List of unreleased Michael Jackson songs

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An African American man in his mid-twenties wearing a sequined military jacket and dark sunglasses. He walks and waves his right hand, which is adorned with a white glove. His left hand is bare.
Michael Jackson in 1984

Michael Jackson was an American musician and entertainer. He is known to have written, recorded and filmed material that has never been officially released. Many of the pop singer's unreleased songs have been registered—usually by his company Mijac Music—with professional bodies such as the United States Copyright Office, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and EMI Music Publishing.[1] This list, however, only documents the songs explicitly cited as being unreleased and, therefore, does not contain every unreleased Jackson song registered with such bodies.

Jackson — along with Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Joseph Jackson — faced a copyright infringement suit in 1993. The lawsuit came after three songwriters alleged that the pop star and his fellow defendants had plagiarized the hits "The Girl Is Mine", "Thriller" and "We Are the World".[2][3] During a seven-hour deposition, Jackson named numerous unreleased songs that he had written or co-written.[1][4] Following the testimony, a nine-member jury found the defendants not guilty of plagiarism.[5]

Many officially unreleased Jackson songs had been scheduled, at one point, for release on records by the singer, including his seven solo studio albums with music label Epic Records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995), Invincible (2001) and Michael (2010). For varying reasons, the tracks were ultimately rejected and, as of 2014, remain unreleased. The pop singer's unreleased material includes songs recorded by Jackson as a solo artist (including covers of songs released by other artists and The Jackson 5 songs) and demo versions, some featuring established artists such as Freddie Mercury and Barry Gibb.

Several of Jackson's songs have been leaked onto the Internet without gaining an official release. One example involved the song "A Place with No Name", a 24-second snippet of which was leaked by website TMZ.com following Jackson's death in 2009.[6] At the time of the leak, it was claimed that there were "hundreds" of unreleased songs by the musician, and that they could be issued for several years to come. Commenting on the subject, the curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jim Henke, noted that any future releases would garner significant attention. "I think we are going to see amazing interest in any released Michael Jackson material that will come out in the future or a year from now on."[7][8][9] On March 16, 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a record-breaking $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017 and release ten posthumous albums—some of which will feature unreleased material—over the next decade.[10]

Key[edit]

Denotes songs registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated
Denotes songs registered with EMI Music Publishing
*
Denotes songs cited by the singer in his 1993 deposition
(Year) Denotes songs registered with the United States Copyright Office and the year of registration
*(Year)
Denotes Jackson-written songs cited by the singer in his 1993 deposition and the year they were registered with the United States Copyright Office

Songs[edit]

