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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.
"Maybe Tomorrow" is the title track from the brothers' 1971 album. The single reached #3 R&B and 20 pop in America.
GIRL YOU'RE SO TOGETHER
In 1984, Michael was dominating the world charts thanks to the success of 'Thriller'. Motown Records capitalized on his megastar status, releasing an album of archived 70s recordings entitled 'Farewell My Summer Love'. By now, MJ had switched to Epic. "Girl You're So Together" was one of the previously lost gems that re-surfaced on the Motown release. It was issued as a single in Britain and climbed to #33.
IN THE CLOSET
"In The Closet" was lifted off 'Dangerous' in 1992. The single went Top 10 in America, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It also topped the U.S. R&B and Dance charts.
THE MIRRORS OF MY MIND
The closing track on the Jackson 5's disco LP 'Dancing Machine' is "The Mirrors Of My Mind".
YOU CAN CRY ON MY SHOULDER
Berry Gordy penned "You Can Cry On My Shoulder", a track featured on Michael's Motown album 'Ben'. In 1972, this song was the B-side for its #1 title track.