King of Pop (album)

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King of Pop
Greatest hits album by Michael Jackson
Released August 22, 2008
Recorded 1969–2007
Genre Pop, R&B, rock, soul, disco, funk, new jack swing
Length Various
Label Epic, Sony BMG
Producer Michael Jackson
Various
Michael Jackson chronology
Thriller 25
(2008)
King of Pop
(2008)
50 Best Songs – The Motown Years: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

King of Pop is a compilation album by American recording artist Michael Jackson released in commemoration of Michael Jackson's 50th birthday. The album differs significantly in each country it was released because fan voting was employed to determine the songs for each country's version. The album's title comes from the title Jackson acquired approximately 20 years earlier. The album's launch was made public on June 20, 2008, with the official announcement of the Australian version. The first release came with the German edition (which is identical to the Swiss edition) on August 22, 2008.

Fans in countries where Sony BMG operates national offices were given the opportunity to vote for songs from a list of Jackson's back catalogue to be included in their country's version of the album. Aside from the tracks selected by fans, a megamix of five songs from the Thriller album by Jason Nevins was also included in the pool. The album has been released in a total of 26 countries. Each pool list and release date differed slightly by country. "Billie Jean" is the only song to appear on all versions of the album. There has been no announcement of a release in North America.

Background[edit]

Prior to the release of King of Pop, Jackson issued the double-disc album Thriller 25, a 25th anniversary edition of Thriller. It was a commercial success, having done particularly well as a re-issue, peaking at number one in eight countries and Europe. It reached number two in the US, number three in the UK and top 10 on over 30 national charts.[2][3][4] In the US, Thriller 25 was just 14,000 copies short of reaching the peak position, selling 166,000 copies. It was ineligible for the Billboard 200 chart as a re-release, but entered atop the Pop Catalog chart, where it stayed for 10 non-consecutive weeks and had the best sales on that chart since December 1996.[5][5][6][7][8][9]

A few months afterward, Sony announced the release of regional editions of the King of Pop compilation, in celebration of Jackson's 50th birthday. The album's title is a reference to the same title Jackson acquired approximately 20 years ago[10][11] when actress and friend Elizabeth Taylor presented Jackson with an "Artist of the Decade" award at the 1989 Soul Train Awards, proclaiming him "the true king of pop, rock and soul".[12] MTV, VH1, FOX, and Jackson's record label began marketing Jackson as the "King of Pop" to coincide with the release of Dangerous and the music video for "Black or White", the album's first single.[10]

Versions[edit]

Argentina[edit]

On November 11, the Argentinian version of the compilation was released. It contains 2 bonustracks: the song Come Together (that is featured in Moonwalker and also the HIStory album, released in 1995) and a radio edit of the Megamix of the Thriller album. 2 tracks on the album, Billie Jean and Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough were named incorrectly as "Billy Jean" and "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough".

Austria[edit]

On July 20, the Austrian version of the double disc compilation was announced; it was released on Jackson's birthday. The pool list fans got to choose from contained 100 tracks.[14] This is the only version of the album to contain the single ABC, which is the earliest song on any version of the album.

Australia[edit]

The Australian version was announced by Sony BMG Australia on June 20, 2008, and was released on Jackson's birthday. Starting on June 21, 2008, Australian fans had three weeks to vote for their 30 favourite tracks for the album; made up of Jackson's prior material.[16][17] Each fan could choose five songs from the pool; made up of all the tracks from Off the Wall, Thriller (2001 special edition, including "Carousel"), Bad (2001 special edition), Dangerous, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, Invincible and the track "For All Time" from Thriller 25. The pool of songs also included seven from Jackson's time in The Jackson 5/The Jacksons. These songs were "Blame It on the Boogie", "Can You Feel It", "ABC", "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There" and "Ben".[16][17] King of Pop was released in two editions: The first was a limited edition digipak that featured the names of selected voters, messages left by the fans and a fold-out poster that follows Jackson through his musical career; The second edition was a standard release of the album without the poster.[16] This is the only version of the album to contain the single You Can't Win. This Australia version contains the full 9-minute version of Thriller Megamix instead of the radio edit commonly found on other versions.

