTIST as of right now… Elvis didn’t accomplish this… Elvis wasn’t even that good of a singer,and he wasn’t that great of a dancer so to put him at number 1 would be a TRAVESTY to music Michael was a SINGER, DANCER AND JUST AN AMAZING PERFORMER AND ENTERTAINER so Elvis is ABSOLUTELY NOT THE KING OF ANYTHING sorry.

  40. luminati says:

    Ok look to truly decribe the freatest artist is nearly impossible becuase the big three which consist of Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. There is no doubt that Elvis created the entire image of an artist. His artistic dance moves along with the blend of his voice is amazing. The Beatles created that sixties sound and helped calm generations of americans in a time of war fair. Michael Jackson strange as he may be took what elvis made with the dancing and singing concurrently and mixed it with the beatles calming and soothing sound while bringing unity to people and ran with it. I love all three of these artist but when it comes to one michael jackson wins with a slim majority. Mainly because for nearly four decades he has always found a way to surprise people and even in death, maintain his glimmerin spot light like no other. All three of the big three have had a profound impact on the music business and have inspired millions and all of them will forever remain engraved in our minds and spirits.

  41. Mr. Sikes says:

    Ok look to truly decribe the freatest artist is nearly impossible becuase the big three which consist of Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. There is no doubt that Elvis created the entire image of an artist. His artistic dance moves along with the blend of his voice is amazing. The Beatles created that sixties sound and helped calm generations of americans in a time of war fair. Michael Jackson strange as he may be took what elvis made with the dancing and singing concurrently and mixed it with the beatles calming and soothing sound while bringing unity to people and ran with it. I love all three of these artist but when it comes to one michael jackson wins with a slim majority. Mainly because for nearly four decades he has always found a way to surprise people and even in death, maintain his glimmerin spot light like no other. All three of the big three have had a profound impact on the music business and have inspired millions and all of them will forever remain engraved in our minds and spirits.

  42. ice mike says:

    Alright let’s get right to it, Michael is the greatest of all time, anyone who says otherwise is just fooling themselves. Great job VH1 for putting this list together, but stop getting the opinions of people like Nick Cannon on the music of artist like Al Green. He was not even of this earth when Al Green’s music was contemperary, so his opinion is irrelevant to someone like me who was there(actually born and living).

  43. susie says:

    to John
    say what you want about Elvis and try your best to downgrade MJ, but every body knows that Elvis couldn’t write even a word of a song that he sang and MJ vice versa wrote, sang, danced, composed, choreographed, produced, video his music. It is that we call true talented

  44. john says:

    TO ALL YOU JACKSON IDIOTS; GET OVER IT! YOU CALL WHAT JACKSON WROTE MUSIC? I HAVE HEARD BETTER AFTER A CHILLI COOKOFF! WHY DON’T YOU GET OVER IT THAT A WHITE BOY COULD PERFORM BETTER AND ESPECIALLY SING BETTER THAN THAT PERVERT JACKSON! THIS IDIOT HAD A REAL IDENTY CRISIS AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN UNDER LOCK AND KEY OR A STRAIGHT JACKET OR AT LEAST ANTIPSYCHOTICS! YOU CALL GRABBING YOUR GROIN PERFORMING! NO WAY!
    NORMAL PEOPLE CALL THAT SICK! I WONDER HOW LONG JACKSON COULD HAVE LASTED IN A KARATE CLASS BEFORE HE BROKE A NAIL ON HIS FINGER! JACKSON WAS THE WORST ROLE MODEL FOR YOU PEOPLE! WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT A CERTAIN CULTURE THAT PROMOTES DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

  45. john says:

    TO GABRIELLA-T WILL GIVE ONE THING! JACKSON CCOULD BE THE TRANSRACIAL QUEEN OF MUSIC!

  46. john says:

    TO SOFIE-WE ALL KNOW ABOUT JACKSON AN HIS TALENTS! THEY ARE WRITTEN IN COURT DOCUMENTS! AS FAR AS MUSIC FORGET IT! THIS INDIVIDUAL HAD A REAL IDENTY PROBLEM!

