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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.
Renowned composer Michel Legrand and Motown's legendary songwriter Smokey Robinson created "Happy". It was the "Love Theme" from the film 'Lady Sings The Blues' starring Diana Ross. Michael covered the song on his 1973 'Music & Me' album.
SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO
Gamble & Huff delivered The Jacksons "Show You The Way To Go" for their 1st album on new label CBS. The single charted well in America, but fared way better in the UK where it reached #1 in 1977.
GONE TOO SOON
Michael dedicated "Gone Too Soon" to young Ryan White who endured discrimination due to his HIV status. The brave youth died in 1990. The song was included on 'Dangerous'. In late 1993, it was issued as a single. Toto's David Paich and Steve Porcaro performed on the track.
The version of "Earth Song" featured on Michael's 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1' runs just under 7 minutes. The single edit lasts 5 minutes. In 1995, the song climbed to #1 on the British chart. It was a major hit in Europe and New Zealand.
MUSIC AND ME
Audiences marvelled at the heartfelt delivery of "Music And Me", the title song on Michael's 1973 album. Again, the young superstar displayed great maturity well beyond his years on the beautiful ballad.