You will prepare and submit a term paper on Analysis of the Song Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. These music genres have emerged over time with some originating from the other. However, of all the music genres, pop music remains the most famous and loved style of music. The origin of pop music dates to the 1950s. Historians reveal that the style used in pop music originated from rock and roll music. However, of all the musicians who have done pop, Michael Jackson comes out as the greatest pop artist of all time. Michael Jackson, commonly known as MJ is the musician behind the popular pop songs, such as the Thriller, Dangerous, Man in the Mirror, and Billie Jean, just to name but a few. This document analyzes Michael Jackson’s song, Man in the Mirror in light of the historical perspective, form and structure, texture, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements, and the cultural significance of the work.
Michael Jackson happened to have been one of the most successful and influential pop artists in history. Jackson was born in 1958 in the town of Gary, Indiana. MJ began his musical career at a very tender age by joining four of his brothers who were already recording under the banner Jackson 5. Michael Jackson wrote and sang numerous songs before his unfortunate and sudden demise. Man in the Mirror happens to be among MJs greatest hits of all times. The song was written and produced in 1988 where it topped most chat shows for weeks. The song is done in pop style and is popular throughout the globe. However, one may wonder as to what makes Man in the Mirror a pop song. The answer lies squarely in the song’s lyrics, the melodies, and the structure of the song. The first major feature that makes Man in the Mirror a pop is the fact that the lyrics follow the verse-chorus structure, which is a common feature of all pop music. The first two lines of the first verse of the song read, “I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life” (Man in the Mirror). The song also touches on social issues that affect society. The most evident social issue that is apparent in the song lyrics is homelessness.