  47. Sharon says:

    Michael Jackson of course

  48. al says:

    mj should be number one. enough said

  49. the real deal says:

    i just watched part of the show, and they said whitney houston was #60, 60!? she belongs in the top ten, she is undoubtedly one of the most talented and most known artists ever! this is how the list should go in terms of true popularity
    1. michael jackson
    2. the beatles
    3. elvis
    4. madonna
    5. mariah carey
    6. rolling stones
    7. whitney houston
    8. stevie wonder
    9. elton john
    10. janet jackson

  50. john says:

    TO MYLES; NICE EXPRESSION OF YOUR INTELLIGENCE OR THE LACK OF IT! TYPICAL JACKSON FAN! STUPID AND ILLITERATE!

  51. anna g says:

    How could Beyonce make this list? She a poor ripoff of
    Tina Turner. No Temps,Gladys Knight,Frank Sinatra.

    Hows voting tweens?

  52. Mj4Alltime says:

    Michael Jackson is the KING. He always was and always will be the best performer EVER! Go MJ!

  53. john says:

    TO MJ4 WHATEVER! IT IS CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH WHICH YOU IDIOT JACKSON FANS DONOT GET! YOU ALWAYS WANT TO STOP THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT JACKSON! YOU MIGHT THINK HE WAS TALENTED BUT THERE ALOT OF US KNOWW THE TRUTH! LIMITED IN TALENT, HIGH IN POLICE PROFILES! I WOULD RRCOMMEND HIM FOR A LAMISIL COMMERCIAL!

  54. lilsweetbabs says:

    what about the grateful dead, the eagles, the moody blues, carol king, carly simon, james taylor..i mean did you ask anyone younger than 30 or an artist who isn’t from a hard rock or rap group? there was other music before all that. you know some good music.

  55. Susie says:

    hey john, cry on your shouders, man. Before Elvis would reach to MJ’s level, please try to push Prince then Jimmi Hendrix and others 4 artists on top 5 he he….
    Do you know what I mean??? To far and to high for Elvis to reach MJ level, understand!!!

  56. Susie says:

    to Elvis’s fan “john” here:
    Thank you for remind us about Elvis’s talent. Yes, as every body know that Elvis was too talented to write even NO word for his songs he he… Legendary Michael, as you said “talentless” just wrote, sang, composed, danced, choreographed, produced, made great videos…he he…
    Your comments here just made us to laugh ha ha….Thank you for bring us fun

  57. Bob says:

    “o Elvis’s fan “john” here:
    Thank you for remind us about Elvis’s talent. Yes, as every body know that Elvis was too talented to write even NO word for his songs he he… Legendary Michael, as you said “talentless” just wrote, sang, composed, danced, choreographed, produced, made great videos…he he…
    Your comments here just made us to laugh ha ha….Thank you for bring us fun”

    YEP

  58. kevin esposito says:

    How did artists like, Frank Zappa, Billy Idol, Deep Purple, Nirvana and David Bowie not make a ’100 Greatest Artists’ list. I realize all of the artists on the list are talented in their own way but some could not hold a candle to the few i have mentioned above. There sure is a different view of musicianship, musical influence and overall talent amonsgt the panelists. The series is entertaining just a bit perplexing. Looks like the artists in the top ten are the right ones but i guess those are the easy ones.

  59. Kevin E says:

    For pure overall talent my money is on Prince and Micheal Jackson. Unfortunately i never go to see MJ live but i did see Prince and he is amazing. From the Music to the musicianship to the stage presence to the dance moves and the voice, he could do everything.
    If we are talking influence then i would have to say the Beatles,Hendrix and Elvis, they changed everything.

  60. carol says:

    come on people.no other than mj. He did it all. He was a gift to us from god

  61. gordo says:

    I haven’t even watched the whole list yet, but close. Who ever came up with this list is just trying to be political correct and give everyone a shout out of some kind. Like pop, rock, rap, black, white, country, us, england, etc.

    It’s nothing else but something to take up time and get viewers.

    IN NO WAY IS THIS THE TOP 100 ARTIST.