Belgium[edit]

On July 26, it was announced that the double disc album would be released August 25. Fans could vote for their 5 favorite tracks from a pool of 124, on the web site of the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.[19] This is the only version of the album to contain the single Girlfriend.

Brazil[edit]

The Brazilian edition was released on October 17.[13] This is the only version of the album to contain the single The Girl Is Mine 2008 and not contain Smooth Criminal

China[edit]

On December 18, 2009, China version named "Michael Jackson King Of Pop The China Collection" released by Sony Music China.[21][22]

Different from the other versions, Fans in China were not given the opportunity to vote for songs included in China's version, and this version was not released in 2008 to celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday, but after his death in late 2009. The songs in China's version were a selection from the Hong Kong Version with the exclusion of Smooth Criminal, Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough, and Blood on the Dance Floor.[21] Spine of slipcase incorrectly mentions the title as "King Of Pop - The Hong Kong Collection".[22]

Finland[edit]

The Finnish edition was released on October 1.[23]

France[edit]

"King of Pop - The French Fans' Selection" was released on December 12.

Germany & Switzerland[edit]

On July 14, it was announced that German fans had until July 28 to choose their top 30 songs from an extensive pool of 121 tracks; The German version was released on August 22. The German pool list contained almost every song Jackson released in his solo career. Notably expansions on the pool choice included: A larger option of tracks from Thriller 25 and the inclusion of 12 tracks from The Ultimate Collection. There were also 8 tracks included from the singers time in The Jackson 5/Jacksons; slightly more than the other versions.[26][27] The German edition was also released in Switzerland on the same day.[28] In Germany, King of Pop is the fourth most downloaded album of all time.[29]

Greece[edit]

The 32-track double-CD Greek edition was released on November 17, 2008. Sony BMG Greece teamed up with music television channel Mad TV through which fans cast votes for their favourite songs.[30]

Hong Kong[edit]

On August 6, it was announced that the double disc album would be released August 28. Fans could vote for 10 of their favorite tracks on the web site of Sony BMG Hong Kong.

Hungary[edit]

On July 9, it was announced that Hungarian fans had until July 27, to choose their songs from an extensive pool of 122 tracks, in a two-stage process. The pool list contained almost every song Jackson has released in his solo career. Notably expansions on the pool choice included: A larger option of tracks from Thriller 25 and the inclusion of 12 tracks from The Ultimate Collection (these are not available in the Australian or New Zealand version). In the first round (July 9 - July 15) the fans were able to vote for their top 50 tracks. In round two (July 16 - July 27) the 50 were cut down to the album tracklist.[32]

India[edit]

Sony BMG India partnered with ibibo.com to roll out the Indian version of 'Michael Jackson - King Of Pop'. The double CD collection was available in stores by January 2009 and is a special selection of Michael Jackson songs collectively voted by community members of ibibo.com. Additionally the best moon walkers were selected by the Ibibo community along with Sony BMG and could win laptops and iPods.

