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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.
GIVE IN TO ME
Axe-man Slash shines on "Give In To Me", a rock ballad from Michael's 'Dangerous' album. In 1993, the single reached #1 in New Zealand, #2 in the U.K. and Top 5 in Europe as well as Australia. Michael co-wrote and co-produced it with Bill Bottrell.
Motown was sticking to its formula for "Mama's Pearl". The Corporation crafted a song that stuck close to the previous hits "The Love You Save" and "ABC". Lifted off 'Third Album', the disc reached #2 on the American Pop and Soul charts in 1971.
I CAN'T MAKE IT ANOTHER DAY
featuring LENNY KRAVITZ
Guitarist Lenny Kravitz wrote "I Can't Make It Another Day". He co-produced MJ's recording with the superstar. The track remained unreleased until 2010 and its inclusion on the posthumous album 'Michael'. Kravitz performs and sings background vocals on the cut.
THINGS I DO FOR YOU
1978's 'Destiny' album was another disco project by The Jacksons. The writing and production of "Things I Do For You" is credited to the group.
WHO IS IT
Parent album 'Dangerous' was finally unleashed in 1991. "Who Is It" was lifted as a single in the following year. Michael wrote the song. He and Bill Bottrell co-produced it. The single went Top 10 in Britain, Europe and Canada.