    As far as MJ, he had some great songs. But please, he wasn’t the greatest ever. Not even close actually and i don’t care how many records he sold. as a lot of them got tossed out later on in peoples collections. (Can you say Pedophile)

    i’m a rocker from the 60′s who has played in bands all my life and all types of music …. yow booyyyiiieeeeee

  62. Marir Wilson says:

    1 band missing Greatful dead it spawned a subculture
    1 solo artist missing Alice Cooper

  63. iohn says:

    TO SUSIE AND THE REST OF THE JACKSON KOOLAID DRINKERS! YOU TALK AOUT HIS WRITING AND SINGING TALENT-IF THAT IS TALENT LET THE SECOND COMMING BEGIN! FOR YOU JACKSON FANS THAT IS CHRIST NOT THAT CHROMOSOME ANOMALY, M.J.! REGARDING HIS DANCING AND CHOREOGRAPHY, I HAVE SEEN BETTER FROM LITTLE KIDS HAVING TO USE THE BATHROOM! AS A ROLE MODEL, YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! HE SHOUKD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL ALONG TIME AGO. CONS HAVE MORE ETHICS THAN YOU JACKSON FANS WHEN IT COMES TO CHILD SEX OFFENDERS!

  64. mikala5360 says:

    What and who picked the Beetles as the number one of all time. How stupid can one be. Yes they had some major hits and yes I as a black woman enjoyed them but no one ever and may never be greater then Michael Jackson. Who on the list captured the world from a child to a middle aged man with the same intensity as Michael. Who on the list has hits for five decades and still sound’s just as fresh as if it was developed today….get real VH1. That’s B____ll.

  65. Bob says:

    “o Elvis’s fan “john” here:
    Thank you for remind us about Elvis’s talent. Yes, as every body know that Elvis was too talented to write even NO word for his songs he he… Legendary Michael, as you said “talentless” just wrote, sang, composed, danced, choreographed, produced, made great videos…he he…
    Your comments here just made us to laugh ha ha….Thank you for bring us fun”

    YEP

  66. Daniel says:

    Elvis fans are really pathetic. Wait, Elvis fans? Do they exist?

    LOL

  67. dstnd2b_d_gr8st says:

    The beatles?, the 100 greatest artist? GTH…outta here!!! No Way!!! No disrespect to the beatles, I love their music, but Micheal Jackson wins that title hands down. I just laugh at fixed trash game list like this, where people like beyonce make the list because they paid to be on it. LOL….. I mean come on, artist like Gladys knight, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross The Jacksons, Janet Jackson, The Carpenters, the osmonds, and many others. That so called 100 greatest artist list is The biggest joke!!! S o come on everybody let’s yuck, yuck it up……..

  68. d.smith says:

    pleaseeee Michael Jackson should of been # 1 he is has sooo much talent…he write his own music @john elvis did not write one single song he had ppl write his music 4 him and da ppl dat wrote his music was black ok

  69. TooManyFools says:

    @john… Get real moron. You can say whatever you like about MJ, but you can’t say the guy was talented. He did a little of everything. Songwriter, producer, composer, choreographer and dancer. Stop focusing on the nonsense and focus on the talents. He’s contributed alot to pop music as a solo artist, thus, the name the King of Pop. MJ is in his own league. You can take that and Beat It and anyone who agrees can do the same!

  70. shelia evans says:

    Micheal was robbed, the Beatles are great, but Micheal was and is the greatest. Sure no one has topped the Beatles for most number one hits, but Michael has the biggest selling album of all time.My kids are all younger than ten and they all love some M.J. They fell in love the first time they heard and saw him even my 2 year old. Whenever a Micheal Jackson vid comes on he runs in front of the t.v. Which other artist can make newer generations fall in love with their music like he can, NO ONE.

  71. john says:

    TO MIKALA; WAS THAT YOUR EXPRESSION OF YOUR TOTAL VOCABULARY! iwould be worried about you surviving on a daily basis if that is the total extent of your I.Q.!

