As we begin our journey with the Dowsers, a few things are essential: a domain hosting platform, a CMS, and a Michael Jackson essentials playlist. We could quibble with Rolling Stone that many of these are Jackson 5 tracks and not Michael solo tracks, but the greatness of each and every one of these is pretty much inarguable (with the possible exception of “Butterflies”). Jacko doesn’t share the cred of Prince, or the romantic boomer idealism of James Brown, but his music and his persona still loom over the pop landscape.
(Note: since Rolling Stone initially published this feature as a Top 50 list, “We Are the World” has slipped off the accompanying Spotify playlist. But then you don’t really need to hear that song again, do you?)