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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.
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR
"Blood On The Dance Floor" was the lead single from the 'HIStory In The Mix' remix album. The track fuses funk and dance in a modern context. In 1997, the song topped the charts in Britain and New Zealand. It made the Top 10 in Europe and Australia.
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE
The success of the album 'Off The Wall' revived the fortunes of The Jacksons too. Reinvigorated, the brothers delivered a strong album entitled 'Triumph'. Brothers Jackie and Randy Jackson wrote the ballad "Time Waits For No One" which had Michael on lead vocals.
The 2001 Special Edition re-packaging of the 'Bad' album added the previously unreleased track "Fly Away". Michael wrote the smooth soulful song. It was first released by his sister Rebbie Jackson on her 1998 album 'Yours Faithfully'.
GOIN' BACK TO INDIANA
THE JACKSON 5
With an obvious hit act on its roster, Motown was busily churning out Jackson 5 albums. By September 1970, the siblings had already unleashed 3 studio albums for the label. A Christmas LP followed soon after that same year. "Goin' Back To Indiana" was a song written by the Motown writing staffers known as 'The Corporation'. It was included on 'Third Album'.
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
Michael covered the Bill Withers R&B classic"Ain't No Sunshine" on his 1972 solo release 'Got To Be There'. His delivery defied logic. That such a young child could so convincingly sing about heartache and loss gained Michael immense respect. His remake peaked at #8 on the British chart.