  72. Ryan says:

    How could the Temptations not make this list…? Umm…

  73. dstnd2b_d_gr8st says:

    Ohhh yeah, what about the temptations? I know money talks and all, but I’m still upset, and confused at the fact that beyonce’s on the list. I mean beyonce…..REALLY??????? SMDH in total disgust. This is how you know that thgis list is faux. Beyonce on any list with the likes of a Michael Jackson is an insult to the highest power. No disrespect to you beyonce, I enjoy some of your songs written by other folks, but you are not in the same league as Michael Jackson, and the rest, sorry boo, boo. However, for the sake of constant truth, we must unite, and protest against the ultimate lie on this so called list. MJ is beyond a shadow of doubt, The number one greatest artist of all times. Jackson fans Unite!!!! Unfortunately, We know what this is really about, and SHANE ON YOU VH1!!! SHAME ON YOU….SMH

  74. anthony ny says:

    i personally dont really care whos first on this list, this is a list of music not personal lives, if this list was about their personal lives then mj coulda even not been on this list so for all you mj haters, this is not about what he did behind close doors, this is about music n talent and if you say mj is talentless you seriously dont have no respect for music

  75. Neosho says:

    I feel robbed! I cannot believe that Michael Jackson is NOT (according to VH1) the Greatest Artist of All Time!!! How is it that The Beatles are number 1 when MJ broke their records and then BOUGHT them…I mean what else could he have done…out live all 4 of them??? Sheesh….
    I made sure I watched the top 10 closely…didnt agree with Zepplin coming after the Stones, but I am unwavering about the Greatest…

    I DEMAND RECOUNT!!

  76. R U KIDDING ME says:

    VH1 WHOEVER DID THE VOTING FOR THIS AND SAID THE BEATLES WERE NUMBER 1 YOU GUYS ARE REALLY FULL OF IT MICHEAL JACKSON SHOULD HAVE BEEN NUMBER 1 DUE HIS RECORD SALES CONCERT SALES AND THINGS HE DID FOR CHARITIES…..

  77. Neosho says:

    VH1 knew what they were doing when they put MJ at #2. I am a media scholar and I understand how they work. Just look at how many people are coming to this site to post a comment. *raising hand* Im guilty myself…LOL. I dont agree, but great job VH1. Thanks for disappointing me.

  78. Coco says:

    I loved Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye. I hope that at least one of them made the list. I know they are talking about Michael Jackson here but I believe that we should acknowledge the people that inspired him therefore adding to his genius. I haven’t been able to sit through the whole thing yet. I’d rather have just a list than to sit through five plus hours of the why.

  79. bobby says:

    little disappointed that queen didnt crack the top 10 but i guess im a tad biased like everyone else is when it comes to a list about music (or any list of entertainers for that matter).

    and everyone stop fighting!!!! each band/singer/artist or whatever you prefer to call them is #1 to somebody around the world right? just relax, if your favorite band didnt get as high as you wanted then just turn off the tv and turn on the radio/record player/tape deck/cd/ipod/whatever!!!

  80. Louis Breakfield says:

    There would not be a discussion of any “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” if it had not been for Elvis Presley. There would not be a list to discuss if not for him. There is a reason he has the appropriate moniker, The King of Rock and Roll. Everyone on that “list” both listed above him and below him owe him their careers.

  81. Lang says:

    Mivhael Jackson is way, way overrated. He had one monster album and several lesser ones, then rode that fame and fortune for the next 20 years. What popular music did he release the last 20 years of his life? Name 4 fricken tunes that were popular in the last 20 years. MJ just kept doing that moonwalk and other choreographed moves while putting out mediocre music, but he was Michael Jackson so that was fine. Lame.

  82. Lang says:

    And a couple of other things. No Frank Zappa? You ignore one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century for the likes of Depeche Mode and Alicia Keys? So weak. NO SEX PISTOLS? You have The Clash 22nd but no Sex Pistols? Huh? WTF are you all thinking?

  83. kp says:

    I’m glad Cream was on there, but where is Eric Clapton? Seriously?!

  84. john says:

    TO LOUIS- THANK YOU THAT THERE IS! TO YOU JACKSON FANS IT DOES MATTER WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR PRIVATE LIFE IT IS A REFLECTION OF OUR CPONTRY DND CULTURE- JACKSON SURE IS NOT A REFLECTION OF US AS A NATION! THANK GOD! AS FAR AS TALENT-VERY LIMITED IN SCOPE AND STYLE! AS FAR AS SALES WAY BEHIND ELVIS AND THE BEATLES! HIS CLASSLESS CONCERT ALTOGETHER NEVER CAME CLOSE TO THE ALOHOA FROM HAWAII CONCERT! AS FAR AS CHARITY- GUILT RIDDEN!