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Billie Jean"   Michael Jackson Thriller 4:54
2. "Bad"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
3. "Thriller"   Rod Temperton Thriller 5:58
4. "Black or White" (rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell) Michael Jackson Dangerous 4:18
5. "Heal The World"   Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:26
6. "Smooth Criminal"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:18
7. "Jam"   Michael Jackson, Rene Moore, Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley Dangerous 5:40
8. "The Way You Make Me Feel"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:58
9. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (feat. Siedah Garrett) Michael Jackson Bad 4:12
10. "They Don't Care About Us"   Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:44
11. "In The Closet" (feat. Mystery Girl) Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Dangerous 6:32
12. "Baby Be Mine"   Rod Temperton Thriller 4:20
13. "Stranger in Moscow"   Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 5:44
14. "Come Together" (Beatles cover) John Lennon, Paul McCartney HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:02
15. "Will You Be There"   Michael Jackson Dangerous 7:40
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"   Michael Jackson Off the Wall 6:04
2. "Beat It"   Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
3. "Dangerous"   Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley Dangerous 7:00
4. "Dirty Diana"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:40
5. "You Are Not Alone"   R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 5:46
6. "Remember The Time"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bernard Belle Dangerous 4:00
7. "Earth Song"   Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 6:46
8. "Off the Wall"   Rod Temperton Off the Wall 4:06
9. "You Rock My World"   Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible 5:40
10. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:18
11. "Break of Dawn"   Dr. Freeze, Michael Jackson Invincible 5:30
12. "Butterflies"   Marsha Ambrosius, Andre Harris Invincible 4:40
13. "Blood on the Dance Floor"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:14
14. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"   Michael Jackson Thriller 6:02
15. "Billie Jean 2008"   Michael Jackson Thriller 25 4:38

Italy[edit]

"King of Pop - The Italian Fans' Selection" was released on October 3.[34] It was the first collection to feature the full version of "Carousel" from the Special Edition of Thriller, and the only version of the album to contain "Tabloid Junkie".

Japan[edit]

On July 18, the Japanese edition "キング・オブ・ポップ-ジャパン・エディション" (King of Pop - Japan edition) was announced with fans picking from a selection pool of 120 tracks. The compilation was released on September 24 by Sony Music Japan.[35]

Netherlands[edit]

On July 22, it was announced that Dutch fans could vote for their favorite Jackson tracks, choosing 5 songs from a list of 100. The release date of the album was August 22.[37]

New Zealand[edit]

On July 3, it was announced that fans in New Zealand would have until July 20, to vote for their version of King of Pop. In New Zealand, the compilation was released on August 25. Fans could vote for five songs in a pool that differed slightly from the Australian song pool. The songs available from Thriller 25 were different; "For All Time" had been replaced by "The Girl Is Mine 2008" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008". "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu" from Bad (2001 special edition) was not available. While the Australian pool included seven songs from Jackson's group career, the New Zealand pool had only three: "Blame It on the Boogie", "Can You Feel It" and "State of Shock".[39]

Philippines[edit]

Sony BMG Philippines and MYX Music Channel announced the Philippine release of the King of Pop. Filipino fans were asked to send their Top 10 all-time favorite Michael Jackson tracks via e-mail. The album was released on August 28, 2008.[40] This is the only version of the album to contain the single Gone Too Soon.

Poland[edit]

On August 29, it was announced that the double disc album would be released in Poland on October 20. Fans could vote for 20 of their favourite tracks from a pool of 120 on the special web site of Sony BMG Poland. That site was launched on August 29 (on Michael Jackson's 50th birthday) and voting was closed on September 17.[42]

Portugal[edit]

The Portuguese edition was released on December 9, 2008.[43]

South Korea[edit]

"King of Pop - The Korean Limited Edition" was released on December 11, 2008.

Spain[edit]

"King of Pop - Edición Exclusiva España" was released in Spain on January 13, 2009. This is the only version of the album to contain the song Unbreakable.

Sweden[edit]

The Swedish edition was released on October 15.[46]

Taiwan[edit]

On July 31, 2009, double disc album called "King of Pop (The Taiwan Colletion)" released by Sony Music Taiwan. This version released after Michael Jackson's death, and the track listing is exactly the same as Hong Kong Version.

Turkey[edit]

"King of Pop - The Turkish Collection" was released on November 24.

