Release Date: 2001
Director: Marc Klasfeld
Fun Fact: This song, "Smooth Criminal", is the only song on the list to be featured twice in this list! Michael Jackson's original hit #86 in the countdown.
This is one of the best cover version ever made. Period. Even if you don't particularly like this version, the impact it had was pretty damn impressive. Alien Ant Farm weren't that amazing, or at least, in my opinion they weren't. The fact that this song, and "Movies" are the only two songs that really got anywhere is a decent fact to back that opinion up. But, what Alien Ant Farm did with the Michael Jackson classic was damn impressive. Simple but impressive. Speed it up, give it some punky riffs, modernise it, and it sounds so damn good.
And the video is just hilarious. A true comedy tribute to the King of Pop, this song uses so many homages to Jackson's excellent music videos. From "Billy Jean" to "Thriller", and the hilarious scream that's a reference to the unedited "Black and White" video, it's just hella good.
Here's the video for your enjoyment!