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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.
"Skywriter" is the title track of the 1973 album unleashed by The Jackson 5. The single peaked at #25 on the British chart.
Rapper Heavy D guests on "Jam", the opening track from 'Dangerous'. He and his group The Boyz had just charted with a remake of "Now That We Found Love". Michael's track was lifted as a single in 1992. It charted in America, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE
Before The Jackson 5 covered "Little Bitty Pretty One" for the 1972 album 'Lookin' Through The Windows', it had been recorded by its writer Bobby Day, Thurston Harris and Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. The siblings' remake peaked at #13 on the U.S. chart. Michael had already scored a solo smash with a cover of Day's "Rockin' Robin" the previous year.
(I LIKE) THE WAY YOU LOVE ME
The posthumous album 'Michael' came out in late 2010. "(I Like) The Way You Love Me" is a slow groove R&B single lifted from it in the following year.
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
Motown unleashed the 'Dancing Machine' album in 1974. The upbeat "What You Don't Know" is one of its standout tracks.