WEB DESK: The world is celebrating the 60th birthday of Michael Jackson a songwriter, dancer and above all the ‘King of Pop’.

For at least a decade-and-a-half, he was near-untouchable. His commercial success was wholly dominant: the albums he released from 1979 to 1995 starting with the disco-tinged masterpiece of Off The Wall and ending with the 30-song behemoth History are all among the highest-selling albums of all time.

And he was an icon, truly. The word is too often attributed without a warrant, but with Jackson, it was entirely deserved. His music, his fashion, his dance moves all of it contributed to a cult of personality quite unlike anything before or after it. The public, visceral outpouring of grief in the wake of his passing in 2009 is a testament to that.

Today would have been his 60th birthday. To celebrate the landmark, we’ve put together a rundown of his greatest ever tracks.