Michael Jackson albums discography

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Michael Jackson discography
Michael Jackson wearing a sequined military jacket and dark sunglasses. He is walking while waving his right hand, which is adorned with a white glove. His left hand is bare.
Michael Jackson at the White House in 1984.
Releases
Studio albums 10
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 72
EPs 6
Soundtracks 3
Remix albums 7

This article contains the albums discography of the American pop artist Michael Jackson. It consists of eleven studio albums and a partial list of live albums, compilations, extended plays, soundtracks and remix albums. Also listed are peak chart positions from 10 selected countries (markets), with relative sales and certifications. Sales in parentheses are of albums not certified. The countries selected are United States, Australia, Canada, France,[a] Germany, the Netherlands,[b] New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Some of the countries changed their levels of certifications at various times.

Michael Jackson made his debut in 1968 with The Jackson 5 (later known as The Jacksons), who were prominent performers in the 1970s. Jackson's early solo career in the early 1970s included albums such as Got to Be There and Ben. His two follow-ups, Music & Me and Forever, Michael failed to sell well. In 1979, Jackson released Off the Wall, which became his first best-selling album. Three years later, in 1982, he issued his best-selling album to date, Thriller, which topped several international charts and became the best-selling album of all time. Jackson's follow-ups, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, also became international successes. Jackson's final studio album, Invincible, was released in 2001 and topped international charts though its sales paled in comparison to his previous albums, with total confirmed sales around thirteen million copies worldwide.

Following his death in 2009, sales of his previous work skyrocketed, with his 2003 compilation album, Number Ones, becoming one of the best-selling albums internationally in 2009.

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SPN
[8]
SWZ
[9]
UK
[10]
Got to Be There
  • Release date: January 24, 1972
  • Label: Motown
14 121 37
  • US: 500,000
Ben
  • Release date: August 4, 1972
  • Label: Motown
5 65 12 162 17
  • UK: 60,000
Music & Me
  • Release date: April 13, 1973
  • Label: Motown
92 27 108
Forever, Michael
  • Release date: January 16, 1975
  • Label: Motown
101
Off the Wall
  • Release date: August 10, 1979
  • Label: Epic
3 1 4 27 25 8 2 11 27 3
Thriller
  • Release date: November 30, 1982
  • Label: Epic
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1
Bad
  • Release date: August 31, 1987
  • Label: Epic
1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: 9× Multi-Platinum[11]
  • AUS: 6× Platinum[38]
  • CAN: 7× Platinum[18]
  • FRA: Diamond[19]
  • GER: 4× Platinum[31]
  • NL: Platinum[20]
  • NZ: 9× Platinum[32]
  • SWZ: 5× Platinum[39]
  • UK: 13× Platinum[12]
Dangerous
  • Release date: November 13, 1991
  • Label: Epic
1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: 7× Multi-Platinum[11]
  • AUS: 10× Platinum[30]
  • CAN: 6× Platinum[18]
  • FRA: Diamond[19]
  • GER: 4× Platinum[31]
  • NL: 3× Multi-Platinum[20]
  • NZ: 6× Platinum[32]
  • SWZ: 5× Platinum[33]
  • UK: 6× Platinum[12]
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
  • Release date: June 16, 1995
  • Label: Epic
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
  • US: 7× Multi-Platinum[11]
  • AUS: 8× Platinum[17]
  • CAN: 5× Platinum[18]
  • FRA: Diamond[19]
  • GER: 3× Platinum[31]
  • NL: 3× Multi-Platinum[20]
  • NZ: 10× Platinum[21]
  • SWZ: 3× Platinum[33]
  • UK: 4× Platinum[12]
Invincible
  • Release date: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Epic
1 1 3 1 1 1 4 2 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Posthumous albums of previously unreleased tracks[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SPN
[8]
SWZ
[9]
UK
[10]
Michael
  • Release date: December 10, 2010
  • Label: Epic
3 10 2 4 1 1 10 2 2 4
  • US: 541,000
  • World: 3,200,000[50]
Xscape
  • Release date: May 9, 2014
  • Label: Epic
2 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 2 1
  • US: 339,000[54]
  • World: 1,051,000

