Rock with You (Michael Jackson song)

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"Rock with You"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Off the Wall
B-side "Get on the Floor"
"You Can't Win" (UK)
"Workin' Day and Night" (USA)
Released November 3, 1979
Format 7", 12"
Length 3:39
Label Epic
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Certification Platinum (USA)
Gold (New Zealand)
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
"Rock with You"
"Off the Wall"
Off the Wall track listing
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
"Rock with You"
"Workin' Day and Night"
HIStory Begins track listing
"Black or White"
"Rock with You"
"She's Out of My Life"
Music video
"Rock With You" on YouTube

"Rock with You" was written by Rod Temperton and recorded by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on November 3, 1979, as the second single from Michael Jackson's fifth album, Off the Wall. Temperton, formerly of the group Heatwave, also wrote Jackson's 1982 song "Thriller".

It reached number one on both the pop and R&B singles charts. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980.[1] It is also considered one of the last hits of the disco era.

It was re-released as a single on February 27, 2006, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set.

Music information[edit]

This song is written in the key of Bb minor, changing to B minor after the bridge.[2] Meter is 4/4 at 114 bpm.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic highlighted the song on the album itself.[3] Robert Christgau called this song a smooth ballad.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song. It features Michael in a sparkly sequined suit singing the song with a bright laser behind him. The video was directed by Bruce Gowers.

The music video was included on the video albums: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory, Number Ones and Michael Jackson's Vision.

Live performance[edit]

Michael performed the song on the Jacksons' Destiny Tour on the second leg, as well as the Triumph Tour and the Victory Tour. He performed the song on his solo tour the Bad World Tour. He also performed the song during the HIStory World Tour, but only a part of the Off the Wall medley on certain concerts. "Rock with You" was rehearsed for the Dangerous World Tour, but wasn't performed. Jackson also would have performed it for the This Is It concert series, but the shows were canceled, due to his sudden death.

Michael Jackson: The Experience[edit]

The song is also featured in the game Michael Jackson: The Experience.


  • Original LP version – 3:39
    • This "classic" version was only released on initial runs of the LP record and cassette, replaced by the full version of the 7" remix on later LP pressings and all CD editions. The original version was later remastered and released on the "French Fans' Selection" deluxe box set edition of King of Pop.
  • 7" remix video edit – 3:23
    • The "remix" was used for the single and to underscore the video. The remix re-pans the guitar, adds more strings, horns, hand claps in the chorus, and an edit was made to the middle musical bridge by shortening it from two parts to just one.
  • 7" version – 3:39
    • This is the same as the 7" remix, but with the musical bridge left intact.
  • Extended version – 4:57
    • Available only on the Japanese 12" promo, "Rock with You / Robin Hood". The latter song was recorded by Fox and the Promes.
  • Masters at Work Remix – 5:29
  • Frankie's Favorite Club Mix – 7:49
  • Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix – 3:50
    • The Masters at Work Remix and Frankie Knuckles remixes all contain previously unheard vocals and ad-libs not heard on the original album version. This is because the remixers were given access to the master tapes of the song to produce their remix. The master tapes contained additional vocals and cuts that didn't make it onto the original album version.
  • 2012 Reeno 12" Remix – 7:16
    • Remix made from the original 48-track masters. The intro and outro sections were greatly extended, and a middle break with isolated background vocals. This mix also contains some previously unused string parts.
  • Live 1981 (3:55)
    • The live version, taken from the 1981 album The Jacksons Live!, was included on the UK 12" "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" single in 1983.

Track listing[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart[10] 4
German Singles Chart[11] 58
French Singles Chart[12] 59
Irish Singles Chart 11
Italian Singles Chart[13] 9
UK Singles Chart[14] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
US Hot R&B Singles[15] 1
Chart (2006) Peak
Spanish Singles Chart[16] 1
Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[17] 36
UK Singles Chart 54
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs[18] 17

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 4


Cover versions and samples[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Rock with You – Michael Jackson Digital Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Off the Wall - Michael Jackson | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Michael Jackson". Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Hybrid)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 19, February 02 1980". RPM. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Michael Jackson - German Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Michael Jackson - French Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Michael Jackson - Italian Singles Chart (from 2000 to date)". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Michael Jackson on Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Michael Jackson - Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Michael Jackson - Spanish Singles Chart (from 2005 to date)". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Michael Jackson - Australian Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Michael Jackson breaks Billboard charts". June 7, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Listen overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Do You Love What You Feel" by Rufus & Chaka
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
January 5 – February 9, 1980
Succeeded by
"The Second Time Around" by Shalamar
Preceded by
"Please Don't Go" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 19 – February 9, 1980
Succeeded by
"Do That to Me One More Time" by Captain & Tennille