Song Writer(s) Notes Ref
"11 P.M"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
Buxer, Bradley Bradley Buxer
  • Written and recorded in 2009 during Michael Jackson's This Is It rehearsal
[11]
"A Baby Smiles"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Lyrics to the song were featured as a poem titled "When a Baby Smiles" in the 1992 book Dancing The Dream
[12]
"A Place with No Name" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bunnell, DeweyDewey Bunnell
Freeze, Dr.Dr. Freeze
  • Written and recorded in 1998.
  • The track resembles "A Horse with No Name", a hit song by rock band America.
  • A 24-second snippet leaked online July 2009.
  • Full version leaked online December 2013.
[13]
"Addam's Groove" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1993.
  • Recorded for the soundtrack of The Addams Family II.
  • Canceled due to the scandal of 1993.
  • Also known as Family Things and Family Affairs
[14]
"A Pretty Face Is" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • Written c. 1974
  • The song was originally intended for The Jackson 5 or as a duet between Wonder and Jackson; the two reportedly recorded the song for Wonder's 1987 Characters album
[15]
"Alright Now" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1990
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • The song was given to Ralph Tresvant for his album
[16]
"Angel" Edmonds, Kenneth "Babyface"Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Recorded by Jackson around 1998
  • Had been scheduled to feature on a shelved greatest hits compilation
[17]
"Bad Company" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1985
[16]
"Attitude" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Wakefield, KathyKathy Wakefield
Pierre, MichelMichel Pierre
  • Written and recorded around 1989.
[18]
"Bad Girl"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [19]
"Bassouille" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Swedien, BruceBruce Swedien
  • Written in 1994 but failed to make Michael’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album
  • Also known as "Basszouille"
  • Failed to make the HIStory album
[20]
"Be Me 4 a Day" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Days, Gray CalixGray Calix Days
  • Written in 1987
  • Also known as "Be Me for a Day", "Just for One Day Be Michael", "Just for a Day", "Me 4 a Day" and "Be Michael"
[21]
"Belong 2" , Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written in 1999 for Michael’s album Invincible
[22]
"Blue Gangsta" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Freeze, Dr.Dr. Freeze
  • Also known as "No Friend of Mine"
  • Leaked online in 2009
[23]
"Bottle of Smoke" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and possibly recorded by Jackson in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album.
[24]
"Buffalo Bill"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [25]
"Can You Feel Me?"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JackieJackie Jackson
Gaither, ToddTodd Gaither
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written in 1999.
[26]
"Can't Get Your Weight Off of Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Swedien, BruceBruce Swedien
  • Written in 2000
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Also known as Get Your Weight Off Of Me
[27]
"California Grass"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded during the Dangerous studio sessions
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Finally completed by Jackson in 1993, remains unreleased
[28]
"Cheat On You"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Dupri, JermaineJermaine Dupri
Bertha, MasonMason Bertha
[26]
"Cheater (2001 Version)" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1987 for Bad album but failed to make it
  • Later re-worked the song for Invincible album in 2001
  • The song did not make the cut for the album
  • The song features a rapper named Fats
  • The 1987 version was released on The Ultimate Collection in 2004
[27]
"Chicago 1945"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Porcaro, SteveSteve Porcaro
  • Recorded in 1985
  • Evolved into "Al Capone"
  • A newer version of the song was recorded by Jackson in 1999 but it failed to make the Invincible album.
  • Also known as "Chicago"
  • Timbaland told Revolt TV that he’s been working on a new Michael Jackson album and said the first single will be called "Chicago".
[29]
"Children's Holiday"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1998
[26]
"Color Of My Soul" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Michael's brother, Randy Jackson, recorded a demo titled Color of Love
  • Written in 2000.
  • Possibly recorded in 2006 with Whitney Houston background vocals.
[30]
"Crack Kills"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Recorded in 1986
  • Planned to have been recorded with rappers Run-D.M.C. for Jackson's Bad album, but was shelved due to the group's negative attitude toward the singer
  • Lyrics consisting of two verses put up for auction in November 2005, and again on the Internet auction site eBay a year later.
[31]
"Creep In"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Cox, Bryan MichaelBryan Michael Cox
Austin, JohntaJohnta Austin
  • Written in 2000
[26]
"Cry"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Not to be confused with "Cry", a song from Jackson's 2001 album Invincible
[32]
"Crush" Unknown [33]
"Days In Gloucestershire" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
Buxer, BradleyBradley Buxer
  • Written and Recorded in 2008
  • Also known as Gloucestershire
  • Demo version leaked onto the internet in March 2014
[34]
"Dead or Alive" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2004.
[34]
"Deep in the Night" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1987
[34]
"Do You Know Where Your Children Are"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and Recorded in 1991
  • Also known as "12 O'Clock"
  • Guitar performed by Slash
  • Failed to make Dangerous Album
  • Leaked Online in 2010.
[35]