United Kingdom[edit]

On July 18, the United Kingdom version of the compilation was announced, with a release date of August 25. Sony BMG UK teamed up with GMTV and The Sun allowing fans, until August 10, to pick 18 tracks from the song pool. The pool list, at only 50 tracks, is the least diverse; there were no songs included from Jackson's group career.[50][51][52] 66,000 people took part in the vote.[53] Despite the pool conducting a possible 18 tracks, only 17 are included. Most notable is the fact that "Scream" is included on the album, as this song had not appeared on any compilation album in the United Kingdom prior due to legal rights with Janet Jackson's label Virgin Records.

King of Pop UK: Standard Edition[53]
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Billie Jean" (Single Version) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:54
2. "Bad" (7" Single Mix) Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
3. "Smooth Criminal"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:11
4. "Thriller" (Radio Edit) Rod Temperton Thriller 5:57
5. "Black or White"   Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell Dangerous 4:18
6. "Beat It"   Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
7. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Thriller 6:02
8. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Off the Wall 6:04
9. "The Way You Make Me Feel"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:58
10. "Rock With You" (7" Remix) Rod Temperton Off the Wall 3:38
11. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 5:45
12. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:18
13. "Remember the Time"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bernard Belle Dangerous 4:00
14. "Scream" (feat. Janet Jackson) Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:40
15. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible 5:38
16. "They Don't Care About Us" (LP Edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:44
17. "Earth Song" (Radio Edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 6:46

Deluxe box set[edit]

In the United Kingdom, a three disc version was released on September 29, 2008. The third disc was advertised as featuring "Rarities and Classic 12"s", although many of the mixes were already remastered and re-released on the 2006 boxset Visionary: The Video Singles.

The album tracks are:

King of Pop UK: Deluxe Edition CD 1
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Billie Jean" (Single Version) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:54
2. "Bad" (7" Single Mix) Michael Jackson Bad 4:06
3. "Smooth Criminal"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:11
4. "Thriller" (Radio Edit) Rod Temperton Thriller 5:57
5. "Black or White"   Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell Dangerous 4:18
6. "Beat It"   Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
7. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Thriller 6:02
8. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Off the Wall 6:04
9. "The Way You Make Me Feel"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:58
10. "Rock With You" (7" Remix) Rod Temperton Off the Wall 3:38
11. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 5:45
12. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:18
13. "Remember the Time"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bernard Belle Dangerous 4:00
14. "Scream" (feat. Janet Jackson) Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:40
15. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible 5:38
16. "They Don't Care About Us" (LP Edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 4:44
17. "Earth Song" (Radio Edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I 6:46
King of Pop UK: Deluxe Edition CD 2
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Dirty Diana" (7" Version) Michael Jackson Bad 4:54
2. "Say Say Say" (Paul McCartney feat. Michael Jackson) Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney Pipes of Peace 3:55
3. "Off the Wall"   Rod Temperton Off the Wall 4:06
4. "Human Nature"   Steve Porcaro, John Bettis Thriller 4:06
5. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"   Michael Jackson Bad 4:12
6. "Heal the World" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:24
7. "Will You Be There" (Radio Edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 7:40
8. "Stranger in Moscow" (LP Edit) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future 5:45
9. "Speechless"   Michael Jackson Invincible 3:18
10. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler Off the Wall 3:38
11. "The Girl is Mine" (feat. Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller 3:42
12. "Butterflies"   Andre Ballard, Marsha Ambrosius Invincible 4:40
13. "Who Is It" (7" Edit) Michael Jackson Dangerous 6:38
14. "Ghosts"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 5:14
15. "Blood on the Dance Floor"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:15
16. "Workin' Day and Night"   Michael Jackson Off the Wall 5:14
17. "HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit) Michael Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:15
18. "Give in to Me" (feat. Slash) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell Dangerous 5:28
King of Pop UK: Deluxe Edition CD 3[54]
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Can't Get Outta the Rain" (Single Version) Michael Jackson The Girl is Mine B-side 4:06
2. "On the Line"   Michael Jackson, Babyface The Ultimate Collection 4:55
3. "Someone Put Your Hand Out"   Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley The Ultimate Collection 5:25
4. "Is It Scary" (Single Radio Edit) Michael Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:11
5. "Smile" (Short Version) John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons History: Past, Present and Future 4:10
6. "Billie Jean" (Original 12" Version (aka Long Version)) Michael Jackson Thriller 25 6:26
7. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Extended 12" Mix (aka Long Version)) Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin B-side 6:33
8. "Bad" (Dance Extended Mix Includes "False Fade") Michael Jackson Bad B-side 8:22
9. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Extended Dance Mix) Michael Jackson The Way You Make Me Feel B-side 7:22
10. "Another Part of Me"   Michael Jackson Another Part of Me B-side 6:18
11. "Smooth Criminal" (Extended Dance Mix) Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal B-side 7:46
12. "Black or White" (The Cilvilles & Cole House/Club Mix) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell Black or White B-side 7:36
13. "Thriller" (Megamix) Rod Temperton   4:08

