Discography

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.

Sections:
Jackson 5 (Motown Records)
Michael Jackson (Motown Records)
The Jacksons (Epic Records)
Michael Jackson (Epic Records)
Other releases and guest appearances

Jackson 5 (Motown Records)

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.

jackson5_rossf Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (December 18, 1969)

1. Zip-a-dee doo-dah
2. Nobody
3. I Want You Back
4. Who’s Loving You
5. Can You Remember?
6. Standing In the Shadows of Love
7. You’ve Changed
8. My Cherie Amour
9. Chained
10. (I Know) I’m Losing You
11. Stand
12. Born to Love You

0022190dec450bb2ba5d36 ABC (May 8, 1970)

1. The Love You Save
2. One More Chance
3. ABС
4. 2-4-6-8
5. (Come Around Here) I’m the One You Need
6. Don’t Know Why I Love You
7. Never Had a Dream Come True
8. True Love Can Be Beautiful
9. La-la (Means I Love You)
10. I’ll Bet You
11. I Found That Girl
12. The Young Folks

Third-Album-Jackson-5-album-cover Third Album (September 8, 1970)

1. I’ll Be There
2. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)
3. Oh How Happy
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
5. Mama’s Pearl
6. Can I See You In the Morning?
7. Goin’ Back to Indiana
8. How Funky Is Your Chicken
9. Reach In
10. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage
11. Darling Dear

Jackson5-ChristmasAlbum The Christmas Album (October 15, 1970)

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
3. The Christmas Song
4. Up on the Housetop
5. Frosty the Snowman
6. The Little Drummer Boy
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
8. Christmas Won’t Be the Same This Year
9. Give Love on Christmas Day
10. Someday at Christmas
11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

0602527228921 Maybe Tomorrow (April 12, 1971)

1. Maybe Tomorrow
2. Never Can Say Goodbye
3. She’s Good
4. The Wall
5. Petals
6. 16 Candles
7. (We’ve Got) Blue Skies
8. My Little Baby
9. It’s Great To Be Here
10. Honey Chile
11. I Will Find A Way

jackson5~~~_lookingth_101b Looking Through The Windows (May 23, 1972)

1. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
2. Looking Through The Windows
3. Doctor My Eyes
4. Little Bitty Pretty One
5. E-ne-me-ne-ma-ne-moe
6. If I Have To Move A Mountain
7. Children Of The Light

J5-skywriter Skywriter (March 29, 1973)

1. Skywriter
2. Hallelujah Day
3. The Boogie Man
4. Touch
5. Corner Of The Sky
6. I Can’t Quit Your Love
7. Uppermost
8. World Of Sunshine
9. Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You
10. You Made Me What I Am

album cover_get it together G.I.T.: Get It Together (September 12, 1973)

1. Get It Together
2. Don’t Say Goodbye Again
3. Reflections
4. Hum Along And Dance
5. Mama I Got A Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No)
6. Too Late To Change The Time
7. You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You?)
8. Dancing Machine

jackson_5_dancing_machine Dancing Machine (September 5, 1974)

1. I Am Love
2. Whatever You Got, I Want
3. She’s A Rhythm Child
4. Dancing Machine
5. The Life Of The Party
6. What You Don’t Know
7. If I Don’t Love You This Way
8. It All Begins And Ends With Love
9. The Mirrors Of My Mind

albummovingviolation Moving Violation (May 5, 1975)

1. Forever Came Today
2. Moving Violation
3. (You Were Made) Especially For Me
4. Honey Love
5. Body Language (Do The Love Dance)
6. All I Do Is Think Of You
7. Breezy
8. Call Of The Wild
9. The Explosion

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)

Michael Jackson (Motown Records)

Since his young age, Michael stood out as a gifted solo performer. Motown Records released a few of his solo albums.

mike Got to Be There (January 24, 1972)

1. Ain’t No Sunshine
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are
3. Girl Don’t Take Your Love From Me
4. In Our Small Way
5. Got To Be There
6. Rockin’ Robin
7. Wings Of My Love
8. Maria (You Were The Only One)
9. Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone
10. You’ve Got A Friend