"Do You Love Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Edmonds, Kenneth "Babyface"Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Completed in 1998
[36]
"Do You Want Me" Sisqó
Hill, DruDru Hill
  • Written c. 1999
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[36]
"Doing Dirty" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, MarlonMarlon Jackson
  • Written around 1993
[37]
Dreams Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Recorded in 1993
[38]
"Easy" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1999 for an album that was shelved due to contract difficulties.
[39]
"Eaten Alive" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Gibb, MauriceMaurice Gibb
Gibb, BarryBarry Gibb
  • Original version of the song written by the Gibb brothers, but was reworked by Jackson who was granted co-writer credits
  • A demo version was recorded by Jackson but remains unreleased
  • Later recorded by Diana Ross and released on the Eaten Alive album in 1985
[40]
"Ekam Satyam (The One Truth)" Rahman, A.R.A.R. Rahman
Parthasarathi, A.R.A.R. Parthasarathi
Bharat, Kanika MyerKanika Myer Bharat
  • Recorded as a duet c. September 1999 with Jackson (singing in English) and Rahman (singing in Sanskrit)
[41]
"Elizabeth, I Love You" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and performed by Jackson as a tribute to his friend Elizabeth Taylor in 1997
  • No official release, though bootleg recordings taken from the 1997 performance exist
[41]
"Entertainment Tonight" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2000
[39]
"Face" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1993
  • Failed to make HIStory album
  • Stretch of 03 seconds leaked online in December 2011.
[42]
"Fanfare Transition"(1992) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1992
  • Also known as "Fanfare 1992"
[42]
"Fantasy"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
  • Recorded in 1983
[43]
"Far, Far Away"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Recorded in 1983
[43]
"Fear" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1993
  • Failed to make HIStory album
[44]
"Fever" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1991 during Dangerous sessions
  • One of around 20-25 songs Jackson been working with Bryan Loren
[44]
"Free"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • May have been written for Dangerous album
[45]
"From the Bottom of My Heart" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 2005
  • Intended as a charity recording for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
[45]
"Girl of Another" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Also known as Girl of Another Love
  • Written in 1998
[28]
"Goin' to Rio"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bayer Sager, CaroleCarole Bayer Sager
  • Written in 1976.
  • Failed to make the Off The Wall album.
  • Demo version by Jackson known to exist.
[46]
"Got to Find a Way Somehow"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1979
  • May have failed to make Off The Wall album
[47]
"Groove of Midnight" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Written around the Bad era
  • A demo by Jackson surfaced on the Internet in 2003
[48]
"Halloween Night" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 2003.
  • Recorded in 2004 with Marilyn Manson in background vocals.
  • Have a solo guitar performed by Slash
[49]
"Heaven Is Here" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1991
[28]
"He Who Makes the Sky Grey" Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
Sheik Abdullah of Bahrain
  • Featured vocals by Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2005
[50]
"Heartlight"* Kohan, BuzBuz Kohan
  • Recorded in 1982
[51]
"Heart Remix"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Franklin, KirkKirk Franklin
Brown, GregGreg Brown
  • Written in 1998.
[26]
"Higher Ground" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • A Stevie Wonder song that musician Donny Osmond confirmed he had been working with Jackson on in a 2003 television interview
  • Recorded in 2003
[52]
"Holiday Inn"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1976
  • Recorded in 1984
[53]
"Hollywood" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Not to be confused with "Hollywood Tonight"
  • Written and recorded in 2000
  • Reworked in 2006, 2008 and 2009
[16]
"Hot Fever"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [53]
"Hot Street" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Recorded in 1982
  • Early demo version called Slapstick
  • Failed to make the Thriller album because Rod Temperton thought it would be too weak of a song for inclusion.
  • In the 1993 deposition Michael is quoted as saying "Yes I like Hot Street, but Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton said it wasn't good enough"
[53]
"I've Got Her Number"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1985
  • Failed to make the Bad album
[54]
"I Am A Loser" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 2003
  • Evolved into "I Was The Loser"
  • The full version leaked on the Internet in September 2013.
[55]
"I Can't Get You Off My Mind" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Jackson worked on the song in the early 1970s
  • A demo version/mono acetate is known to exist
[56]
"I Don't Live Here Anymore" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 2001
  • Also known by the title I Don't Live Anymore
[57]
"I Forgive You"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [58]
"I Have This Dream" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Bayer Sager, CaroleCarole Bayer Sager
Foster, DavidDavid Foster
  • Re-written as "From the Bottom of My Heart"(see above).
  • Also known as "I Have a Dream"
  • An instrumental version leaked online in 2006
[59]
"I Have This Love of Me"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • May have written in the 2000's
[60]
"I Started Crying"(2003) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Moore, ChanteChante Moore
Lewis, TerryTerry Lewis
Harris III, JamesJames Harris III
  • Written in 1999
[26]
"If You Don't Love Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album.
