He was one of the biggest solo artists of his time (he sold more than 100 million records), he was a proud member (and champion) of the LGBT community, and he was an artist whose greatest moments will stand the test of time.
But he also participated in some really cool moments, and a few of them were captured on video and then watched repeatedly in the hours after the news of his reported death from heart failure circulated across the world.
Here are some of the best moments that reemerged Monday.
Michael destroys this Queen song in rehearsal, as David Bowie and Seal watch in the background. He did Freddie Mercury proud on this one.
For as big as James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke has gotten in recent years, Michael’s death reminded us that he was actually Corden’s first guest.
Can you guess who pops up in Ricky Gervais’s bed following his win at this British awards show?
At the height of Michael’s solo career, Saturday Night Live’s Dana Carvey took a crack at imitating him and his love for his own ass.
And in case you want even more of Michael’s music, here’s the curated list Spotify released Monday.
Dear God, was “Father Figure” an epic jam.