Ten notable amateur acoustic covers of Michael Jackson songs on YouTube.

Over at the synthesizer blog synthtube, a list of notable performances on youtube "by average, acoustic artists who decided to cover Michael Jackson as a tribute to his death." Alex Ringis from synthtube says, "most of these renditions are notable not for their synthesizer content, but for the fact that when you lay most of Michael Jacksons' songs bare, down to something as simple as a voice and a guitar, you are left with the original songwriting that really he should be remembered for - pure, simple and brilliant, even at a very young age."

Above, "She's Out of My Life", a touching minimalist performance on Ukelele, by "seeso".

Break with Tradition : MJ Tribute (synthtube)


  1. “you are left with the original songwriting that really he should be remembered for – pure, simple and brilliant, even at a very young age.”

    I keep reading how great MJ’s songwriting was… except he didn’t write these songs!Tom Bahler wrote this song about Karen Carpenter, after she split with him because he’s fathered a child by another woman. Willie Nelson covered it as well, as did Patti LaBelle. Do people think they were “brilliant’ for writing this song too?

    Is there any great song that MJ actually wrote himself? He was a performer – a great dancer and a singer – and should be remembered as such. Not ascribed talents he didn’t have.

  2. Mike wrote a lot of good songs himself. For example:

    Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
    Wanna Be Startin’ Something
    Beat It
    Billie Jean

    And that’s just off his first two big albums. I believe he wrote some of the later Jackson 5 songs too (Ben?) I’m sure there were more, but those right there would be a hall of fame career for most songwriters…

    He was still a freak, but then again, aren’t we all?

  3. Can people who doubt MJ never wrote any of his songs PLEEEEZE do their RESEARCH before they put their sticky fingers on the key board! No he didn’t write all of them but he did write a huge majority of them!

    It’s misinformed crap like that the tabloids really love and people not in the know will just eat it up!

  4. Yeah MJ wrote most of his hits, including…

    The Way You make Me Feel
    Billie Jean
    Beat It
    Remember The Time
    Will You Be There
    Don’t Stop Till You get Enough
    Black or White
    Smooth Criminal
    Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
    Give Into Me
    Dirty Diana
    I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
    The Girl Is Mine
    Heal The World
    Earth Song
    Stranger in Moscow
    Can You Feel It

    and many more. He was a great song writer.

  5. Yah I agree. Michael did write a lot of his songs. You obviously haven’t read anything about him. He did not need people like you around him. He was such a loving, caring and compassionate person, and did not deserve half the things that were written about him. People like you would write anything just to make a few bucks. Just because you don’t know someone personally doesn’t mean you have the right to discredit them.
    Michael, I hope you are at peace now. Sing and dance with the angels.

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