Last night as we sat around, stunned, at the death of Michael Jackson, we began playing a game called "Bigger Celebrity Death." Who, if anyone, could top Michael Jackson’s death in terms of shock value and media coverage during what will likely be a week of retrospectives all over your TV?
Britney Spears, insisted one participant.
Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, another suggested.
Prince? I asked, and got shot down.
Much later in the night, someone threw down what is likely the winning answer: Oprah Winfrey.
Who do you think is a bigger celebrity death? Or even one that would equal the impact of MJ. And more importantly, is it time for Elton John to rewrite "Candle in the Wind" again? Here’s hoping. (Elton John also got a few votes for bigger celebrity death. As did Billy Joel).
And since we’re here: We should play top five songs by Michael Jackson, like every other Web site in the tri-planet area. I’ll start, but I can’t commit to an order:
* Billie Jean
* Thriller (but only when taken collectively with the video)
* Smooth Criminal
* Man in the Mirror (Just kidding, don’t count this one)
* The Way You Make Me Feel
* I Want You Back (Can’t forget Jackson 5)
But, honestly, it’s "Wanna Be Startin’ Something" that is stuck in my head today. Your turn. Respond in the comments to 1) Bigger (or comparable) celebrity death; 2) Top Five songs MJ performed.