Since everybody else is paying tribute, I might as well chime in.
I loved Michael Jackson - when I was seven, and he was with the Jackson 5. But ultimately, I needed music with a bit more backbone and soul, so I moved on to Elton John and never looked back.
When Thriller came out, I lived too far out in BFE to get cable, but I saw it in the common room at the dorm one day and I remember being completely blown away, thinking, Jesus that was stupid. This is what the media and the world is creaming over? We're doomed.
Turns out I was right.
John Bonham, why did you have to die?