Michael Jackson discography covers his career in Jackson 5 (later The Jacksons) and solo records. Additionally, there is information about officially released collections, compilations and side projects in which Michael participated as a co-composer or a vocalist.
Jackson 5 (Motown Records)
Michael Jackson (Motown Records)
The Jacksons (Epic Records)
Michael Jackson (Epic Records)
Other releases and guest appearances
In 1969, the Jackson brothers signed a record deal with Motown Records and began their career as Jackson 5. The band mainly performed songs written by a group of studio composers known as “The Corporation,” as well as cover versions of already known Motown hits.
Collections and compilations
- Goin’ Back to Indiana (September 1971) – soundtrack to the TV show of the same name featuring the Jackson 5
- Greatest Hits (December 27, 1971)
- Anthology (july 1976)
- Joyful Jukebox Music (October 26, 1976)
- Boogie (January 16, 1979)
- Soulsation! (August 15, 1995)
- Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection (August 15, 1995)
- The Best of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5ive – The Motown Years (1997)
- 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Jackson 5 (1999)
- Gold (2005)
- Classic Jackson 5 (2008)
- I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters (November 10, 2009)
- Ultimate Christmas Collection (2009)
- J Is for Jackson 5 (March 30, 2010)
- Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls (September 18, 2012)
Since his young age, Michael stood out as a gifted solo performer. Motown Records released a few of his solo albums.
|Got to Be There (January 24, 1972)
1. Ain’t No Sunshine
|Ben (August 4, 1972)
|Music & Me (April 13, 1973)
1. With a Child’s Heart
|Forever, Michael (January 16, 1975)
1. We’re Almost There
Most interesting collections and compilations
- Farewell My Summer Love (May 8, 1984) – a collection of unreleased songs
- Looking Back To Yesterday (February 11, 1986) – a collection of unreleased songs
- Anthology (1986) The Best Of (1995) and Gold (2008) – box-set that was re-released under different names and included a few outtake songs
- The Original Soul of Michael Jackson (1987) – a collection of remixes with one new track “Twenty-Five Miles”
- Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (2009) – 3-disk box-set that included original mixes of a few tracks
In 1975, the band severed ties with Motown Records and signed with Epic Records. Motown kept an exclusive right for the Jackson 5 name, so the brothers had to rename their band as The Jacksons.
In 1979, Michael began his solo career at Epic Records. He did record a few more albums with his brothers, but solo career consumed more and more of his attention until he finally left the group in 1984.
|Off the Wall (August 10, 1979)
Executive producer: Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 25 million
1. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Special Edition released in 2001 contains interviews with the creators and demo versions of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Workin’ Day and Night.”
|Thriller (November 30, 1982)
Executive producer: Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 110 million
1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Special Edition released in 2001 contains interviews with the creators, album outtake “Carousel” and song “Someone in the dark” from Michael’s album E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
The anniversary edition Thriller 25 released in 2008 contains song “For All Time” from the Dangerous era, extended rap verse from “Thriller” and a few remixes. Japanese edition included also song “Got the Hots” from Thriller sessions.
|Bad (August 31, 1987)
Executive producers: Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 35 million
Special Edition released in 2001 contained interviews with the creators, two album outtakes – “Streetwalker” and “Fly Away” – and song “Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu” (Spanish version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”).
In 2012, on its 25th anniversary, the album was re-released as a 4-disk box-set. The first disk contained the remastered album, the second disk featured a few unreleased songs of the Bad era and remixes:
1. Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round
The third and the fourth disks contained the recording of the Bad World Tour show at the Wembley stadium, and a soundtrack to it. Set list:
1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
|Dangerous (November 13, 1991)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 40 million
Special Edition released in 2001 contained the same track list.
|HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (June 16, 1995)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 22 million
HIStory was a double-disk album – the first disk featured greatest hits, the second disk contained new songs:
|Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (May 11, 1997)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 6 million
The album contained five new songs and eight remixes of tracks from HIStory.
1. Blood On The Dance Floor
|Invincible (October 30, 2001)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 11 million
Shortly after Michael’s passing, his estate executors signed a new deal with Sony Music (the owner of Epic Records). As part of that deal, Sony released a few albums of previously unreleased material.
Collections and compilations
- Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I (November 13, 2001) – re-release of the first disk of History album (the greatest hits).
- Number Ones (November 18, 2003) – a greatest hits compilation, included new song “One More Chance.”
- The Ultimate Collection (November 17, 2004) – box-set containing songs from Michael’s solo albums and a number of unreleased tracks from Off The Wall to Invincible eras.
- The Essential Michael Jackson (July 19, 2005) – a greatest hits collection, released in 2- and 3-disk editions.
- Visionary: The Video Singles (February 20, 2006) – a collection of 20 singles.
- King of Pop (August 22, 2008) – a greatest hits collection. The track list was compiled based on fan voting and differed from country to country.
