50 Best Songs – The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5

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50 Best Songs - The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5
Box set by Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5
Released September 9, 2008
Recorded 1969 – 1984
Genre R&B, Club, Dance, Contemporary music, Pop/Rock, Pop-dance, Soul, Motown Sound
Label Motown, Universal Motown Records
Producer The Corporation, Fonce Mizell, Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Brian Holland, Hal Davis
Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 chronology
King of Pop
(2008)
50 Best Songs - The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5
(2008)
The Collection
(2009)

50 Best Songs – The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 (also known as 50 Best Songs or The Motown Years) is a 3-disc compilation box set by American singer Michael Jackson, and the group The Jackson 5, released on 2008 by Universal Motown Records celebrating Jackson's 50 birthday. The 50-track album features all of the hits through the Motown years from both the Jackson 5 with “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and Michael's solo material including “You've Got A Friend”, “Ben”, “Ain't No Sunshine” and “One Day In Your Life” all of them during their tenure on Motown (1969-1975), with the exception of "Farewell My Summer Love" and "Girl You're So Together", which were released after they left the company (these tracks were released in 1984).[1][2]

Some tracks released here gained some attention during their original release, like "Touch" (originally released in 1973).

Tracklist[edit]

Disc 1 (The Jackson 5)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "ABC"   The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) 3:01
2. "Never Can Say Goodbye"   Clifton Davis 3:03
3. "Ready or Not (Here I Come)"   Thomas Bell; William Hart 2:34
4. "Love Song"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Christine Yarian; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 3:27
5. "Forever Came Today"   Brian and Eddie Holland; Lamont Dozier 6:23
6. "The Life of The Party"   Clarence Drayton; Hal Davis; Tanny Smith 2:35
7. "Doctor My Eyes"   Jackson Browne 3:11
8. "All I Do Is Think Of You"   Brian Holland; Michael Lovesmith 3:13
9. "I Am Love" (Pts. 1 & 2) Donald Fenceton; Jerry Marcellino; Mel Larson; Rancifer, Roderick H. 7:26
10. "Darling Dear"   Allen Story; George Gordy; Rosemary Gordy 2:38
11. "Maybe Tomorrow"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 4:48
12. "I Found that Girl"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 3:10
13. "It's Too Late to Change the Time"   Leon Ware; Pamela Sawyer 4:00
14. "Lookin' Through the Windows"   Clifton Davis 3:37
15. "Who's Lovin' You"   Smokey Robinson 3:59
16. "Whatever You Got, I Want"   Gene Marcellino; Jerry Marcellino; Mel Larson 2:56
17. "I'll Be There"   Berry Gordy, Jr.; Bob West; Hal Davis; Willie Hutch 3:59

Disc 2 (The Jackson 5)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation 2:58
2. "Dancing Machine" (album version) Donald Fletcher; Hal Davis; Weldon Dean Parks 3:29
3. "Sugar Daddy"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 2:33
4. "Little Bitty Pretty One"   Robert Byrd 2:48
5. "Hum Along And Dance"   Barrett Strong; Norman Whitfield 8:37
6. "Corner of the Sky"   Stephen Schwartz 3:40
7. "I'm So Happy"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 2:48
8. "Get it Together"   Berry Gordy, Jr.; Donald Fletcher; Hal Davis; Jerry Marcellino; Mel Larson 2:49
9. "Goin' Back to Indiana"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 3:32
10. "Skywriter"   Jerry Marcellino; Mel Larson 3:10
11. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation 3:01
12. "Mama's Pearl"   The Corporation 3:09
13. "Touch" (originally from The Supremes) Frank Wilson; Pamela Sawyer 3:01
14. "La La (Means I Love You)"   Thom Bell; William Hart 3:29
15. "It's Great to Be Here"   Alphonso Mizell; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren 3:00
16. "Hallelujah Day"   Christine Tarian; Freddie Perren 2:45
17. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"   Haven Gillespie; J. Fred Coots 2:25

Disc 3 (Michael Jackson)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Farewell My Summer Love" (1984 mix) Kenny Lewis 3:46
2. "You've Got A Friend"   Carole King 4:56
3. "My Girl" (originally from The Temptations) Ronald White; Smokey Robinson 3:11
4. "One Day In Your Life"   Brown, Samuel F. III; Renee Armand 4:20
5. "Just a Little Bit of You"   Brian Holland; Eddie Holland 3:17
6. "Got to be There"   Elliot Willensky 3:26
7. "We've Got A Good Thing Going"   The Corporation 3:05
8. "Rockin' Robin" (originally from Bobby Day) Leon Rene (under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas) 2:35
9. "Ben" (from the film "Ben") Don Black; Walter Scharf 2:48
10. "I Wanna Be Where You Are"   Arthur Ross; Leon Ware 3:00
11. "Girl You're So Together" (1984 mix) Lewis, Kenneth Melbourne 3:11
12. "We're Almost There"   Brian Holland; Eddie Holland 3:47
13. "Wings of My Love"   The Corporation 3:24
14. "Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me"   Willie Hutch 3:50
15. "Music and Me"   Donald Fenceton; Jerry Marcellino; Mel Larson; Mike Cannon 2:40
16. "Ain't No Sunshine" (originally from Bill Withers) Bill Withers 4:10

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