BenMichaelJackson Ben (August 4, 1972)

1. Ben
2. Greatest Show On Earth
3. People Make The World Go Round
6. We’ve Got A Good Thing Going
7. Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
8. My Girl
9. What Goes Around Comes Around
10. In Our Small Way
11. Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-da-day
12. You Can Cry On My Shoulder

michael-jackson-music-and-me Music & Me (April 13, 1973)

1. With a Child’s Heart
2. Up Again
3. All The Things You Are
4. Happy
5. Too Young
6. Doggin’ Around
7. Euphoria
8. Morning Glow
9. Johnny Raven
10. Music And Me

ATTYIUSH Forever, Michael (January 16, 1975)

1. We’re Almost There
2. Take Me Back
3. One Day In Your Life
4. Cinderella Stay Awhile
5. We’ve Got Forever
6. Just A Little Bit Of You
7. You Are There
8. Dapper-Dan
9. Dear Michael
10. I’ll Come Home To You

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

The Jacksons (Epic Records)

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.

1976-the-jacksons-album The Jacksons (November 27, 1976)

1. Enjoy Yourself
2. Think Happy
3. Good Times
4. Keep On Dancing
5. Blues Away
6. Show You The Way To Go
7. Living Together
8. Strength Of One Man
9. Dreamer
10. Style Of Life

6186wP+dKnL Goin’ Places (October 18, 1977)

1. Music’s Takin’ Over
2. Goin’ Places
3. Different Kind Of Lady
4. Even Though You’re Gone
5. Jump For Joy
6. Heavens Knows I Love You, Girl
7. Man Of War
8. Do What You Wanna
9. Find Me A Girl

DESTINYCD Destiny (December 17, 1978)

1. Blame It On The Boogie
2. Push Me Away
3. Things I Do For You
4. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
5. Destiny
6. Bless His Soul
7. All Night Dancer
8. That’s What You Get (For Being Polite)

Triumph-the-jackson-5-12611445-400-400 Triumph (October 18, 1980)

1. Can You Feel It
2. Lovely One
3. Your Ways
4. Everybody
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Time Waits For No One
7. Walk Right Now
8. Give It Up
9. Wondering Who

Jacksons_live_03 Live (November 11, 1981)

The album consists of live recordings from the band’s Triumph tour. This was the only live album released during Michael’s lifetime. A few of the songs in the set list was from Michael’s then new album Off The Wall.

1. Opening/Can You Feel It
2. Things I Do for You
3. Off the Wall
4. Ben
5. This Place Hotel
6. She’s Out of My Life
7. Movie and Rap Including Excerpts of I Want You Back/Never Can Say Goodbye/Got to Be There
8. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save
9. I’ll Be There
10. Rock with You
11. Lovely One
12. Workin’ Day and Night
13. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
14. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Jacksons-victory Victory (July 2, 1984)

1. Torture
2. Wait
3. One More Chance
4. Be Not Always
5. State Of Shock
6. We Can Change The World
7. The Hurt
8. Body

Jacksons-2300-jackson-street 2300 Jackson Street (May 28, 1989)

The album was released after Michael had left the group. Michael participated only in the recording of the title track.

1. Art of Madness
2. Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U)
3. Maria
4. Private Affair
5. 2300 Jackson Street
6. Harley
7. She
8. Alright with Me
9. Play It Up
10. Midnight Rendezvous
11. If You’d Only Believe

Michael Jackson (Epic Records)

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.

michael_jackson_off_the_wall_album_cover Off the Wall (August 10, 1979)
Executive producer: Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 25 million

1. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
2. Rock With You
3. Working Day And Night
4. Get On The Floor
5. Off The Wall
6. Girlfriend
7. She’s Out Of My Life
8. I Can’t Help It
9. It’s The Falling In Love
10. Burn This Disco Out

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.”

thriller1 Thriller (November 30, 1982)
Executive producer: Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 110 million

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine
4. Thriller
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9. Lady In My Life

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.

michael_jackson-bad Bad (August 31, 1987)
Executive producers: Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. Estimated copies sold: 35 million

