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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.
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
"All The Things You Are" is a track on Michael's 3rd studio solo release 'Music & Me'. Issued in 1973, it was arranged by James Anthony Carmichael who worked closely with Motown labelmates The Commodores and, later, a solo Lionel Richie. The track is a remake of a song written by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern.
STRANGER IN MOSCOW
Written and produced by Michael, "Stranger In Moscow" was a single that came out in 1996. The disc charted high in Europe and the U.K. It was included on his 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' album.
"Dirty Diana" was the 5th single lifted off the mega-selling 1987 album 'Bad'. Michael penned the mighty track and co-produced it with studio supremo Quincy Jones. Steve Stevens performed the guitar solo, echoing the previous rock track "Beat It" from Michael's smash hit album 'Thriller'. The single topped the American and European charts in 1988. It peaked at #4 in the UK.
FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE
While 'Thriller' was dominating the pop music landscape, Motown sought to cash in on the lucrative artist. Despite the Jackson brothers having left the label almost a decade earlier, tracks recorded by Michael from deep within the company vaults were compiled to form the 'Farewell My Summer Love' album. In 1984, the title song peaked at #7 on the British chart.
STATE OF SHOCK
JACKSONS with MICK JAGGER
Originally intended as a collaboration with Freddie Mercury, "State Of Shock" ended up a duet recorded by The Jacksons and legendary rocker Mick Jagger. The 1984 single climbed to #3 in America and 14 in the UK. It was included on the brothers' 'Victory' album.