  • Leaked online in 2006
[61]
"I'm Still the King" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • One of the songs Jackson worked on with will.i.am in 2006
  • Failed to make the Michael album
[16]
"In the Valley"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • May have written in the 1990's
[62]
"Iowa" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • "I have seen him write things which I don't think the public will ever hear," said Janet Jackson. "He has a song called 'Iowa' that he wrote. People will never hear that song. Just before he left to film The Wiz, he put all the songs he had written on to tape in the studio in our parents' house. Not one of them has been heard and those were songs to cry for. There are things that he's written for orchestras that are classical music, I swear to you. Like something by Bach or Beethoven."
  • Recorded in 1977
[63]
"Joy" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written In 1992
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[64]
"Kick It" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Daniels, LaShawnLaShawn Daniels
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
Jerkins III, FredFred Jerkins III
  • Written In 2001
[65]
"Kentucky"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in the mid-1970s
  • Recorded around in 1975
[65]
"Kreeton Overture"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Winding, JaiJai Winding
Paich, MartyMarty Paich
Leonard, PatrickPatrick Leonard
  • Written in 1984 for the opening of The Jacksons' Victory Tour
[66]
"Learned My Lesson"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and Recorded in 1981
  • Two versions of the song were registered with the United States Copyright Office.
  • Alternate recording of "Much Too Soon" featuring either alternate lyrics or music".
[53]
"Little Girls"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [67]
"Llama Lola"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [67]
"Lonely Bird"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [68]
"Lonely Man"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [69]
  • Possibly recorded for Dangerous album
"Love Never Felt So Good" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Wakefield, KathleenKathleen Wakefield
Anka, PaulPaul Anka
  • Written in 1983
  • Demo version leaked onto the internet in 2006
  • Recorded by Johnny Mathis and released on his 1984 album A Special Part of Me[70]
[71]
"Lucy Is in Love with Linus"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [72]
"Maybe We Can Do It" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
Combs, SeanSean Combs
  • Written and recorded in 2001
  • Features Jackson and Sean Combs
[73]
"Men in Black" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1990 for Dangerous album
  • One of around 20-25 songs that Michael and Bryan Loren worked on
  • Alternatively titled Man In Black
[74]
"Michael McKellar"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[75]
"MJ Melody"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1982
  • Recorded in 1992
[76]
"Neverland Landing"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written around the 1980's
  • Reworked the song in 2009 during Michael Jackson's This Is It rehearsal
[77]
"Nite Line" Ballard, GlenGlen Ballard
  • Written c.1982
  • Also known as "Nightline"
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
[78]
"Nymphette Lover"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1981
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
[79]
"Ode to Sorrow"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1977
  • Recorded in 1984
[80]
"On My Anger" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written and recorded in 1999
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
[81]
"People Have to Make Some Sort of Joke"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 2000
[82]
"People of the World" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Friends, JJ Friends
  • Written and produced in 1998
  • The song was first released by the Japanese band J-FRIENDS
  • Demo version leaked onto the internet in March 2014
[82]
"Peter Pan" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Song mentioned by Jackson on the 1993 CD The Michael Jackson Interview
  • Failed To Make Dangerous album.
[83]
"Pyramid Girl" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1983
  • Failed To Make Bad album
  • Evolved into "Liberian Girl"
[84]
"Red Eye"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1991.
[85]
"Rolling the Dice"* Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Jackson worked on the song with Temperton and Quincy Jones during the Thriller recording sessions
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
  • In the 1993 deposition Michael is quoted as saying "Yes Rolling The Dice that we did a demo that day we rehearsed but we never released it. We never thought it was strong enough."
  • Recorded in 1981
[86]
"Satisfy" Lewis, TerryTerry Lewis
Harris III, JamesJames Harris III
[87]
"Saved By the Bell"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
[88]
"Seduction" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Myrick III, Shelby LeeShelby Lee Myrick III
  • Written and recorded in 2001
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Reworked the song in 2003
[89]
"Seeing Voices" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Charles, RayRay Charles
  • Written and recorded in 2000
  • Song features Ray Charles
[90]
"Serious Effect" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Recorded in 1991
  • Features rap by LL Cool J
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Leaked onto the Internet in 2002
[90]
"Seven Digits" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1990
  • Also known as 7 Digits
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
[90]
"Set it On Out"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Recorded in 1982
  • Failed to make Thriller album
[90]
"She Got It" Unknown
  • Recorded in 1991
  • Failed to make the Dangerous album
  • Had been scheduled for release on a shelved special edition of the Dangerous album