1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends
6. Another Part Of Me
7. Man In The Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Dirty Diana”
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone

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
2. I’m So Blue
3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
4. Free
5. Price of Fame
6. Al Capone
7. Streetwalker
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (Spanish ver. of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (French ver. of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You)
11. Bad (Remix by Afrojack featuring Pitbull – DJ Buddha Edit)
12. Speed Demon (Remix by Nero)
13. Bad (Remix by Afrojack – Club Mix)

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’
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part of Me
4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (duet with Sheryl Crow)
5. She’s Out of My Life
6. I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I’ll Be There
7. Rock with You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Workin’ Day and Night
13. Beat It
14. Billie Jean
15. Bad
16. Man in the Mirror

dangerous Dangerous (November 13, 1991)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 40 million

1. Jam
2. Why You Wanna Trip On Me
3. In The Closet
4. She Drives Me Wild
5. Remember The Time
6. Can’t Let Her Get Away
7. Heal The World
8. Black Or White
9. Who Is It
10. Give In To Me
11. Will You Be There
12. Keep The Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
14. Dangerous

Special Edition released in 2001 contained the same track list.

MJ 2011 Album covers History 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:

1. Scream
2. They Don’t Care About Us
3. Stranger In Moscow
4. This Time Around
5. Earth Song
6. D.S.
7. Money
8. Come Together
9. You Are Not Alone
10. Childhood
11. Tabloid Junkie
12. 2Bad
13. History
14. Little Susie
15. Smile

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
2. Morphine
3. Superfly Sister
4. Ghosts
5. Is It Scary
Remixes:
6. Scream Louder
7. Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)
8. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)
9. Stranger in Moscow (Tee’s In-House Club Mix)
10. This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)
11. Earth Song (Hani’s Club Experience)
12. You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)
13. HIStory (Tony Moran’s HIStory Lesson)

michael_jackson_invincible_album_cover Invincible (October 30, 2001)
Executive producer: Michael Jackson. Estimated copies sold: 11 million

1. Unbreakble
2. Heartbreaker
3. Invincible
4. Break Of Dawn
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. You Rock My World
7. Butterflies
8. Speechless
9. 2000 Watts
10. You Are My Life
11. Privacy
12. Don’t Walk Away
13. Cry
14. The Lost Children
15. Whatever Happens
16. Threatened

Posthumous albums

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.

Michael album Michael (December 10, 2010)

The album contsists of previously unreleased songs reworked posthumously by other producers. The release was surrounded by controversy: the authenticity of the lead vocal in three songs, “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up,” is contested by Michael’s family and the majority of his fans.

1. Hold My Hand (duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon

michael-jackson-xscape-tracklist-1 Xscape (May 13, 2014)

The album consists of eight songs unreleased during Michael’s lifetime and posthumously reworked by other producers. Delux edition contains also original versions of all songs (as Jackson left them), track “Love Never Felt So Good” as a posthumous duet with Justin Timberlake and a DVD with a documentary about the album.

1. Love Never Felt So Good
2. Chicago (aka She Was Lovin’ Me)
3. Loving You
4. A Place With No Name
5. Slave To The Rhythm
6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are
7. Blue Gangsta
8. Xscape

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.

Other releases and guest appearances

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:

Song Title/Artist
Album/Record label/Disc number/Year /Michael’s credits

A Brand New Day/Michael Jackson
The Wiz/MCA/MCSP287/1978/vocals

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
The Wiz/MCA/MCSP287/1978/vocals

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/3T
Brotherhood/MJJ/ /1995/backing vocals with his brothers

Centipede/Rebbie Jackson
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

Joy/Blackstreet
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

Muscles/Diana Ross
Silk Electric/Capitol/27313/ /writer, producer

Personal/Men of Vizion
MJJ/550 Music/Epic/BK66947/May 1996

Quo Funk/Quo
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
ET Storybook/MCA/70000/1982/vocals

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

Whatzupwitu/Eddie Murphy
Love’s Alright/Motown/ /1993/vocals with E.M.

Yeah/Eddie Murphy
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

Why/3T
Brotherhood/MJJ/57450/1995/producer, backing vocals

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