Compilations[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SPN
[8]
SWZ
[9]
UK
[10]
The Best of Michael Jackson
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: August 28, 1975
  • Label: Motown
156 76 16 3 11
One Day in Your Life
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: March 25, 1981
  • Label: Motown
144 29
18 Greatest Hits
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Motown
53 23 22 1
9 Singles Pack
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Epic
66
14 Greatest Hits
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: Motown
168
Farewell My Summer Love
  • Type: Unreleased tracks
  • Release date: May 8, 1984
  • Label: Motown
46 90 94 40 47 50 9
Anthology
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: November 14, 1986
  • Label: Motown
17 89
Their Very Best – Back to Back
(with Diana Ross/Gladys Knight/Stevie Wonder)
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Motown
21
Love Songs
(with Diana Ross)
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Motown
86 12
Singles Souvenir Pack
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Epic
91
Motown's Greatest Hits
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Motown
27 6 53
Tour Souvenir Pack
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Epic
83 32
The Best of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5ive
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Motown
5
The Very Best of Michael Jackson with The Jackson Five
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Motown
41 15
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Michael Jackson
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: Motown
27
  • CAN: (100,000)[47]
Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: November 13, 2001
  • Label: Epic
85 44 8 10 54 45 15
Number Ones
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: November 18, 2003
  • Label: Epic
13 2 1 5 2 17 1 17 9 1
  • US: 4× Multi-Platinum[11]
  • AUS: 5× Platinum[17]
  • GER: Gold[31]
  • NZ: 4× Platinum[32]
  • SWZ: Gold[33]
  • UK: 7× Platinum[12]
Off the Wall / Thriller
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Epic
25 87 65
Bad / Dangerous
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Epic
27 85 58 163
The Ultimate Collection
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: November 17, 2004
  • Label: Epic
154 29 29 37 46 29 33 75
The Essential Michael Jackson
  • Type: Greatest hits
  • Release date: July 19, 2005
  • Label: Epic
53 1 4 1 10 19 1 23 2 1
  • US: 3× Multi-Platinum[11]
  • AUS: 6× Platinum[51]
  • FRA: 2× Gold[19]
  • NZ: 2× Platinum[32]
  • UK: 3× Platinum[12]
Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix / Invincible
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Epic
125 112
Visionary: The Video Singles
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: February 20, 2006
  • Label: Epic
27
Les 50 plus belles chansons
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Motown
14 4 36 4 12 7 19 4
King of Pop
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: August 22, 2008
  • Label: Epic
5 1 1 1 6 1 1 3
Gold
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Motown
139 46 60
Dangerous / Dangerous – The Short Films
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Epic
62
The Collection
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: June 29, 2009
  • Label: Epic
2 1 2 2 1 4 14
The Definitive Collection
  • Type: Best of
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Motown
39
La Légende de la Pop
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Pias France
19
The Indispensable Collection
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: June 21, 2013
  • Label: MJJ Productions
The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection
  • Type: Box set
  • Release date: June 24, 2013
  • Label: MJJ Productions
  • In the United States, between May 25, 1991 and November 25, 2009, catalog albums (albums at least 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart and do not have an active single on the Billboard radio charts) were not eligible to chart on the Billboard 200, but could only chart on the Top Catalog Albums, so between November 20, 2003 and November 25, 2009, Billboard launched the Top Comprehensive Albums chart that included current and catalog albums.[58][59][60][61] Here, a list of his albums reached a major position in this chart while not eligible for the Billboard 200: Number Ones (#1), The Essential Michael Jackson (#2), Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume 1 (#28), The Ultimate Collection (#32) and 7 CD Mega Bundle (#78). Here a list of his current albums (at the time) reached a minor position in this chart cause the presence of the catalog albums: The Definitive Collection (#43), The Stripped Mixes (#67), Selections from Michael Jackson's This Is It (#102) and Gold (#166).[62]

Other albums (remix, soundtracks, etc.)[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SPN
[8]
SWZ
[9]
UK
[10]
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Type: Audiobook / Soundtrack
  • Release date: November 1982
  • Label: Epic
82
The Michael Jackson Mix
  • Type: Remix album
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Stylus
27
  • UK: 300,000
Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
  • Type: Remix album / Studio album
  • Release date: May 11, 1997
  • Label: Epic
24 2 16 1 2 1 1 1 2 1
Off the Wall – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Epic
a a 10 53 a a a a
Thriller – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Epic
a a 6 33 60 77 a a 38 a
Bad – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Epic
a a 8 43 a 96 a 91 63 a
Dangerous – Special Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Epic
a a 13 63 a a a a
Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Epic
a a 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 3
The Stripped Mixes
  • Type: Remix album
  • Release date: July 28, 2009
  • Label: Motown
57 76
The Remix Suite
  • Type: Remix album
  • Release date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Motown
175 56
Michael Jackson's This Is It
  • Type: Soundtrack / Best of
  • Release date: October 26, 2009
  • Label: Epic
1 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 2 3
Selections from Michael Jackson's This Is It
  • Type: EP
  • Release date: October 26, 2009
  • Label: Epic
91
Immortal
  • Type: Soundtrack / Remix album
  • Release date: November 21, 2011
  • Label: Epic
24 43 28 42 23 17 35 16 17 65
Bad – 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Type: Re-issue / Studio album
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Label: Epic
1 a 5 4 6 a 2 a a
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

"a" – In these countries, the re-issues were counted with the original album.

Live albums[edit]

List of officially released compilations and other albums not charted in the table[edit]

[64][65][66][67]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In France, from 1989, greatest hits/compilations of the artists charted in a compilation chart. From 2002 to 2005, albums with price under €10 were charted in a mid-price chart. In 2005, the rules changed again, with the mid-price list that became a back-catalog chart (generally albums that are at least 2 years old, sometimes also less). In this page, Top Albums (from 2002 full price/new albums list) and Top Compilations were used.
  2. ^ In the Netherlands, there have been catalog rules in the albums chart from 2003. From this date, a back-catalog chart was established.

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  2. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions for albums charting on the Australian chart:
  3. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions for albums charting on the Canadian chart:
  4. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions for albums charting on the French chart:
  5. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions for albums charting on the German chart:
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