06/25/2014 02:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

In Commemoration of the Five-Year Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death, Here Are 20 Interesting Facts About MJ You Didn't Know

We can't believe it's already been five years since we lost the world's biggest pop icon, Michael Jackson. In honor of his memory and the priceless impact he had on the music industry, here are five interesting facts you probably don't know about him. Check out the original article on AskMen for the full list of 20 things you probably didn't know about MJ.

The Debut


Michael Joseph Jackson, the eighth of 10 Jackson kids, first started performing live at the age of 5, singing a cover of "Climb Every Mountain." Soon after, he started performing widely with four of his brothers as The Jackson 5.

The Pets


A great animal lover, Michael Jackson kept a full menagerie at his Neverland Ranch. While Bubbles the chimpanzee is probably his most famous pet, he also owned a boa constrictor named Muscles, two pythons, two llamas, four giraffes, two more non-famous chimps, two alligators and 13 Chilean flamingos.

The Videos


Jackson took his music videos very seriously, demanding that they be called "short films" around him. John Landis, John Singleton and Martin Scorsese all directed videos for Jackson -- for "Thriller," "Remember the Time," and "Bad," respectively.

Thriller, the Album


Twenty-two years after its release, Thriller remains the best selling album of all time, with estimates of the number of total albums sold worldwide clocking in around the 50 to 100 million range.

"Thriller," the Single


"Thriller," the song, is also one of Jackson's greatest hits -- the song spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200, and the video is now considered a classic. The Vincent Price-narrated mini-movie almost didn't happen, though, after Jackson worried that the video's werewolf theme might conflict with his Jehovah's Witness religious background (in which all things supernatural are frowned upon).

For all 20 Michael Jackson facts, check out the original article on AskMen.