Comparison[edit]

The songs included on each international version and format are summarised below, with their disc and track numbers (interactively sortable using the track order on an edition).

Song AUS AUT BEL BRA FRA
SIN
FIN GER
SWI
GRE HKG
MAS
HUN IND INA
THA
ITA JPN MEX NED NZL PHI POL POR RUS KOR ESP SWE TWN ARG TUR UK Σ
2 Bad 1.10 1
ABC 2.01 1
Another Part of Me 1.08 2.09 2
Another Part of Me (Extended Dance Mix) 3.11 3.10 2
Baby Be Mine 1.09 1.12 2
Bad 2.05 1.03 1.10 2.02 1.05 1.05 1.04 1.02 1.06 1.02 1.03 2.10 1.06 1.07 1.12 1.09 1.12 2.13 1.04 1.08 1.03 1.04 1.02 1.04 1.06 1.02 26
Bad (Dance Extended Mix) 3.08 3.08 2
Beat It 1.04 2.08 1.02 1.07 1.03 1.03 1.02 1.02 2.02 1.07 2.03 1.04 1.06 1.05 1.01 1.03 1.07 1.08 2.03 1.03 1.02 1.04 1.03 2.02 1.02 1.10 1.06 27
Beautiful Girl 1.16 1
Ben 1.16 1.14 2.06 3
Billie Jean 1.01 1.03 1.01 1.03 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.05 1.01 1.01 2.02 1.01 1.01 1.09 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.02 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.03 1.01 28
Billie Jean (Original 12" Version) 3.10 3.06 2
Billie Jean 2008 2.15 2.16 2.15 3
Black or White 1.08 1.05 1.04 1.02 1.07 1.07 1.08 1.12 1.02 1.04 1.01 1.02 1.07 1.11 1.09 1.05 2.03 1.02 1.02 1.07 1.03 1.06 1.05 1.12 1.03 1.04 1.05 27
Black or White (Clivillés & Cole House/​Club Mix) 3.13 3.12 2
Blame It on the Boogie 1.07 2.12 1.15 2.16 1.06 1.01 1.10 1.10 8
Blood on the Dance Floor 1.14 1.04 1.12 1.16 2.13 2.14 1.16 2.11 2.14 2.11 1.07 1.13 1.13 2.13 2.15 15
Break of Dawn 1.19 2.12 1.15 3
Burn This Disco Out 2.03 1
Butterflies 1.18 2.13 2.12 3
Can't Get Outta the Rain 3.01 1
Can't Let Her Get Away 2.04 1
Can You Feel It 2.02 1.06 2.04 2.05 2.01 2.06 2.02 7
Carousel 3.01 2.17 2
Childhood 1.15 3.07 2.04 2.10 2.18 5
Come Together 1.17 2.06 1.14 1.14 2.05 1.14 1.11 7
Cry 1.20 2.12 2
D.S. 2.14 1
Dangerous 1.11 2.16 2.09 1.17 2.03 1.13 2.04 1.09 2.05 1.16 1.07 2.03 12
Dirty Diana 1.13 1.11 1.12 2.07 1.08 1.06 1.07 2.04 1.08 2.05 1.08 1.05 1.14 2.07 1.15 1.05 2.09 1.11 2.04 2.01 20
Don’t Stop 'til You Get Enough 1.12 1.13 1.02 2.01 1.17 2.06 1.11 2.01 2.02 1.07 2.13 1.03 1.06 1.03 1.02 2.14 1.13 2.04 1.10 1.09 2.01 1.07 1.11 1.08 24
Don't Walk Away 2.20 1
