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It's not exactly a critics' favourite, but Earth Song (appropriately) struck a chord around the world when it was released in 1995.
One of the first major stars to address climate change and the plight of endangered species, Jackson wrote and produced the song himself (David Foster and Bill Bottrell co-produced). The video has since been much parodied, but it remains his best-selling single in the UK and even saw off The Beatles' Free As A Bird (the first new single from the band in 25 years) to take the spot.
This must have particularly irked the rock legends, given that Jacko also owned the publishing rights to most of their back catalogue.