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"
"Working Day and Night"
Released November 3, 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded December 1978 – June 1979
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"
Number Ones track listing
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
"Rock with You"
"Billie Jean"
Music video
"Rock With You" on YouTube

"Rock with You" is a song written by British songwriter 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 Gb major.[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.[5] The spot light was done by legendary spot light operator/real estate mogul, Angus McLoone.

The music video was included on the video albums: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory,[6] Number Ones[7] and Michael Jackson's Vision.[8]

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.[9]


  • Original LP version – 3:39
    • This "classic" version was only released on initial runs of the LP record and cassette, as well as certain CD pressings manufactured in Japan, up to and including a Japanese-market version released in 1991.[10] It was replaced by the full version of the 7" remix on later LP pressings and all other 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 adding fingersnaps and 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. This version appears on later pressings of the album.
  • 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.
  • Freemasons Bootleg Remix – 5:44
  • 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.
  • Live 1988 (4:05)

Track listing[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart[16] 4
German Singles Chart[17] 58
French Singles Chart[18] 59
Irish Singles Chart 11
Italian Singles Chart[19] 9
UK Singles Chart[20] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 1
US Hot R&B Singles[21] 1
Chart (2006) Peak
Spanish Singles Chart[22] 1
Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[23] 36
UK Singles Chart 54
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs[24] 17

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 4


Cover versions and samples[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived May 20, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (24 June 2009). "Rolling Stone". Michael Jackson's 20 Greatest Videos: The Stories Behind the Vision. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "". Michael Jackson Video Greatest Hits HIStory | The Official Michael Jackson Site. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "All Music". Number Ones [DVD] - Michael Jackson. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "". Michael Jackson's Vision | The Official Michael Jackson Site. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "IGN". Michael Jackson: The Experience - Song List / Soundtrack. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (CD, Album)". 1987-07-22. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
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  15. ^ "Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Hybrid)". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 19, February 02 1980". RPM. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Michael Jackson - German Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Michael Jackson - French Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Michael Jackson - Italian Singles Chart (from 2000 to date)". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Michael Jackson on Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Michael Jackson - Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Michael Jackson - Spanish Singles Chart (from 2005 to date)". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Michael Jackson - Australian Singles Chart". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Michael Jackson breaks Billboard charts". June 7, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  25. ^ "AllMusic". Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  26. ^ "Listen overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Brazil [Som Livre] - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". All Music. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "CNN". 19 April 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "Essence Music Festival: The Performances - Beyonce, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke & More!". Gossip On This. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  30. ^ Bain, Becky (30 November 2009). "Kelly Clarkson Adds ‘Rock With You’ To Her Endless List of Cover Songs". Idolator. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  31. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Tuxedo Blues - Roy Gaines and His Orchestra | Songs, Reviews, Credits". All Music. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  32. ^ "Dim The Lights - Fabiana Passoni | Songs, Reviews, Credits". All Music. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  33. ^ Schilling, Dave (18 September 2015). "Songs of the Week: Skylar Spence, Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, and the Return of Chillwave". Grantland. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  34. ^ Finbow, Katy (24 June 2014). "Jessie J covers Michael Jackson's 'Rock With You' - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 

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