It’s a moment that encapsulates the buoyant spirit of the times, the hope and the optimism that reigned in the late 1980s. Released in 1988, Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” video reflects the zeitgeist of an era marked by Ronald Reagan’s presidency, the end of the Cold War, and the dawn of the digital age.
Jackson’s video begins with a shot of a neon sign reading “Hollywood,” followed by images of people holding up signs with messages like “Save The Children” and “Stop The Violence.” These powerful statements set the stage for the following performance, as Jackson delivers a message of hope and transformation that resonates even today.
The performance itself is nothing short of phenomenal. Jackson’s voice soars over the gospel-inflected piano and the powerful drums, and the song’s lyrics hit home with their message of personal responsibility and social change. It’s impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired, to be reminded of the power of music to move us and to change the world.
But it’s not just the music and the message that make this video so powerful. It’s the sense of nostalgia and Americana that it evokes, that we are watching something extraordinary and timeless. The images of people from all walks of life, the stirring gospel choir, and the vintage footage of civil rights marches and protests combine to create a sense of history and depth that few other music videos can match.
Of course, it’s not just the video that is notable – the song has a rich history. Written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard, “Man In The Mirror” was released as a single from Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad.” It quickly became a smash hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning critical acclaim for its uplifting message and catchy melody.
What many fans may not know, however, is that the song almost wasn’t released as a single at all. According to Garrett, Jackson was initially reluctant to record the song, feeling too preachy and heavy-handed. After Garrett and Ballard convinced him of the song’s potential, he agreed to record it.
And the rest, as they say, is history. “Man In The Mirror” remains one of Jackson’s most beloved songs, and its message of self-reflection and social change has resonated with fans worldwide for over three decades.
So if you haven’t watched the video below yet, do yourself a favor and click play. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Michael Jackson or simply appreciate great music and powerful performances, this video will surely move and inspire you. And when you’re done watching, hit the like and share button because the world needs more messages of hope and inspiration like this one.