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Audiences around the world were first in awe of Michael Jackson’s talent in 1969 when the wunderkind was still only 11 years of age and singing lead on “I Want You Back”. Soon, his solo career would eclipse the Jackson 5’s success. The brothers would quit the Motown label in 1975 and became The Jacksons. Michael remained a member, but his solo output went into overdrive with the albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and the record-breaking ‘Thriller’. This period forever cemented his place among pop music’s greatest influences. Here are the 100 most essential recordings- solo and with his siblings- in terms of influence, popularity and quality. The tracks span the years 1969-2014.
The title track from the 1995 double CD 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' was written and produced by Michael with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. . One disc was a compilation of past solo hits while the 2nd consisted of new material. "HIStory" contains references to historical events, including Charles Lindbergh's flight and the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy.
SHE DRIVES ME WILD
"She Drives Me Wild" was included on Michael's 1991 album 'Dangerous'. He co-wrote and produced it with Teddy Riley. The track sees MJ embrace the New Jack Swing genre that was popular at the time. Riley [below] spearheaded the musical trend. He is referred to as the "King Of New Jack Swing". Riley played keyboards and synthesizer on the track.
FOREVER CAME TODAY
In 1975, The Jackson 5 topped the Billboard Disco Chart with a remake of the 1968 Top 30 hit by Diana Ross & The Supremes "Forever Came Today". The remake was lifted off that year's 'Moving Violation' album.
CAN'T LET HER GET AWAY
'Dangerous' was the 1st MJ album not produced by Quincy Jones since 1979's 'Off The Wall'. Michael was at the helm, collaborating with co-producers Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien and Bill Bottrell. "Can't Let Her Get Away" is a track on the 1991 album.
STYLE OF LIFE
When the brothers quit Motown in 1975, switching over to CBS Records, their previous label owned the name Jackson 5. This resulted in a name change and The Jacksons emerged with its label debut, a self-titled LP in 1976. While hit songwriting/ production duo Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff were enlisted to craft hits for the new recruits, the Jacksons managed to have their first compositions included on an album. "Style Of Life" was written by Michael with his brother Tito.
The Stylistics scored a #6 R&B hit with "People Make The World Go Round" in 1972. The song, written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, was covered by Michael on his 2nd solo studio album 'Ben' in the same year.
THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US
Written and produced by Michael, "They Don't Care About Us" was issued as a single in 1996 from the 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' album. The song topped charts in many European countries and peaked at #4 in the U.K.
MUSIC'S TAKIN' OVER
With Epic Records and the Philadelphia International label both having The Jacksons on their rosters, Gamble and Huff were again involved on the brothers' 1977 album 'Goin' Places'. The duo wrote the bulk of the material.
YOU CAN'T WIN
Michael Jackson portrayed the Scarecrow in the film 'The Wiz', an urban adaptation of "The Wizard Of Oz". This project marked the 1st MJ project produced by Quincy Jones. The single "You Can't Win" was issued in 1979. The 2 parts run for over 7 minutes.
1973's 'Skywriter' album contained the single "Hallelujah Day". On the US R&B Chart, it reached #10. In Britain, the disc made the Top 20.