What is #MichaelJackson song Man in the Mirror about? Story behind song #MJ

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Michael Jackson’s song Man in the Mirror was an instant hit when it came out in 1988. It went straight in at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for two weeks. While it didn’t fare as well in the UK, it climbed up the rankings after Michael’s death in 2009 - but what is the story behind the lyrics?

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Man in the Mirror became Michael Jackson's tenth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 when it first came out on February 6, 1988.

The track was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and is still known today as one of Michael’s most famous songs.

While it only reached the Top 30 in the UK, it climbed to Number Two after his death on June 25, 2009, and it received a huge amount of radio play in the weeks that followed.

But what is the story of the lyrics of the song, and was it a song Michael wrote himself?

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While Michael was an incredible songwriter, who heard full songs in his head, he did not put pen to paper with Man in the Mirror.

Instead, Man in the Mirror was composed by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett, well-known songwriters who worked with him at the time.

Siedah, a singer in her own right, also sang with Michael on the song I Just Can’t Stop Loving You which, with Man in the Mirror, were released on his sixth studio album Bad.

The song was produced by Michael and his long

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