Michael Jackson Video Mashup

The Root takes an look at a handful of music videos paying tribute to -- and affectionately poking fun at -- the King of Pop.


Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Michael Jackson -- arguably the most iconic superstar of all-time -- has way too many impersonators to keep track of. His timeless songs and music video hits have inspired an endless stream of homages and parodies, even after his death. TV comedy sketch shows have added a humorous spin to his past hits and YouTube offers countless fan-made renditions of Jackson's work. While there's no way we at The Root could show you all of them, we've compiled a handful of our favorite MJ video sendups. Take a look:

1. “Billie Jean”

You may not recognize this MJ classic at first. And you may not want to. As evidenced with the strained vocals and barely audible chorus, it’s clear this Malaysian Idol-wannabe spent more time mimicking the King of Pop’s moves than learning the lyrics to his song.

If you thought the original music video was theatrical, get a load of these “bad” kids doing a rendition of Jackson’s subway faceoff. MJ’s underage understudy makes us do a double take at 3:08.

Cheesy special effects aside, this preteen duo does a good job of keeping up with the pulsating rhythm of this 90s song by Michael and Janet Jackson. Their choreography is on point and the sibling rivalry and playfulness between the two, who look like brother and sister, serves the video well. But things get a little creepy at 3:02.

Weird Al Yankovic may have met his match. “Eat It,” the comedian’s quirky parody of Jackson’s well-known “Beat It” has nothing on this lively mariachi band's rendition of the song. In their hands, this badass song becomes a family affair fit for consumption at a Mexican restaurant. Listen to the lead guitarist’s best attempt at mimicking the King of Pop at 0:28.