  • Snippets leaked onto the internet in 2005, with the full version leaking in 2008
[91]
"She's Not a Girl"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Possibly written in the 1990's
[92]
"She's Trouble" Shifrin, SueSue Shifrin
Livsey, BillBill Livsey
Britten, TerryTerry Britten
  • Possibly written in 1981
  • Also known as "Trouble"
  • Failed to make the Thriller album
  • Recorded in 1987.
  • Reworked and finished in 1996.
[93]
"She Was Loving Me" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Rooney, CoryCory Rooney
  • Recorded in 1999
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Michael Jackson never had the chance to hear “She Was Loving Me” in it’s final state
  • Jackson delivers an emotionally powerful vocal on the track, packed with pain and frustration. The verses gently tell the intimate story of Jackson’s encounter with a woman whom he believes was into him, before unleashing a rage of guitar-infused fury in the choruses.
[91]
"Shut Up And Dance" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Durham, MichaelMichael Durham
  • Written in 1999, may have not recorded vocals
  • This song is extremely incomplete
[92]
"Siegfried & Roy"(1990) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1989 for illusionists Siegfried & Roy
  • Two versions — vocal and instrumental — registered with the United States Copyright Office
  • Thought to be an early version of "Mind Is the Magic"
[94]
"Sister Sue"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [95]
"Slapstick" Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Worked on by Jackson during the Thriller recording sessions
  • The song is an early demo version of "Hot Street"
  • Recorded in 1982
[96]
"Slave To The Rhythm" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Also known as "Slave 2 The Rhythm".
  • Jackson worked on the song during the Dangerous sessions, and completed in 1998.
  • Leaked on to the internet in 2010.
  • Justin Bieber recorded a duet version featuring Jackson which was leaked in August 2013. This version was unauthorized by the Michael Jackson Estate,[97] and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible.
  • A new mix was featured in a Sony smartphone commercial
  • A new mix is set to be released on the new album "Xscape" on May 13, 2014
[98]
"Soldier Boy" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Failed to make the Michael album
  • The song wasn't completely finished
"Soldier's Entrance" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Worked on by Jackson in 1999 with a view to have it featured on the Invincible album
[99]
"Somewhere in Time"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1980
[100]
"Spice of Life"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Recorded in 1981
  • Failed to make Thriller album
[90]
"Stand Tall"(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1982
[101]
"Starlight"* Temperton, RodRod Temperton
  • Recorded in 1981
  • Jackson worked on the song during the Thriller recording sessions.
  • Referred to by Jackson as "Starlight Sun" during his 1993 deposition; he sang, "Starlight ... Starlight Sun ... Gimme some starlight, for a new day has begun"
  • Evolved into "Thriller"
  • Full song leaked on July 7, 2002
[102]
"State of Shock" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Hansen, RandyRandy Hansen
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury
  • Demo version by Mercury and Jackson was leaked onto the Internet in July 7, 2002
  • Different version later released on Victory with Mick Jagger
[103]
"Stay" (1) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written c. 1988
  • Not to be confused with the Cascio track "Stay" written by Eddie Cascio, James Porte and Michael Jackson
[104]
"Stop the War" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Sager, Carole BayerCarole Bayer Sager
  • Written and recorded in 1999
[105]
"Susie"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1978
  • Could have evolved into "Little Susie" a song featured on Jacksons 1995 album HIStory
[106]
"Thank Heaven"(1998) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1998
[104]
"Thank You for Life"*(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1976
[105]
"That" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in November 1998
  • Recorded in 1998
[105]
"That Kind of Lover" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Ruffin, RayRay Ruffin
  • Written c. 2001
[105]
"The Children's Hour"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [107]
"The Gloved One" Sisqó
  • Written c. 2001
  • Also known as "Gloved One"
[108]
"The Nightmare of Edgar Allan Poe" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Afanasieff, WalterWalter Afanasieff
  • Written c. 2000
  • Also known as "Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Recorded in 2000 for a canceled indie film of the same name starring Jackson
[23]
"The Pain" Stockman, ShawnShawn Stockman
Mason, Jay HarveyJay Harvey Mason
Jerkins, RodneyRodney Jerkins
  • Written in c. 2001
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Reworked in 2003
[109]
"The Sky Is the Limit"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [110]
  • Recorded in 1983
"The Toy"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [111]
"There Must Be More to Life Than This" Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury in 1983
  • The pair recorded two versions:
    • First version leaked onto the internet in 2002, and features Mercury talking about the song and Jackson singing solo to a piano accompaniment
    • A Demo version where MJ and Freddy are singing leaked onto the internet in 2011
    • Second version features both Jackson and Mercury singing
[112]
"The World Is No Church" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1999
  • Had been scheduled to released as an album/compilation in 1999
[113]
"This Is It"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Anka, PaulPaul Anka
  • Cowritten and recorded with Paul Anka in 1983
  • Rerecorded in 2009 with backing vocals from Jackson's brothers entitled "This Is It", on the 2009 soundtrack album This Is It