- The Collection (June 29, 2009) – a box-set that included five studio albums: Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and Invincible.
- This Is It (October 26, 2009) – a soundtrack to the movie of the same name released posthumously. It contained songs performed in the movie, a previously unreleased song “This Is It” (“I Never Heard”), demo versions of “She’s Out Of My Life”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and “Beat It” and poem “Planet Earth”.
- Immortal (November 21, 2011) – a soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil show of the same name, contained remixes of songs from the studio albums.
During his career, Michael Jackson participated in a number of projects of other artists as a guest vocalist, arranger or producer. He also gifted several songs of his own composition to other artists. The most prominent releases featuring his participation are listed below. Michael’s own releases outside of studio albums are also included here. The list is given in the following format:
Album/Record label/Disc number/Year /Michael’s credits
A Brand New Day/Michael Jackson
All I Do/Stevie Wonder
Hotter Than July/Motown/STMA 8035/ /backing vocals
Alright Now/Ralph Tresvant
Ralph Tresvant/MCA/MSG 6120/ /co-writer with John Barnes (only on CD)
Be a Lion/Michael Jackson
Behind the Mask/Greg Phillinganes
Pulse/Planet/FL84698/ /co-writer with C. Mosdell and R. Sakamoto
Behind the Mask/Eric Clapton
August/Duck/WX 71/ /co-writer with C. Mosdell and R. Sakamoto
Brotherhood/MJJ/ /1995/backing vocals with his brothers
Centipede/CBS/5926/1984/writer, producer, backing vocals
Don’t Let a Woman Make a Fool Of You/Joe King Carrasco
Synapse Gap (Mundo Total)/MCA/MCF-3143/ /backing vocals
Don’t Stand Another Chance/Janet Jackson
Dreamstreet/A&M/ /1984/backing vocals, with Marlon Jackson
Do the Bartman/Simpsons
The Simpsons Sing The Blues/Geffen/7599243081/ /rumored to be co-writer with Bryan Loren, vocals
Eaten Alive/Diana Ross
Eaten Alive/Capitol/ / /co-writer with Bee Gees, -producer with Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten, backing vocals
Get It/Stevie Wonder
Characters/Motown/ZL-72001/1988/vocals with S.W.
Goin’ Back to Alabama/Kenny Rogers
Share Your Love/Liberty/LBG-30339/ /backing vocals
I’m in Love Again/Minnie Ripperton
Love Lives Forever/Capitol/12097/ /vocals
I Need You/3T
Brotherhood/MJJ/57540/1995/producer with 3T, backing vocals
Just Friends/Carole Bayer Sager
Sometimes Late at Night/Epic/EPC-85110/ /producer, backing vocals
Blackstreet/ / /1995/co-writer with Teddy Riley
Keep on Keepin’ On/MC Lyte featuring Xcape
Sunset Park soundtrack/Flavor Unit/64302/1996/co-writer with J. Dupri, MC Lyte
Love Never Felt So Good/Johnny Mathis
A Special Part of Me/CBS/25475/ /co-writer with P. Anka and K. Wakefield
Night Time Lover/LaToya Jackson
LaToya Jackson/Polydor/2391475/ /producer, arranger
Silk Electric/Capitol/27313/ /writer, producer
Personal/Men of Vizion
MJJ/550 Music/Epic/BK66947/May 1996
Quo/MJJ/ /1995/writer, backing vocals
Save Me/Dave Mason
Old Crest on the Wave/CBS/83828/ /backing vocals
Sisterella (Cast album of the stage musical)
MJJ/550 Music/67443/May 1996/ /executive producer with Jerry Greenberg
Somebody’s Watching Me/Rockwell
Somebody’s Watching Me/Motown/ZL72147/1984/backing vocals
Someone in the Dark/Michael Jackson
Someone Put Your Hand Out/Michael Jackson
Pepsi Dangerous Tour Exclusive Release/Epic/982789 4/1992/co-writer, -producer with Bruce Swedien
State of Independence/Donna Summer
Donna Summer/Geffen/K99163/ /backing vocals, with all-star choir
Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’/Jermaine Jackson
Dynamite/Arista/206317/1984/vocals with J.J.
The Man/Paul McCartney
Pipes of Peace/Parlophone/PCTC1652301/1983/co-writer, vocals with P.M.
We Are the World/USA For Africa
We Are The World/CBS/USAID F1/1985/co-writer with Lionel Richie, vocals, backing vocals with all-star choir
Love’s Alright/Motown/ /1993/vocals with E.M.
Love’s Alright/Motown/ /1993/backing vocals with all-star choir
You’re the One/Jennifer Holliday
Say You Love Me/Geffen/26564/ /producer, co-writer with Buzz Kohan
Who’s Right Who’s Wrong/Kenny Loggins
Keep The Fire/CBS/83869/ /backing vocals
Brotherhood/MJJ/57450/1995/producer, backing vocals