Top Five Performances in Pop Music

Music is a part of every culture. When you get rid of music, you’re pretty much getting rid of culture. With music, you can tell a story, express your emotions, or have a good time. Music is a great way to relax, and you can even do it when you are trading. So, here are the top five performances in pop music.

Michael Jackson’s 1983 Moonwalk

Two iconic things flourished in the 1980s- Michael Jackson and his famous moonwalk dance. On March 25, 1983, the King of Pop debuted this iconic dance at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow in Pasadena, California. Already amazingly singing his song “Billie Jean” live in front of a packed audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Michael Jackson introduced the world to a dance that has influenced and will continue to influence many people for years to come.

Elvis Presley Live on The Ed Sullivan Show

From one king to another, Elvis Presley made his mark on the pop music scene with this scandalous performance on The Ed Sullivan Show back on October 28, 1956. What could be so scandalous? Well, in the 1950s, he performed some very provocative movements like shaking his hips. Although many burned his effigy in Nashville and St. Louis, the youth loved him as his performance on that show raked in over 60 million viewers.

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

Speaking of The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles, the most iconic band of all time, performed on this show on February 9, 1964. What was meant to be a brief television appearance turned into the performance that brought in the British Invasion of the 1960s and turned this band into the biggest band of all time to this day. To this day, no other band has reached the Beatles' fame in their time.

Beyonce at the VMA

Beyonce is a talented singer; there’s no denying that. Yet, this MTV VMA performance in 2011 proves exactly how much natural talent she has. Of course, her performance of her song “Love on Top” was flawless, but the biggest surprise was when she unbuttoned her sequin blazer, she rubbed her belly to show the world she was pregnant. Imagine singing live on stage while pregnant, especially as flawlessly as Beyonce!

Queen at Live Aid

The Ethiopian famine was the worst famine to hit the country in a century, so many bands, including Queen, put together a benefit concert called Live Aid on July 13, 1985. The seventeen minutes they were on were some of the most historical moments of music history when they performed their iconic songs “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions.” Freddie Mercury had always been a talented singer, but this performance was proof that he will continue to be one of the greats in music history.


Music is a part of every culture. When you get rid of music, you’re pretty much getting rid of culture, including these top five performances in pop music.