Earth Song 2.07 1.14 1.14 1.06 1.09 2.08 2.09 1.05 2.08 2.14 1.15 1.14 1.13 2.08 1.04 1.08 1.09 2.08 2.01 2.09 1.17 21
Fall Again 2.09 1.14 2
For All Time 2.19 1
Ghosts 2.15 2.02 1.10 2.13 1.05 1.13 2.17 1.11 1.05 2.14 10
Girlfriend 2.15 1
Give In to Me 2.02 1.13 2.07 2.08 1.14 1.13 2.09 2.02 2.18 9
Gone Too Soon 2.04 1
Got the Hots 2.07 1.16 2.17 2.15 2.16 2.18 2.16 2.08 8
Heal the World 1.15 2.01 1.05 1.15 1.11 1.10 1.07 1.10 1.05 2.02 2.15 1.08 1.15 1.12 2.02 1.13 1.12 1.04 1.14 1.14 1.07 1.05 2.06 23
HIStory 2.08 1.16 2.17 3
Human Nature 1.08 2.10 1.09 1.09 2.07 2.07 1.11 1.10 1.04 2.08 1.10 1.14 2.07 1.06 2.04 15
I Just Can't Stop Loving You 2.10 2.05 1.10 2.07 1.11 1.09 2.08 1.06 1.15 2.02 2.03 1.11 1.10 2.05 14
I'll Be There 2.12 2.04 2
In the Back 2.12 1
In the Closet 1.12 1.11 2.13 1.17 1.09 5
Invincible 2.14 2.12 2
Is It Scary 3.06 3.04 2
Jam 2.16 1.05 1.09 1.07 1.14 1.10 1.09 7
Keep the Faith 2.15 1
Leave Me Alone 2.11 1
Liberian Girl 2.12 1.15 2.04 1.13 2.03 1.16 1.15 1.16 1.17 9
Man in the Mirror 1.02 1.01 2.18 1.14 1.07 1.14 1.08 2.12 2.08 2.11 2.10 1.03 1.02 2.08 1.07 1.04 1.14 2.04 1.09 1.04 1.11 1.07 1.08 2.08 1.09 1.12 26
Morphine 2.08 1
Off the Wall 1.04 2.02 2.09 1.10 1.07 1.15 2.03 2.11 1.04 2.14 1.18 2.03 12
On the Line 1.10 2.10 3.02 3
One More Chance 2.14 1.13 2.17 2.13 4
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2.08 2.06 1.11 3
Remember the Time 1.17 1.06 2.11 1.08 1.16 2.11 2.06 1.11 2.07 1.11 2.04 1.14 2.12 2.06 1.15 2.01 1.05 1.16 1.13 1.09 2.06 1.07 1.13 23
Rock with You 1.15 2.09 2.17 1.08 2.04 2.14 1.06 2.11 2.12 1.09 1.02 1.17 1.10 1.03 1.12 1.14 2.03 1.12 1.10 19
Say Say Say 2.04 2.03 1.05 1.06 1.16 1.16 2.03 1.03 1.12 2.13 1.12 2.01 2.15 2.15 1.06 2.05 1.03 2.02 18
Scream 2.05 2.14 2.13 1.13 2.11 1.09 1.10 1.15 1.13 1.13 2.06 1.08 2.06 1.10 1.12 1.14 16
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) 2.04 2.07 2
She's Out of My Life 2.10 2.09 2.02 1.05 2.12 2.10 2.10 7
Smile 2.16 3.05 2
Smooth Criminal 1.03 1.02 2.09 1.06 1.04 1.04 1.03 1.08 1.04 1.06 1.02 1.05 1.03 1.10 1.04 1.08 1.16 2.01 1.05 1.06 1.14 1.05 1.06 1.08 1.08 1.02 1.03 27
Smooth Criminal (Extended Dance Mix) 3.11 1
Someone Put Your Hand Out 2.11 2.09 3.03 3
Speechless 2.10 1.13 2.07 2.09 4
State of Shock 2.06 2.11 2
