The Essential Michael Jackson

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The Essential Michael Jackson
Greatest hits album by Michael Jackson
Released July 19, 2005
Recorded 1969–2001
Genre Pop, rock, new jack swing, R&B, funk
Length 77:42 (International Disc 1)
77:24 (International Disc 2)
78:56 (American Disc 1)
78:50 (American Disc 2)
33:07 (3.0 Disc)
Label Epic, Legacy
Producer Michael Jackson
Various
Michael Jackson chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2004)
The Essential Michael Jackson
(2005)
Visionary: The Video Singles
(2006)
The Essential Michael Jackson Limited Edition 3.0
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[2]

The Essential Michael Jackson is a greatest hits compilation album by American recording artist Michael Jackson released by Sony Music's catalog division Legacy Recordings as part of The Essential series. The two-disc compilation features thirty-eight hit songs by Michael Jackson, from his days at Motown Records with The Jackson 5 in the late 1960s to his 2001 hit "You Rock My World". It was released on July 19, 2005 in the United States (released a day earlier in the United Kingdom).

On August 26, 2008, The Essential Michael Jackson 3.0 was released in the US as a Limited Edition containing an additional disc of seven songs performed by Jackson.[3] A re-titled release in the UK was planned on July 6, 2009 as The Hits, but was cancelled upon Jackson's death. As of 2013 the album was certified 3x platinum in the US.[4]

Track listing[edit]

European & International Version[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Jackson except as noted. 

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969) 2:58
2. "ABC"   The Corporation ABC (1970) 2:58
3. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation ABC (1970) 3:05
4. "Got to Be There"   Elliot Willensky Got to Be There (1972) 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin"   Leon Rene (under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas) Got to Be There (1972) 2:32
6. "Ben"   Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben (1972) 2:46
7. "Blame It on the Boogie"   Michael G. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer, Elmar Krohn, Thomas Meyer Destiny (1978) 3:30
8. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" Version) Randy Jackson, M. Jackson Destiny (1978) 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (2003 Edit)   Off the Wall (1979) 3:56
10. "Off the Wall" (Edit) Rod Temperton Off the Wall (1979) 3:46
11. "Rock with You" (7" Remix) Temperton Off the Wall (1979) 3:23
12. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler Off the Wall (1979) 3:37
13. "Can You Feel It" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Jackie Jackson Triumph (1980) 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine"     Thriller (1982) 3:41
15. "Billie Jean"     Thriller (1982) 4:55
16. "Beat It"     Thriller (1982) 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edit)   Thriller (1982) 4:17
18. "Human Nature" (Edit) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis Thriller (1982) 3:45
19. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"   James Ingram, Quincy Jones Thriller (1982) 3:58
20. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"     Bad (1987) 4:11
21. "Thriller" (Radio Edit (a.k.a. 2003 Edit)) Temperton Thriller (1982) 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" (7" Single Mix)   Bad (1987) 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" Re-Mix)   Bad (1987) 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad (1987) 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" (7" Version)   Bad (1987) 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" Version)   Bad (1987) 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal"     Bad (1987) 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone"     Bad (1987) 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single Version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous (1991) 3:21
9. "Remember the Time"   Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous (1991) 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Riley Dangerous (1991) 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" Edit)   Dangerous (1991) 3:59
12. "Heal the World"     Dangerous (1991) 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio Edit)   Dangerous (1991) 3:40
14. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 4:55
15. "Earth Song" (Radio Edit)   HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 5:02
16. "They Don't Care About Us"     HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 4:44
17. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) M. Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible (2001) 5:08

U.S. Version[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Jackson except as noted. 