  85. MJ IS #1 says:

    This list was by far the worst. Michael Jackson will always be NUMBER ONE. I don’t even need to argue my statement since 90% of the world would agree with me.

    MICHAEL JACKSON NUMBER ONE FOREVER

  86. Susie says:

    to john
    Cry on your shouders man. Elvis has to go far to reach to MJ level. First step is to pass over Prince on place no. 7. But I think just the first step it’s imposible for Elvis, john. So cry cry on your shouders, ha ha….

  87. dana davidikova says:

    samozrejme ,že si to plnou mierou zaslúži MICHAEL JACKSON!je vela dobrých umelcou,ale on nad všetkými vynikal!?i v speve,tanci,svojom umeleckom prejave a hlavne ve?kou charizmou.?lovek s velkým srdcom!

  88. Just Tellin The Truth says:

    It is true that it doesn’t matter about your personal life when talking music, however Michael Jackson was accused, convicted, and hung, all before he ever had a trial, and jury. Even after he was found “INNOCENT” there are still the evil folks who’d rather believe the worst of someone until it happens to them. Well I’m happy to disappoint you this time, Michael Jackson was found INNOCENT on all counts, He Did Nothing Wrong. Michael Jackson would never, ever hurt anyone especially not a child. So, please stop all the negative talking about Michael Jackson, a man who’s never done anything but good to help all people. Talk what you know.

  89. arnie says:

    Michael Jackson did not deserve to be number 1. The Beatles are the greatest of all time. Look at what they accomplished, how they were constantly evolving. The incredible versatality of the music is proof enough. What group can go from I Love You to Helter Skelter. Incredible!!!! And they broke up 40 years ago. Why do you think Jackson bought their music rights!!

  90. q says:

    MJ, hands down!

  91. cathy says:

    I knew it would have been either Michael or the Beatles that would be number 1. Just because everybody has said how great the Beatles were. But Michael IS NUMBER ONE hands down. He did everything and was doing it since the age of 5. He is the King of Pop for that reason. And to you Elvis fan john you know I have talked to you Elvis fans before and the one thing you constantly bring up is the Hawaii concert. If that is all you can muster go home already. Yeah he was a good singer a bad actor never wrote a note in his life. Just sang black songs making it ok for white people to listen to that type of music though he was someone who was controversial but at that time anything that wasn’t gospel or country music was controversial if white people listened to it. If you really want the truth James Brown is better then Elvis. And Michael is better then both of them. And one last thing stop bringing up the trial business. He was acquitted so give it already.

  92. luvsmusic says:

    This list was not really complete and had some doubtful artists on it. Who was the panel that created this list cause they missed a lot of great artists and chose some really mediocre ones.

  93. Sam Sticka says:

    How could James Taylor not make this list? That’s outrageous!

  94. Dan says:

    OK. A lot of the list is pretty close. But there are some problems. Dylan at 5, should be around 55. The Clash anywhere on this list. Same goes for Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Rage, Little Richard, Janis, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Beastie Boys, and Depeche Mode. I don’t think I like putting bands AND individual members on the list, especially if we’re putting Peter Gabriel and Genesis on, but leaving Ozzy, and Eric Clapton off. Madonna should be in the top 10. (I don’t particularly like her, but she’s the most important female of all time.) Rush should be in the top 15, Bob Marley should not. Neil Young should not be at 26 without Crosby, Stills, and Nash. And where the hell is Ted Nugent? Tupac should be higher- 49 or better. Whitney should be in the 80′s, obviously. I really want to argue about The Pretenders because they only had one great song, but it is a really great song. As for Michael or the Beatles, either one could be #1. Personally, I think I would pick Michael, soley based on Thriller, and YES, he did turn into a complete freakshow; but I think the Beatles have the greater body of work.

  95. Tim says:

    Michael Jackson is the KING. The greatest ever!