  • Paul Anka released a new mix of the song on his 2013 album "Duets"
[114][115]
"This Is Our Time" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill
Foster, DavidDavid Foster
  • Written and recorded in 1999
  • Despite rumours to the contrary, the song was not recorded as a duet with Hill.
[114]
"Throwin' Your Life Away"(1988) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1988
[116]
"To Satisfy You" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1990 during the Dangerous recording sessions, but Jackson did not like it and gave it to Bryan Loren for his 1992 album Music from the New World
  • Solo recording by Jackson known to exist
[117]
"Tomboy"*(1985) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1985
  • Failed to make the Bad album
  • Also known as "Townboy"
  • Mistakenly believed by some fans to have been written by Quincy Jones
[118]
"Tragedy of a Cheer-leader"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1991 during Dangerous sessions
[119]
"Tubeway" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written c. 1999
[113]
"Turning Me Off"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1987 during Bad sessions
[120]
"Under Your Skin"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1979
  • Also known as "Under My Skin"
[121]
"Unknown" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • It is unclear whether the song is titled "Unknown" or the song title is unknown.
  • Possibly written in 1999
  • The track titled happened to be a latin name
[121]
"Verdicts" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Loren, BryanBryan Loren
  • Written and recorded in 1990 for Dangerous album
  • One of around 20-25 songs that Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren worked on
[118]
"Vibrationist" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Riley, TeddyTeddy Riley
  • Written c. 1999
  • Alternatively titled "The Vibrationist"
[122]
"Victory" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury
  • One of three songs Jackson worked on with Queen's Freddie Mercury in 1983
  • Demo version known to exist
[122]
"We Are the Ones"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1978
[123]
"We Be Ballin'" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [124]
"What a Lonely Way to Go"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in 1975
[125]
"What About Us" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written originally for the Dangerous album
  • Demos leaked onto the Internet in 2003
  • Early version of "Earth Song"
  • Recorded in 1989
[126]
"What You Do to Me"(1985, 1998) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1985
  • First registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1985
  • Re-registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1998
[54]
"What's a Guy Gotta Do" Williams, PharrellPharrell Williams
  • Written in 2000
[127]
"What's It Gonna Be" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [54]
"What's Your Life"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson
[128]
"Who Do You Love"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written and recorded in the 1980's
  • Alternative title of "Behind The Mask"
[129]
"Who Is the Girl with Her Hair Down"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [130]
"Why Can't I Be"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1980
[131]
"Why Shy"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [131]
"Xscape" Unknown
  • Recorded during the Invincible recording sessions
  • Leaked onto the internet in 2002, resulting in Jackson's attorneys threatening legal action against sites that did not remove download access to the track
  • Also known as "Xcape" or "Escape"
  • "Xscape" album will be released on May 13, 2014
[132]
"You Ain't Gonna Change Nothin'"*(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1975
[133]
"You Are a Liar"* Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Failed to make the Invincible album
  • Also known as "You're a Liar" and "You're a Liar, Brother"
[133]
"You Are So Beautiful" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Song Jackson began writing in 2005 as a thank you to his fans for their ongoing support
[134]
"You Told Me Your Lovin'"(1984) Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
  • Written in 1979
  • A second version exists, with words and music by Jackson's brother Randy
[135]
"You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
  • Originally recorded in 1975 by Jermaine Jackson, with Wonder, Jackie Jackson and Michael on backing vocals
  • Re-cut solo version by Jermaine featured on his 1980 Let's Get Serious album, replacing the original recording featuring brother Michael
[136]

Posthumous albums[edit]

Following the surge in sales of Jackson's catalogue following his death, Sony Music Entertainment, lead by its Columbia/Epic Label Group division, signed a new deal with the Jackson estate to extend distribution rights to his back catalogue until 2015, which was later extended to 2017, as well as permission to release ten new albums with previously unreleased material and new collections of released work. The deal is the most expensive music contract to a single artist in history, with Sony Music reportedly paying $250 million for the deal, and the Jackson estate getting the full sum, as well as a share of royalties for all works released.[137] Here are the albums that have been released as part of the deal:

  • Michael (2010) - first studio album of previously unreleased material.
  • Immortal (2011) - remix-soundtrack album to Cirque du Soleil's show Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.
  • Bad 25 (2012) - 25th anniversary reissue of Bad, featuring new songs, demos and remixes of songs from the Bad era.
  • The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection (2013) - Compilation of previously unreleased, remixes and demo materials.
  • Xscape (2014) - second studio album of previously unreleased material.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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