Who Was The Better Talent: Freddie Mercury or Michael Jackson?

I ended up watching “Bohemian Rapsody” over the weekend and I was simply blown away. The movie itself shows Queen’s rise to fame and shows the main life details of lead singer, Freddie Mercury. I personally loved the movie and a lot of other people seemed to think highly of it as well.

I thought Rami Malek did an amazing job portraying the legend that is Freddie Mercury. They nailed everything from his mannerisms, to his mouth, and everything else in between. After the movie, I looked up some of Queen’s actual footage from Live Aid and it was quite the experience.

I mean, look at the moves and the notes that Mercury is nailing! It is a shame we lost him so early in his life. But after looking at all of this footage, I asked myself one question. That question was the following, “Was Freddie Mercury a better overall performer than Michael Jackson?”

I asked a few people this and they quickly said Mercury. But both sides have their case for why they were the better performer.

Freddie Mercury’s Case

On the side of Freddie Mercury, he was one of the most talented songwriters ever. On the greatest hits album for Queen, Mercury wrote 10 of 17 songs that includes the classics “Bohemian Rapsody” and “We are the Champions”. The thing with Mercury was his uncanny ability to hit the high notes at any time. This was thanks to being born with four extra incisors and never getting his teeth fixed because he thought it would affect his vocal chords. He also put out two solo albums along with his work that he performed with Queen. He was electric on stage, often knowing when to move around and get the crowd going.

Mercury’s Ability to Mix Music Genres

One thing that often gets overlooked is Mercury’s ability to mix different genres into one song and make it beautiful. Look at Bohemian Rapsody again. When you can combine elements of opera, ballard, and rock all into one song, you have a gift. In his second solo album, Barcelona, he combines elements of popular music along with opera. Mercury just knew how to make genres mesh well together and put out a masterpiece. Imagine if he was alive for 15 more years? He probably would have put out about five more masterpieces to say the least!

Michael Jackson’s Case

When you get proclaimed as “The King of Pop”, you know you had that big of an influence in the music industry. Look at all of the songs Jackson had come up with: “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Thriller”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, and many others. His choreography was second to none. Just look at “Thriller” if you want to debate that.

Those moves are just hard to replicate. Everything just came so smoothly to Jackson when he made his music. “The King of Pop” knew how to get all dancers on the same page and knew exactly what moves needed to be implemented into a particular song. It is hard to dispute how powerful Jackson was during his time of making music.

Jackson and Mercury Actually Made Music Together!

The two performers actually recorded tracks together. They came up with songs such as “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, as well as “Victory” and “State of Shock”. People had to figure that collaboration between the two of them was bound to happen. They both were incredibly talented and the world deserved to hear a few tracks with the two of them together.

In Conclusion/My Pick

This is STILL a very tough decision for me to make. If we break it down into different subsections, then I can’t make a clear-cut decision. I will take Mercury over Jackson when it comes to just having the better voice. Freddie just knew how to hit those high notes better than just about anybody that did it. With the choreography, I’ll take Jackson over Mercury. Jackson knew how to dance around the stage. Have you ever seen him do the moonwalk?

I’ll let all of you be the judge because I still can’t decide who was completely better at what they did.

-Alan Nahigian (BigAl2793)

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