3. Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" (1992)
Producer: Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson
By 1992 Teddy Riley's new urban sound was dominating the airwaves, and Michael Jackson decided to update his sound accordingly. Dropping longtime producer Quincy Jones, he linked up with TR to make 1991's Dangerous. It was a bold move since Jones had produced a little album called Thriller, but "Remember the Time" showed once again that the King of Pop knew what he was doing.
Like many Jackson singles, "Remember the Time" felt less like a song and more like an event. Who doesn't remember the legendary dance routine in that nine-minute music video? And what about Michael's spontaneous ad-libs in the song's climax? There was so much going on to convey the simple feelings of nostalgia and joy, and MJ pulled it all off, making sure we never forgot.