    MJ is the greatest singer, dancer, songwriter/composer and overall live performer ever! He’s the best in all 4 categories! At the same time!

    There are many artists who are also the best at 1 or 2 categories but no one is the best at all 4!

  96. jade says:

    people need to chill when it comes to hating on michael jackson. i’m not saying he was perfect but can’t the guy get credit for all the accomplishments he’s made as an entertainer? whether you like it or not the man did make history and did have a huge impact on the music world. so why can’t he for once be considered one of the greats? what’s so wrong with that? i know he didn’t have the best personal life but this countdown is about the greatest ARTISTS of all time, people are ranked by their ARTISTRY.. NOT by their personal life so with that being said i think Michael has every right to be ranked at the top next to the beatles. people need to accept that he was indeed a very talented artist.

  97. achraf says:

    Michael Jackson is the KING

  98. G says:

    Oh VH1…did I just really watch this whole dag on count down to not see FREAKIN MICHAEL THE KING JACKSON crowned as #1 ??? You call yourself knowers of music? Get outta here. Gross disrespect!

  99. john says:

    TO ALL YOU JACKSON IDIOTS ESPECIALLY CATHY> KNOW YOU FACTS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH! JACKSON BOUGHT OFF THE PARENTS BEFORE IT WENT YO TRIAL! INNOCENT NEVER! A REFLECTION OF AN ARTIST IS THEIR PERSONAL LIVES-HOW THEY LIVED- JACKSON WAS NO ROLE MODEL FOR ANYONE! GET OVER THE IDEA THAT ELVIS STOLD MUSIC FROM A CERTAIN GROUP-HE TOOK IT TO A LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE THAT BLACK PERFORMERS COULD NOT TAKE IT IN THE PAST, OR NOW! GET OVER YOUR REVERSE RACISM1 have you really listev to jackson- he sounds like a little kid who got his zipper stuck-OR DIDNOT REACH MATURITY! JACKSON COULD ONLY DREAM OF ALHOA CONCERT!

  100. kendra bethune says:

    for micheal jackson’s birthday in august i was listing to dancing machine and the jackson 5 i want you back and love bug part of the 98.1 tribute to micheal jackson on the month of his death i was sitting in the car with my mother signing along to man in the mirror i just saw my niece and nephew in 2008

  101. Sandi Bethune says:

    God rest his soul and thanks for all the beautiful music we are still able to hear and enjoy.

  102. clif says:

    how can u have beyonce and no diana ross?

  103. Filipe says:

    Michael Jackson Discography: Off The Wall Chart Position:#3, US Sales: 8,000,000 World Sales: 20,000,000. Thriller Chart Position:#1, US Sales: 29,000,000 World Sales: 110,000,000 Bad Chart Position: Debut@#1, US Sales: 8,000,000 World Sales: 30,000,000 Dangerous Chart Position: Debut@#1, US Sales: 7,000,000 World Sales: 32,000,000 History Chart Position: Debut@#1, US Sales: 7,000,000 World Sales: 20,000,000. First Album ever to have a single Debut @ #1 (You Are Not Alone) Invincible Chart Position: Debut@#1, US Sales: 2,000,000 World Sales: 13,000,000. FOR THOSE BLOGGERS WHO SAID MICHAEL JACKSON DID NOT DO WELL AFTER THRILLER, HERE IS THE FIGURES, THEY ARE THE FACTS, AND THIS SHOWS WHO WAS REALLY THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES. IT DON’T MATTER TO ME IF YOU DON’T LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON, THAT’S YOUR OWN PERSONAL OPINION, BUT WHEN YOU SAY THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NOT SIGNIFIGANT TO POP MUSIC, JUST KNOW HE OPENED THE DOOR FOR BLACK ARTIST ON MTV, AND HE CHANGED THE MUSIC VIDEO FORMAT, THE MUSIC VIDEO WAS DYING OUT UNTIL MJ CHANGED THE GAME, IF YOU DON’T KNOW THIS, IT MEANS THAT YOU PROBABLY WAS NOT BORN YET. I LIVED AT THE TIME OF MICHAELMANIA, AND WHEN THRILLER WAS BIG, SO I KNOW OF WHAT I SPEAK. JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE AN ARTIST, IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU DIMINISH HIS OR HER CONTRIBUTION TO POP MUSIC.

