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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 Jackson brothers' 1977 album 'Goin' Places' was its lead single. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff wrote the upbeat disco track.
GOT TO BE THERE
Michael's 1st solo release was the sweet ballad "Got To Be There". The child superstar was off to a great start with this debut song, the title track from his 1st solo LP. It showcased his vocal range. On both sides of the Atlantic, the single reached the Top 5.
Following the group's exodus from the Motown stable, The Jacksons' new label debut was issued as a joint release by Epic Records and Philadelphia International. The latter was a label founded by the skilled songwriting / production team Gamble & Huff. The pair wrote "Think Happy" from the 1976 album 'The Jacksons'.
MICHAEL & JANET JACKSON
In 1995, Michael unleashed "Scream", a duet with his younger sister Janet. Both were pop chart forces in their own right. The siblings co-wrote and co-produced the recording with James Harris III and Terry Lewis. "Scream" made the Top 5 in America, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
I AM LOVE (PARTS 1 AND 2)
"I Am Love" is an epic track on 'Dancing Machine", the last Jackson 5 studio album issued on Motown. The 7 1/2 minute cut features Jermaine and Michael on lead vocals. It reached #3 R&B and 15 Pop in America. The brothers quit Motown soon after, with the exception of the former, who remained behind.