Michael Jackson in 1988Michael Joseph Jackson was born on 29th August 1958.

An American singer, songwriter and dancer he was an enormous success throughout his career which lasted from when he first performed with The Jackson 5 when he was 5 or 6 until his untimely death on 25th June 2009.

Dubbed the “King of Pop” he had an amazing career with great success all over the world.

He had 7 number 1 singles in the UK and 13  number 1 singles in the US charts.

 

I hope I can do him justice with the lists below. Enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Michael Jackson Songs List – The Singles

No Michael Jackson Songs List would be complete without focusing on both the singles, the massive albums of the late 70’s and in the 80’s plus his time with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons. In this list I will concentrate on his 47 top 30 solo singles here in the UK. I will name the song, the year of release and position reached in the charts in the UK.

  1. Got To Be There (1972) (5)
  2. Rockin’ Robin (1972) (3)
  3. Ain’t No Sunshine (1972) (8)
  4. Ben (1972) (7)
  5. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (1979) (3)
  6. Off The Wall (1979) (7)
  7. Rock With You (1980) (7)
  8. She’s Out Of My Life (1980) (3)
  9. One Day In Your Life (1981) (1)
  10. The Girl Is Mine with Paul McCartney (1982) (8)
  11. Billie Jean (1983) (1)
  12. Beat It (1983) (3)
  13. Wanna Be Startin’ Something (1983) (8)
  14. Say Say Say with Paul McCartney (1983) (2)
  15. Thriller (1983) (10)
  16. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (1984) (11)
  17. Farewell My Summer Love (1984) (7)
  18. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (1987) (1)
  19. Bad (1987) (3)
  20. The Way You Make Me Feel (1987) (3)
  21. Man In The Mirror (1988) (21)
  22. Dirty Diana (1988) (4)
  23. Another Part Of Me (1988) (15)
  24. Smooth Criminal (1988) (8)
  25. Leave Me Alone (1989) (2)
  26. Liberian Girl (1989) (13)
  27. Black Or White (1991) (1)
  28. Remember The Time/ Come Together (1992) (3)
  29. In The Closet (1992) (8)
  30. Who Is It (1982) (10)
  31. Jam (1992) (13)
  32. Heal The World (1992) (2)
  33. Give In To Me (1993) (2)
  34. Will You Be There (1993) (9)
  35. Scream with Janet Jackson (1995) (3)
  36. You Are Not Alone (1995) (1)
  37. Earth Song (1995) (1)
  38. They Don’t Care About Us (1996) (4)
  39. Stranger In Moscow (1996) (4)
  40. Blood On The Dance Floor (1997) (1)
  41. History/Ghosts (1997) (5)
  42. You Rock My World (2001) (2)
  43. Cry (2001) (25)
  44. One More Chance (2003) (5)
  45. Hold My Hand with Akon (2010) (10)
  46. Love Never Felt So Good with Justin Timberlake (2014) (8)
  47. Don’t Matter To Me with Drake (2018) (2)

 

 

The Albums

Michael also had 10 studio albums in top 40 in the UK. As usual I will name the song, the year of release and position reached in the charts in the UK.

  1. Got To Be There (1972) (37)
  2. Ben (1972) (17)
  3. Off The Wall (1979) (3)
  4. Thriller (1982) (1)
  5. Bad (1987) (1)
  6. Dangerous (1991) (1)
  7. HIStory, Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (1995) (1)
  8. Invincible (2001) (1)

Posthumous

  1. Michael (2010) (4)
  2. Xscape (2014) (1)

Compilation (Greatest Hits)

  1. The Best Of Michael Jackson (1975) (11)
  2. One Day In Your Life (1981) (29)
  3. 18 Greatest Hits (1983) (1)
  4. Farewell My Summer Love (1984) (9)
  5. Their Very Best – Back To Back with Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder (1986) (21)
  6. Love Songs with Diana Ross (1987) (12)
  7. The Best Of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5ive (1997) (5)
  8. The Very Best Of Michael Jackson with The Jackson 5 (1999) (15)
  9. Number Ones (2003) (1)
  10. The Essential Michael Jackson ( 2005) (1)
  11. 50 Best Songs – The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 (2007) (4)
  12. King Of Pop (2008) (3)
  13. The Collection (2009) (14)
  14. Scream (2017) (9)

Let’s have a look at the best selling album of all time Thriller which sold over 45 million copies worldwide. I think the video released with the single Thriller helped a lot in those sales figures.

Side One

  1. Wanna Be Starting Something
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine with Paul McCartney
  4. Thriller

Side Two

  1. Beat It
  2. Billie Jean
  3. Human Nature
  4. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  5. The Lady In My Life

 

 

If you want to have all of Michael Jacksons hit singles in one place this is the album to buy. See what I mean on the track listings below.

The Essential Michael Jackson

Disc One

  1. I Want You Back
  2. ABC
  3. The Love You Save
  4. Got To Be There
  5. Rockin’ Robin
  6. Ben
  7. Blame It On The Boogie
  8. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
  9. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  10. Off The Wall
  11. Rock With You
  12. She’s Out Of My Life
  13. Can You Feel It
  14. The Girl Is Mine with Paul McCartney
  15. Billie Jean
  16. Beat It
  17. Wanna Be Startin’ Something
  18. Human Nature
  19. P.Y.T. ( Pretty Young Thing)
  20. I Can’t Stop Loving You
  21. Thriller

Disc Two

  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Man In The Mirror
  4. Dirty Diana
  5. Another Part Of Me
  6. Smooth Criminal
  7. Leave Me Alone
  8. Black Or White
  9. Remember The Time
  10. In The Closet
  11. Who Is It
  12. Heal The World
  13. Will You Be There
  14. You Are Not Alone
  15. Earth Song
  16. They Don’t Care About Us
  17. You Rock My World

Wow is that an album or what? An album I have in my collection of course.