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards) 2:58
2. "ABC"   The Corporation 2:58
3. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation 3:05
4. "Got to Be There"   Elliot Willensky 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin"   Leon Rene 2:32
6. "Ben"   Walter Scharf, Don Black 2:46
7. "Enjoy Yourself"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 3:24
8. "Blame It on the Boogie"   Michael G. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer, Elmar Krohn, Thomas Meyer 3:30
9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" Version) Randy Jackson, M. Jackson 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Original 12" Edit)   5:50
11. "Rock with You" (7" Remix) Rod Temperton 3:23
12. "Off the Wall" (Edit) Temperton 3:46
13. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler 3:37
14. "Can You Feel It" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Jackie Jackson 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine"     3:42
16. "Billie Jean"     4:54
17. "Beat It"     4:18
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edit)   4:17
19. "Human Nature" (Edit) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis 3:45
20. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"   James Ingram, Quincy Jones 3:59
21. "Thriller" (Radio Edit (a.k.a 2003 Edit)) Temperton 5:12
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad" (7" Single Mix)   4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"     4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone"     4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" Re-Mix)   4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" (7" Version)   4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" Version)   3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal"     4:17
9. "Black or White" (Single Version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell 3:21
10. "Heal the World"     6:24
11. "Remember the Time"   Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Bernard Belle 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Riley 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" Edit)   3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (Radio Edit)   3:40
15. "Dangerous"   M. Jackson, Bottrell, Riley 6:59
16. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly 4:55
17. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) M. Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne 5:08

U.S. Limited Edition 3.0 bonus disc[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Jackson except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Can't Get Outta the Rain" (Single Version) M. Jackson, Quincy Jones The Girl Is Mine 4:06
2. "Say Say Say"   Paul McCartney, M. Jackson Pipes of Peace 3:55
3. "Jam"   M. Jackson, René Moore, Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley Dangerous 5:38
4. "They Don't Care About Us"     HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:44
5. "Blood on the Dance Floor"   M. Jackson, Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:15
6. "Stranger in Moscow"     History: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:45
7. "Butterflies"   Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius Invincible 4:40

Japanese Version[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Jackson except as noted. 

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969) 2:58
2. "ABC"   The Corporation ABC (1970) 2:58
3. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation ABC (1970) 3:05
4. "Got to Be There"   Elliot Willensky Got to Be There (1972) 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin"   Leon Rene (under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas) Got to Be There (1972) 2:32
6. "Ben"   Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben (1972) 2:46
7. "Blame It on the Boogie"   Michael G. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer, Elmar Krohn, Thomas Meyer Destiny (1978) 3:30
8. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" Version) Randy Jackson, M. Jackson Destiny (1978) 3:46
9. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (2003 Edit)   Off the Wall (1979) 3:56
10. "Off the Wall" (Edit) Rod Temperton Off the Wall (1979) 3:46
11. "Rock with You" (7" Remix) Temperton Off the Wall (1979) 3:23
12. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler Off the Wall (1979) 3:37
13. "Can You Feel It" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Jackie Jackson Triumph (1980) 3:50
14. "The Girl Is Mine"     Thriller (1982) 3:41
15. "Billie Jean"     Thriller (1982) 4:55
16. "Beat It"     Thriller (1982) 4:18
17. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edit)   Thriller (1982) 4:17
18. "Human Nature" (Edit) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis Thriller (1982) 3:45
19. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"   James Ingram, Quincy Jones Thriller (1982) 3:58
20. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"     Bad (1987) 4:11
21. "Thriller" (Radio Edit (a.k.a. 2003 Edit)) Temperton Thriller (1982) 5:14
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Bad" (7" Single Mix)   Bad (1987) 4:06
2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" Re-Mix)   Bad (1987) 4:26
3. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad (1987) 5:18
4. "Dirty Diana" (7" Version)   Bad (1987) 4:40
5. "Another Part of Me" (7" Version)   Bad (1987) 3:46
6. "Smooth Criminal"     Bad (1987) 4:17
7. "Leave Me Alone"     Bad (1987) 4:39
8. "Black or White" (Single Version) M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous (1991) 3:21
9. "Remember the Time"   Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous (1991) 3:59
10. "In the Closet" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, T. Riley Dangerous (1991) 4:48
11. "Who Is It" (7" Edit)   Dangerous (1991) 3:59
12. "Heal the World"     Dangerous (1991) 6:24
13. "Will You Be There" (Radio Edit)   Dangerous (1991) 3:40
14. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 4:55
15. "Blood on the Dance Floor"   M. Jackson, T. Riley HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) 5:02
16. "One More Chance"   R. Kelly Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003) 3:49
17. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) M. Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible (2001) 5:08

Qobuz.com Studio Masters (24bit/96kHz) Digital Version[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Jackson except as noted. 

