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ESSENTIAL SONGS BY
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.
SHAKE YOUR BODY
(DOWN TO THE GROUND)
Michael and his brother Randy co-wrote "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" which was lifted off The Jacksons' 'Destiny' LP. In 1979, the single made the Top 10 in America, Britain, parts of Europe and New Zealand.
LEAVE ME ALONE
On "Leave Me Alone", Michael conveys his frustration with the media and incessant rumours that dogged him around the time. He wrote the song for inclusion on 'Bad' but it was shelved until a later re-packaging of the album was released. In 1989, the song was issued as a single and peaked at #2 in the UK. It also charted well in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Michael penned "Heartbreak Hotel", a single lifted off The Jacksons' 'Triumph' album. The track is bursting with paranoia and clever imagery. In 1980, the disc reached #2 on the US R&B Chart. Later, its title was switched to the meaningless "This Place Hotel". The lyrics still refer to the original song title.
GET ON THE FLOOR
The 'Off The Wall' LP was unlike any previous release from any of the Jackson family members. It included some of Michael's best singles as well as the underrated album track "Get On The Floor". He co-wrote the funky disco track with Louis Johnson (of The Brothers Johnson).
Toto member Steve Porcaro created the sound of "Human Nature". John Bettis applied his songwriting skills to the lyrics. It was included on the phenomenally successful 'Thriller' album. The single was issued in 1983 and reached the American Top 10. It has since been sampled many times.