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Freddie Mercury vs. Michael Jackson

by Nicole
March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

We’re guessing this versus will be very contested, because many will say there is no basis for comparison and that these artists have different styles, but our intention is to analyze the problem from another angle.

Undoubtedly, both artists have left a huge legacy in music, unique voices, but even if their styles are different (Michael Jackson was a pop / soul / R & B singer, while Freddie Mercury was a rock / opera singer), we challenge you to tell us who had a greater influence on the music culture.

Freddie Mercury was an incredible singer, songwriter, performer, having an amazing voice. His inspiration came mainly from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. He was a great performer.

Michael was one of the few artists that was introduced twice in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was also included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful showman of all time, with 13 Grammys to his credit, 13 number 1 singles on the charts and sales of over 750 million albums worldwide.

Here are some interesting facts about their musical styles:

Freddie Mercury

• Freddie Mercury had a great and distinctive voice, including a 4-octave vocal range.
• Mercury wrote ten of the seventeen songs from Queen’s album “Greatest Hits”.
• Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, with whom Mercury recorded an album, said the difference between Freddie and all the other rock singers was his voice.
• The most notable aspect of his music is that he introduced various styles of music n his tracks, including rock, heavy metal, pop, and disco.
• Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose owed much of his career to Mercury’s influence: “If I didn’t have Freddie Mercury’s lyrics to hold on to as a kid I don’t know where I’d be.”
• During childhood, Mercury listened to a lot of Indian music, and one of his first influences was Lata Mangeshkar, whom he had the opportunity to see live in India.
• Mercury said of Hendrix: “Jimi Hendrix is very important. He’s my idol. He sort of epitomizes, from his presentation on stage, the whole works of a rock star.”
• Mercury was a fan of Elvis Presley. He wrote the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as a tribute to Presley and sang songs like Jailhouse Rock during the concerts.

Michael Jackson

• “Beat It”, the song about gang violence, became a tribute to West Side Story, being the first composition of a crossover to rock that has become an important success.
• Jackson described his friend Elizabeth Taylor as “a warm cuddly blanket that I love to snuggle up to and cover myself with.”
• Jackson musical genre is rooted in R & B, Motown Records singers, pop and soul.
• Little Richard had the biggest influence on Jackson’s compositions and he drew the biggest inspiration from James Brown since childhood, considering him a “master” or “genius,” particularly during the time he was a member of the band Famous Flames: “Ever since I was a small child, no more than like six years old, my mother would wake me no matter what time it was, if I was sleeping, no matter what I was doing, to watch the television to see the master at work. And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I had never seen a performer perform like James Brown, and right then and there I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of James Brown.”
• Diana Ross helped young Jackson to improve his vocal technique.
• As a musician, he went from ballads and dance tracks, characteristic to performers from Morown Records, to techno and house, including new jack swing, with compositions that had funk influences and hard rock guitars.
• Unlike other singers, Jackson didn’t write his works on paper. He dictated them to a recorder; when he was in the studio, he played from memory.
• Some critics have noted that “Off the Wall” was a combination of funk, disco, pop, soul, soft rock, jazz and pop ballad. Other notable examples are “She’s Out Of My Life,” “Workin’ Day and Night” and “Get on the Floor.”

Share your opinion with us. Which artist had a bigger influence?

  • Freddie Mercury (60%, 216 Votes)
  • Michael Jackson (40%, 147 Votes)

Total Voters: 363

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