  104. greenflower says:

    Michael Jackson is and will always be the greatest artist of all time and those who wouldn’t admit this when he was alive are still living in denial!

  105. elmo says:

    I thought the list was wisely chosen except for the fact that the Eagles were surprisingly left off for some strange reason. They were a phenomenal band who I would say belonged somehwere around the 50-60 mark.

  106. Fattdoll says:

    That count down was BULL!..I do not agree at all!.. Michael Jackson should have been no.1

    The Beatles made no contribution to dance..Michael made to both dance and music! If it were not for MJ music videos would not have been what they are today!

    And John Legend is a “sell out”!

  107. dave says:

    who are these LARRY’S voting on this pannel?? ELVIS should never be lower then #2…if it wasn’t of E the world might not ever gotten the chance to hear some of the great black artist of are time or at least a lot longer down the road…Elvis is the reason we have bands like the BEATTLES….and what gives with BUDDDY HOLLY or JERRY LEE LEWIS not on this list….there shouldn’t even be a vote of these guys…the pannel should be ok ELVIS, CHUCH BERRY, BUDDY and JERRY LEE are in no matter what…f-in SADE, BEE GEES, TIMBERLAKE and not HOLLY OR JERRY LEE….get some people who no about there rock history….ALSO WHERE ARE THE SEX PISTOLS…to this day there had been a album like NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS which is one of the most importain rock albums of all time…also in not even a fan, but no ROD STEWART or NEAL DIAMOND…will i don’t mind Neal.

  108. LarryE says:

    The panel that voted Elvis Presley so low on this so called “100 Greatest Artist” must have been high on something! This list means nothing and is based on opinion and not fact! If you check record sales, gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, top ten hits, top 40 hits, top 100 hits and weeks at number one then Elvis is clearly the greatest of all time which has been known as fact and not opinion for more than 33 years. If there had been no Elvis then there would have surely been no Beatles! Michael Jackson is second only to Elvis as a solo artist giant! There are many wonderful and talented artist on this “list” and many of them are some of my favorites. The Beatles are not among them. They were much better as solo artists than as a group except for Ringo. They didn’t need him. The greatest artists of all time are Elvis, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, The Beatles, Bing Crosby, The Rolling Stones and James Brown just to name a few with Elvis being the greatest. VH1, please don’t do any more “greatest” lists because the ones you all do aren’t accurate and are appalling to say the least!

  109. DaKing says:

    Earth Wind and Fire is the greatest band of all times. Beatles and these other “rock and roll” bands are extremely overrated just like Madonna.

  110. ralph says:

    Michael should have been ranked 1 because of the influence and popularity. And Elvis not high up there. These panel experts are smoking crack!!

  111. Grant says:

    They should have gone into more detail with this show. Cmon!! MJ should have been #1 hands down. Please!! I loss a lot of respect for VH1 and its producers, after these so called rankings.

  112. Brett says:

    While it is not surprising that Micheal was picked this high, Im quite surprised that your professional panel did njot have Elvis as #1. This man changed the way music will forever be looked at, It is unfortunate that his music, which spanned three decades was during a time when not everyone listned to, or even owned a radio or television set. Still a pretty decent list, although it did seem a bit baised.

  113. sasha says:

    ummmmmm who the heck compiled this list…..beyonce above so many other artist who’ve been around so much longer then she has …put out so much more and are still hitting it !! i turned it off after i saw mariah and ll cool j in the 90′s… went online to see final… soooo disappointed!!!!

  114. don says:

    Most people know MJ should have been #1. Vh1 can have their stupid show, but MJ is the best.

  115. drew says:

    Michael Jackson is #1. No matter what Vh1 says Michael is #1.

  116. doug calhoun says:

    No doubt in my mind that the artist list was erroneous. Michael Jackson is the greatest of all time. You should spend more time on your artist list.

  117. bo nelson says:

    Forever MJ!!

  118. Su says:

    MICHAEL JACKSON SOS EL NUMERO 1. EL MEJOR.

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