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards) 2:58
2. "ABC"   The Corporation 2:58
3. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation 3:05
4. "Got to Be There"   Elliot Willensky 3:25
5. "Rockin' Robin"   Leon Rene 2:32
6. "Ben"   Walter Scharf, Don Black 2:46
7. "Enjoy Yourself"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 3:24
8. "Blame It on the Boogie"   Michael G. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer, Elmar Krohn, Thomas Meyer 3:30
9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (7" Version) Randy Jackson, M. Jackson 3:46
10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (Original 12" Edit)   5:50
11. "Rock with You" (7" Remix) Rod Temperton 3:23
12. "Off the Wall" (Edit) Temperton 3:46
13. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler 3:37
14. "Can You Feel It" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Jackie Jackson 3:50
15. "The Girl Is Mine"     3:42
16. "Billie Jean"     4:54
17. "Beat It"     4:18
18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Edit)   4:17
19. "Human Nature" (Edit) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis 3:45
20. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"   James Ingram, Quincy Jones 3:59
21. "Thriller" (Radio Edit (a.k.a 2003 Edit)) Temperton 5:12
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad" (7" Single Mix)   4:06
2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"     4:11
3. "Leave Me Alone"     4:39
4. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (7" Re-Mix)   4:26
5. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 5:18
6. "Dirty Diana" (7" Version)   4:40
7. "Another Part of Me" (7" Version)   3:46
8. "Smooth Criminal"     4:17
9. "Black or White"   M. Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell 4:17
10. "Heal the World"     6:24
11. "Remember the Time"   Teddy Riley, M. Jackson, Bernard Belle 3:59
12. "In the Closet" (7" Edit) M. Jackson, Riley 4:48
13. "Who Is It" (7" Edit)   3:59
14. "Will You Be There" (Radio Edit)   3:40
15. "Dangerous"   M. Jackson, Bottrell, Riley 6:59
16. "You Are Not Alone" (LP Edit) R. Kelly 4:55
17. "You Rock My World" (Album Edit) M. Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne 5:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 4
Czech Albums Chart[6] 3
UK Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart[7] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[8] 1
Mexican Albums Chart[9] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 1
Polish Albums Chart[11] 5
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Czech Albums Chart[6] 29
US Billboard 200 53 [12]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 112[13]

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales/shipments Certification
Australia 560,000[14] 8x Platinum
Belgium 15,000 Gold
Brazil 15,000 Not certified
Europe 2,000,000 2x Platinum[15]
Finland 20,290 Gold[16]
France 315,000[17] 3x Platinum
Hungary 6,000[18] Gold
Ireland 15,000[19] Platinum
Japan 55,000 / 100,000 Gold[20]
Mexico 180,000[21] Platinum
New Zealand 30,000 2x Platinum[22]
South Korea 3,200 Not certified
Sweden 30,000[23] Gold
Turkey 20,000 Not certified
United States 3,000,000 3x Platinum [4]
United Kingdom 900,000+ [24] 3x Platinum

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ "The Essential 3.0 Michael Jackson". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Diamond Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b ds. "Čns Ifpi". Ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  7. ^ Suomen virallinen lista
  8. ^ "Archívum - Slágerlisták - MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  9. ^ Mexican Albums Chart Week 32 - 2009
  10. ^ RIANZ
  11. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  12. ^ Billboard
  13. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  14. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Albums
  15. ^ IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - 2008
  16. ^ "Statistics". IFPI. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  17. ^ Musique sur Disque en France (SNEP) : Top 50, telechargement legal, droit d'auteur…
  18. ^ "Adatbázis - Arany- és platinalemezek - MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  19. ^ The Irish Charts - All there is to know
  20. ^ 財団法人 日本レコード協会 > 各種統計 > ゴールド等認定 > 2009年9月 [RIAJ - Statistics - Certification Awards - September 2009]. riaj.or.jp (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ "Gold / Platinum Albums". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  23. ^ [2][dead link]
  24. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx

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