Stranger in Moscow 1.16 2.12 3.03 2.13 1.15 1.13 2.15 2.04 1.17 2.12 1.12 2.08 12
Sunset Driver 2.10 1
Tabloid Junkie 2.02 1
The Girl Is Mine 3.04 1.14 2.11 2.06 2.05 1.06 1.12 1.13 2.11 2.11 10
The Girl Is Mine 2008 1.16 1
The Way You Love Me 3.05 1
The Way You Make Me Feel 1.11 1.04 1.13 2.05 1.14 2.10 2.07 1.08 1.09 2.09 1.09 1.11 1.11 1.13 2.11 1.11 1.15 1.08 1.07 2.07 1.14 1.09 22
The Way You Make Me Feel (Dance Extended Mix) 3.12 3.09 2
They Don't Care About Us 1.06 1.10 2.06 1.12 1.11 2.05 1.13 1.09 1.10 1.17 1.10 2.15 1.08 1.16 2.07 2.05 1.11 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.05 1.16 22
Thriller 1.05 2.04 2.06 1.01 1.05 1.02 1.03 2.01 1.04 1.03 1.03 1.06 2.01 1.04 1.05 1.02 1.02 1.07 1.03 1.07 1.06 1.01 1.02 1.04 1.01 1.04 26
Thriller Megamix 2.16 1.17 2.16 2.15 2.16 1.16 1.17 2.17 2.16 2.16 2.16 1.12 3.13 14
Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu 2.16 1
Unbreakable 1.16 1
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 1.10 1.09 2.03 1.18 2.05 1.10 2.14 2.15 1.08 1.12 2.07 1.10 2.09 1.02 2.10 1.15 2.14 1.08 1.07 19
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Extended 12" Mix) 3.09 3.07 2
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 1.15 2.03 2.14 2.15 4
We've Had Enough 1.12 1.15 1.08 1.17 2.14 5
We Are Here to Change the World 2.12 1
We Are the World 2.11 2.15 1.15 3
We Are the World (Demo) 2.13 1.15 2.01 2.05 1.11 2.13 1.03 1.09 1.17 1.15 10
Whatever Happens 2.11 2.01 1.04 1.16 4
Who Is It 1.07 2.06 1.11 1.12 2.06 2.10 2.13 1.09 1.08 2.17 1.13 2.13 12
Will You Be There 2.01 1.14 1.12 2.13 2.10 1.06 2.01 2.05 2.14 2.10 2.01 1.06 2.07 13
Workin' Day and Night 2.14 2.16 2
You Are My Life 2.13 1
You Are Not Alone 2.03 1.07 1.11 2.09 1.09 2.02 2.09 2.05 1.15 2.06 2.03 2.14 1.12 2.03 2.09 2.08 1.06 1.05 2.05 1.16 1.11 21
You Can't Win 2.08 1
You Rock My World 1.09 2.13 2.15 2.12 2.12 2.10 1.12 1.14 1.13 2.07 2.10 1.10 2.11 2.12 1.15 1.15 16
Originating album - key to color codes
Motown/The Jackson 5 Off the Wall Thriller (including re-releases) Bad Dangerous
HIStory Blood on the Dance Floor Invincible Single A or B-side The Ultimate Collection

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Notes[edit]

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