The Jackson 5 & The Jacksons

Here is what wikipedia say about The Jackson 5 & The Jacksons.

“”

The Jackson 5 (stylized as the Jackson 5ive), later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael Jackson joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

The Jackson 5 performed in talent shows and clubs on the Chitlin’ Circuit, then signed with Steeltown Records in 1967 and released two singles. In 1968, they left Steeltown Records and signed with Motown, where they achieved 16 top-40 singles on the Hot 100. The group left Motown for Epic Records in 1975, with the exception of Jermaine, who was replaced by Randy. At Epic, they released five albums between 1976 and 1981, including the successful albums Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and the singles “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)””, and “Can You Feel It”. The brothers also released solo albums, most successfully Michael, whose 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album in history. In 1983, Jermaine reunited with the band to perform on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special. They released the Victory album the following year, followed by an extensive tour which also featured songs from Michael’s solo albums. After the Victory tour, Michael and Marlon Jackson left the group. The remaining four released the poorly received 2300 Jackson Street album in 1989 before being dropped from their label. In 2001, the Jacksons reunited on Michael’s 30th anniversary television special. The four eldest of the brothers embarked on their Unity Tour in 2012 following Michael’s death, and they planned several major performances for 2017.

The Jackson 5 have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They were also the first group to debut with four consecutive number one hits on the Hot 100 with the songs “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There” “”

Here is a link to the full article

The Jacksons 1977

Michael Jacksons Death

It came as a shock to everyone when Michael passed away on the 25th June 2009.

Michael Jackson’s memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Hall of Liberty. Over 1.6 million fans applied for tickets to the memorial; the 8,750 recipients were drawn at random, and each received two tickets. The memorial service was one of the most watched events in streaming history, with an estimated US audience of 31.1 million.

Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson, and Shaheen Jafargholi performed at the event. Smokey Robinson and Queen Latifah gave eulogies. Al Sharpton received a standing ovation with cheers when he told Jackson’s children, “Wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. But he dealt with it anyway.”” Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine, speaking publicly for the first time, wept as she addressed the crowd. The Rev. Lucious Smith provided a closing prayer. Jackson’s body was entombed on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Full article here

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Conclusion

A pretty comprehensive Michael Jacksons songs list from his solo career you must agree. What a career he had. I saw Michael in concert twice, both times at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales UK on the 26th July 1988 on the Bad tour( I looked it up). Kim Wilde was the support act, another great artist.

I also saw him again in Cardiff, Wales UK at Cardiff Arms Park on August the 5th 1992 on his Dangerous tour. The support act was a band called Kris Kross (not impressed). Michael gave his usual brilliant performance.

Have you ever been to see Michael Jackson? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the show.

What is your favourite Michael Jackson Song. It’s a hard choice to pick just one. Let me know yours in the comment box below.

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8 Replies to “Michael Jackson Songs List – 70’s, 80’s And More”

  1. Thanks for this! Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to attend a Michael Jackson concert, but I have seen videos of them and there’s no doubt that they were awesome.

    This article was very interesting, because there are quite a few songs that that have never heard before (or at least don’t recognise). Maybe I’ll give them a listen! What’s a, I never knew about the history of the Jackson 5ive before, and it just so happens that their first signing was in the same year as a relative’s birthday, so that will be easy to remember!

    If I had to to say favourite song, it would probably be They Don’t Care About Us, but I really feel for his Earth Song, naturally.

    Keep up the good work!

    James

  2. Wow great article, thank you for taking me back memory lane. What is funny is that i was a young boy the first time i heard the song Thriller and i loved it. The soul knows a great song because back then i didn’t even speak English and it was still electrifying even tho i did not know what he was saying I used to listen to billy jean my second favorite and who could forget Beat it. Thank you for writing this article.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Yes his music as with a lot of other music breaks down the language barrier. You don’t need to understand the words to realize how good a song is. The music makes it most of the time.

      Thanks for the comment and make sure you call back again.

      Frank

  3. Jackson was definitely one of the best and I’ve paid attention to some of his music after he died in 2009 and found that I liked a few of his songs, all of which you mentioned. Jackson’s music will always live on, whether it’s here in 2019, and even ten, twenty, thirty years down the road. He’s a legend, much in the same way Dean Martin has been, a singer who actually hails from the same town as I (Steubenville, Ohio).

  4. I love Michel Jackson. With his beautiful heart, he can make such hearts-moving songs.
    Songs can touch many kind of emotion. Joy, sadness, peace etc.
    Thank you very much to share the post to remind me a great singer!

  5. This article really took me down memory lane. It is an excellent tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson. I realized I did not know as many MJ songs as I thought I did, the videos mid-section add a great touch. His songs are evergreen, thank you for this write-up.

  6. Wow. Thank you, Frank, for this great post.
    I believe that Jackson was definitely one of the best artist, performer, and singer of all times. He is rightfully a legend in the field of music. His music, of course, lives on. I love his music.
    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Alexios, Michael Jackson was one of if not the best performer ever. Having seen him twice in concert I can vouch for him giving a great show. A legend he certainly is.

      Thanks for visiting,
      Frank

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