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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.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Michael was married to Lisa Marie Presley when the single "You Are Not Alone" was issued in 1995. It was a track lifted off 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I'. R. Kelly wrote the ballad. He and Michael co-produced the recording which topped the charts in USA, UK and many European countries.
WILL YOU BE THERE
"Will You Be There" was included on the 1991 'Dangerous' album and featured on the 'Free Willy' film soundtrack. The album version runs for 7:40 minutes. The single was an edited cut that reached the Top 10 in America, Britain and Canada.
Michael's remake of "Rockin' Robin" was an early single in his solo career. Originally recorded in 1958 by Bobby Day, the playful song was a perfect fit for Motown's child star. Michael's 2nd solo single peaked at #2 on the US Pop and Soul charts in 1972. It reached #3 in Britain.
SAY SAY SAY
MICHAEL JACKSON & PAUL McCARTNEY
The Beatles' legendary producer George Martin was at the helm when Michael recorded "Say Say Say" with Paul McCartney.The track was added to the latter's solo album 'Pipes Of Peace'. Released as a single in 1983, the disc reached #1 in America, Canada and Scandinavia. On the British chart, the song peaked at #2.
LOOKIN' THROUGH THE WINDOWS
The title track of The Jackson 5's 1972 album 'Lookin' Through The Windows' was released as a single in the middle of that year. On the US R&B Chart, the disc reached #5. It made #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also a Top 10 hit in Britain.